When you are looking for a chocolate treat, nothing can beat a no bake cookie. Peggy Jean, aka my mom, is where I got my recipe. They are my brother’s favorite, although I am not sure if his wife, Kelley, uses this recipe. I am saving Kelley for another post. I am going to try to talk her out of her chocolate chip cookie recipe with a “guest post.” She is a great cook and if this blog makes it to the New Year, I am sure you will hear about her “Cabbage Roll” open house. I haven’t made these cookies since my children were home and they are 28 and 31, so it had been awhile. I did remember that you really need to constantly stir the sugar mixture. I put the butter and sugar on the stove, while I was searching for my 1/4 cup. I thought I might have scorched the butter, but I continued to add the other ingredients. I started to stir and notice some little brown bubbles in the mixture. I fished one out and tasted it and it was bitter. I then proceeded to throw out that batch. I thought, “why waste the oats?”
I quickly got the next batch ready and on the stove and the same brown bubbles were present. I knew I hadn’t scorched this batch and I then realized that the brown bubbles were the unsweetened cocoa and there been nothing wrong with the first batch. OK, Kelley, you can stop laughing now!
2 cups sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
1/4 cup of cocoa
pinch of salt
1/4 pound or one stick of margarine ( I used butter)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups of quick oats
In pan mix sugar, cocoa, milk and butter. Put on medium heat and cook until it starts to boil, stirring constantly. Boil for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for 1 minute.
Add vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats and stir well.
Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper. Let cool.
This make about 2 1/2 dozen cookies…one missing where I had to do a “taste test”.