Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pantry Style Cocoa Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Baking in hot weather isn't much fun, but I do love to make homemade cookies. I have a quick, budget-friendly cookie recipe that only requires stove top cooking. Another reason this is a great recipe is because you only need seven ingredients to make these fudgy, oatmealy gems.


2 cups white sugar          1 stick butter*                          1/2 cup milk                     1/2 tsp. salt                  
                  6 Tbsp. cocoa                 3 cups quick oatmeal             1 tsp. vanilla extract
* I always use butter for this recipe. If you use margarine, I can't guarantee what the end product will be like.


Place the sugar, butter, milk, and salt in a three or four quart sauce pan or stockpot over low heat. Stir until the butter and sugar are melted, then turn up the heat to medium and bring to a boil. Boil for three minutes. I set timer as soon as the sugar mixture comes to a full boil.
After the timer goes off, turn the stove burner off and add the cocoa, quick oatmeal, and vanilla to the sugar mixture. Stir until well mixed. Using a teaspoon, drop a rounded spoonful of the hot cookie mix onto a wax paper lined baking sheet, repeat until the mix is gone. Work quickly because the mix will get crumbly if it cools off too much. The cookies may appear to be loose or somewhat crumbly, but they will harden as they dry.
Let the cookies sit and dry for several hours before removing them from the baking sheet. I have actually made a batch of cookies late in the evening and let them sit on the waxed paper lined baking sheet overnight.
Yield: 3-3.5 dozen cookies
These are not pretty cookies, but they have a fudgy goodness that my husband loves. I am always surprised at how fast a plateful disappears!
Several ideas for recipe variations have been swirling around in my head, so check back for additions to this cookie recipe. Happy non baking!