Eight days ago, our family suffered a great loss. My uncle Andy died early last Sunday morning sitting in his deer stand. I suppose if hunting is your thing, then there's no better way to leave this life. :)
Many stories have been shared this past week about Andy. One memory that kept popping up was that of his "sweet tooth." Particularly his fondness for chocolate. More specifically his fondness for some good old-fashioned no-bake cookies. There was a story about him toting around a tupperware boxful of these at a 4th of July picnic. Then there was the time he stowed a box of them under his truck seat (out of reach of his brothers) for "safe-keeping."
So in honor of uncle Andy I thought I would share this recipe with all of you. Christmas is the perfect excuse to get into the kitchen and cook up some guilty pleasures, so go try your hand at some of these cookies. I know I will, and when I do I'm going to be thinking about Uncle Andy.
Andy's Favorite No-Bake Cookies
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 stick butter
3 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts
3 cups quick oats
Mix sugar, cocoa, and milk in saucepan and bring to boil. Boil for 1 and a half minutes or until softball stage. Add butter, vanilla, and peanut butter in that order, stirring after each addition. Stir in oats. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper. Let cool. Enjoy!