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#GamingGastronomy – Dark Chocolate Unbaked Cookies By T.R. Knight

#GamingGastronomy – Dark Chocolate Unbaked Cookies By T.R. Knight

#GamingGastronomy – Dark Chocolate Unbaked Cookies By T.R. Knight

Do you like playing games? Do you enjoy cooking? Do you like to occasionally have more than just soda pop and potato chips as snacks for game night? In this new Monday blog series, Game industry personalities will be sharing some of their favorite recipes for game night munchies. Welcome to Gaming Gastronomy!

So why am I starting this new blog series? For me, gaming is a social event. I enjoy sitting down with family and friends to play games. Food is also a social event for me. Having a counter full of snack foods or a table set for a meal, with friends and family socializing while they eat, is a wonderful experience. When I can do both at the same time, then I am at my happiest. Friends and family, enjoying food and playing games, fills a room with such wonderful emotions. The act of sharing two of my passions (food and gaming) warms my heart and brings a huge grin to my face.

Over the holiday break, I was inspired with this idea as I enjoyed snacks while gaming. I reached out to some of my friends in the game industry to see if there was interest, and the responses were great. So, I shall start off this new series with one of my most requested cookies for games nights and Game Jams at Taylor. This recipe was taught to me by my mom, and I have since made a minor change to it.

Dark Chocolate Unbaked Cookies

1st Mixture – Dry Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Minute Rolled Oats
  • 6 Tablespoons Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla

In large bowl, mix these ingredients until oats are fully coated.

2nd Mixture – Wet Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Skim Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter (Added Later)

In a pot on the stove, heat and stir the sugar, butter, and milk together till melted. Continue stirring until just boiling. You should see a light rolling of the mixture to the center of the pot. As soon as the 2nd mixture reaches the light boil, remove from heat and stir in 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter. Stir until peanut butter fully melts into mixture.

Pour 2nd mixture with combined peanut butter over 1st mixture. Stir until well mixed, then let set until it is thick enough to spoon onto wax paper. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper (or cookie sheets) and let stand until firm. Once firm, eat them all or store them in sealed container to remain fresh.

Plate of Unbaked Cookies

Plate of Unbaked Cookies

Unbaked Cookie with Bite out of it

I had to make the ultimate sacrifice for this post and take a bite out of a fresh unbaked cookie.

In the coming weeks, check back here on Mondays for more delectable recipes from personalities around the game industry.

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5 thoughts on “#GamingGastronomy – Dark Chocolate Unbaked Cookies By T.R. Knight

  1. Sandy Della Croce

    Sounds very good! Do you have the recipe for two ingredient fudge? In a microwave safe 4 cup sized cup, pour in 3 cups good chocolate chips. Pour over that 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Heat in microwave until chips are just starting to melt. Remove and stir till all chips are melted (reheat if necessary, but keep it short! Chocolate Burns!) Pour warm mixture into 9×13 pan. Cool, cut and enjoy. Some versions of this call for a teaspoon or so of vanilla (or almond, or peppermint) I can’t taste the vanilla and if you aren’t really careful the chocolate will react to the water in the vanilla and “seize!” So I leave it out. BTW, the original of this one also called for peanut butter. I prefer to stir 1/2 cup of peanut butter with some sweetener, roll the PB into small balls, and then put them into the pan that the fudge will be poured into, then pour the fudge over the PB balls. Homemade Reeses!

    Also “In a pot on the stove, bring Sugar, Butter, and Milk to the beginnings of a rolling boil, stirring continuously.” I think this should be rephrased to “…stove, heat and stir the sugar, butter and milk together till melted. Continue stirring until just boiling.” Why? Because you don’t want a rolling boil…unless you want to caramelize the sugar?

    1. T.R. Knight Post author

      Thanks for the recipe. I have made similar simple fudge before. They turn out great.

      The sugar, butter, and milk have to come to a boil or the unbaked cookies will not firm up. If you just melt the ingredients and use them, then the cookies remain a mushy goop. If you boil them too long, then the cookies become overly crystalized and brittle. It takes some practice to time the boiling correctly, but you need that early caramelization for the unbaked cookies to form properly.

  2. Sandy Della Croce

    I understand that it needs to boil. My comment/question was mostly about the difference between a light boil and a rolling boil.

    1. T.R. Knight Post author

      I see how you are interpreting it. I think I will make a change. I see it coming to a very light rolling boil. It is beyond the point of a light boil and just to the end of starting to fold in on itself.

  3. Angie K

    It has been quite lovely to enjoy these cookies over the past week- I dare say this is one of the tastiest batches of no-bakes T.R. has made in the past 20+ years! I hope others can enjoy these also. :)

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