Saturday, November 3, 2012

Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

Recently, during Hurricane Sandy, we lost our electrical power. We couldn't use the oven, so I thought of a cookie I used to make with the kids that didn't need to be baked. It was made with raw oatmeal and a chocolate concoction that was cooked on top of the gas stove.

As I recall during winter snowstorms we used to make these fudgy little morsels and decided we'd make some for the family while we sat out the storm.

Make sure you get these basic ingredients before the next big nor'easter hits.

2 Cups sugar
3 Tablespoons Cocoa
1 Stick butter
1/2 Cup milk
2 1/2 Cup instant oatmeal
1/2 Cup peanut butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

In a medium saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk. Bring to a boil and stir for about two minutes. Remove from stove and add oats, vanilla, and peanut butter. Beat until blended and starts to thicken.

Drop mixture onto wax paper by the teaspoonful and allow to cool.

These are great snacks with a glass of milk. Play a board game with the kids--Candy land or Scrabble or get a little exercise with Twister. How about cards, Old Maid, or Go Fish.

These times, when the pace changes and you depend on each other for entertainment and fun, are unforgettable.

I have a niece who was having so much fun with her parents during a blackout that, when the lights came back on, she turned them off and said, "Continue." And they did.

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