There is a distinctive hormonal “inequity” in our family. With seven members, it probably seems a bit overwhelming to my husband and son, at times, that five of us are often on estrogen overload. Some days, there isn’t much to help them, but they have definitely learned to appreciate the “healing powers” of chocolate. It is not an unusual thing for my sweet husband to make a late-night run to get me those familiar chocolate orbs wrapped in a candy shell. (They say they won’t melt in your hand. This is, of course, patently false. If you have a fistful of those little delights, some are definitely going to melt before you get to the bottom of the pile. But, I digress.) My daughters have unfortunately inherited my penchant for the soothing taste of chocolate. And my sister, bless her heart, has done all she can to encourage this in them, as well. 🙂 It’s a real family affair. On those days when chocolate is “needed” and none can be found, my husband and my son…well, let’s just say, “May the force be with them.” – lol
This is my go-to emergency chocolate recipe. It’s easy, I always have the ingredients on hand and it can be thrown together in minutes. Plus, it is delicious and can satisfy those chocolate cravings in one delectable bite. Or if you have to be ladylike about it, then you can probably get three bites out of one.
This evening, our recently graduated senior threw herself dramatically across the foot of my bed and queried, “M-awwwwwwww-m, do we have ANY chocolate? Anywhere?” I replied in the negative and was met with, “Not even HIDDEN somewhere?” I was already in my pj’s and NOT driving the 20 minutes to town and 20 minutes back, so I quickly threw a batch of these no-bake cookies together. I hope you will find them as yummy and satisfying as we did do. Enjoy!
- ½ cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup milk
- ½cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky. I love the texture with chunky.)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups oatmeal (I use Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats, not instant, because I am a texture fanatic; but either works, just as well.)
- Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside. Do this first, because your cookie mix will set up quickly once it's cooked and you won't want to take out the time to stop and grease your pan.
- Stir together butter, sugar, milk and cocoa in a 2 qt saucepan and heat, on your stove top over medium-high heat.
- As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, set your stove timer for 1 minute and boil until the timer goes off. Remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla, peanut butter and oatmeal.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and refrigerate about 15 minutes to allow them to cool and set up.
- That's it. It couldn't be simpler and they are so good!