This recipe holds a special place in my heart every time I make it. A few years ago, I was a bake sale and spotted these particular gems. The lady behind the counter was thrilled that I was admiring her donation with those gleaming dark tops. What she did not know was that these cookies looked like the ones I used to make until I lost my recipe.
I had tried other recipes, but they were not up to par compared to my old one. These cookies need to firm up to become hard or they will fall apart when held.
We started talking. Anyway, she was kind enough to give me her recipe and I got to take home two treats that day--her wonderful candy-cookies and that excellent recipe.
A few months later, I learned that this thoughtful young woman died. Now every time that I make this recipe, I think of her and that unexpected bit of extra kindness she shared with me, a stranger.
And now, dear readers, I am forwarding that kindness of her delicious candy-cookies to you! As you drop your cookies to the waxed paper, I hope you will think of her as well and remember that even the smallest act of kindness can have a rippling effect and spread, keeping a memory such as hers, alive forever.
No Bake Candy-Cookies
1/2 cup of margarine or 1 stick (not spread)
1/2 cup of milk
2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup of peanut butter
3-1/2 cups of rolled old-fashioned oats (not the minute/quick oats)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Boil the margarine, milk and sugar together for one minute to dissolve the sugar crystals. Add the remaining ingredients to the margarine mixture. Drop onto waxed paper. Let it stand for about 45 minutes to harden completely.