Boiled Peanut Butter Cookies

I was looking at my ‘The Gift of Southern Cooking’ cookbook by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock when I saw this recipe for boiled peanut butter cookies. I used to make these in high school! They were one of my favorites, but for some reason, I don’t think I’ve made them since. Av loves chocolate and peanut butter, so I figured he’d like these too.

1/2 c. crunchy peanut butter (although I’ve used creamy before and I think I like it that way even better)
3 c. quick-cooking oatmeal (I used Quaker brand)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c. butter
1/2 cup sweet milk
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
Also: wax paper laid out to spoon the cookies onto

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(above:) Here are all the ingredients. In one bowl, mix together the peanut butter, oatmeal, and vanilla. In another, mix together the sugar, salt, and cocoa until there aren’t any lumps.

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First, heat the butter and milk in a saucepan until the butter is melted.
Next, add the sugar/salt/cocoa to the pan, and bring it to a boil. Stir with a wooden spoon so it doesn’t burn.

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Let the mixture boil for 90 seconds.

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Once 90 seconds has gone by, add the peanut butter/butter/oatmeal mixture and cook all that together for another 60 seconds. Be sure to keep stirring!

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Now, just spoon the cookies onto the wax paper. This recipe made about 30 or so cookies. They should be set in less than an hour, but if it’s a cloudy or rainy day, just let them rest and try not to worry about them…they will come together!

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These were *delicious* and Av loved them just like I thought he might. Yay!

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