Food Network Magazine (September 2014)
Think of this as "The Curious Case of the No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies."
But first, let's back up: No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies have a soft spot in our hearts. It's partly due to our love for all things chocolate/peanut butter. The cookies also remind us each of fond memories of childhood. And more recently, it's our association of this kind of cookie with trips to the beach.
Every Labor Day, we spend that final, blissful weekend of summer in North Carolina, at our friend Drew's family's beach house. We make a long weekend of it (today's actually our last day at the beach). The days are long and lazy. Books are read. Magazines are passed around. The nights are most often filled with home-cooked meals. And, frankly, we eat a lot of stuff that we don't allow ourselves to eat during regular life (see: the multiple bags of spicy Cheetos that have been downed over the past few days).
For a number of years, it's been a sort of tradition to make No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies at the beach. Typically, we make any old version of these cookies -- whatever first shows up in Google. This year, when the latest issue of Food Network Magazine had a recipe for these cookies, we rushed to make them. Thanks to a few surprise ingredients -- golden raisins, coconut, flaxseeds -- we were eager to give them a shot.
So here's what happened.