No-Bake Cookies

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Now these? These cookies are so full of memories…I grew up on these cookies. My parents were (and still are!) close friends with my dad’s sister, Ida, and her husband. I could write so many posts just with stories of our two families…oh the stories!! Mainly, because two of my bosom friends, Ann and Laura, are in this family. Anyway – we would visit them or they would visit us, and myself and the older girls would practically beg (in the beginning – after a while, it became normal and even expected for us) to make these cookies. They’re really not that hard. The hardest part is dropping them on wax paper before they set. But when you have 3-4 girls all doing it? It’s super easy!

2 cups white sugar

3 tbsp cocoa

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup milk

Boil one minute. Remove from heat. Add:

3 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

Drop quickly on wax paper by teaspoonful

Variations: Coconut, nuts, chocolate chips may be used instead of peanut butter

  • Mandy’s Hints: The above recipe is written just as it appears in the book. We were taught to stir the mixture almost constantly while it was on the stove. This prevents burning. Also, you don’t want the heat on high, as this will cause the mixture to boil too hard and you’ll have a nice mess all over the stove. I would use medium-high heat.
  • I also prep my oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla before I ever get started. I measure them out (the vanilla is just sitting on the counter with the tsp next to it) and place them on the counter ready to be poured into the pot once it’s removed from the heat. This way, there’s no lag time between removing the boiling mixture from the heat and adding the oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla. You want to get these cookies on the wax paper as soon as possible once you remove the pot from the heat.
  • We would use corn flakes (I remember using Rice Krispies once) if we didn’t have oatmeal or enough oatmeal. Still tasted yummy. 🙂

*The Amish Cooking cookbook has hundreds (maybe thousands? I haven’t counted and don’t plan on it..) of recipes and no names were listed as to whom to give credit to for the actual individual recipes. Therefore, I can not give credit to the proper person for these amazing cookies.

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