These cookies, also known as “no-bake cookies,” have been a staple in my life since I was a kid. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat. These are the cookies that I make at Christmas and put in gift tins along with fudge and other goodies. They’re great for getting kids involved in the process of cooking. And I have a very fond memory of walking home from Lynchburg College (or was it jogging? so much for memory!) with my good buddy Laura to make these cookies. We happily gorged ourselves on them, and then delivered extras back to Laura’s dorm.
Combine the following ingredients in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Boil for thirty seconds, stirring constantly.
2 cups granulated sugar
4 tbsp cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt
Remove from heat and add the following ingredients. Stir well to incorporate.
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups oatmeal (the quick variety)
1/2 cup chopped nuts and/or raisins (optional)
Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and allow to cool. Makes approximately 40 cookies.