No-bake cookies are by far the best cookies on the planet...and easy to make too! Only one trick - you have to make sure that the sugar mixture boils hard for at least one minute, otherwise the cookies will be sugary instead of creamy.
You can mix this recipe up a bit if you'd like. Try substituting 1 cup of flaked coconut for 1 cup of the oatmeal, or add some chopped peanuts for some crunch. Or, add some milk chocolate chips after the mixture has cooled slightly.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
Preparation:In large saucepan, combine sugar, milk, cocoa, salt, and butter and mix well. Bring to a boil and cover saucepan for 30 seconds to allow steam to wash sugar crystals down sides of pan. Stir mixture and bring it to a boil that can't be stirred down for 1 minute. Then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Add oatmeal and mix well. Do not use regular or instant oatmeal; quick-cooking oatmeal is essential to the success of this recipe.
Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the oatmeal absorb some of the liquid.
Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or parchment lined baking sheets or Silpat sheets. Let cool until you can touch the mixture; then reshape the cookies to make them more a ball shape. Let cool completely; store at room temperature. You can also pour this mixture into a 9" square pan that has been greased with unsalted butter, let cool, then cut into squares.
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