So the holidays are over but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the cookies and goodness needs to stop, right?! Okay … it sort of does for a brief period of time (#sugaroverload) but seeing as how this year I’m pregnant & Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (sort of), I’m giving myself a pass. ha! I’ll regret saying this postpartum when I’m trying to “get back into shape” whatever that means … But in the time being, here we are, enjoying more cookies. And I hope you are too because these are GOOD.
This is a recipe passed down from my grandmother, Meemee, and my interest in making & sharing them came over the holidays when every year, she gives all of the family their own cookie tin. Which is exactly what it sounds like – a tin full of cookies and yummy treats. Two types of treats within the tin always stand out to me – the no-bake cookies & my great-grandmother’s fudge (more to come on that at a later date).
I decided to first try my hand at the no-bake cookies. I mean when something says “no-bake” in the recipe name, how hard could it be?! Spoiler alert – they’re not quite as easy as that given that the entire recipe is TIME SENSITIVE. So here is my advice: get all of your ingredients out ahead of time, pre-measure it all, have the parchment paper laid out and ready to go. TRUST ME. Learn from my mistake as I was FaceTiming with my grandmother as I was making these and she was in shock that I wasn’t prepared. OOPS!
These no-bake cookies are one of Meemee’s signature cookie recipes and around the holidays, there is no shortage of them to go around.
Special thanks to my wonderful grandmother, Meemee, for sharing this recipe and for laughing me through it via FaceTime… I mean talking me through it. I am so blessed to have the world’s best grandmother who I have such a special relationship with (as she does with all of her grandchildren). And I hope you all enjoy these cookies as much as our family has!
Serving Size: 2 dozen cookies // Prep Time: 10 minutes // Cook Time: 5 minutes // Cool Time: 30min -1 hour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tbs cocoa powder
- Dash of Salt (I used roughly 1/2 tsp)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 lb butter (1 stick)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups instant oatmeal
- FIRST: measure out all ingredients and set aside. Line up parchment paper for cookies to cool on.
- In a medium sized pot, boil together sugar, cocoa powder, salt, milk & butter. Bring to boil for ONE MINUTE after butter has melted.
- Meemee’s suggestion is to get a bowl of cold water, drop a dollop of the mixture into the water to see if it is malleable or if it falls apart. If it stays together, it is ready.
- Add in peanut butter, vanilla & oats. Stir until peanut butter is melted.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop dollops of the mixture onto the parchment paper to form cookies and allow to cool. They should be more shapes of balls rather than flatten out.