No-Bake Oatmeal Coal Cookies

No-Bake Oatmeal Coal Cookies

These are Christmas cookies. The coal comes from as in,
“a lump of coal in your stocking”. But they look good in August,
especially when they don’t need baking.

Start to finish: 2 hours (30 minutes active). Makes 30 cookies.

2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup whole milk
Pinch salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 1/2 cups quick or rolled oats
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder to eliminate lumps. Add the milk, salt, butter, cinnamon and ginger.

Set the pan over medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. Let cool for 1–2 minutes.

Add the oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir together until well combined.

A tablespoon at a time, drop balls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. If desired, the balls can be rolled between your hands for a smoother appearance. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Source: Grand Junction Sentinel, Nov 20, 2010