These cookies are my very favorite in all the world. I think I like them for their simplicity and the fact that I almost always have all the ingredients on hand. I.e. “on a whim” cookies. This can be a good and a bad thing, as there’s really nothing stopping you from making these bad boys every single week. Except your thighs. Your thighs might scream in protest.
I’ve had a problem lately though.
For the past 5 (ok maybe 10 years), I haven’t been able to make these cookies set up.
I’ve quadruple-checked the recipe. I’ve measured once, twice, three times. I’ve used less milk, more milk, less boiling time, more. And before you tell me not to make them on rainy days, I already know that tip. We wait until the sun is blazing at high noon before I even dare pull the pot out. Sometimes I’ll get a fluke batch that sets up, but I believe my failure rate is 90 percent.
They just do not work for me.
But that doesn’t stop me from making them. Because they taste even BETTER on a spoon. Because Clara “yoves” them.
And because I’m not a quitter.
Stove Top Cookies
(my mama’s recipe)
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup milk (whole)
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tbsp. dark cocoa
- 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine first four ingredients in a pot. Heat until boiling. Allow to boil for 2 minutes. Stir in last three ingredients. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Allow 15-30 minutes to set up. (or just eat them with a spoon)
QUESTION: Do you have a recipe that just will NOT work for you?? I’m afraid to ask…but what are you tips on these cookies?