No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

We all have our days. I have more than most people. Or maybe I convince myself of that so I'm justified in baking creating these as often as possible. My mother actually introduced these to me, which is no surprise. She is the queen of effortless and fabulous, but I have to admit, I was skeptical. I'm one of those people who ashamedly believes that the harder you work and the more expensive the ingredients, the better the food will taste. While that's true in some cases, this is not one of them. So next time you have a day, forget baking. Just make these.

P.S. I've heard these can also be called cow patties, but I wouldn't advice googling that. It'll significantly decrease your appetite.

  • 3 1/2 cups oats, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa
  • Before starting, lay out a few pieces of wax paper on your counter. And ask God to forgive you for the calories you are about to consume. Maybe pray twice.
  • In a large pan, melt butter slowly.
  • Once the butter is melted (but not sizzling), add the milk, sugar and cocoa. Lightly stir.
  • Turn up the heat and bring mixture to a rolling boil. 
  • Remove from the heat once it's boiling and add the peanut butter and vanilla. Combine.
  • Add the oats. Mix that in, too.
    • P.S. Use a wooden spoon. You don't want to know the fate of my plastic spatula.
  • Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls onto wax paper.
  • Let cookies cool until they are set. To speed up the process, place cookies in the fridge or freezer.
    • Side note: my mom dropped off some of these when she was in town and threw them in my freezer for an "emergency." I forgot about them, and about 6 weeks later had a minor chocolate-emergency. Guess what? They were still perfect.
In the words of Rachel Zoe, "These.are.everything."

Love and cheap thrills,

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