I made cookies today!
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!!!
- 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!! 🙂
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!!