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There are certain memories that simply remind you of childhood. Whether it be a song, book, a favorite show, or even a food, it is always a welcome recollection when you can reminisce of a fond memory.

No-bake cookies are one of those foods that bring such emotion to me. I have great memories of standing in the kitchen with my mom, anxiously awaiting this gooey concoction to form into a tasty cookie for me to enjoy. After awaiting the mixture to cool and firm, you would be able to enjoy them as you would any other cookie.

The wait was certainly worth it.

As my three-year old son Seth stood beside me while mixing our own batch of cookies, memories of all the special occasions and happy times as a child began coming to the forefront.

My mother would use a similar recipe when preparing these cookies for our family to enjoy. When thumbing through the recipe books this week, I knew that this was the one I wanted to prepare.

With this recipe for no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies by Pat McCoy from the Olive Hill Church of the Nazarene Cookbook, you will be able to make your own memories with this tasty treat.

To complete this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

2 c. sugar

½ c. milk

½ c. unsweetened cocoa

½ c. butter

3 c. quick oats

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ c. peanut butter

Place the oats, peanut butter, and vanilla in a large bowl; set aside. Combine the sugar, milk, cocoa, and butter in a large saucepan. You will bring this to a boil. Boil this for precisely one minute, no longer. Remove from heat and pour over the oat mixture. Stir this well. Drop by large spoonfuls onto waxed paper and let cool.

As we anxiously waited for this batch to cool, I told Seth of how we used this type of cookie to celebrate his birth. My best friend delivered a fresh batch to the hospital, further cementing this as a celebratory food for me.

This recipe was delicious. Being fans of peanut butter, we would not be opposed to adding a little more to this. Of course, that suggestion is objective based on the taste profile that you desire to attain. For us, it’s hard to conceptualize the idea of too much peanut butter.

Another plus is the fact that most of these ingredients are household staples. The costs associated with these cookies are certainly worth the reward. The ingredients yield a good number of cookies. The preparation time is minimal, and the most time-consuming part of this recipe is waiting for it to cool.

This is a fun recipe to get your family involved. I am living proof that taking the time to cook with your children is rewarding and gives them a sense of accomplishment.

Perfect for a late-night snack, party, or simply to replenish your cookie jar, we give this recipe a high recommendation.

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