When I was in elementary school, we had a morning break every day. During that time the cafeteria sold cookies and a version of these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. They were cut into thick squares, and each only cost a quarter and weighed a half pound! They were delicious with a box of milk. I can still remember taking break orders on paper, taking up the money, and walking with a classmate to the cafeteria to make our purchases. Ever since then, I have loved these cookies that go by many names: Boiled Cookies, No Bake Cookies, Choco-Oatmeal Chews, and the list goes on.
This recipe, however, came from Pauline Hendrix from Hays, NC. My mother and Pauline attend the same church. Mom had these cookies at a church event and got the recipe. She made them, and once I tasted her first batch, nostalgia washed over me, and I recalled quite vividly my anticipation of those days some 30 years ago when I would eat these same cookies during morning break at school. This recipe tastes just like the cookies of my youth. I hope you enjoy them!
From start to finish, this recipe will take approximately 20-25 minutes.
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick margarine
4 tbsp cocoa
2 1/2 cups quick 1-minute oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1/2 cup peanut butter
Bring sugar, margarine, milk, and cocoa to a boil over medium high heat.for 1 1/2 minutes
Begin timing when mixture comes to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add uncooked oatmeal.
Stir in nuts, peanut butter, and vanilla.
Stir until well blended.
Spoon to wax paper.
Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or until well set.