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104 (FF: No-Bake Cookies | FF: オーブン不要クッキー)

April 1, 2011

No-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies | オーブン不要チョコピーナッツバタークッキー

I can’t believe it’s April already. March was a difficult month. My day-to-day life wasn’t the easiest to begin with, but it was all overshadowed by the earthquake in Japan.

Three weeks later, the earthquake no longer dominates the headlines. The shock has worn off, the world keeps on moving. Even NHK has stopped their live streaming.

While I’ve been bubbled up in the earthquake nightmare, a lot has been happening here in Israel and the surrounding region too. A former Israeli president got sentenced to 7 years for rape. The first terrorist bomb in 4 years in Jerusalem killed one woman and injured 39 people. The Arab revolution that began in Tunisia have permeated all over our Arab neighbors. Strangely, with no television and only being able to read the news in English or Japanese, I feel more clueless about what’s going on in nearby countries and even here in Israel than what’s going on in Japan.

I can understand that the earthquake is becoming “old” news internationally – I must admit it was like that for myself during other natural disasters elsewhere in the world. (And wow, has there been many in the last few years… even just in the last few months.) Every time a natural disaster happens, I am taken over by shock, sorrow, disbelief, fear, helplessness. After a while I can no longer bear to look at the news, hear the rising numbers, imagine the reality that isn’t shown on camera.

But seeing it happen to my own country, in this large of a scale, has been a whole different experience. Perhaps even more so because I am living abroad. I can’t push it out of my mind, even if I want to. Along with a natural desire I almost feel a sense of duty to not forget, to remember, and the need to do something in the long run other than the immediate donation. The hardships have only just begun in the devastated areas and for Japan.

This week’s Food Friday is inspired by a few of my favorite Japanese food bloggers, whom all have been offering recipes that require very little or no water, gas, or electricity. I stumbled upon this cookie recipe and made it simply because it sounded good and easy but then realized it doesn’t require an oven or a stove top, and needs very minimal amount of water. And I should add – it can be addictive!






今週の「Food Friday (フード・フライデー)」はブログを読ませていただいている日本人 料理 ブロガーさん達からインスピレーションをいただきました。みなさん震災発生後から節水・節電レシピをアップされています。今回紹介するクッキーのレシピは私がレシピ検索の結果たどりつき、ただ単においしそうで簡単そうだなと思って作ったのですが、実はオーブンもガスも不要、そしてほんのちょっとしか水を使わないことに気付きました。おいしかったですよ!

No-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies
From Eat, Live, Run
レシピはブログEat, Live, Runさんより

makes about 3 dozen small cookies

3 TBSP butter
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar (I personally thought this could be less)
2 heaping tablespoons cocoa
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter (I used natural peanut butter with no salt or sugar added)
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

The original recipe calls for melting butter on the stove, but this can easily be done in the microwave.
Add the sugar, cocoa and milk to melted butter and stir well.
Add the peanut butter and chocolate chips. Stir.
Add the oats. Stir again.

With wet hands, form little balls of dough and on a wax paper lined plate or pan.
Refrigerate for thirty minutes until hard.

I think puffed rice or corn flakes can easily replace the rolled oats.
Any kind of peanut butter will probably work fine, too.



バター    43g
牛乳     60ml
グラニュー糖 150g(個人的にこれは減らしてもOKと感じました)
砂糖なしのココアパウダー 大さじ山盛り2杯(これはアメリカの大さじです)
ダークチョコチップ 150g
ピーナッツバター   57g(私は砂糖・塩なしのナチュラル系を使いました)
押しオーツ麦    135g




Much love,

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2011 1:45 am

    I know just what you mean. The disaster in Japan is affecting me like nothing else ever has and I was wondering too if it was because I was so far away. Hawaii, where we were for the last month, is still actively seeking donations, etc. but West LA is exactly as it was when we left. (Apparently, there are more “help Japan” activities in other communities, like up in Humboldt.) It feels strange, knowing that I will never be able to go back to the country I left. Who knows what the future Japan will be like. Smarter, safer, more sustainable. I hope…hope…hope…

    • April 3, 2011 10:41 am

      Thank you for your comment CH! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one feeling like this. It’s hard being so far away, not knowing what is really going on.

      I too have thought about the future Japan, and hope the country will come back stronger, smarter, and even more environmentally conscious. I believe it!

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