Sunday, December 20, 2009

No-bake cookies

Yet another family classic. Technically this is supposed to cool in the refrigerator, and then be cut into squares. I can't remember a batch ever making it that far--usually we all huddled over the saucepan with spoons, eating the hot mixture until it disappeared. This is another one of those things that can be made entirely with pantry ingredients.

2 sticks butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (not quick oats)

Place first four ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for two minutes. Pour into a 9x13 inch pan into which the peanut butter and oatmeal have already been added. Stir as you pour the hot mixture over the peanut butter and oatmeal. Let cool, cut into squares. Or just huddle over the hot pan with a spoon.

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