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These cookies, made from start to finish in under 20 minutes, are the favourites in this house.  The recipe is pretty easy, but tricky to get the timing just right. So assembled here is the best idea ever for a Christmas cookie exchange, the easiest cookies you'll ever make, and the tastiest.  Here's the recipe with step by step instructions as we go along.

Michael Jay's Stovetop Chocolate Fudge Macaroons


Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup and a bit of milk

2 cups rolled oats
2 cups coconut
1/2 cup cocoa powder--dutch cocoa works best because it's mellower.

1) Combine first 3 ingredients and bring to a boil while stirring. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Quickly add the last 3 ingredients. Stir like mad. Drop onto a cookie sheet with a teaspoon or cookie scoop. Wait an hour. Enjoy.

Step 1: Step 1: Assemble All Your Ingredients

Through years of practice, I've found it beneficial to assemble all the ingredients first. Quick oats, coconut and cocoa powder all go in a container together.

Step 2: Make Sure All Your Tools and Ingredients Are Close By

Sounds silly, but before you begin, clear your work area. Lay out a cookie sheet with bakers parchment on it. Soak your scoops in warm water; you might need that step later. Before you even turn on the stove, place the butter, sugar, and milk in the dutch oven. Then make sure your other dry ingredients are right there.

Step 3: Melt the Butter, Boil the Mixture

Set your timer to 3:30. Put butter on top of milk and sugar. Turn on the heat. melt the butter. Now, the important part of this step is to keep stirring. Melt the butter, and when it boils, click your timer. When it goes off, you'll have to very quickly add the rest of the ingredients, all at once. Stir like mad, i.e. mix it up very quickly to prevent the mixture from cooling and setting to quickly.

Step 4: Drop Onto a Cookie Sheet

Self explanatory. Put them really close together to max out the space on the parchment. They don't expand. Wait an hour. Enjoy. Or bag 'em up for the office cookie exchange.
Simple! I'm making something similar tomorrow that also involves quick oats! So easy, and so delicious.

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