Thursday, December 6, 2012

The BEST no bake cookies!

This recipe is a very special recipe to me. It is my personal favorite cookie. Now I have tried many different chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies but this one so far has been the best. The recipe is from a cookbook from my mom's hometown church. I had the pleasure of getting to know the lady who provided the recipe, Doris Jean Woodward, and her husband really well. When I would go up and spend a week with my grandmother during the summer we would go and eat senior meals and play the card game Rook with them. Doris Jean played the piano and organ at the church my mom grew up in and even played organ at my parents wedding.

This is the cookbook from my mom's hometown church.
 
Before I was able to cook in the kitchen on my own my mom would make these cookies. I always got really excited when I smelled that wonderful chocolate smell coming from the kitchen. Then by the time I joined 4H and old enough to learn I asked my mom to teach me how to make them. Those cookies were the first thing I took to our County 4H Achievement day. They got a blue ribbon and got picked to go to the Missouri State Fair. One day when we were visiting my grandma I made sure I let Doris Jean know that I made her wonderful cookies and they got sent to State. Today I have the recipe memorized and if I'm in a pinch I can whip them up in about 15 min. I hope one day to pass the recipe down to my kids.

Here is the Recipe:

In a 2 quart sauce pan mix together the following:
2 cups white sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk

Add:
1 stick of butter/margarine cut up into slices so it melts easier

Put pan on stove at high heat to boil the mixture. Once the mixture starts to boil let it boil for 1 minute EXACTLY.

 After the minute is up remove from heat and Mix in the following:

1 teaspoon of vanilla
3/4 cups Peanut Butter (we use chunky the nuts add a little more texture but it's ok with smooth)
3-4 cups of oatmeal ( start out just doing 1 cup at a time until it thickens up but don't add to much or you will dry out your cookies so take it SLOW)

Once the mixture is combined take and spoon out about 1-2 tablespoon (your preference on size) on to a cookie sheet covered in wax paper or the counter covered in wax paper. Let cool and Enjoy!!

 Makes about 2 dozen depending on size
Takes 20-30 min
The finished product!

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