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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

My husband waxes poetic about these cookies.  For years I wondered about what these mysterious "chocolate oatmeal" cookies were, made by his grandmother, and I lamented the loss of this secret family heirloom recipe.  At some point he mentioned they were no bake.  At this point I realized I had made these exact cookies in home ec class circa 1987.  Well, that was a happy, if somewhat anticlimactic moment.

I want the Baked boys to take these on and "style 'em up some, merchandise 'em up with some shoes" (movie- anyone?  anyone? SJP in SATC the movie).  I have to say my attempt to do this with espresso powder was worthless, so I omitted it from this recipe.  There are tasty and quick, just the thing to make the kids think you are magic.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from Food Network

2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal

In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter,  and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper or parchment, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

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