Sunday, June 8, 2014


I realize that sometimes this blog is a little schizophrenic. Sometimes it's got really healthy foods--the kind most of us would have gawked at when we were kids. The kind that would shock my mother if she knew I were eating them. The kind full of vegetables and ingredients I'd never even heard of until a few years ago. And sometimes it's got desserts--decadent, fattening, sugary desserts. This is kind of how I eat. Really well most of the time and then, sometimes, I treat myself, but not with any old candy (I haven't eaten a full candy bar for over 15 years), but with something I consider really amazing.

So it stands to reason that I had trouble deciding what to make for Secret Recipe Club this month. When I got the blog, Smells Like Brownies, I figured I would just have to make a treat. But then there were these really delicious looking healthy foods. I wanted to make the Lentil Chickpea Salad, the Couscous Stuffed Eggplant, the Dutch baby with whey(!--perfect for when I make yogurt), and the Spanikopita strudels.... I ended up making the Lentil Chickpea Salad and I thought, "This salad is it; it's delicious and it's what I'm posting. And then I realized that I've done a salad for Secret Recipe club for the last two months. And that I haven't done a sweet from SRC for a long time...and I'd been assigned a blog called Smells Like Brownies for heaven's sake. So I trolled around for some sweets and found these Camp Hanover Fudgies. We were going camping that weekend and I can see the hand of fate when it slaps me in the face. So I made them for us to take. They're a lot like no bake cookies, only with less oatmeal so that they're fudgier and shinier. And yummy. Really really yummy. They're just super simple and super good. (P.S. They do smell like brownies.) Make them.

from Smells Like Brownies
Makes about 2 dozen
Prep time: 5 minutes
Set time: 20 minutes
Cost: $1.65
butter: .50, sugar: .25, cocoa: .10, milk: .10, peanut butter: .50, oats: .20

1/2 C (1 stick) butter
1 3/4 C sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 C milk
1/2 C peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 C oats

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk in a saucepan. Mix together as the butter melts. Stir constantly at medium heat until this starts to boil. When it starts to boil (as in--when those first few bubbles pop the surface), stop stirring and let boil for exactly 1 minute. This is important--as in 'set a timer.' If you go too long, your cookies will get chalkie (and maybe burnt). If you don't go long enough, they will not set up and you'll have some kind of funky (yet still surely delicious) hot fudge sauce.

After one minute of boiling, remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter and vanilla.

Then add the oatmeal.

Spread parchment paper on your counter and drop spoonfuls of this onto the parchment paper.

Let set until cool (or, like, spoon the stuff into your mouth like pudding--I won't judge you).



  1. What fun! I was assigned your blog this month...and made okra chips. Thanks for being a great part of the SRC Group B.

  2. When I was in junior high we made that time we called them No-Bake Cookies! I like yours better....they are quick and tasty.

  3. My kids love these - we've made them a few times.

  4. YUM! I bet my kids would love these! Great choice for the SRC!

  5. What a fun treat, can't wait to try one of these Fudgies. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it is a great choice for the SRC!
    Miz Helen

  6. I have one word for these cookes: YUM. What an awesome choice.

  7. I've been making these since I was a child and they're delicious! We call them Aunt Jo's no bake cookies:) my girlfriend of 60 years and I grew up on them, so when one of us is making them, she calls the other and we make them at the same time:) thanks for sharing, everyone should know how delicious, quick and easy to make! You've made my day, thank you. HUGZ:)



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