Peggy Jean’s No Bake Cookies

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no bake cookies

Peggy Jean’s no bake cookies

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!

no bake cookies

ingredients for no bake cookies

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.

no bake cookies

No bake cookies

Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper.  Let cool.

no bake cookies

No bake cookies on waxed paper

This make about 2 1/2 dozen cookies…one missing where I had to do a “taste test”.

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