These cookies easily fit that bill. They're not always the prettiest thing but they are for sure yummy and there seems to be an endless variety of substitutions to make it your own.
These can also easily be adaptable for those folks with food allergies or gluten intolerance by using gluten-free oats.
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- 2 Cups Sugar
- 1/2 Cocoa Powder or Carob Powder
- 1/2 Milk (Cow, Goat, Soy, Coconut, Almond, whatever you prefer)
- 1/2 Cup Butter or Margarine or Lard (yes, lard will work)
- 1/4 Cup Nut or Seed Butter (Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, etc. even Tahini will work)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups Rolled or Quick Oats
- Dash Salt
In a saucepan combine the sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and butter. Bring to a boil and heat until it reaches 234 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in the salt, vanilla, and nut butter until the nut butter melts. Stir in the Oats.
Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper or silicone baking sheets and allow to cool. The mixture will be super hot so be careful with your hands and I don't know that I'd let small children do this because melted sugar is akin to molten lava in my experience.
Store any leftovers in an cookie jar.
Note: The recipe can easily be halved for when you just need a quick little bite and there aren't many folks around.