I used to hate baking. It just seemed like such a hassle and a mess to pull one dessert together. Something snapped a few months ago and I now like to bake quite a bit. I still love the simple desserts that don't require too much effort.
One of my favorite cookies are No-Bake Cookies. You get little mounds of cookies in about fifteen minutes, and they usually cool pretty quickly. Plus the ingredients are just things that go really well together: chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal, it is all good things in one bite (if you only have one cookie...which is difficult).
Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
from One More-Moore
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats
2 teaspoons vanilla
1) Add the first four ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for a minute.
2) Stir in the next three ingredients and drop onto wax/foil paper. Let cool until set.
These cookies are also really great when it is too hot to bake, although since we're entering fall, I don't think that'll be a problem for awhile. These are the best no-bake cookies that I've ever made. I think the peanut butter and chocolate ratio is perfect. I had to send these to work with my husband so that we didn't eat too many of them.