cookies

I was very lazy on Saturday. Hell, I barely even bothered to breathe. I never went outside despite it being a beautiful day--I didn't even pick up my mail from the mailbox.

This was all due to a little burnout from a bad week of work. My solution? Well, just before midnight I decided that making some cookies might help. Over there on the left you can see the ingredients as I started heating the syrup.

This type of cookie isn't baked -- there's no chemistry involved. No flour, no butter, not even any eggs. This is just a process involving heat transfer from the stovetop to the ingredients.

You use sugar, water, powdered milk, shortening, peanut butter, cocoa powder and some vanilla (or almond) extract and a whole lot of oatmeal--3 cups of it.

As you might be able to gather from the odd list of ingredients, this recipe was devised in a time of shortages. During WW2 when many dairy products were rationed recipes like this one were used to allow households to have items like cookies which could no longer be prepared in the usual way.

So peanut butter was used to hold the cookies together instead of the eggs, shortening instead of butter, dry milk instead of fresh. Back then it was forced by necessity, now I make them 'cause they taste good.

Comments

SassyAssy said…
OMG I love these cookies...you should have invited me over...I would have brought the beverages.
Into the Light said…
I'll be checking the mail for my share...
The Professor said…
Those look really good. I might have to try them if I actually ever cook again.
Shari said…
Hello, Michele sent me.

Sorry you had a rough week at work. Hope next week's better.:)

Oooh, they look sooo good. Peanut butter? Cocoa? Mind sharing the recipe amounts or was it all a dab of this and a bit of that?

Going off to find some peanut butter...
Smug said…
I am drooling a bit! You should post the recipe - late night cookies are the BESt :)
GA Girl said…
The cookies look really yummy - in fact, all of your recent pictures look great!

Are you outside enjoying this beautiful day after your recovery day?
MissMeliss said…
And I thought making ginger-peach pie at two am was impressive....

These sound tasty.
Thumper said…
POST THE RECIPE!

I've been looking for one for those cookies for years, but I don't know what the frick they're called...

Please?
Deana said…
Peanut butter delights- one of the few things I actually would make before I got married. I should do a batch of those. They are sooooo good!
Nancy said…
When I was in high school I ate these for breakfast. These are so not on the diet anymore.
rennratt said…
Great minds seem to think alike. Nooze and I made a double batch of these cookies this afternoon!

However, our recipe calls for 'real' milk, 1/2 stick of butter and "no" vanilla. (I use it anyway).

The rest of the ingredients are exactly the same.
kenju said…
Burnout at work, huh? I've had some of that here at home this week. Won't you share your cookies with me?
KSHIPPYCHIC said…
Those are a staple here at Christmas time! Yummmmy!
ivan said…
[utenzi] - thanks for commenting in my blog. :)

wow! this one really looks yummy sweet. I better copy the recipe and try it on my own. hmm. =)
utenzi said…
Hi Ivan! In a way, these cookies are similar in taste to the choco mallo bars that you mentioned on your blog. And speaking of yummy sweet....
Sue said…
Oh those look yummy, I'm going to have to try those.

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