Caramel No Bake Cookies

I’ve been volunteering in the College and Career Center at my kids’ high school for the past couple of years.  I’m assigned a group of teenagers, and my job is to help them figure out how to achieve their post-high school goals.  We help them find scholarships, information on colleges, internships, military contacts, volunteer opportunities, etc.  You’d think that would be enough. 

With all that assistance just there for the asking, they should be overflowing out the door of our little room.  Nope.  Teenagers are teenagers.  However, they can be bribed.  We aren’t above luring them in the door with treats.  We have new rules to follow though, and we aren’t supposed to give them anything over 200 calories.  That’s why I can tell you, my teenager-bait for today comes in at about 100 calories per cookie.

Caramel No Bake Cookies

caramel no bake cookies 1

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup evaporated milk (I use skim)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups oats, either quick-cooking or old fashioned

caramel no bake cookies 2

Combine the sugars, butter and milk in a saucepan.  Cook on medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil.  Boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Add peanut butter, vanilla and oats.  Stir well.  Working quickly, drop by teaspoons full onto waxed paper.  Cool completely.  Makes about 50 cookies.

caramel no bake cookies 3

I also tried sprinkling a little bit of sea salt on a couple of these, and loved it.  They’re very rich anyway, so one or two goes a long way.  I’m off to see if the high schoolers feel the same way.

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