This is my mom's recipe. Plus more nuts. My mom is a great cook. I don't where she got it because my grandmother (God bless her) is NOT. She has other great talents but cooking is not one of them. And my dad has a few great dishes he does too. Anyway, I digress. These cookies are something my mom would make in the spring/summer so that we could eat cookies without having to turn the oven.
They are my favorite cookies. I love the chewiness of the oats and the perfect combination of chocolate with peanut butter. I add more nuts to mine too, for that extra crunch. They take less than 10 minutes to make and you only need to dirty one large saucepan in the process (no mixing bowls or egg beaters to clean up here)! So in summary: they are cookie heaven.
Ingredients: 2 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup butter, 3 cups oats, 1/2 cup (chunky) peanut butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 cup of your favorite chopped nuts (I used almonds)
In a large sauce pan, over low heat mix together sugar, cocoa, milk and butter until well combined. Bring to a rapid boil and maintain at a low boil for 4-5 minutes. You want it to boil for exactly 5 minutes, but in my experience it's better to under shot the time rather than over shot. This is what makes them stick together and solidify. If you under cook them they will not harden enough (but just put them in the freezer for a little bit for an easy save) if you over cook them they will be too dry and crumbly and not form cookies-so watch out for that. After 4-5 minutes of boiling, remove pan from heat and quickly stir in vanilla and peanut butter. Once the peanut butter has mostly melted into the batter stir in oats and nuts. Spoon onto wax or parchment paper and allow to set up for 8-10 minutes. This will make 12-15 spoonful size cookies.