Some of you may be thinking, ” What in the heck are boiled cookies?” Well they go by a couple of other aliases: no bake cookies and stove top cookies. We always just called them boiled cookies. I don’t know if it’s a regional thing or just a family thing, but that is how it ended up.
This cookie recipe is easy to make and fairly cheap. It’s especially great because sometimes you just don’t have eggs and you want a cookie and the great thing is these cookies don’t take eggs!
- 1-3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 4 TBSPs cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups oats
- 1 TSP vanilla extract
Put the sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa in a medium saucepan and let it all kind of melt together. Once it’s all melted together bring it to boiling and let it boil, gently, for about 2 minutes.
After the two minutes take off the heat and stir in peanut butter first. Let it melt into the mixture. We usually use natural peanut butter without added sugar, but any kind works. Then stir in the vanilla. Then stir in the oats.
You can vary the amount of oats. If you want a stickier cookie use less oats, if you want a firmer cookie use more oats. I usually use more oats than the three cups because I like mine to be a little more pulled together.
After everything is stirred together, drop spoonfuls onto parchment paper on your counter. I used to use wax paper, and that is always the traditional way to make boiled cookies, but I found that parchment paper helps the cookies to set up better.Make sure you squash the cookies fairly flat. If you leave them in big heaps they will take FOREVER to set up, and no one wants that when they want a cookie fix.
Let the cookies set up for about twenty minutes. IF they are still gooey after that you either didn’t use enough oats or you didn’t cook your sugar, butter, milk, cocoa mixture long enough. After they are set up, eat and enjoy!