I immediately think of my Grandma H. when I have one of these cookies! Without fail, every time we went to visit my grandma she would have a container of these cookies sitting on the counter. And they were the first thing I would go for when I walked in the door!
How easy could it possibly get! No baking necessary! You literally plop them on some wax paper and let 'em do their thing!
The biggest trick is to have all of the ingredients measured out before you start the whole process. Because once the chocolate mixture starts to boil you will be throwing in ingredients left and right. And there will be no time for measuring at that point. If you don't move quickly the mixture will begin to cool and they won't stick together when placed on the wax paper. Then you will be left eating it by the spoonfuls straight from the bowl! Actually, not such a bad idea!!
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup margarine
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 cup flaked coconut
1. Measure out the oatmeal into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
2. Measure out the peanut butter and coconut and leave in their respective measure cups.
3. In a medium saucepan, bring cocoa, sugar, margarine, and milk to a boil. Boil for one minute-and not any longer. Remove from heat and immediately stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
4. Add cocoa mixture to oatmeal and stir until combined. Mix in coconut (1/2 cup walnuts can be substituted for coconut if desired.)
5. Drop mixture by the tablespoonful onto wax paper. Let set for about an hour, or until firm, before placing in air-tight container.