• When my husband was growing up his mom made him chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies. I myself, had never once heard of such a thing. All the cookies my mom made were baked. Anything that was “no-bake” was something that came in a package. So you can imagine my confusion when my husband asked me to make them for him just after we got married. For a long time I balked at the idea of making such a ridiculous cookie. That is, until I ate one. Then suddenly I understood why he loves them. And now that I live in the south and understand what hot and humid really is, I understand the lure of a no bake cookie.

    I love that these are so easy, and that my seven year old can practically make them all on her own.

    1/2 cup unsalted butter
    2 cups white sugar
    1/2 cup milk
    4 heaping tablespoons cocoa
    1/2 cup creamy Peanut butter
    3 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp vanilla

    Add the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder to a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Boil, while stirring for one minute. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

    Drop by tablespoons onto parchment paper. Allow to set before eating.

    A fair warning, these are addictive. Little hands will become extra chocolatey. You simply cannot eat just one. Or two.