Tuesday, May 12, 2015

No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

Today, I am making cookies from a favorite recipe in our family cookbook. They are fairly unhealthy, and very tasty.

I think I under-cooked them. But they're still fabulous.
Difficulty Rating: 3
Time: 35 min

1/2 cup butter or margarine*
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter**
3 cups oat (quick or slow) 
2 teaspoons vanilla

1. Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil.
2. Boil on medium for 45-60 seconds, stirring frequently.***
3. Place peanut butter, oatmeal, and vanilla in a large bowl and add the boiled mixture; stir for two minutes (or until thoroughly mixed).
4. Spoon on cookie sheet and let cool (put it in the freezer for faster results).****
5. Nom the fabulous results

*Real butter and cream/canned milk will make the cookies richer.
**I've seen recipes with more peanut butter than this (like 3/4 cup); 1/2 cup keeps the flavor of peanut butter down (a flavor I dislike). 
***Depending on your stove, this may be anywhere in this zone. Just be careful not to burn your cookies. If they're very crumbly and not sticky-together-y, and taste a little scorched, they're probably burnt. (However, if you don't cook for long enough, your cookies may never set; if you have a gooey mass of cookie that you can't pick up without coating your fingers in it, you failed to cook it for long enough.)
****My eldest sister makes half batches right in the pan and then eats it warm. 

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