But YUCK. I started adding things, trying to make them taste better. A little sugar? A little peanut butter? A little cocoa? And before long I was thinking maybe I should just go ahead and make No-Bakes instead. No-Bakes are the kind of recipe where if you make them and bring them to an event, everyone will be like, "HEY!!! I've had these!! I didn't know what they were called and couldn't find the recipe!! YOU MUST GIVE ME THE RECIPE!!"
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine (I like to use butter, but the original recipe I have calls for margarine)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy; I prefer creamy)
- 3-1/2 cup rolled oats (regular or quick; I prefer regular)
- 6-7 tablespoons baking cocoa (I go for, like, 6-1/2)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (I use the cheapie imitation stuff for this, not the real vanilla extract, because a TABLESPOON??)
In a medium saucespan (a 2-quart is big enough, but a 3-quart will give you more stirring room so you're less likely to slop over the edges), bring the butter/margarine, milk, and sugar to a boil. Boil for a minute and a half, then remove from heat. Add everything else and stir it up. Spoon mixture onto waxed paper in cookie-sized lumps. Let cool/set.
See, look at all the OATMEAL! Your cookie size will vary, but when I make them I get about 24 cookies to the batch. There are 3.5 cups of oats in the recipe, and there are 16 tablespoons to the cup, so that's 56 tablespoons of oats divided by 24 cookies, or well over 2 tablespoons of oats per cookie. The butter might look intimidating, but it's only 8 tablespoons in the whole recipe; there are 3 teaspoons per tablespoon, so that's 24 teaspoons of butter divided by 24 cookies, or 1 teaspoon per cookie. I have more butter than that on a slice of toast, so that amount of butter doesn't scare me. And there's half again as much peanut butter as butter, so that's 1.5 teaspoons of peanut butter per cookie, and that doesn't scare me either.
Of course, these are a food allergy NIGHTMARE. Peanut butter! Dairy! I haven't tried it, but I suspect you could make them with a non-dairy milk, and you can go for margarine rather than butter. I made them without peanut butter once when I was out of peanut butter, and I made the notation "OK wo/PB" so it must not have been a disaster. I also see a VERY old notation next to the margarine/butter that says "can be halved." That seems...unlikely. But there it is in my own handwriting. I wouldn't halve the margarine/butter, though, if you're leaving out the peanut butter.