Sunday, February 8, 2009

No Bake Cookies

Can you tell I ate one???

This one's for my mom. When I was living with them I didn’t even like these cookies. Maybe it was because I made them so often? I also didn’t use to like chocolate at all, so that was probably a big part of it. I’ve finally grown in to liking chocolate more (is that a good or bad thing??) so I enjoy these a lot now! I have lots of memories of making these for my mom and the whole batch being gone that night…which is probably something she didn’t want everyone to know! Sometimes I would come home from college and she would have all the ingredients out and ready for me to make some of these for her. The best part about them is how fast they are. Cleanup is fast too—all in one pot plus a couple measuring utensils.

No Bake Cookies (the original recipe came from a really old cookbook put together by children’s authors, and I don’t even know where that book is now…I remember this page had chocolate smears all over it!)

1 stick margarine
2 c sugar
½ c skim milk
¼ c unsweetened cocoa
½ c peanut butter
~4-5 cups oats (quick or regular) **
1 t vanilla

**for the oats, I just pour until it's the consistency I want it to be. If you like your cookies thinner, then you will use closer to 3-3.5 cups of oats. If you like them taller like mine, you will use more.

Over medium heat, combine margarine, sugar, milk, and cocoa. Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently or constantly if you can. Allow to simmer for one minute.
Remove from heat and add vanilla, peanut butter, and oats, stirring after each addition. Scoop onto waxed paper and allow to cool…making sure to leave some in the pan to eat before you clean up!