No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Cookies are my weakness….I LOVE COOKIES. If I ever crave anything…it is a cookie. My husband and I have this ongoing joke about what our “game show favorite items are.” The other night I was craving these cookies…probably because when January came around I removed all the left over “sweet” items from the holidays and went back to limiting sweets.
Anyway, I told my husband that my favorite game show cookie is a no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie. It is a toss up between chocolate chip and a no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie, but I clarified that it is indeed the no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie. I went on to clarify that my favorite raw food is chocolate chip cookie dough, but cooked…the chocolate oatmeal cookie wins.
I mean…they are addicting really…after all…they are basically just fudge in a cookie.
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
If I am being completely honest…the first batch of these I made this year for Christmas were under cooked. Most recipes say bring to a rolling boil and cook one minute. I’ve done this many times before and the cookies have been perfect. However, this year…they just didn’t harden up like they should have. Then, as embarrassing as it is…the second (fixing my mistake) batch was a little over done.
So, on my “third times the charm” I brought to a rolling boil and cooked 2 minutes and they were perfect. I am not sure what the issue is/was but now I’m scared to go back to the one minute.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups quick oats
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan. I like to stir together my sugar and cocoa and then add the milk and butter. If you add the cocoa in last you may see some chocolate clumps. You will stir all this together and then bring to a rolling boil. This is where my recipe says boil for one minute… but lately 2 minutes has worked for me. Once this is complete, add in the peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Next, you will drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool.
The cookies should be set within 15 minutes or so. If they are not set within this amount of time…they are not going to.
Once they are dry and set you should store in an airtight container. They will keep for about a week. Remember, if you over cook them they will be kind of dry and crumbly and if they are under cooked they will not set and you will have to eat them with a spoon instead of like a cookie.
I wished I would have posted these before Christmas…but I didn’t. Valentines Day is coming up next month and I always like to have something sweet for that day…so I thought this may be something that you could cook for then.
I hope you love them!! They are a family tradition for us and are my momma’s favorite cookie as well!!