Seriously, more thought went into it than last night's dinner and desert combined.
It has been suggested in the past that my recipes were a bit on the complicated side, so this year I decided after much agonizing,
The only thing simpler than no bake cookies is a tube of pre-made cookie dough, which I feel compelled to point out has never crossed the threshold of this house.
This is my mom's recipe, and I don't know where it came from. I do know that she would kill me for letting her secret out, and they are the best damn no bake cookies I have ever had in my life.
You probably won't want to serve these on Christmas, and you certainly don't want to mail them to your relatives, but they are perfect for filling those midnight cookie orders throughout the year and keeping everyone out of the pies on Christmas Eve.
Grandma's No Bake Cookies
Stir over medium heat, in a heavy bottomed saucepan:
1 stick butter
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup high quality cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk.
When everything is melted together, add:
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups regular rolled oats
Remove from the heat immediately, and drop in spoonfuls onto a large baking sheet (wax paper prevents sticking, but isn't absolutely necessary).
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before eating. They are best stored in a sealed container in the fridge, if they last that long.
Makes 1-2 large baking sheets, depending on cookie size.
For the really good stuff, go check out the rest of this year's participants. There are sure to be some absolutely divine goodies!