Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Cookies (AKA: Goopies)

Another nostalgic dessert from my youth! The same friend’s mother who made the glorious puppy chow also made delicious no-bake cookies, or as we called them, goopies. Perhaps you called them cow pies or cow patties? Certainly a rather uncouth name for such a tasty cookie. There are probably millions of recipes of this cookie floating around the internet and they are all basically variations of a cookie that does not need to be baked. Sugar, milk, butter and cocoa are boiled to a chocolatey syrup, then oats and peanut butter are stirred in and the cookies are dropped onto a cookie sheet and left until the chocolate sets and they are ready to be eaten by the handful.

from: Food Network
makes: 50-60 cookies

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
large pinch kosher salt

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Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment.

Bring the sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, then let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.

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Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooked and hardened, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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