My Favorite Recipe Isn’t Made By Me

Welcome to this week’s Marketing For Romance Writer’s (#MFRW) 52-week Blog Hop entitled, My Favorite Recipe. If you’ve been following along each week, you may have noticed that I occasionally tend to digress from the topic—just a tad. Or mold it in a way that suits me—maybe a smidge. I thought I might need to do the same for today, until I realized that it didn’t specify that the recipe had to be something I made.

It’s not that I don’t like to cook, it’s just that I prefer not to. But don’t worry; I’ll still share at least one favorite recipe, and how all my favorite recipes must have one of these three key ingredients.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

While I’m working away on my laptop I often don’t realize it’s time for lunch until a headache starts brewing because…

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…then I find the most convenient thing to eat to make it stop.

I might spend hours upon hours slaving over a

       Did someone say food?

chapter, or a paragraph, or a sentence until it sounds just right, but I don’t want to waste the time to create a delicious dish. I prefer just to eat it.

Lucky for me, the hubs loves to cook + I love to eat= A recipe for a perfect match!

My Favorite Recipe

Therefore, if I’m going to cook, a recipe must have one of these three key ingredients.

  1. It can be made in a crockpot. I don’t want to mess around so I like to get my cooking done early so I can focus on more important things. Like writing. Cleaning. Or doing laundry. 
  2. Has a short list of ingredients. If there’s an extensive list of ingredients my eyes glaze over and my mind thinks this is going to take too much time and effort so forget it. (Note to self: Show recipe to husband and then he might make it.)
  3. My favorite ingredient is—someone else makes it—preferably my husband. You might try to challenge me by saying that I said I was cooking, but you’d lose. If I’m cooking and the hubs shows up about 9 times out of 10 he ends up taking over because there is some ingredient I should be adding, (I’ll point out your typos, but don’t ask me about spices.) or something I should be doing different. (Who knows? Who cares? I let him take over.)

My All-Time Favorite

Well, I promised a recipe. If I’m going to cook or bake I tend to return to the same old favorites. So if you stopped by my blog this week for the Highway Café Christmas Blog Tour you can find links for a few Christmas cocktails, peanut butter pie, vegetable appetizers and a few other favorites. But I didn’t share my all time favorite.

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No Bake Cookies. 

This was the one recipe that I tweaked and tried over the years until it became almost fail-proof (not 100%, I’m no master chef here). This was after too many “hard as a rock/dirt cookies” or “spoon cookies”. The key to delicious cookies in this recipe is precision in timing the amount of heat. I know, math. But that’s what

recipe, skeleton
Me. If I had to rely on all my own cooking.

timers are for.

Plus once I put the first spoon onto the wax paper and “eye-ball” it then I might add more cocoa or peanut butter if I want it thicker. (I said precision with heat, not ingredients)

Best No-Bake Cookies

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 ½ cups quick rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup cocoa (sorry, the font refused to shrink for the 1/3- chocolate is that important)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
recipe no bake cookies
They don’t look like much so go ahead & don’t eat them—more for me!

On medium heat: Mix sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Stir consistenly. Do not boil until at least 3 minutes, if it starts earlier, turn the heat down. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from the stove.

Stir in peanut butter, then vanilla, then oats. Mix well after adding each ingredient. As soon as oats are mixed, drop onto waxed paper.


For Peanut Butter cookies: omit cocoa, change to 3 cups oats, 1 cup peanut butter



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What Key Ingredient Makes It A Favorite Recipe For You?

15 thoughts on “My Favorite Recipe Isn’t Made By Me”

  1. peggy jaegerpeggy jaeger

    You can bet your bippy I’m trying this one!! Those cookies look easy to make and delicious to eat. Every year for the holidays I have a cookie swap with my friends – most of whom don’t bake as a rule. I’m always trying to find easy to bake cookie recipes for them. This looks perfecto!!! #blessyou. I thank you and so do my girlfriends!! Happy Holidays

  2. Marissa GarnerMarissa Garner

    To be a FAVORITE recipe it must include chocolate, chocolate, or chocolate. I cook out of necessity, not enjoyment. Yes, more time for writing. Unfortunately, I don’t have a hubs chef, but luckily my dear man will accept a Lean Cuisine and canned fruit as dinner. Amazing, yes.

  3. Sherry LewisSherry Lewis

    I hear ya! I have an alarm set to remind me to eat breakfast, and my daughter still has to text me to make sure I paid attention. Ditto for lunch. You may not like to cook, but you gave us a two-fer recipe. You did well 🙂

  4. Alicia ColemanAlicia Coleman

    You and I are alike as far as the need to cook goes. I try not to cook if I can help it. My favorite recipe is my go-to for most meals that I’m pressed to prepare. I have a plaque on the wall in my kitchen that says “I know how to cook, I just don’t.” Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. Alina K. FieldAlina K. Field

    I’m fortunate to have a husband who like to cook also. And as for forgetting to eat–I wish I had that problem. When I get stuck, I look for some food to stick in my mouth, LOL! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. Ed HoornaertEd Hoornaert

    We make something similar, but without the peanut butter. We call them chocolate drops.

  7. Helen HendersonHelen Henderson

    love your three ingredients. Stopping for lunch isn’t a problem because I usually don’t get started writing until later in the day. But dinner? That is a different story. I always start cooking late because I’m deep in the computer.

  8. Shari ElderShari Elder

    I agree with the easier the better approach. These look good.

  9. cathycathy

    These are my sister’s favorite cookies. She didn’t inherit my love of cooking lol. So I make the fancy candy she makes me these. Thanks for the other freebie cookbooks!

  10. Kenzie MichaelsKenzie Michaels

    LOL….I’d love it if my hubby cooked every night! It’s so annoying to be pulled away from your characters just because the family gets hungry….;

    Seriously though, one of the first things I learned to make in Home Ec were the No Bake Cookies, the oatmeal kind. The third time I made them at home, however, I think I got distracted as soon as I put in the oats, and they refused to cooperate. I ended putting the whole batch into a large container and we called it Oatmeal Candy. Got so sick of it after a while, I never made it again. But then I married a man whose favorite cookies are oatmeal-raisin, lol!

  11. Mary J. McCoy-DresselMary J. McCoy-Dressel

    The no-bake cookie is one of my favorites to make. My kids (grown men) love them. 🙂 Bring on the crockpot, I say! Add food and let it cook itself. Thanks for sharing your recipe and the link to others on the blog tour.

  12. Kris BockKris Bock

    This kind of recipe is great because you can experiment and change it in so many ways.

  13. Meka JamesMeka James

    Lucky! I wish my hubs loved to cook, but he does not. He can manage but I’m the cook. He is however the grill master, so I’ll take it. I’ve never done no bake cookies. This comes just in time for my upcoming cookie day.

    December 11, 2017
  14. Robin MichaelaRobin Michaela

    These look yummy and the no-bake part is right up my alley (especially this time of year). Thanks for sharing!

    December 11, 2017

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