CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CRINKLES

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CRINKLES COOKIES yields 3 dozen cookies

8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips, about 1 1/3 cup
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup JIF creamy peanut butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 LARGE eggs
2 teaspoons PURE vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons instant espresso powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar for coating

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate, butter, and peanut butter in a small saucepan over medium heat or in microwave-safe bowl with 15 second increments. Once the butter has melted completely, remove the bowl from the heat and stir until the chocolate also melts completely and the mixture is smooth.

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso powder until well combined.
  • Add the chocolate mixture, stirring until combined.
  • Stir in the flour just until it disappears. The dough will seem very, very soft. Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least 3 hours or overnight so it firms up.

  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325°.
  • Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place 1 cup powdered sugar in a wide, shallow bowl.

  • Scoop out heaping teaspoon-sized portions of dough and roll into balls that are 1 1/4 inches in diameter. 
  • Place 4-6 balls of dough in the powdered sugar, then gently roll and toss the balls to coat completely DON’T DO TOO MANY AT ONCE OR THEY WILL STICK TOGETHER.
  • Shake off excess sugar, then place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 1/2 inches between each because the cookies will spread as they bake. 

  • Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time and if you are baking multiple cookie sheets at the same time, switch the top and bottom pans.
  • When the tops are dry and just set, remove the cookies from the oven.
  • Let cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


 

NOTE:

  • DO NOT use the natural peanut butter – the kind that must be refrigerated – the cookies will not bake properly!
  • The espresso powder is optional, but using it really enhances the chocolate flavor 😀

 

COWBOY COOKIES

You can’t be a good Texan without a great hand me down recipe for BBQ, sheet cake and COWBOY COOKIES 😀

COWBOY COOKIES  Yields 3 to 3 1/2 dozen cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon QUALITY ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups packed light-brown sugar
3 LARGE eggs
1 tablespoon PURE vanilla
3 cups QUALITY semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
2 cups (8 ounces) chopped pecans OR walnuts
1 cup golden raisins

  • Heat oven to 350°.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Gradually add in sugars, combining thoroughly.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Gradually add in flour mixture until just combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips, oats, coconut and nut pieces.
  • Fold in raisins.
  • For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart (cookies will spread).
  • Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate cookie sheets halfway through.
  • Remove cookies from rack to cool.

BEAR CLAWS OR PAWS ~ See’s Candy COPY CAT

BEAR CLAWS OR PAWS ~ See’s Candy COPY CAT – 12 servings

30 KRAFT caramels (238 grams) or 1 (11 ounce) bag KRAFT Caramel Bits
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup peanuts, salted roasted or honey roasted
12 ounces vanilla almond bark for polar or milk chocolate for regular
COARSE sea salt (optional)
holiday sprinkles (optional)

  • Line a large cookie sheet with Silpat mats or parchment paper and grease it with butter or spray with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.

  • Melt caramels with butter and cream in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring, and repeating until completely smooth.

  • Fold in vanilla, salt and peanuts. Let it sit in the bowl to cool for about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

  • Spoon onto the mats with a small cookie scoop into mounds. Chill in refrigerator for an hour or until set.

  • Place almond bark in a bowl and melt in the microwave on low in 30 second increments and stir until melted and smooth.
  • Dip each caramel cluster in the chocolate to coat.
  • Holding it over the bowl, tap on the edge to let any excess chocolate drip back down.
  • Place cluster back on the parchment lined pan and repeat with remaining clusters.

  • Put the pan back in the refrigerator for an hour or until chocolate is set.
  • Remove from parchment.
  • Store in a cool place.


STRAWBERRY (FRUITY) LEMONADE BARS

I found the original recipe in an old cookbook that called for FRESH strawberries only – never frozen, but I wanted to make them in December when fruit, even FRESH can have virtually no flavor.  So, I have adapted it to use FREEZE DRIED fruit powder, Which opens up all sorts of possibilities for future flavors.  So far we’ve used strawberry and raspberry – so YUMMY! A shortbread crust topped with a fruit custard are the perfect combo for this sweet and tart bite. I’m anxious to try this recipe as a cherry limeade.

STRAWBERRY (FRUITY) LEMONADE BARS

CRUST
1 1/4 cups AP flour, sifted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon FRESH lemon zest
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, COLD AND CUBED (see notes)
1 LARGE egg yolk

  • Preheat oven 350°.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, sea salt and lemon zest quickly in the food processor.
  • Add COLD, CUBED butter, pulsing until mixtures is coarse crumbs. (see notes)
  • Add the egg yolk, pulsing until incorporated.
  • Transfer dough to a 9×9 lightly greased baking dish.
  • Press dough down evenly.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Set aside to cool while you prepare the filling. DON’T TURN OFF THE OVEN.

FILLING
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
5 LARGE egg yolks
1/4 cup FREEZE DRIED strawberry powder
1 tablespoon FRESH lemon zest
Juice of 4 lemons (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup cornstarch

  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in sugar until dissolved.
  • Let cool slightly.
  • Mix in egg yolks.
  • In a food processor combine the lemon juice, lemon zest and strawberry powder.
  • Add the cornstarch, pulsing to incorporate.
  • Add the strawberry mixture to the butter mixture and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, 8-10 minutes until you reach a custard consistency that coats the back of a spoon.
  • Pour strawberry mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
  • Bake 10 minutes, until filling is set.
  • Cool on wire rack 20 minutes.
  • Transfer to refrigerator for 3-4 hours to chill.
  • Cut and dust with powdered sugar if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

NOTES: If you don’t have a food processor, you can make this recipe easily by grating your butter with a cheese grater to make it easier to cut into the flour with a pastry cutter by hand.

BLOGMAS 2020 ~ DAY 14 ~ NEIGHBOR PLATES & GIFTS / DELIVERY DRIVERS

I have a station set up just outside the front door in the alcove for delivery drivers with a nice variety of drinks and snacks for them to choose from.  They all seem to enjoy it and our regular drivers have come to know it will always be there. I normally do this, but tried for a bit nicer variety this year so they realize just how much they have become essential in this day and age.

I usually do a large plate of goodies for my neighbors and regular delivery people. But, this year with smaller gatherings and everyone having been home so much and already snacking too much probably, I’m changing it up to make it easier on me, more cost effective for me and more fun too since I’m sans my munchkin baking crew this year because of social distancing.

So, I’m doing gift jars for brownie mixes that can be used whenever they want instead of a plate of goodies that may go bad before they eat them all.

PEANUT BUTTER* BROWNIE MIX
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 cup peanut butter chips*
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup FINELY chopped walnuts

  • In a quart size mason jar, layer the ingredients in the order listed, packing down well between each layer. This is an important step s these ingredients literally fill the jar!
  • Cover tightly. Store in a cool, DRY place up to 6 months.

Include a cute little square of Christmas fabric, some ribbon and tag with the following instructions:
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS
2 LARGE eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a bowl combine eggs, butter and vanilla with the brownie mix, folding together in as few strokes as possible.
  • Spread into a greased 8×8 baking pan.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes until set.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
  • Cut into squares.

NOTE: It is easy to change up this flavor by just changing the flavor of chips you use. I’m posting my peanut butter recipe, but you’ll notice the picture is of the jars I made with mint chocolate chips.  This batch of 12 had a variety of peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, caramel chips and mint chocolate chips, LOL 😀 NOT all together  of course!

MOLLY YEH SUGAR COOKIES & SEA SALT and VINEGAR POTATO CHIP and CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I was recently watching food network and there was an episode of Molly Yeh’s Farm Girl on she made the most amazing sugar cookies – thick AND chewy! I’m usually not a fan of sugar cookies, but she made them look so delicious! As long as I was making cookies, I thought I’d also make this intriguing sounding recipe which is a short cut recipe, but honestly Molly’s recipe with no rest or refrigerator time is just as easy 😀 I’ll make Molly’s recipe again closer to Christmas with snowmen and other cutters.

SEA SALT and VINEGAR POTATO CHIP and CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES make 3-4 dozen cookies

1 pouch (17.5 ounce) Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1 LARGE egg
1 tablespoon water
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 bag (8 ounces) Lay’s Kettle cooked Sea Salt and Vinegar potato Chips, crushed

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line baking sheet with silicone mat or parchment.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine cookie mix with melt butter, water and egg until well mixed.
  • Add crushed potato chips, mixing well.
  • Drop by spoonfuls to baking sheets.
  • Arrange 2 or 3 chips on top of each cookie, gently pressing into the dough.
  • Bake 11-12 minutes until golden around the edges and centers are just set.
  • Let cool on baking sheet 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

MOLLY YEH SUGAR COOKIES  makes 10-12 large cookies
COOKIES
1 3/4 cups (227 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2/3 cup (75 grams) almond flour
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles (cylinders)-(optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (40 grams) powdered sugar
Zest from 1 lemon
1 LARGE egg
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon PURE almond extract

  • Whisk together the all-purpose flour, almond flour, sprinkles (if using), baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter, granulated and powdered sugars and lemon zest in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the egg and mix to combine, and then add the extracts and mix to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until blended.

 

  • At this point you can wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or up to 2 days, or you can get going on rolling out your dough and cutting out your cookies immediately.

 

  • If not refrigerating preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a little less than 1/2-inch-thick, dusting with more flour as needed to prevent it from sticking to the work surface or rolling pin.
  • Cut out the cookies using your favorite cutters, then use an offset spatula to transfer to a lined baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
  • Re-roll scraps and cut out more cookies.
  • Bake until the cookies are just thinking about starting to turn brown, beginning to check larger cookies for doneness at 12 minutes and smaller cookies at 10 minutes.
  • Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

GLAZE
2 cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons light corn syrup, optional (see NOTES)
1/2 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
Splash almond extract
Pinch kosher salt
4 to 6 tablespoons heavy cream
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling
food coloring, for the glaze

  • Mix together the powdered sugar, corn syrup (if using), vanilla, almond extract, salt and 4 tablespoons heavy cream in a medium bowl until smooth. It should be very thick but just thin enough that when you lift your spoon it falls off in smooth ribbons. If it’s too thick, stir in more cream little by little, and if it’s too thin, stir in a few more spoonfuls of powdered sugar until you get the right consistency.
  • Divide into however many separate colors you need and fill a piping bags fitted with an 1/8-inch round tip with three-quarters of the glaze and decorate.
  • Sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.
  • Let set and enjoy!
  • These will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for a good few days, but you can also freeze them once the glaze is dry and they’ll stay fresher longer!

NOTES: The corn syrup will make the glaze glossy. If you want to omit it, just increase the heavy cream by 2 tablespoons.

CHOCOCHIP RAISIN OATMEAL COOKIES

CHOCOCHIP RAISIN OATMEAL COOKIES
1/2 cups (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
2 LARGE Eggs
1 teaspoon QUALITY vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon QUALITY ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick OR old fashioned)
1 1/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup raisins or raisins
1/2 cup crushed walnuts

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  • Add combined flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
  • Add oats and mix well.
  • Add chocolate chips and mix well.
  • Fold in raisins and mix well.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto foil lined ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheets.
  • Remove to wire rack.
  • Cool completely.
  • Store tightly covered.

VARIATION 

Bar Cookies – 24 bars

  • Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  • Cut into bars.
  • Store tightly covered.

COBBLER COOKIE PIES

We LOVE cookies and we LOVE pies around here, but with just the two of us pies are too big and cookies don’t always have the summer flavors we’re looking for.  So, WHY not combine them into little cookie pies FULL of flavor AND the crunch of a cookie AND a streusel topping? You can also make your own sugar cookie dough and even use FRESH fruits, but why not go easy on that too?

COBBLER COOKIE PIES
Yield: 12      Prep Time: 15 minutes      Cook Time: 30 minutes      Total Time: 45 minutes

16 ounces package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/4 cup sugar
1 can peach pie filling, chopped small***

STREUSEL
3 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons FINELY chopped oatmeal
3 tablespoon PACKED brown sugar
2 tablespoons COLD butter, chopped small
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

GLAZE
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2-3 teaspoons milk

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Divide cookie dough into 12 pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a ball and roll in sugar to coat.
  • Fill a well-greased muffin tin with cookie dough balls and bake for 15 minutes.
  • While cookie cups are baking, chop peach pie filling and prepare the streusel by combining the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and use a fork to blend until the mixture resembles large crumbs. Set aside.
  • Remove cookie cups from oven; press the center of each cookie cup with the bottom of a small glass. I use a small prep bowl.
  • Fill each with peach pie filling and top with a layer of streusel.
  • Return to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, cool completely, and gently remove from muffin tin.
  • Combine powdered sugar and milk; drizzle over cooled cookie cups.

***NOTES:  Any flavor works, but for summer peach or apple is awesome.  I also really like using blackberry or a black and blue berry combo! Today was a berry combo  using strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

CANDY BAR RICE KRISPIE TREATS

CANDY BAR RICE KRISPIE TREATS adapted from RecipeGirl.com
1 tablespoon salted butter
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
4 cups Rice Krispies
5-6 ounces chopped Butterfinger candy bars (or candy bar of your choice)*
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening

  • Spray an 8×8-inch pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter together over medium heat.
  • Add the marshmallows, stirring until melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the rice krispies.
  • Stir in the Butterfingers, reserving 1/4 cup as topping.
  • Scrape the mixture into the prepare pan and press it evenly into the pan with clean hands.
  • Let it cool.
  • Cut the Krispie Treats into nine equal pieces and move them to a platter.**
  • Melt the chocolate chips and the shortening together in a small saucepan or in a small glass bowl in the microwave or until they are melted and smooth.
  • Spoon the chocolate into a zip baggie, snip the corner and squeeze the chocolate into the corner.
  • Drizzle chocolate onto each Krispie Treat and then sprinkle with some Butterfinger crumbs and then drizzle more chocolate on top.
  • Place the Krispie Treats in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set the chocolate. Do NOT leave them in the refrigerator – they will get too hard!
  • Store them in a covered container.

NOTES:

  • *Use a candy bar with a cookie or nut base along with the chocolate. We prefer Heath bars, KIT KATs or Butterfingers.
  • **You can eat them as they are or store them in a covered container. Otherwise continue with the topping directions.

COWBOY BROWNIES

COWBOY BROWNIES
BROWNIES

1/4 cup butter
2 ounces QUALITY unsweetened chocolate
2 LARGE eggs
pinch sea salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup caramel bits
1/2 cup chopped nuts – OPTIONAL – (pecans or walnuts)

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Spray 9×9 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Add butter and chocolate to double boiler, melting together until smooth.
  • When chocolate mixture is cool add eggs one at a time and salt, stirring to combine until creamy.
  • Add the sugar and vanilla, beating well.
  • Add the flour and cocoa, stirring until JUST combined.
  • Fold in caramel bits and raisins as well as nuts if you are using them.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and spread smooth.
  • Set aside while you prepare the cheesecake layer.

CHEESECAKE LAYER
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 LARGE egg
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate mini chips

  • Cream together the cream cheese, butter, cornstarch and sweetened condensed milk until fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  • Pour this layer over the brownie layer and spread smooth.
  • Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the cheesecake layer.
  • Bake 50-60 minutes until cooked though and brownies are set.
  • Prepare icing just before brownies come out of the oven.

ICING
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened QUALITY cocoa
1/4 cup WHOLE milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts – OPTIONAL – (pecans or walnuts)

  • Beat the butter, cocoa, milk, powdered sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
  • Spread icing on the brownies as soon as you remove them from the oven.
  • Sprinkle with nuts if you are using them.
  • Let stand until cool.
  • Cover any leftovers with saran and refrigerate.

NOTES: Good QUALITY chocolate, cocoa and vanilla make ALL the difference in the flavor of a good baked product 😀

SNICKERDOODLE THUMBPRINTS for EASTER

I don’t know about you, but I have been watching A LOT of television during this pandemic lock down.  Or at least I have had it on to keep me company.  I had a Hallmark movie on the other day while I was cutting quilt pieces and they mentioned a cookie that I had all but forgotten about and can’t even remember the last time I made.  So, I dug out the recipe and made a batch for Easter.  I hope you are enjoying your Easter as best as you can and enjoy these cookies too.

SNICKERDOODLE THUMBPRINTS yield: 4 dozen

2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1⅔ cups sugar, divided
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
1+ 1 teaspoon QUALITY ground cinnamon
1 cup prepared apple butter

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and salt.
    In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and ⅔ cup sugar. Beat at high speed with a mixer until light and creamy.
  • Add egg yolks and vanilla extract, beating until combined.
  • Add flour mixture, beating until incorporated.
  • In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, stirring to blend.
    Using a levered 2-teaspoon scoop, drop dough into cinnamon-sugar mixture, tossing to coat.
  • Place dough balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  • Using your thumb or the back of a rounded measuring spoon, press an indentation into the center of each dough ball.
  • Fill each indentation with ½ teaspoon apple butter.
  • Bake for 7 minutes.
  • Remove pans from oven, and fill each indentation with an additional ½ teaspoon apple butter.
  • Bake another 6-8 minutes until edges of cookies are golden brown.
  • Transfer cookies to wire cooling racks, and let cool completely.
  • Store in a single layer in airtight containers, and refrigerate for up to a day.

MRS. GIBSON’S CHOCOLATE CHEWS

One of the things I look for when we’re antiquing is old recipe boxes. Not just any old recipe boxes, but old recipe boxes FULL of handwritten recipes. This recipe came from one of those boxes. I have no idea who owned the box, just that MANY of their recipe’s were in the same handwriting and referenced Mrs. Gibson who must have been an excellent cook based on the recipes I’ve tried so far!  This recipe has the added bonus of being a no bake recipe.

MRS. GIBSON’S CHOCOLATE CHEWS yields 24 cookies
1/2 cup (whole)* milk
2 1 cup sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup – 8 tablespoons) butter
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon PURE* vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups quick oatmeal
1/2 cup FINELY chopped walnuts

  • In a large saucepan melt the butter.
  • Whisk in the milk and vanilla.
  • Stir in the sugar and cocoa until dissolved and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Remove from heat and let cool 2 minutes.
  • In a large bowl sift together the oatmeal and nuts.
  • Pour the cocoa mixture over the oatmeal and nuts.
  • Use 2 spatulas (see note) to mix it all together until well coated. (see notes)
  • With your hands (see note) form into balls and cool on wax paper. (see notes)

NOTE:

  • Based on the age of the recipe card and style of writing I decided whole milk and PURE vanilla extract were a MUST for the texture and flavor of this recipe to be best.
  • I spray the spatulas with non-stick cooking spray to keep the mixture from sticking.  I use food grade rubber gloves also sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to form the balls with. BUT, the best thing I finally started doing was using a cookie scoop sprayed with non stick spray to make the cookies more even.