Yesterday I wanted to whip up a batch of our favorite no-bake cookies for a MIRLing picnic with my new friends Jody and Martha. I lost 20 minutes searching through 4 recipe boxes (this is what happens when kids get old enough to cook independently), all to no avail.
Since I couldn’t find my own recipe, I found a very similar one and modified it to the best of my memory. Now I’m posting it for posterity in the hopes that Blogger will prove more reliable than either my recipe box or my memory.
I’ve heard that recipes like this are very touchy and often turn out goopy but we haven’t found that to be the case. Just be sure you boil at least 2 minutes (some recipes say 4 minutes) and your cookies should firm up nicely.
Oatmeal Chocolate No-bake Cookies
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
4-5 cups oats
In a 4 quart pot, stir together sugar and cocoa. Add milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil 2 minutes.
Working quickly, remove from heat and stir in butter, peanut butter and vanilla. Confession: I never measure peanut butter. 1-2 big glops from a spoon will do nicely. Stir in the oats and drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Remember, work quickly. If you are too slow your cookies will cool and set in the pan and you’ll be forced to eat the rest straight from the pan with a spoon. Not good for the hips.
Let cool thoroughly and enjoy.
We had wonderful visit with our new friends and afterwards went to Vision Forum to help out with a project. When everyone told me I had a beautiful glow to my skin, I smiled and assumed it was from the joy of making and meeting new friends. I only wish that was the cause.
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and we spent 3 hours in a river park with our friends.
I have a sunburn.
Spring is here.