These are my go to cookies. When I need to bring something sweet to a potluck, a bake sale, or to make my cousin Shannon smile, this is the dessert I think of first. Why this recipe? The truth is they are about the cheapest, easiest, but still yummy cookies that you could make. As a grad student that means I have been making them a lot.
I would not have thought to even share these cookies because frankly the recipe is so easy and they certainly are not winning the award for cute as a button dessert, but every time I show up with them I am asked for a copy of the recipe.
So let’s celebrate the simple for a moment. A cookie that you could easily make vegan or gluten free (or both!) depending on your taste testers. A dessert you can make without having to go to the grocery store. And one of my favorite parts, a sweet treat you can pretend is a little bit healthy.
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
1) Bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute. Pull off burner.
2) Mix in peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal.
3) On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls. Allow to cool and hardened.
Note: I have never tried to make a vegan version of these cookies, but I imagine it would be worth experimenting with by replacing the butter and milk with vegan options. As for a gluten free version, simply buy all these ingredients ensuring they are of the gluten free variety.