no-bake cookies:

Memories on a Plate: Dad’s No-Bake Cookies

this recipe and story by Nadia Mekhezouml

Hey friends! I wanted to share a little story related to the picture I’m posting.

Today I made no-bake cookies. I rarely make them but love them. I was at my mom’s house and pulled out an old recipe. You see, my dad taught me how to make them. When I was a teen, I had an obsession with cooking in the microwave, so one day I got online and found a microwave recipe for no-bakes! Ha ha! To say they were a fail was an understatement.

Daddy worked the second shift, so when he came in, I was in bed. He went through my recipe and marked it up to show his STOVE recipe. Ha ha! That’s what I used today. He passed away in 2002. It may sound silly, but I miss him so much when I use his recipe that I usually use a different one.

Here’s the recipe for those delicious no-bake cookies:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 capful of vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oats

Here’s how to make them:

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the butter, milk, cocoa, salt, and sugar.
  2. Cook the mixture over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, continue cooking for an additional 1 1/2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla and peanut butter until well combined.
  5. Add the quick oats to the mixture and stir until all the oats are coated.
  6. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking sheet or pour it into a cake pan.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool before cutting, or let them set in the cake pan.

Mom loved the cookies tonight, even though they turned out a little soft. (It was storming as I was cooking, so we’ll blame that.) It’s such a special experience for me to use my dad’s recipe. I miss him so much.

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