Salted Dark Chocolate No Bake Cookies

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I recently found myself in a bit of a pinch. It was T minus 30 minutes and I was trying to get everyone ready to go to a friends' house for dinner, when I remembered that I was supposed to be bringing a dessert.  I had set some butter out earlier to try a new recipe, but when two little boys both decide that they're not going to nap, things get a little hairy.

It briefly crossed my mind to stop by the store on the way and pick up a bag of my husband's favorite chocolate sandwich cookies. Then I remembered these little gems from the 2013 edition of 12 days of cookies. My no-fail no-bake cookies!  I had just enough time to whip up a batch of them and get them plated, throw some diapers in the diaper bag, and run out the door.

I decided to do a little upgrade on these cookies - the classic no-bake revisited.  Don't get me wrong-they're great as they are, but I wanted to take them from great to gourmet, and the result was amazing!!  A little less sweet, extra dark, with just the right hint of salt.  *Note: if you're trying to avoid peanuts, these are great with your favorite nut or seed butter - just substitute straight across.

Salted Dark Chocolate No Bake Cookies
Mix butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.  Boil for 1 minute.

Remove from heat, add peanut butter, and stir until melted.  Mix in vanilla and oats.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Sprinkle with kosher salt and cool until set.  Work quickly, because the salt doesn't stick as well once the cookies have cooled.  Gently press the salt into the cookies if necessary. 

Makes 5-6 dozen

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