These are the black sheep of the cookie family. Not a whole lot of class, but we love them anyhow.
Don’t let the no-bake name fool you. These are less kid-friendly than most baked cookies, as the hot butter and sugar mixture could cause serious burns. If you have a little one helping in the kitchen, they can make sure the chocolate chips are still good (a taste test, it’s a critical part of the cooking process).
You can change the order of operations, slightly, too if they really want to help. Put the chocolate chips directly into the rolled oats. The heat from the mixture will be enough to melt chips and won’t affect the outcome. While you are stirring the mixture on the stove, they can stir the oats.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 TBSP creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 cups rolled oats
- In a large mixing bowl, place the 3 cups of rolled oats.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla over medium heat.
- Stir often, and be sure to use the spoon or spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan to prevent scorching.
- Bring the mixture to a full boil. You may notice a distinct change in the feel of the mixture just before it begins to boil. This is normal. Allow the mixture to boil for one minute. Then stir in the chocolate chips and peanut butter.
- Pour over the oats and stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Spoon by rounded tablespoon onto a wax paper sheet and cool.
- The chocolate will become much firmer as the cookies cool. You can speed up the process by placing in the refrigerator, but it is not necessary.
If you want round cookies rather than rustic cookies, grab a mason jar ring and slide each cookie rapidly in a circle so that the cookie bounces off the side of the ring and rounds out. Do this after it has begun to cool but is still soft. See the gif in the post for a visual explanation.
How to round the no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
Grab the ring from a mason jar or a glass and circle the cookies quickly to allow it to bounce off the inside of the ring to round out the edges.
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