I love these cookies! The only problem I have encountered in the past with making these, is that they seem to fall apart due to dryness. Adding more milk and less oatmeal (as this recipe directs), takes care of that problem.

Beth Pearce
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder together in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, to dissolve sugar completely, 90 seconds to 2 minutes. Remove saucepan immediately from heat.

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  • Stir peanut butter and vanilla extract into the milk mixture until smooth; add oats and stir to coat. Spoon the mixture onto a sheet of baking parchment and let sit until the mixture holds together, about 15 minutes.

Tips

Cook's Note:

This type of recipe tends to have issues with being too dry or with the cookies seeming to fall apart easily. That is why it's imperative you use 1/2 cup milk and no more than the 2 cups oatmeal called for. If you follow these directions to the letter, I think you'll find these cookies to be super moist.

Depending on the amount you spoon out, this will make anywhere from approximately 25 to 33 cookies. Smaller is better though.

Nutrition Facts

128 calories; 5.7 g total fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 44 mg sodium. 18.2 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2017
I love these cookies! But as in other similar recipes I've had to cook them at a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes for the butter sugar milk and cocoa to get to a soft candy-like stage. (Where you can drop a small amount into a cup of cold water and it will form a tiny soft ball.) Then I had to add 1/4 extra cup of oats! They were perfect! These are really easy to under or over cook! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/29/2016
These didn't work at all for me. They didn't set at all and were WAY too watery. The search continues... Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2017
I love these cookies! But as in other similar recipes I've had to cook them at a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes for the butter sugar milk and cocoa to get to a soft candy-like stage. (Where you can drop a small amount into a cup of cold water and it will form a tiny soft ball.) Then I had to add 1/4 extra cup of oats! They were perfect! These are really easy to under or over cook! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2017
I love these cookies! But as in other similar recipes I've had to cook them at a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes for the butter sugar milk and cocoa to get to a soft candy-like stage. (Where you can drop a small amount into a cup of cold water and it will form a tiny soft ball.) Then I had to add 1/4 extra cup of oats! They were perfect! These are really easy to under or over cook! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2016
These turned out just as expected! I myself find them a tad too sweet but that's just my taste everyone else loved them and I will definitely make them again. I didn't change anything in this recipe and probably won't next time either. Edit I cooled them and let them set in the refrigerator for a couple of hours and they set well once they cooled thoroughly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2017
Excellent as written! The only thing I changed was that I used old-fashioned oats instead of quick cooking because it's what I had on hand. We loved them! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2019
Next time I would use 1/2 cup less sugar but otherwise great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2016
Turned out perfect. Followed exactly as printed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2017
Try adding raisins before boiling. Favorite of ours for 40 years Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2016
First time I've ever made these cookies. My fiance requested them as they are his favorite Christmas cookie. I made them exactly as the recipe was written and according to him they were excellent and perfect! Too sweet for me but that means he gets them all! I predict I will be making these quite often from now on. Lol Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/28/2016
These didn't work at all for me. They didn't set at all and were WAY too watery. The search continues... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2019
I ve made this recipe twice. First time I made it exactly as written. The cookies are flat but they ARE moist and don t dry out. The second time I added 1/2 cup more oatmeal and that gave them more body and they were still moist nor did they dry out. This is a great recipe and I m glad I found it!! Read More
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