Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Monster Cookies (No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies)

Warning:  This is not a single serving.

Well, that is not entirely true, as I have listed an ingredient list that is easy for just one person to make and eat... Still, I feel like once you try these cookies, you will wish you had made the entire original recipe.

These cookies have been one of my favorite desserts for a long time because they are easy to make and incredibly addictive.  They are the perfect thing to take along to a party and the perfect thing to snack on when you get home and the perfect dessert to enjoy all rolled into one.

I originally found the recipe in Cricket magazine, a literary magazine for children, way back when I was in elementary school.  The first time we made them, we followed the recipe's directions and spread them out on parchment paper so that they looked like Big Foot's feet.  Even though we eventually moved to simply making drop cookies, they have been a family classic since then.

Nowadays, my nine-year-old sister Mia has claimed the recipe for her own.  When I told her I wanted to blog about them, she told me I was "stealing" her recipe.  I tried to remind her that I have been making them longer than she has been alive, but I couldn't convince her that I, in fact, had any right to the recipe.  It was much like the time when she wanted me to do the macarena with her, but kept trying to teach me the correct way to do it... when I, in fact, am the one who grew up in the 90s.

The 90s and recipe stealing aside, I promise you will enjoy these cookies if you love peanut butter and chocolate.  Despite my advice, it might be wise to make the smaller batch simply because you won't be able to resist eating the whole batch if you make it...

2 cups sugar
½ cup milk
¼ cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup peanut butter [PB]
3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

  1. Mix milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and butter in a large sauce pan.
  2. Stir the ingredients together over medium heat until they start to boil.
  3. Remove the pan from heat, let cool for a minute, and then mix in the peanut butter, salt, and vanilla.  Add the oatmeal.
  4. Let the mixture cool for a minute.  Then, using a scooper or a spoon, scoop out cookies onto a baking sheet or into a greased mini muffin tin.
  5. Refrigerate until set or until ready to serve.
To scale this down and make it more manageable for one person to eat , you can easily use a quarter recipe.  Just use a small saucepan instead of a large one, and use the following ratio of ingredients:
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons butter 
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons peanut butter
¾ cups old-fashioned oatmeal