So to make these, you'll need the following:
• 1 3/4 cups white sugar (I have not had success with a sugar substitute)
• 1/2 milk
• 1/2 butter
• 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (hint: make them heaping tablespoons for an even better taste)
• 1/2 cup peanut butter
• 3 cups quick-cooking oats
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium-large saucepan, combine the sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. You need to time the 1 1/2 minutes from the point you get to a rolling boil, not to where you see one or two bubbles, otherwise they'll be TOO soupy!
While the mixutre is boiling, I usually get my peanut butter ready and oats ready, at least the first cup of oats, as this is a time sensitive recipe.
Once 1 1/2 minutes is up, remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, oats, and vanilla.
Drop into cookie sized portions onto wax paper. I usually use the same spoon I used to mix everything in the beginning. Let them cool until hardened - which can take a little bit, especially if your kitchen is warm, or if you've undercooked them a little. If you are impatient, you can stick them into the freezer for a little bit!
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