September 19, 2017

No-Bake Cookies

No-Bake Cookies

Faith Pineo Photo | No-Bake Cookies

Sometimes, one finds humor in the strangest places. My sister, Faith, did a little searching on no-bake cookies and sent along this curious “information.” I suggest you take it with a no-bake cookie, a tall glass of milk and a wee side of snark.

– Janine Pineo

Interesting history on how no bakes were “invented”. I’m guessing the story about a poor farmer with almost no food to feed his family, tripping over a log by the campfire and losing the bag of oats into the vat of chocolate his wife was melting for candy might not be quite accurate. If they are starving and have no food but oats, why was his wife making candy? With chocolate? And peanut butter? By a campfire? Obviously she needed a lesson or two in household management. Or she just could’ve made s’mores …

Also, they call these “preacher cookies” in Appalachia because if you saw the preacher comin’ on his horse at the base of the mountain you could have these made and cooled by the time he arrived on your doorstep. Again I ask, chocolate and peanut butter lying around in a mountain hovel? Anybody ever watched “Christy”? They were lucky to get an old squirrel.

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Up around here we call them no-bake cookies. Folks from the South may know them as preacher cookies. I’ve even read that they’re called poodgies in Texas (no doubt they make them bigger there, too). And you can bet that some people even call them cow patties. But no matter their name, these little dollops of chocolate and peanut butter heaven won’t stick around for long. That’s OK. A batch only takes about 3 minutes to make.

No-Bake Cookies

Place 4 cups quick-cook oats in a large bowl.

On the stovetop combine and constantly stir the following, allowing it to boil for 30 seconds:

2 cups sugar
4 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 stick margarine

Once mixture is slightly cooled, stir in:

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Pour over oats, stir to combine and then drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto wax paper. Allow to set and then – enjoy!

– Faith Pineo