I'm afraid this picture won't do these bad boys justice. I think these cookies taste so good, even though the photo may inspire some doubt. They're called No Bake Coco Cookies and really, they are shamefully easy to make.

My mom made these when I was in elementary school, but when I asked her for the recipe after I got married and became more interested in baking, she didn't know what cookies I was even referring to. I described the cookies for my brother and sister who both said they remembered them, so I knew I wasn't mistaken about my memories. So, my mom had just somehow forgotten that she made these at all and the recipe was lost to me for a while.

But, a few years ago, I was visiting a friend and she happened to make some of the same cookies for her kids that day. (That's what I call a divine appointment). She told me what they were called, so I could find the recipe on line for myself. And, since my brother is here, I thought I'd make them. They're way too unhealthy to eat in great amounts, so we bagged up a dozen and shared them with our neighbors across the street with a picture Norah drew for them.

No Bake Coco Cookies

In a medium sized saucepan mix:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
Bring to a boil and cook at a rolling boil for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and mix in:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick rolled oats

Immediately spoon mixture out onto wax paper in tablespoon- sized portions. Give them about 30 minutes or an hour to dry. Store in an air tight container.


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