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Having Substance-Free Fun During the Holidays

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During the holidays, it can be difficult for some children and teens to get away from the temptations of drugs and alcohol. There are always ways to keep busy and happy without including those unhealthy habits. To keep the holiday spirit alive, some families like to get together and do things such as bake cookies, listen to music, do crafts or play board games. Others may go to a dance class with a friend, make a new tradition, enjoy the light displays or get a bite to eat. There is almost always something going on in the community as well, that would be useful for all ages. Whatever you plan to do over this holiday season, make sure it is healthy and safe, and know there is always fun to be had!

When I am spending time with my family, one of my favorite things to do is bake cookies. I love making no-bake peanut butter chocolate cookies, and I think you would too. Here is a recipe to try out.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Large pinch kosher salt

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment.
  2. Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, then let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.
  3. Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

From Food Network Kitchen: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/peanut-butter-chocolate-no-bake-cookies-recipe.html

Katie Tielking

Katie is a Rainier High School Student and a Youth Program Assistant for Rainier Community Cares.

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