Since we don’t have a whole slew of sugar or processed foods at our house I like to have something I can whip up on a whim…especially when we have a houseful of kids.
This recipe is the best one to make while all the neighborhood kids are gathered around the kitchen island because of two things:
1) they are quick-as-a-wink to make and you never know how long those kids are going to stick around
2) I love to hear what those said kids say as they sit around the counter waiting for the deliciousness to become available
Ok, and here are my other reasons I like these things:
1) I think oatmeal is the best thing in the world…especially in cookies
2) These make me nostalgic for my family because my brother taught me to make them probably before we were even teenagers and we’ve made them ever since, and they are my sister Charity
and my special thing we always, always always
have to make when we get together.
Whoa, that’s quite an introduction. Don’t get your hopes up too high. But I figured I’d share since a few people asked for the recipe after I posted a picture back in THIS
Here you go.
Mix in saucepan over medium heat:
2 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1/2 c. milk
1 stick (1/2 c.) butter
As soon as that mixture comes to a boil, turn down heat to low and let simmer for exactly four minutes.
The timing on this is important. If you cook them too long, they are all dry and crumbly. If you cook for too little time they are mushy and gooey and you can hardly pry them from the pan.
As soon as those four minutes are up, take the saucepan off the heat and add:
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. oatmeal
Mix together and drop by heaping spoonfuls onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
Let sit on the counter to set, or in fridge, or in a hiding place so everyone doesn’t chow down on them before they’re ready.
That’s all there is to it.