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With all the variations on RecipeZaar I was surprised when I didn't find this one that a friend gave me a few years ago. Its got more peanut butter and more cocoa powder than most other variations so its extra rich in taste. I have used either old-fashioned or quick oatmeal successfully. "Cooking" time is the time required for the cookies to set completely.
- Measure and prepare all ingredients and have them and a timer within arm's reach. Its important to work quickly and pay attention.
- Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk in a heavy saucepan then bring to a boil, stirring constantly, over medium heat.
- Boil for 1 minute exactly, continuing to stir and reducing heat if necessary to prevent the chocolate from burning.
- Remove from heat then add vanilla. It will boil up violently -- just stir it in until it subsides.
- Add the peanut butter and stir. Once peanut butter melts completely stir int the oatmeal.
- Let rest 5 minutes.
- Drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls onto a sheet of waxed paper. Let sit an hour or more until fully cooled and hardened.
Very good, I much prefer this version to the ones without chocolate :-) I added an extra cup of oatmeal to get more from the recipe, and it still turned out great!
my grandmother also used to make these, only in all chocolate. I have been looking for this recipe FOR YEARS! thanks for posting it. anyone who doesn't try it is missing out. these are deeply engrained in my childhood.