Super-easy Fiber One haystack cookies

Dump half a cup of peanut butter, one package of chocolate chips and one pack of original Fiber One cereal in a bowl. Melt in the microwave, stir, drop into cookies. What could be easier?

Dump half a cup of peanut butter, one package of chocolate chips and one pack of original Fiber One cereal in a bowl. Melt in the microwave, stir, drop into cookies. What could be easier?

If there’s an easier cookie recipe on the planet than this one, I can’t imagine what it is. It is only has three ingredients — peanut butter, chocolate chips and Fiber One cereal — and you only need to measure one of them, as the other two are just a matter of opening up a package and dumping the contents in the bowl.

I thought these would be an upgrade on no-bake cookies — or “chocolate soup,” as the kids and I used to call it back in our “fat family” days, because the (eggless) batter was so good we’d eat it in small bowls rather than waiting for the cookies to solidify.

We got two of these 16-cookie configurations from this recipe.

We got two of these 16-cookie configurations from this recipe.

These are way more nutritious, although not as low-cal as I hoped because of the “portion distortion” problem. (It says it makes 48 cookies, but my batch only produced 32. Which came out to 138 calories, 1.4 grams protein, 13 carbs, 5 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and 3 Weight Watchers points per cookie.)

These “Metamucil cookies,” as my husband calls them, weren’t as intoxicatingly good as no-bake cookies, but they were tasty enough — I ate like six of them right off the bat.

The kids had mixed reactions. Cassie ate her “breakfast cookie” happily enough, but Ben expressed disinterest verging on disgust — until he got home from baseball practice, when he’s been known to inhale anything that isn’t nailed down.

Fiber One comes with two smaller sealed packs of cereal inside instead of one. You use just one of these in the recipe.

Fiber One comes with two smaller sealed packs of cereal inside instead of one. You use just one of these in the recipe.

Colleen tasted and then loudly denounced these cookies. When I later asked her for details, it turned out “there was a huge chunk” of dried cherry in hers. (I‘d made these with that Planters peanut butter with bits of cherry and chocolate in it, trying to use it up because it was less popular than expected. I doubt very much there were any “huge chunks.” But I think she‘d be more open to these if I’d made them with ordinary peanut butter.

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