Dot and I enjoy baking, but nothing gets requested as often as these yummy, yummy no-bake cookies. Despite the fact that there’s a fair amount of sugar and butter, I try to tell myself that it’s offset by the oats and peanut butter, for a cookie that’s not entirely horrible for us.
To make these no bake cookies, you will need:
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups minute oats
- Start by putting the milk, butter, sugar, and cocoa into a saucepan.
- Heat the mixture to boiling and let it boil for 1 1/2 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. (I put the peanut butter in first so it can melt before I add the oats.)
The mixture will be very hot, so I usually have Dot watch me as I scoop spoonfuls out onto wax paper. She then “helps” by flattening them down with a spatula.
What I Learned the Hard Way: Every once in a while, I get a batch of these that won’t quite firm up. I have yet to figure out why, exactly. What I have learned, however, is that you can put them in the freezer to harden them up, and they’re still totally delicious. (Seriously, even if they’re just piles of goo on the wax paper, they’re totally delicious.)