I am notorious for baking only during the cooler months. It was one of the first things that I warned Sweet Baboo about me. But a few nights ago, he got this look on his face — it was his “gee, I wish I could have something chocolate” face. I just go to mush when I see that face, so I hauled out my cookbook (okay, computer) and found this recipe for cookies. Very easy to make, BUT!!!! you MUST boil the chocolate combination on the stove for exactly one minute!! No more no less!! Too little and it won’t harden — too much and it will become brittle and explode! (Just kidding about the exploding.)
2 cups granulated sugar (I made mine with 1 1/2 cups — didn’t notice a difference)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup butter
3 cups quick oats (don’t use the old fashioned – I know from experience)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place oats, peanut butter and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine sugar, milk, cocoa and butter in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute (no longer and no less!). Remove from heat. Pour over oat mixture**; stir well.
Drop by large spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool.
**Based on my own klutziness, I chose to pour the oatmeal into the chocolate combination. From experience, pouring hot anything is not a good idea for me!!