Convenience, taste mix in no-bake treat


July 14, 1999|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

When Virginia Garletts of Dunbar, Pa., sampled peanut-butter cookies at a baby shower, she knew she wanted the recipe. She said the cookies were similar to chocolate no-bake cookies made with oatmeal but that these cookies had a peanut-butter flavor. "It was so popular and so good," she wrote.

Marlene Wojciechowski of Ocean City sent in this cookie recipe, which has been a favorite of her family for years.

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen 1-inch balls

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup cocoa

1 stick margarine

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups quick oats

Combine sugar and milk in a saucepan. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and quickly add remaining ingredients. Combine well and drop by spoonfuls onto a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until firm. Store refrigerated. They're best when stored no longer than five or six days.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "These almost have the consistency of fudge, with the added textural interest of the oats. Be sure to use quick oats to avoid the grassy taste of slow-cook oats. The chocolate taste from the cocoa meshes well with the lushness of the peanut butter. One could use either creamy or chunky-style peanut butter. I used crunchy to add a little extra texture."

Recipe requests

* Geraldine M. Chinn of Baltimore said she used to enjoy a cookie made by Pepperidge Farm called Molasses Crisp. "They have discontinued making them, and I would love to have the recipe. They were delicious, round, thin, crispy cookies with a good molasses taste."

* Freda Freeman of Forest Hill is seeking a cinnamon bun recipe using mashed potatoes as an ingredient. "This made them very moist," she said. She lost the recipe and is desperately seeking it, she said.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. If you send in more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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