Dark Dream Bites

dark cookies photo

Contributor’s Note: These are no-bake cookies, aka refrigerator cookies.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons good quality black or dark cocoa powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick oatmeal
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa and milk until it is well mixed. Heat on a medium heat, gradually adding the butter until it’s fully melted.

Bring the mixture to a boil for 1-½ minutes, no more, no less.

Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract and peanut butter. Stir well.

Add the 3 cups quick oats (1 cup at a time) and then the coarsely chopped pecans.

At the last minute, add 1 cup dark chocolate chips.

Using two spoons, place golf-ball size amounts on aluminum foil or parchment paper, and let cool.