In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, margarine, and milk on medium heat. The recipe says stir constantly until sugar is melted by I snuck away quickly here and there to grab the next ingredients. I turned the heat off just as the mixture started to bubble.
Stir in your vanilla and peanut butter. The residual heat will melt the peanut butter quite nicely. By the way, I never measured the peanut butter. I just plopped it in till it seemed about 1/4 c.
And stir in your oatmeal. The recipe calls for quick-cooking, I had the old fashioned kind. Overall it didn't seem to matter. Next time I buy oats I'll try the quick cooking and see if that improves anything but bottom line is, use what you have on hand. It's definitely not a thick batter. Use your cookie scoop to drop onto parchment paper. You'll get 15 cookies with a scoop, 16 if you don't help yourself to a spoonful. Or two.
Then pop these babies into your fridge till they are cooled. They will harden a bit and be delicious little morsels of chocolatey goodness. My husband commented that they were the best no-bake cookies he'd ever had. And the baby was just happy to have a little chocolate in her!!
Here's the recipe, modified a bit.
Mom's No Bake Cookies
1 c. sugar
2 T. baking cocoa
1/4 c. margarine
1/4 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1 3/4 c. oatmeal, uncooked
(or 1 1/2 c. oatmeal and 1/4 c. wheat germ)
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, cocoa, margarine, and milk; stir frequently until sugar is melted. Remove from heat and add vanilla and peanut butter; stir until peanut butter is melted. Add oatmeal; combine until oatmeal is well coated. Use a cookie scoop to drop onto parchment paper and cool in fridge. Makes 15-16 cookies.
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