Saturday, December 18, 2010

Boiled Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This is the third week in my month-long postings of holiday recipes that are old traditions in my family. December 4 was my uncle’s penuche, December 11 was my mother’s fruit cocktail cake, and today I’m treating you to my late sister-in-law LaNell’s recipe for boiled chocolate oatmeal cookies. These are oh, so delicious, and very easy. I have this recipe in LaNell’s handwriting, and have lovingly pressed it into my personal cookbook. It would be a shame not to perk up your Christmas with these cookies, along with all the other fantastic holiday recipes my blogmates are also sharing this month.

1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla
3 cups uncooked quick oats
1 cup chopped nuts

Combine first five ingredients in a saucepan and boil two minutes. Add 1 tsp vanilla. Remove from the fire and add 3 cups of uncooked one-minute oats. Add one cup of chopped nuts. Mix in well. Drop by teaspoons-full onto wax paper and let set. Yields about 40 cookies.

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