This is an all-time family favorite from my childhood, and was one of the best deserts we could make overseas. Who doesn't love the chocolately goodness of these cookies? What a bonus that they're so fast to make!

 

There are two recipes here. The first is the traditional, rich, sweet candy-like cookie. The second is a slightly healthier version which I developed to avoid using margarine (which tastes strange in Africa) and to cut down on the sugar. It's not that different from an protein ball, really. :-)

 

Original Chocolate No-Bakes

2 c. sugar

1/2 c. cocoa

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c. margarine

1/2 c. milk

1/2 c. peanut butter

3 1/2 c. quick oats

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix sugar, cocoa, salt, margaine, and milk in a saucepan. Heat slowly, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. remove from heat and quickly add peanut butter, vanilla and oats. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper-covered trays. Cool 1 hour or until set.

 

"Healthy" Chocolate No-Bakes

1 c. sugar

1/3 c. cocoa

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 c. milk powder

1/2 c. water

1/2 c. peanut butter

2 - 2 1/2  c. oats

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix sugar, cocoa, salt, milk powder and water in a saucepan. Heat slowly, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, remove from heat, and quickly add remaining ingredients. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper-covered trays. Cool 1 hour or until set.

 

One more tip: Since we didn't have wax paper, I would cut open plastic bags and use them to line my trays!

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