‘Chews’ quick no-bake cookies for holidays

I may be in the minority, but I really enjoy making all of the holiday candy and cookies that are popular this time of year.

I like melting chocolate in my double boiler and coating everything from peanuts to pretzels, I enjoy mixing up batches of peanut brittle, and I love making peppernuts.

The only problem with all this Christmas-time baking and candy-making is that it can eat up a lot of time, and for many, having hours to spend in the kitchen isn?t feasible (a longer Christmas break is one of the few perks of being a teacher).

It?s also tough to incorporate little ones into holiday cooking when you?re dealing with melted chocolate and molten corn syrup.

This week?s recipe takes care of both of those issues. It?s a bit of a take on the classic Rice Krispie treats, but it integrates chocolate (which you know I love).

These come together incredibly quickly, so if you have about 10 or 15 minutes to spend in the kitchen, you can make a batch of no bake chewy cookies and cream bars.

This recipe comes from a blog called ?Picky Palate.? (You can find the post at http://picky-palate.com/2011/03/17/no-bake-chewy-cookies-and-cream-bars/.) This one was so simple that I didn?t change anything outside of using the generic brand of double-filling sandwich cookies rather than regular Oreos, and I used mini marshmallows instead of large ones because they were cheaper. They still turned out great.

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No Bake Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars

Ingredients

16 ounces chocolate sandwich cookies

5 cups large marshmallows

4 tablespoons butter

Directions

Crush the sandwich cookies in a food processor or place the cookies in a re-sealable bag and crush with a rolling pin.

Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil.

Put the marshmallows and butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it on high for 11?2 to 2 minutes. You want the marshmallows to be nice and puffed up and the butter to be melted.

Dump the crushed cookies into the marshmallow mixture and stir until the ingredients are well-combined.

Transfer the mixture into the lined pan.

Let set up for at least 10 minutes (mine were still pretty sticky?you might give them longer), and cut and serve.

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These were good, especially for so little effort, and I hear Santa likes these, too, in case the kids are wondering.

With all of the activities and craziness of this time of year, this might be a nice way to give your family some treats and get to actually spend time with them, too.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.

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