Salted Dark Chocolate Ritz No-bake Cookies

Salted Dark Chocolate Ritz No-bake Cookies by BakingdomWell, this is probably a really silly confession to make, because it’s pretty obvious by how little I’ve been posting, but I’m going to confess it anyway:

I haven’t been in a very ‘blogging’ mood lately.

Actually, I think a more accurate confession would be that I have a tremendous case of writer’s block right now. Not baker’s block…I still have a kajillion recipes tripping and tumbling over themselves in my head – dancing around together, and chasing each other to the front of the line. Also, it’s not really a lack of motivation, as I have no less than four completed recipes photographed and uploaded and waiting to be shared. I just literally can’t think of much to write about these days.

And I know why, and it’s totally depressing, so if you don’t want to be sad, just skip ahead to the cookies…cookies are never sad.

The reason I think I have been having trouble getting my stories out is because I’m feeling so homesick. Let’s get some things straight…the Netherlands is amazing. I love it here. Europe is fantastic. We’ve been having an amazing time exploring. But let’s face it, it’s not home, and I miss home. I’ve never been homesick before, and I didn’t expect it this time around. With all of our moves, I felt pretty confident I could handle this one. I miss my friends and family tremendously, though, and it has made blogging a little harder to do.

I really debated sharing this with you. It’s not a fun thing to share, or to read, but I wanted to be honest with you all, and I wanted to thank you. Thank you so much, friends, for being patient and understanding. Thank you for hanging out, and for continuing to visit even when I haven’t had anything new to share for a while.

I’ve been obsessed with chocolate and Ritz crackers lately. Maybe the combo makes me feel a little less homesick…maybe it’s just really freaking delicious. Either way, it makes me happy, so I’m sharing a new sweet and salty cookie with you today. To say thanks. :)

Ritz No-bake Cookie Ingredients by BakingdomI love how easy, but still delicious, no-bake cookies are. They only have a few simple ingredients – butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, a little vanilla, oats, and crackers…and a little salt on top – and they take less than ten minutes to make…what’s not to love?

Dark Chocolate Ritz No-bake Cookies by BakingdomI love the great crunch that these crackers add to classic no-bake cookies. Plus, with a little extra cocoa powder, they have a rich chocolaty flavor that’s irresistible. These are less of a milk chocolate cookie, like traditional no-bakes, and darker and deeper in flavor.

Salted Ritz No-bake Cookies by BakingdomThen, there’s the salt on top. Seriously, don’t skip the salt on top. It’s the perfect accent to the crunchy crackers, and a great addition to the dark chocolate. You need to make these, and chances are, you already have all of the ingredients in your pantry!

Enjoy!

Salted Dark Chocolate Ritz No-bake Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen, depending on cookie size

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or margarine
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk or soy milk
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups quick oats
2 full sleeves Ritz crackers, roughly crushed
coarse sea salt

In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the sugar, milk, and cocoa powder and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and cook for a minute to a minute and a half. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla. Once the peanut butter is melted and combined, add the oats and crackers, mix well. Once combined, drop tablespoonfuls onto waxed or parchment paper, sprinkle with sea salt to taste, and allow to cool for at least an hour before serving.

Recipe by Darla

Delicious Ritz No-bake Cookies from Bakingdom

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  1. Kelly says

    I think it is good that you share these “darker” stories with us, because guess what, we can relate! I’m a Coast Guard wife and we recently moved as well, and boy oh boy, am I homesick! Well, homesick for our last location…and New England in general! You are so far from home…of course you’re going to feel a touch of homesickness. It doesn’t sound like it is stopping you from exploring so that is good! Give yourself credit for that. Sometimes, depending on where we are currently living, I have found that the ache for “home” doesn’t completely go away – it sort of lies in a corner of your heart. BUT…the beginning is the hardest part so hopefully it will subside a little for you soon!

  2. Amber says

    These look delicious, my favourite after dinner snack lately has been peanut butter fudge sauce spread on Ritz crackers =] Sorry you’re feeling down. Hope you get to see your family soon.

  3. Bernadette says

    Darla I think that would be more than expected, to be homesick. I did notice you haven’t posted much but you do what you have to do for yourself. Harry is waiting in a few weeks and I know that will be a pick me up! :) Hang in there as best as you can!

  4. Caley says

    I’m sorry you are homesick! I think you are incredibly brave to move as much as you do, and I really hope that the sad feelings go away for you.

  5. Vicki says

    I was so excited to see a new posting from you because even though I don’t personally know you I’ve been a Bakingdom stalker (in a totally non creepy way :-))Your posts always make me smile, I love your geeky, girly, cute little self! I’m sorry you are sad and homesick but on the bright side you do have a pretty special Disney trip coming up with a special friend!

  6. says

    I’m glad to know you are safe and baking away. Please know that there are lots of us out in cyberland sending you loads of love and all kinds of happy so that you can fight the homesick blues.

  7. Kelsey Witt says

    These look delicious! :)

    I can understand the homesickness! I just spent a month in Copenhagen, and while it was a lot of fun, it was hard being away from friends and family. I hope you enjoy your time in the Netherlands in spite of the homesickness, and know that your readers will be here for you. :) I always look forward to the delicious goodies you come up with on this fabulous blog!

  8. Marcie says

    I have to admit, I was worried that this was the cause for your lack of posting recently. You’re usually so frequent, but I had hoped it was because you were too busy enjoying your latest adventure. Don’t feel guilty for feeling that way and sharing about it though, because I am sure there are others out there that can take solace in the fact that you’ve opened up about your homesickness. I know I do.

    I spent some time abroad myself, and while I loved every little bit of it and describe it as one of the best times in my life, I often felt homesick. Europe can just be so very different even in little minor ways that you’d never even consider. And while that makes it extremely fun to explore, it can also make it a little lonesome. You can’t always find those comforts that make a place home, which can leave you feeling down. Some of those comforts are you friends and family. I know I talked to my immediate family once a week or two over the phone and emailed at least as much. While it was good to stay in touch and share my adventures with them, it was difficult to hear about the lives they were living without me. I couldn’t be there to see them through tough times, to celebrate the victories, or even just live through the routine day to day stuff. It can feel very isolating. And to make matters worse, you can’t always find the little things that would comfort you when you’re feeling so isolated and down – silly little things like trinkets that you’ve locked away in storage, certain foods – which seems so silly when you’re surrounded by such cool new cuisines, and even little shops/cafes/etc. that you would treat yourself to. And as crazy as it seems with the widespread of language and the domination of English-speaking businesses, sometimes there’s also a language barrier to throw salt in the wound.

    But weirdest of all, is something that actually my dad brought up to me one day in one of our often lengthy conversations. He said that America is the only country where you can truly make yourself a new home and actual become a part of the country. In other countries you can move there, live there for years, and apply for citizenship, but if you are not born there you are not truly one of them. Even your descendants will have to wait for multiple generations to be considered natives. In America that is totally different. You can be born an American or become an American; it doesn’t matter, because you are included. So when you are abroad, for however long, another country can feel isolating because you are so use to living in such an inclusive, and unique, environment.

    Hopefully, you will find a way to cope through your homesickness, embrace your travels, and make the most of this time. If nothing else, you have the hope that it will not be for forever.

    Best wishes to you in this difficult time!

  9. jenna k says

    I hope you feel better soon, Darla! So hard to fight homesickness, but it is a great idea to make comfort foods. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!

  10. says

    Oh sweet girl! I am so sorry to hear that. I know it must be rough — I have never lived overseas as an adult, but I spend time there as a kid and it’s all so unfamiliar. It can be exciting, but sometimes you just want to feel like you are at home. Thinking of you!! xoxo

  11. says

    Love and prrayers your way. You have a wonderful gift and talent, and you need to take care of yourself first.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your self with us.There are many people who love you and are grateful for what you do!

  12. Jackie says

    It must be rough living so far away from everyone and everything familiar, so the homesickness is definitely understandable (though I’m relieved that your hiatus wasn’t due to anything more dire!). I hope you feel better soon, or are able to arrange a visit with friends and family. <3

  13. Andrea R says

    I’m sorry you’re homesick! I’m sure it’s rough being so far away. Post as you can. We’ll be waiting patiently. Hope I get to see you next time you’re home-home. ;-)

  14. Brandi says

    Sorry you’re feeling blue :-( It’s hard to be displaced and I don’t even know the feeling on your scale. I am happy to be settled in our new home, complete with my computer setup and able to catch up on your blog! I could have been reading on a phone/kindle these last few months, but my ritual is to sit here at naptime and read my favorites (you’re the top of the list). Hope your trip brings you some relief!

  15. Beth says

    Darla, it is clear to me that you have a group of “friends”, some of whom you will never meet, but who nevertheless look forward to reading your blog, not only for your inspiring recipes, but also to share your humor, kind-heartedness and take on life. It is the kind of honesty that you show in this blog that makes your readers keep looking for your latest post. So, if you don’t have much to say, but you have a recipe to share, we will understand, and return for the next installment. We are all rooting for you and hoping to see more recipes soon. I am confident that I am not alone in these sentiments. And remember what Dumbledore said, “Happiness can be found even in the Darkest of Times, if one only remembers to turn on the Light.” Maybe coming back to your blog could be your light; connecting with your peeps. :) All the best.

  16. says

    I feel a little guilty that it took me so long to read this post. I remember those tough times while I was living abroad where I knew everything around me was amazing, but all I wanted to do was go home. Know that you are loved by many, especially me. I hope you’re having the most wonderful time in Diagon Alley right now. Hopefully one day we can share a chai together somewhere in the world, and you can tell me all about it.

  17. T says

    I’ve lived in other countries, and I’ve been through the homesickness and the culture shock, Darla. It’s so very hard to live in another country at first. It triggers anger and depression and also times of elation and joy and amazement that YOU are doing this astonishing thing! Yes you! Like you weren’t awesome enough already!

    Hang in there. It passes, and better times come. Oh, and your chicken and dumplings is still our #1 favorite dinner.

    Love

  18. says

    I know exactly how you feel. I am Greek living in NL for the past seven years and even though I thought I’m used to living away from home, it hits me every once in a while and it’s unbearable. Being away from family and friends is horrible, especially when the weather in NL is as bad as it has been lately.
    Anyway, this is the first time I’m visiting your blog and I’m glad I found you. Keep on blogging, it is therapeutic. And thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  19. MJ says

    Just made these. They are so good and really, the salt on top is essential! The only problem being that I have now just had 2 for breakfast and 2 last night for supper…

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