Chocolate No Bake Cookies
Stove Top Cookies
One of the first cookies I ever learned to make was Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies. I was around nine or ten years old when I first got this recipe and started making stove top cookies. All the girls in 4-H traded this one around and learned to make the cookies. My brothers also made these cookies as well.
This is a good starter recipe, becaue it’s quick and easy. Since the recipe is done on top of the stove, younger ones don’t have to worry about getting burned putting pans of cookies in and taking them out of the oven. It’s still a good idea to wear oven mits, because the pot does get hot.
Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookie Recipe
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick margarine
4 TBS cocoa baking powder
2 tsp vanilla or vanilla flavoring
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 1/2 cups quick cook or minute oatmeal
Put a long sheet of tin foil (around 18 inches) on the counter where you will drop the cookies once they are finished boiling. You’ll also want to place a trivet or pot holder (or folded dish cloth) next to the tin foil, so you can put the hot pot there while you scoop out the cookie mixture.
Get a heavy stock or soup pot out. Put the sugar, milk and margarine in the pan and put on low heat (so the sugar doesn’t scorch). Stir until everything is liquid and mixed together well.
Turn heat up to medium high. Bring mixture to a good steady boil (but not rolling so hard that the mixture pops). If the cookie mixture is boiling too hard and coming up the side of the pot, just turn back the heat a bit.
Stir constantly for 2 minutes. Time this. You need to be really close on the boiling time. If you cook these too long, they are dry and crumble. If you don’t cook long enough, they don’t harden right.
Take the pan off the heat and immediately add cocoa, vanilla, peanut butter, and oats. You'll want these ingredients measured ahead and ready to pour in. Stir well but quickly.
Move to tin foil area. Use a spoon and drop clumps of the cookie mixture on the tin foil. Leave a little space between each cookie. You may need another small sheet of tin foil to hold all the cookies. Have the tin foil handy just in case.
It doesn't take long for the cookies to set (harden up). They are ready to eat as soon as they can be lifted off the tin foil. Wait for them to cool before putting them in an air tight container though.
A Few Little Notes:
Don't make Chocolate No Bake cookies on a rainy or snowy day. They just don't harden up right. Too much moisture in the air.
Any brand of peanut butter is fine, but Jiff brand is especailly good for baked goods.
Try crunchy peanut butter in place of regular peanut butter for a little different taste.
You can also add raisins to the cookies. Do that after the boiling part with the oatmeal and other stir in ingredients.
If you enjoy making Chocolate No Bake Cookies, try out Maple Drop Cookies too. They are made similar but have a maple flavor.