Sep 17
2012

Light(er) No-Bake Cookies Recipe with Dulce de Leche, Sea Salt & Oatmeal

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Light(er) No-Bake Cookies Recipe with Dulce de Leche & Oatmeal

Before we move onto these no-bake cookies (did I mention there’s dulce de leche – caramel! – involved?), I have to tell you that we are very excited to be announcing our new challenge over at the Red Faced Runners site. The first challenge was a big success (see many red-faced pictures here) and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish with the second challenge.

Now onto the cookies. I always like to slip a little treat into my boys’ lunch boxes, but I don’t want to rely on pre-packaged candy from the store. A homemade cookie, along with a a note telling them that I’m thinking of them, is always welcome.

Of course, I don’t always have time to bake a big batch of cookies, waiting for each batch to turn perfectly golden brown on the edges. That’s where these easy no-bake cookies come in. Besides boiling the skim milk, sugar, butter and cocoa butter for a few minutes, there is no cooking involved. All that’s left to do is stir in the canned dulce de leche (usually found by the condensed milk in the supermarket) and oats, and drop the dough onto waxed paper. Let them set and they’re ready to enjoy.

Now, I know I claimed that these are lighter than the regular no-bake cookies. Let’s be completely honest here. These cookies still can’t be considered “healthy”, but they are certainly lighter than the usual version. The sugar is decreased from 2 cups to only 1/2 cup (however, they is still sugar in the dulce de leche), there are a mere 2 tablespoons of butter compared to the usual 1/2 cup (and the peanut butter is eliminated altogether), and non-fat milk substitutes for full-fat milk. Okay, still not light, but definitely light-er.

Now, these cookies aren’t as solid as usual baked cookies and will fall apart a little as handled, but they’re easily popped into your mouth in a couple of bites. I found that the texture was the best after the cookies sat out to dry for about 4 hours.

The recipe:
In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk. Bring to a boil and allow it to boil for 2 minutes.

Light(er) No-Bake Cookies Recipe with Dulce de Leche & Oatmeal

Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, dulce de leche and vanilla.

Drop by the tablespoonful onto waxed paper. If you prefer, slightly flatten with a spatula or roll into a ball.

Sprinkle each cookie with several grains of sea salt. Allow to set for at least 1 hour (I found that the texture was the best after the cookies sat out to dry for about 4 hours).
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Light(er) No-Bake Cookies Recipe with Dulce de Leche & Oatmeal

Light(er) No-Bake Cookies Recipe with Dulce de Leche, Sea Salt & Oatmeal
 
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Makes approximately 30 cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup fat-free milk
  • 3 cups oats
  • ½ cup dulce de leche
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk.
  2. Bring to a boil and allow it to boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, dulce de leche and vanilla.
  4. Drop by the tablespoonful onto waxed paper. If you prefer, slightly flatten with a spatula or roll into a ball.
  5. Sprinkle each cookie with several grains of sea salt.
  6. Allow to set for at least 1 hour (I found that the texture was the best after the cookies sat out to dry for about 4 hours).

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1 Kare @ Kitchen Treaty September 17, 2012 at 7:17 am

How inventive are these? No-bake cookies are my downfall … well, one of many downfalls. Yum. Love the idea of dulce de leche and Nutella … and sea salt … and justification to eat more because they’re lightened up … good gracious!

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2 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen September 17, 2012 at 7:19 am

The perfect lunchbox treat from Mom! :)

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3 bellini September 17, 2012 at 7:25 am

No bake means that these will show up in my kitchen!

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4 Jessica September 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

I can’t wait to try these out!! The original recipe holds many wonderful memories with my momma and I in the kitchen! Thanks for this twist :)

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5 Jen @ Savory Simple September 17, 2012 at 7:48 am

These look incredible!

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6 Kate@Diethood September 17, 2012 at 8:07 am

How I wish I had a dozen of those right now. They sound so so good!

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7 Deborah September 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

Only 13-ish weeks until I can join in on the red faced runners – I can’t wait to get back into shape! And I love these cookies – especially that they are lighter!

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I can’t wait for you to join us, Deb!

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9 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel September 17, 2012 at 8:37 am

The photos are stunning and these look incredible! Anything caramel-y with sea-salt involved is game in my book!

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10 Living The Sweet Life September 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

Mmmm…. these look great!! And how cute is it, that your boys get notes in their lunch — that’s so sweet :)

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11 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective September 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

Dara, you had me at “dulce” and the healthy-ER version is a definite bonus!

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12 Cassie September 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

I am so thrilled to see a lighter version of these – one of my favorite cookies ever. I love the addition of dulce de leche!

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13 foodwanderings September 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

These Dulce de Leche no bake cookies look so good Dara. I didn’t know you started a fit and exercise blog as well. Many congrats. Love that you make this alternative to commercial candy for school lunches!

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14 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet September 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

LOVE these for two reasons: dulce de leche and “lighter”. YUM!

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15 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction September 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

Oh, I love the addition of dulce de leche!

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16 Denise September 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

Dara, these sound so good. My mom use to make a no-bake cookie that was loaded with oats, but she did not use dulce de leche. Instead her version was loaded with sugar. I like that you cut the sugar back and let the caramel naturally sweeten the cookie. Definitely going to be trying this one out!

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17 Annalise September 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Love this recipe! I’ve been thinking about no-bake cookies a lot lately, how to reinvent them, etc. and I love what you’ve got going on in these with the dulce de leche and absence of peanut butter. Also love that they are lighter!

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18 Ashley@BakerbyNature September 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

My mom always put something sweet and homemade in my lunch box, and I still remember the joy it gave me each day when I discovered it. These cookies look delightful, and I bet your sons feel so lucky to have a mom like you!

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19 Julia {The Roasted Root} September 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

No bake is fine by me! Just cuts down the amount of time I have to wait in order to consume the treat! Dulce de leche is absolutely wonderful, so I imagine these cookies are awesome! Your kids are lucky to get them in the lunch box!!

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20 addie @ culicurious September 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Great idea! Good way to get some oats in the diet too :)

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21 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I love Dulce de Leche! In a no-bake cookie is even better :)

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22 Tricia @ Saving room for dessert September 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I bet these are wonderful. I miss packing my kids a lunch – enjoy them before they grow up!

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23 Brian @ A Thought For Food September 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

These are great! I’ll have to try these with my niece!

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24 Amy Tong September 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

It’s still super hot here in So.CA. With that said, any no-bake desserts/cookies are welcome here. Especially, these looks divine!

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25 Dede September 19, 2012 at 6:11 am

I am such a nut for that little pinch of sea salt. Yum. PDHL

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26 stephchows September 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Hey at least they are healthier, that totally counts! They sound delicious!

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27 Shirley Woolwardshirley November 20, 2012 at 4:29 am

These sound fabulous! Would they be okay for my gluten free relatives? Thank you for all your great recipes!

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