I had a friend once who thought this was a disgusting name for a cookie. She said in her family they called them Gorilla Poops. Not sure why my family’s title won the gross-out award over hers. Anyhow, it’s a tried and true recipe that brings back lots of memories for me. Sunday afternoons were the traditional occasions for these quick treats when I was growing up, and it’s a tradition I’ve kept going in my own family.
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. milk
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. peanut butter
2 1/2 c. oats (quick or old-fashioned)
1. Combine the butter, milk, cocoa, salt, and sugar in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for 1-2 minutes more and then remove from heat.
2. Stir in vanilla, peanut butter, and oats. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and allow to set.
Makes about 3 dozen
- My personal favorite way to make these is to omit the cocoa from the boiling mixture, and then add in 1/2 cup or so of coconut after the boil. Yum!
- I used to always use quick oats until I experimented with old-fashioned, which I use more often. Quick oats give a bit softer texture, but I like them with the old-fashioned oats better.
- You can pour the mixture into an 8″x 8″ pan, sprayed with cooking spray, but it takes a lot longer to set before you can cut it into bars.
- My ten-year-old made this batch and has become quite an expert at the process!
- We like to use a cookie scoop for easy portioning onto the waxed paper.