My mom used to make no-bake cookies for us to take in our sack lunches when I was a kid. I loved them. Since she isn’t around to show me how to make them, I went looking online for a recipe. I assumed it would be a simple matter to find the same recipe, or at least one close enough to satisfy my craving.
You know what happens when you assume.
Every recipe I found had peanut butter in it. Now I may not have paid attention to cooking time and measurements, but I was sure of one thing: Mom never contaminated those cookies with peanut butter. I love peanut butter, but I’ve had no-bake cookies with peanut butter in them, and they don’t hold a candle to the ones that my mom made.
I mentioned to my sister one day that I’d sure like to make some no-bake cookies, but I had no recipe, and no idea how they were made. She replied “Oh, I know how to make them”. I may have suggested that she hang up the phone immediately and get busy making some, and while she was at it, write down the directions.
Because I’d hate to see such a rare treasure lost forever, here is the recipe:
Mom’s No-Bake Cookies
4 cups quick oats
7 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 stick margarine or butter
2/3 cup milk
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla
With a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop onto waxed paper and allow to cool. This part isn’t strictly necessary. I’ve been known to just start eating with a spoon when no-one’s looking.
Makes about 24 cookies.