No Bake Cookies (quick cookies!)

For my fellow Midwesterners who are stuck inside trying to get keep warm amongst this crazy polar vortex, this one’s for you.

If there is one thing I learned from growing up in the tundra it’s that, tastebuds are rather unaware creatures. You could be in the middle of chaos, freezing your butt off, yet somehow none of it affects your tastebuds needs. You would think that when you are in the middle of crises your tastebuds would loosen up a bit and let some more questionable food items slide on down the palette. But your tastebuds still want food, and they want food that…they like.

So, it’s time to meet the needs of those high maintenance taste buds. With ease. This my friends is what we call compromise. Good tasting food that doesn’t even require an oven.

That’s right, no bake cookies. (A midwestern favorite)

    Two dozen no bake cookiesScreen Shot 2014-02-12 at 2.54.30 PM

Total cooking time: 6 minutes


1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or chunky but is seems to make a more crumbly dry cookie)
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 -3 1/2 cups dry quick-cooking oats

1.) Add the first four ingredients into a 4-quart sauce pan.

2.) Bring to a rolling boil and hold for 1 minute.
3.) Remove from heat.
4.) Add peanut butter into the hot mixture and stir until melted.

5.) Add in vanilla.
6.) Mix in the oats and drop by tablespoons onto wax paper.
7.) Let cool until set.


– Margene



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