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Delicious, NO BAKE cookies!

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These cookies require no baking.  This allows them to be cookies, very quickly.
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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You will need!


4 Tbls cocoa powder

1 stick butter                                                          mix this

1/2 cup of milk

2 cups of sugar
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3 cups of oatmeal

1/2 cup of peanut butter                        mix this

1 Tsp  vanilla

Step 2: Boil

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now with your butter, cocoa, milk and sugar, on cook on medium heat  until the butter melts.
When it melts, set the timer, and let it boil for  AT LEAST 2 MINUTES,  after the butter is totally melted.

Step 4: Cool off

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Spoon gobs of the cookie dough on cookies pans with wax paper on them.
Let the cookies cool for 15 minutes or until firm.
Unfortunately this turned out to be a dry crumbly mess (tastes good tho). Could be I followed suggestion of getting wet mixture to soft ball stage (235-240F). Recipe on Food Network has it with 1c peanut butter, maybe that would do better.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cooking-live/chocolate-peanut-butter-no-bake-cookies-recipe/index.html
Have made these cookies since I was a wee-one, I like to use crunchy peanut butter. I sometimes I'll sneak in a little bit of Kahlua for us adults.
My families recipe calls for a cup of shredded cocoanut. This helps to firm up the cookies and prevent them from crumbling in your fingers. It also adds more flavor to the mix. In recent years we've had to use peanut butter substitutes due to a peanut allergy in the family. Sun flower butter and Wow butter have bother proven to work well in this and not detract from the flavor.
mpickles1 year ago
My cookies did not firm up. Any suggestions for next time?
ninja boy667 (author)  mpickles1 year ago
Then you did not boil it long enough. When everything melts boil for AT LEAST 2 minutes it should be really bubbly. Sorry if I was not clear on this, ill edit my Instructable.
ninelives21 year ago
leave cocoa out for better taste
ninja boy667 (author)  ninelives21 year ago
Okay, I added that the cocoa was optional.
I made a recipe pretty close to this one last summer. I seem to remember that they get very sticky when left at room temperature (disclaimer: I live in Florida, keep my rooms around 74 deg F, and it was a typical hot and humid August). I had to store them in the fridge to keep them from becoming one big peanut-butter-oatmeal glob. Delicious, but much easier to eat in cookie-size pieces!
ninja boy667 (author)  Easily a-Mused1 year ago
Yeah, the cookies are a little big.
The "boil for X minutes" step is the culprit here, as these are actually a type of candy. For more reliable future prep use a candy thermometer and boil until the mixture reaches about 235-240F, or what candy makers call soft ball stage.

I find Old Fashioned style oats work best here as they soak up excess moisture slower than Quick Cooking oats and the flakes are full size and bit better looking as well.

If you find your mixture is too dry to dish out add a bit more milk and stir gently with low heat to loosen things up again. If the mixture is too wet or loose to dish then simply cook it a bit longer.
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