Monday, February 15, 2010

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

These have been a favorite since childhood. They are so delicious and, when made right, can rival any of my top treats. They are so addicting and the more you make them...the better you get at making them.

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1 cube butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 1/2-3 cups quick oats
2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Prepare some wax paper on your counter. In a large saucepan (I use my large pot actually so that I can just pull it off of the stove and add the oats to the same pan...less dishes!) heat sugar, butter, milk & cocoa until boiling. As soon as this mixture has reached a rolling boil (not before) time for one minute. Meanwhile, have a bowl of really cold water next to the stove. At one minute, drip a couple of drops of the hot chocolatey mixture into the bowl and see if it has reached soft ball stage. If you have timed correctly, this step isn't necessary. But I still do it just to be sure...if you don't boil long enough your cookies will not set up. If you boil too long, they will be dry & crumbly and gross.) Remove from heat and quickly stir in your peanut butter. Then add your oats. I do not use a full 3 cups. I use around 2 1/2. When there are too many oats in there, the cookies are obnoxiously chewy instead of melting in your mouth. After you stir in the oats, finally add the vanilla.

Drop by spoonfulls onto wax paper-making sure to leave lots of yummy residue in the pan, which you will eat in a moment...this is my favorite part of making these cookies. My reward, if you will. Cool until they are set up. Enjoy these delicious confections.

10 comments:

Karlyn said...

I totally remember eating these at your house on Sundays! I think every Sunday I was up there!

Home's Where My Heart Is said...

I have this exact recipe and have also enjoyed these yummies for years. You are so right, you have to follow the directions or they just don't turn out. Hmmm...I think I have all these ingredients on hand. Thanks for the idea!! :)

Karey said...

Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. These sound so good right now. Is it bad that it's only 8 in the morning and I want these? You don't have to answer that.

Karey said...

By the way. Great photo.

Corissa said...

no matter how many times i try to make these, they are never like yours. :( i will keep attempting though. Thanks for sending this link to me. Whenever i think of these cookies, i think of you and john also. good times!

CinnamonAndSass said...

This made me think of my old roommate; she was a terrible cook and decided to make no-bake cookies one day (how hard can it be?). She misunderstood her mother on the phone and put in 3 sticks of butter instead of one...we spent the rest of the afternoon trying to figure out why her cookies looked like cookie soup and adding gobs of oatmeal and peanut butter trying to thicken them up! LoL!

Kristi said...

This is my kids favorite cookie.

Leslie said...

i want one. why didn't you make THOSE when i was over during the weekend? :)

Mmm...

Scott / Lori said...

I love these cookies, but they must be just right. Good directions....last time mine were too crumbly. Thanks!

Kim said...

My family loves these, but I like to put in dutch cocoa, instead of the regular cocoa. It makes them a little richer and oh, so good!