Wednesday, June 3, 2009

No-Bake Cookies

I am awash in memories!!!

When I was in elementary school, Friday was always pizza day.

It was also no-bake cookie day.

It was my favorite day of all school days.

Back at the end of 2001, the paper Caboose brought home from Sunday school had a little recipe for cookies on it. They were called 'Make and Take Cookies' and looked like no-bake cookies to me, but without a picture I wasn't sure. But I hung onto the recipe thinking I'd try it someday.

Today was the day. Oh, my stars! The smell alone brought back memories. I just wish I'd had some school pizza.

Here's the empty spot where I took one off when it was barely hardened enough not to fall apart. I couldn't wait.

I licked the spoon and the pan as clean as I could get it.

Since I want everyone to share in my joy, here's the recipe.

No-Bake Cookies

1/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oats

Melt the butter. Add the sugar, milk, cocoa, and salt. Mix well. Bring the mixture just to the boiling point, but do not let it boil. (Personally, this is a little tricky, so I would stir and look at it, and then when it got to the point that it looked almost bubbly around the edges and where it was about to bubble in the middle, I turned off my gas burner. It worked.) Remove from heat.

Add the vanilla, peanut butter, and oats. Mix well. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets or waxed paper. Let stand until firm. Mine were getting more firm even as the pan was cooling.

Poor Hubby won't get to have any since peanut butter flares up his gout. He might try to sneak one, but I think there might be too much peanut butter in it for him to risk it. Although when I get back downstairs in a minute and the kids and I start munching on them, it may be a non-issue. There may not be any left when he gets home.


KK's Hubby said...


Heather and Reese said...

That's so strange! Lunches on Friday here in Oregon were also pizza and we often had those no bake cookies, although don't remember if they were always on Friday. I LOVE those cookies!!! Thanks for the recipe. I may have to try that one :)


onlymehere said...

We don't use the peanut butter but we do add marshmallows. It keeps the cookies soft and chewy!

Mari said...

Those are so good - Bob just loves them! I should make them again.

Demara said...

oh my those look TOO good and not healthy for MY waistline!


If you still have a hankerin' for some school pizza, you might check your grocery store for it. We've not purchased it in a long time, but we bought some of those rectangular shaped pizza slices from the frozen section of the grocery years ago. It wasn't quite what I remembered it to be but it was pretty good.

As a side note, now that we eat much healthier in our home, I've made the no-bake cookies using sunbutter and they were just as tasty as the PB ones. I think that recipe is pretty flexible in that one could vary it a lot and still come out with excellent results.

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