While the peanut butter is completely optional here, it really adds a whole new dimension to these fudge-like cookies. They won’t heat up your house, either because they are no-bake, which means they are ideal for summer snacks, but we like to make them year round!
The best part is that these cookies are kind of healthy, so you don’t have to feel guilty about making them . . . or finishing off the whole batch in one day! The oatmeal adds fiber and nutrition and they are flavored with cocoa and peanut butter . . . both healthy options.
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Makes 2 doz.
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. margarine (1 stick)
1/2 c. cocoa
3 c. oats
1/4 c. mini chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 c. peanut butter (optional)
Mix sugar and cocoa in a pot. Add milk and margarine and cook over medium heat until the mixture starts to boil. Stir in the peanut butter and let boil for one minute.
Remove from heat and stir in the oats. Add chocolate chips and drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with tinfoil or waxed paper. You can let them set on the counter (humid days don’t work well), but in our house, we’re so impatient we pop the tray in the freezer for ten minutes to speed things up!
I’ve heard these referred to as PMS Wranglers, Preacher Cookies, Missouri No Bake Cookies and a number of other names. Whatever you call them, know that they are extremely addicting, so watch out!
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