June 28, 2011

No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Cookies

(Updated 1.7.22) Guys, I'm in my first book club! I have loved the idea of for ages, but never made it happen— the ones I heard about were too far away, and it’s so hard to find enough time to read, etc...but I made it to my first last month (after feeling not a little bit proud of myself that I finished the whole entire book on time for it). It was a blast— a night out, other moms to talk to, and conversation about a great book. (The book was The Boys in the Boat and was about the U.S. crew team that won gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and it was fascinating— never would have picked it out to read on my own and that’s another thing I love about a book club.)

Anyway, I realized the afternoon of the first meeting that this was a potluck event-- oops, I didn't have a plan! I knew that I didn't actually need to bring something; it said so on the invite, plus there's always so much food at potlucks, and a group of just women, especially, was bound not to eat much of it. But, I didn't want to show up empty-handed, so needed something I could make quickly with food I had on hand in the house. Enter these little goodies, which are also the quickest homemade way to satisfy a sweet tooth that I know of. They literally take about ten minutes to put together, and then just a little chilling time. I always make them in a brownie pan and then slice into bars, but you could also plop them onto wax paper and have individual round cookies.   

None of us can stay out of these in my house, which worked out since, inevitably, I brought leftovers home after my book club. :) 

No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Cookies

2 C sugar 
1/2 C milk 
1/4 C cocoa 
1/2 C (1 stick) butter 
1 t vanilla 
1/2 C peanut butter 
3 C quick-cooking oatmeal 

Mix together first 4 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook exactly 1 minute. 

Remove from heat and stir in last 3 ingredients. 

Either drop onto wax paper as individual cookies, or press into a greased or wax-paper-lined brownie pan for bar cookies. Refrigerate until chilled. 

Slice if bar cookies and enjoy. Store in the refrigerator. 

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