This Valentine's Day treat is super easy and quick to make-no baking required! Simply use your most favourite no-bake cookie recipe, portion out your cookies to the sizes you want, let them cool, shape, freeze, package and give! And just in case you might need a great recipe for the occasion I'm sharing the one I used below, from Cooking Classy. The kids and I whipped up our batch one afternoon and then went for a walk while they cooled, once we returned I shaped and then froze them (this not only helps the cookies maintain their heart shape, but it keeps them fresher and chewy-the way we prefer all of our cookies!
These treats are perfect for giving to any Valentine whether it be a teacher, friend, family or neighbour...but don't forget to show some love for yourself too and save a few for later;)
1/2 cup salted butter (I used unsalted)
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups quick oats (I used old fashioned)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (my addition)
Line several baking sheets or a counter space with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan combine butter, sugar, cocoa and milk, melt over medium heat (stirring often) until it reaches a boil. Let boil for 60 seconds without stirring (be sure to do this at FULL boil). Remove from heat and immediately add vanilla, peanut butter and oats, combine. Drop mixture onto parchment paper using a spoon or small ice cream/cookie dough scoop (or larger if you desire). Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes at room temperature or place in the fridge to speed the process up (we let ours sit on the counter for 1 hour at room temperature and then shaped the cookies into hearts before placing them on a cookie sheet in the freezer). Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature (like most of our cookies, we like to keep ours in the freezer and enjoy them cold and chewy!!).
For giving as valentines, simply package them up into small bags or boxes and seal with a pretty ribbon and tag or just a heart shaped sticker, Happy Valentine's Day!