festive no-bake cookies... for the holidays

In case you are still looking for a last minute, simple treat to celebrate Valentine's Day tomorrow...

Here are some easy, delicious no-bake cookies...  dressed up for the holiday!

This is my favorite version of No-Bakes.  (I have quite a few versions that I love, but this is my favorite classic version!)

I love the festive touch of the m&ms...  I have done eggs for easter, peanut butter m&ms in red & green for Christmas and orange & black, or candy corn for halloween!  Fun!

This is a great treat for the kiddos to help with.  Whether they are old enough to stir, or just to press the candies on top...  there is a job for everyone!

Festive No Bake Cookies Recipe

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup (or so) m&m candies

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt together the butter, cocoa, sugar, salt and milk. Stir and cook until the mixture comes to a boil and then let boil for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, and then stir in the oats and coconut.

Scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets and immediately press 3 m&ms into the top (in whatever colors work for the holiday!).

Place in the fridge to set for a few hours and then transfer to a tupperware container if you are not going to serve them right away. Store in the fridge for up to a week!

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