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Raggedy Robins (No-bake Cookies)

30 Oct

Hi again!

I made cookies today!

Hurricane cookies!! 

Normally, we call them Raggedy Robins. (I’ not sure why we call them that, but they are  traditional chocolate, peanut butter, oat filled no-bake cookies.)  Today, I think we should call them Hurricane Cookies! 

It  just sounds so much more exciting, don’t you think??

Since I live on the east coast, and pretty much directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy; I wanted to make a few quick snacks that I could finish if the power went out. 

It would totally stink if I was in the middle of baking something, and lost power!!  So keeping that in mind, no-bake cookies seemed like a good choice! 🙂

Seriously……..6 kids with no power…….can you say EEKS!?! 

It’s definitely in my best interest to have snacks to keep them happy! (or keep them on a sugar high) And,  if I’m lucky….make the t.v/video game withdraw a little bit easier to handle! 

Luckily, the lights have yet to flicker….KNOCK ON WOOD!!!

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Raggedy Robins

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • 1/2 cup butter/margarine (I used unsalted butter)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups quick-oats
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

–  In a large saucepan, bring sugar, cocoa powder, butter, milk and salt to a boil.

–  Boil rapidly for 2 minutes.

–  Remove from heat, and stir in oats and peanut butter until completely combined.

–  Quickly drop large tablespoons of the mix onto wax paper to set. Let cool. 

*  There are quite a few differing opinions about what order to add the peanut butter and oats.  I prefer adding the oats first.  I think they soften better in the hot chocolate mixture.  Then, I add the peanut butter.  Some people stir the peanut butter in until mixed and then fold in the oats.  Do whatever you prefer. 

**  These cookies set different almost every time I make them.  I think it largely depends on the complete boil time.  Make sure the boil rolls for 2 full minutes.  Sometimes they come out shinier as well, which I think has to do with the oil content in the peanut butter or the margarine. No worries though….they always taste great!!

*** I’ve had this recipe for years and years, I’m not sure who it originally came from; but it has become a classic recipe in many kitchens…..so thanks! to whoever claims ownership!! 🙂

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The rain has started coming down harder,and the wind is blowing like crazy.  I hope everyone stays safe, dry,  and warm! 

There’s something to be said for being “stormed” in….you get to spend time just being together. 

Off to play Connect 4, and have a cookie….or two!!

Enjoy!!

Love, Lara

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