Jamie here! My very favorite cookie in all the world is a no-bake cookie. It’s probably because my very favorite candy in all the world is peanut butter fudge. And when nothing else can fill that empty void in my heart like peanut butter fudge – it’s time to whip up a batch of no bake cookies. Traditional no-bake cookies have cocoa in them as well, but if you don’t like all the chocolate getting in the way of your peanut butter love affair – these are the ticket 🙂
Now keep in mind, these are probably NOT the cookies you make for your child’s classroom party since many children (like Kasey’s daughter) suffer from serious peanut and tree nut allergies. These are a super-secret-gobble-them-up-at-home indulgence just for you and your inner circle.Ingredients:
- 3 Cups White Sugar
- 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats
- Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you’ve brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
- Once it reaches a rolling boil – cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
- Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
- Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
- Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
- Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.
COOKIE TROUBLESHOOTING: No matter how many times I’ve made these and know exactly what I’m doing – no bake cookies sometimes turn out too soft. When that happens – hide them from the kids until they dry out and firm up a little. Then place on a cooling rack so the bottoms can do the same.
Do NOT do what my mom did when I was a kid and stick them in the freezer until they’re hard enough to hold in your hand. (And possibly dislodge a filling)
Or what the heck – if you’re in a hurry you can do that too. They taste pretty great no matter what little glitches happen 🙂