No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

 

My husband won't complain if I pack him a salad for lunch as long as one of these cookies makes it into his lunch sack. I grew up eating these sweets at my grandmother's house in Michigan and, though they are humble, they have a few big things going for them: they don't require an oven and there's only 20 minutes between me and a powerhouse combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Think chubby mounds of chocolate-y oats shot throughout with the rich flavor of peanut butter. Plus, they have plenty of oat texture and just enough richness to go with a glass of cold milk. I've made a few adaptations to Grandma's recipe, the most important being that I use a candy thermometer to get the texture right. I also sub old fashioned oats for quick cooking oats, dial down the sugar and up the salt. Finally, I add the cocoa powder to the hot liquid -- more chocolate flavor this way.

What you will need

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1/4 cup natural peanut butter (100% peanuts preferred, creamy or crunchy are both fine)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup milk (1% or 2% both work)

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/8 teaspoon sea salt (may omit if your peanut butter is salted)

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

cold milk, for drinking

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