We’ve had a few somewhat “normal” days at home this week, something that’s been very rare in this summer of transitions and travel. Between keeping the house looking like the “Museum of Domesticity” for showings, getting my daughter to and from her university summer studies, packing in preparation for moving, traveling to the beach to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, and driving back and forth between our current congregation and the church where we’ll soon be serving, there’s been a lot of change and chaos but not as much of the little, everyday things that help make the place we’re living feel like our home.
I feel bad about that even though I know I couldn’t have done much else to keep the home fires burning. So last night I was delighted to snatch a few minutes to make No-bake Cookies, which happen to be one of my daughter’s favorite treats. Maybe you’ve heard them called Stove Top Cookies or Top of the Stove Cookies or Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies? Because the ingredients are mixed and cooked in one pan on top of the stove, this recipe is a quick, easy way to make cookies without heating up the oven or the house. Versions have been around for a long time and I’ve seen different variations in lots of cookbooks and on lots of blogs, but this recipe is the one my mother gave me years ago when I had just started cooking…so of course it must be the best!
Makes about 15 cookies.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa
- 3 cups oats (quick or old fashioned will work)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (I use my homemade vanilla extract)
What to do:
- Combine the sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa in a large saucepan on top of the stove. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently, and then boil for three minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and immediately mix in the oats, peanut butter, and vanilla until well mixed.
- Working quickly before the mixture sets, spoon out individual cookies onto waxed paper. Allow to cool and set up before eating. The cookies are best eaten within a day of making them, which has never been a problem at our house!
What is your favorite cookie?
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