Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Macaroons or No Bake Cookies?

So I grew up calling these macaroons. Apparently the things that other people call macaroons are ENTIRELY different and kind of look like two mini cookies squished together with some stuff in between, or look like little baked blobs of coconut. Turns out that other people call this type of treat the "no bake cookie". No matter. I'm still going to call these macaroons in my house.

Macaroons/No Bake Cookies
·    2 cups white sugar
·    ½ cup butter or margarine
·    ½ cup milk
·    4 tbsp cocoa
·    ¼ tsp salt
·    1 tsp vanilla
·    3 cups rolled or quick oats
·    Optional: ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries

The important thing to remember with this recipe is that the moment you put the first ingredient into the pot, you must constantly stir until you take the pot off of the heat. Heat butter and milk in a pot at medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the pot to a boil and stir for one minute at a boil. Remove from heat. Add the cocoa and whisk it in the pot to get rid of any lumps. Add vanilla and salt. If you are including cherries, add them now. Then add the oats and stir until all the oats are coated in syrup. Scoop small spoonfuls of the mixture onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Let cool until hard. 
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