I do pay attention to the observed food days being celebrated. However, that isn’t the only thing that dictates what I cook. Take this recent treat I made. Many people call them No Bake Cookies. I have also heard them referred to as Preacher Cookies.
While I hadn’t anticipated this to be a #throwbackthursday post it just happens that I am writing this on a Thursday. It is also a throwback to my own high school days.
The girls had just arrived home from school. They wanted a snack. Dinner wasn’t going to be ready for a couple of hours.
It’s always a fine line between providing a healthy snack and letting them forage for anything they can find. This afternoon I was feeling a little peckish myself. So I popped up and made something that is not entirely unhealthy. When I was in high school No Bake Cookies was my go-to treat. I made it when I needed a little pick me up, or to take to school when I was called on to bring something. While the recipe calls for them to be dropped onto parchment or waxed paper some days it’s alright to eat them out of the pan with a spoon.
While not everyone likes the combination of chocolate and peanut butter many people do. These whip up so quickly and have not only peanut butter, but also oatmeal and milk. No Bake Cookies are nothing if not healthy! Plus, they have the added benefit of chocolate. These are a protein packed fiber filled mood lifting treat.
The girls were pleasantly surprised with their snack. They were doubly pleased when there were some leftover the following afternoon. I showed serious restraint by not eating all of the leftovers.
This recipe has truly withstood the test of time. In fact, this recipe has been found in cookbooks going back to the 1950’s and before. Depending on the area you are from determines if you call them Preacher Cookies, Cow Patties, or No Bake Cookies. Not being from the South or the Appalachian region I have always referred to them as No Bake Cookies.
I believe they were created during the depression. The ingredients in the recipe seem in line with that. One of the reasons they became popular is people did not have to use an oven to make them, hence the moniker No Bake Cookies. They were cooked on the stovetop, which was a plus for pre-air conditioned cooks.
I’m delighted that I whipped these up for my girls. While I have made them before, I don’t think I have made them enough. That will definitely change. After all, they are very healthy.
What do you call these cookies; No Bake Cookies or Preacher Cookies? Maybe you call them by a different name. I’d like to know!
No Bake Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
- 3 cups quick oats (not old-fashioned or instant)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Lay out parchment paper or waxed paper on a counter, table top, or baking sheet.
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. When mixture comes to a rolling boil set a timer for 1 minute. Boil for 1 minute, stirring.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in peanut butter. Stir until smooth.
- Add oatmeal, vanilla, and salt and stir gently to thoroughly combine.
- Drop mixture by tablespoonful onto parchment or waxed paper. Allow to cool and harden before eating; approximately 30 minutes.
- Store covered in a cool, dry container.