Just because you can bake fancy cookies with 10,000 layers of pastry and sugared violets doesn’t mean you have to. Sometimes, I just want to self-medicate with a good cookie, and I don’t want to run the oven. Since I was 12, the answer to many of the world’s problems has come in the form of no-bake cookies.
I’ve had other peoples’ no-bakes, and (my least favorite) purchased no-bakes, but mine are really the best. They are also quick and easy to make, and (unless you need the cookies because your offspring are driving you nuts) they are a great thing to make with kids. Here goes:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder (Not Dutch Process)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I’ve used crunchy, but if you go this route you should use a little more peanut butter overall, maybe 1/3 cup more).
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups “Quick” oatmeal
Place sugar, butter, milk and cocoa in large saucepan, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for exactly one minute.
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until peanut butter melts. Stir in oatmeal.
Drop by the spoonful onto waxed paper or a silicone baking mat, and allow to cool. Enjoy!!!!!