No Bake Fudge Cookies Recipe
Cool no bake cookies for hot days!
It’s warming up here, school’s out and the grandkids will be coming more often. Even though it is hot they still expect cookies at “Nan’s”. Here are a couple of cookie tips that will keep you from dying of a heat stroke. These tips aren’t new for everyone, but they might be a reminder for some of you seasoned cooks and something new for our friends who are just starting out.
- Make your cookie dough, but don’t bake the cookies. One very hot summer my son begged and pleaded for me not to bake the cookies I was making so he could just eat the dough. I asked myself, “If the kids prefer it this way, why am I killing myself baking them?” To this day, ice box cookie dough is one of his favorites. If you are worried about the eggs then buy egg substitutes.
- Watch for cookies to go on sale. I can get some pretty good deals on cookies that end up costing less than what I can pay for the ingredients. Cooking from scratch isn’t always cheaper than buying things pre-made. (I’m not saying cooking from scratch is never cheaper. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t.) My kids and grandkids love cookies no matter where they come from. My kids thought store bought cookies were a treat because, even though everyone thinks times are hard now, years ago cookies were much more expensive when bought from the store than they were homemade.
Here is my grandkids’ favorite summer or anytime no bake fudge cookies recipe:
No Bake Fudge Cookies
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Before you start, cut about a 20 inch piece of wax paper. Lay it on the counter. This serves as something to drop the cookies on.
In a saucepan, mix milk, sugar, cocoa, and margarine. Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter, vanilla, nuts. Mix until peanut butter is mixed in. Add oatmeal. Drop by spoonfuls on the wax paper.
This must be done a little quickly because the cookies start hardening pretty fast. If the humidity is high or you don’t boil them the right amount of time, they may not harden. Don’t panic! Just pour it into a container and use as fudge sauce for ice cream. …Although my kids love eating these homemade no bake fudge cookies with spoons if they don’t get hard enough to eat as cookies!
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