Sunday, December 04, 2005

Look Gram - I BOILED cookies!!

Growing up I could always tell when it was getting close to Christmas because my grandmother would whip up a batch or two of her famous oatmeal cookies. They are outta this world and not like anything else I've ever tasted. I would venture to say that MOST people reading this probably have never had a cookie quite like this. They're BOILED not baked. Yes I said boiled!!! They are outta this world, simple with few ingredients...a very unassuming, unsophisticated cookie, but gosh I could eat myself sick with these cookies. And yanno what?? Tummy ache and all I would still be the happiest thing you've ever seen...they are that delicious! The cookies cotain no flour, the base is peanut butter and oatmeal, and seems extremely simple...well if you have the knack for making these it really is simple. I've always been the baker in my family and I tried for years and years to make these cookies, always failing miserably. They would always taste fine, but the consistancy was always totally wrong. It's SO totally unexplainable. But last year I finally beat my struggles & knock on wood I got the hang of it 'cause I've done 2 batches this year & both came out. The chocolate batch was a little off, a tad bit soft, but they hardened into those delicious little cookies I remember from my childhood.

So I challenge you, no better yet I encourage you to try these cookies out & let me know how you do. I would love to know if you enjoy these cookies as much as my family does.

Boiled Cookies
2 c sugar
1 stick butter/margarine
1/4 c cocoa(optional)
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c peanut butter
2 1/2 c oatmeal
1 c nuts(optional)
Mix and boil sugar, butter/margarine, cocoa & milk for 1 minute. Remove from heat, add vanilla, peanut butter, oatmeal & nuts. Mix well. Spoon by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
*Work quickly as mixture will start to thicken in a hurry.
I've tried both quick-cook and old fashioned oatmeal with these cookies and been sucessful & unsucessful with both. So I guess it's a toss up. I used old fashioned this year.

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Comments on "Look Gram - I BOILED cookies!!"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:24 PM) : 

wow...boiled...sounds very interesting


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:15 PM) : 

boiled. sweet. and i LOVE pb and oatmeal. I'm going to give these a go, I'll let you know how they go *fingers crossed*


Blogger Darlaing said ... (12:28 AM) : 

Wow! I've had these cookies as a no-bake, but NEVER boiled. . .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:41 AM) : 

Hey Jaay, I need some advice...

I've got some steel cut/irish style oatmeal in the pantry. Is it doable for this recipe or should i make a trip to the store for good ol' quaker oats?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:10 PM) : 

Jaay...these sound interesting indeed!!!

Also...I'm tagging you for the Top Ten Foods Meme...hope you can play along!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:58 PM) : 

Jaay---I have never heard of such a thing, and I'm thrilled you introduced me to the concept!!'ve already made 2 batches, and how many more do you plan to bake, er...boil, this year? LOL


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (11:06 PM) : 

Vanessa - I don't have any experience with stone cut oatmeal, from what I know it requires quite a bit more cook time than the good ol "old-fashioned" Quaker stuff?? If so I would go with the quaker stuff. Good luck..let me know how it goes!! =)

Alice - wOw thanx so much!! I'm so excited..this will be my first Meme.

Lisa - lol yes I've done 2 batches so far..I'm not sure my hips can afford any more batches, but if the cookie jar turns up empty I might need to bake..err boil


Blogger Ziz said ... (11:19 AM) : 

have you ever heard of anyone else that boiled cookies? or is this a family thing? or a southern thing? :D


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (11:31 AM) : 

Ali - I think maybe it's a southern thing. I've heard of virtually NOBODY else that has boiled cookies, but I do actually know one other person who has eaten a "preacher cookie" that sounds like it's probably the same thing, although he doesn't actually know how they were prepared. =)


Blogger Rachel said ... (6:33 PM) : 

We made something very similar but We called it "peanut butter no bake" cookies. It's on my blog if you are interested.


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (11:09 PM) : 

ooh awesome rachel..I'll definitely check it out. Did you love them?? I know we do!!


Blogger Jenn said ... (11:53 AM) : 

Hi! I live in NC..and here, everyone loves these cookies...we have made them as long as I can remember..I am 25...we call them boiled cookies or cow pie cookies..I think it is a southtern thang..deeper south you go..the more people who know about it. :)


Blogger kitchenmage said ... (8:50 PM) : 

Ahhh, out here (pacific northwet) they're called 'no-bake cookies' - which I discovered last year when my niece requested I make them when she came back to the states for the holidays. I wasn't all that impressed with them, but I seem to have been the only person who thought they were less than marvelous, so apparently I am just weird.


Blogger Meena said ... (8:52 AM) : 

Is there any substitute for oatmeal, since I don't like them


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:45 AM) : 

Mmm, no-bakes. My Beloved is rather fond of them. Though I didn't realize you could simply omit the cocoa. *smacks self in forehead* I don't always get the timing just right -- the texture sometimes suffers, but they've always been yummy.


Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (11:09 PM) : 

Jenny - Hi Neighbor!! Nice to cross internet paths with another from the great southern state of NC =) I do think for the most part the no-bake/boiled cookies are a southern thing.

Mage - Different tastes for different folks..nothin weird about that..just makes us interesting =)

Meena - No I'm sorry there's no sub for oatmeal..if it helps they don't taste like a regular oatmeal cookie?? Ok that probably doesn't help huh? lol Sorry =(

Laura - you should whip up a batch for your beloved! And yes you can simply omit the cocoa..simple as that! They can be tricky little cookies, I struggled with them for a long time..but knock on wood I've been sucessful with them lately. They always taste delish, but sometimes they wouldn't set up & I still have no clue why. oh well, the ones I just made works so I'm happy! =)



Blogger Amy said ... (11:56 PM) : 

I have to ask my mom about these, they sound very similar to something I remember her making. I haven't had them since I was a very little kid! Yes, we are from the South :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:37 PM) : 

my ancestors are from VA NC and TN and we never had "Preacher Cookies" (no bake chocolate oatmeal thingys) until we were in FL. However, my ancestors always had chocolate gravy and biscuits...And it is a southern thang. My grandfather taught my dad how to make chocolate gravy. And chocolate fried pies...Anything chocolate.


Blogger Sheri said ... (9:56 PM) : 

I love these cookies, and yes I guess they are a southern thing...they used to make these at school when kids could be kids and school lunches could still be fun. I am also a preachers kid, but never called them that, my boys grandmother called them dodo wads. Oh well, they are still as delicious today as they were 50 years ago.


Blogger Miss Michelle said ... (10:07 PM) : 

I LOOOOOOVE these cookies! They were the ONLY cookie my mom made for us growing up in Tennessee and I made the first batch today for my wee ones. They adored them and we ate almost half the batch. : ) We also called them cow patties growing up. : ) Thanks for the recipe and the fond memories!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:20 AM) : 

I made these cookies for the first time last night and while they taste great they didn't set up right. What did I do wrong?? They are so gooey and sticky. I would really like to make these again, but not if they are going to turn out like this again.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:20 PM) : 

I was doing a Google search and ended up here. My Aunt Sarah always made these at Christmas, and we always called them boiled cookies.I wish I knew where they originated from.
The key is to not make them on a humid day. It took me years to figure that out,also I use only Old Fashioned Oats for the best results.
The oatmeal always reminded me of coconut?


Blogger Mrs. Reid said ... (12:08 PM) : 

i've made thses cookies every year since i was really little. however, i never used nuts and mine always came out fine.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:21 PM) : 

We made them in Michigan all the time when I was growing up, we called them cow pies. The best p.m.s. cookies around.!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:52 PM) : 

Growing up in Michigan, we called them no bake cookies. When we moved to Virginia, they were known as preacher cookies.
Both old fashion and quick oats work fine.
If they don't set up, you probably didn't boil the mixture long enough. Think about making fudge and how the consistentcy of the liquid changes and when it changes to that cooking fudge like consistentcy, then it is done, you could use a candy thermometer also and go to a fudge temperature. They are delicious!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:15 PM) : 

I live in Alabama and have been making these all my life. My co-worker is from Minnesota and she says she has been also. So I dont think it's regional. I LOVE them!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:13 PM) : 

These delish, wonderful cookies were served at my high school a LOOONG time ago...I'm 52.
And one year one of the MAJOR school cooks posted the recipe in a cookbook my mother's church put together...I was in heaven!!!
I've had baches that failed...either too gluey or too breakey...but they fill that NEED for serious chocolate/sugar.
Thanks for reminding me of these little bits of heaven!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:58 PM) : 

We made these boiled cookies when we were kids, and my mother was from Texas. We used to eat the batter with a spoon before it had time to sit and harden. I liked that better than the hardened cookies.

These are great because they are soooooo quick.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:45 AM) : 

I've always known them as "no-bake" cookies but you're right, no matter the name, they are GREAT!! Try using crunchy p-nut butter instead of adding nuts. It eliminates an ingredient and yes if you don't boil for 2 minutes (in my experience)it doesn't set as well. I've tried them with old fashion oats and instant. I like instant better, the texture of the other seems like it still needs to cook. Enjoy!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:06 PM) : 

I have a gluten problem. When I was a child, these were the only kinds of cookie that I could eat.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:49 PM) : 

I always put 3 cups of oatmeal, 1 3/4 c sugare 1/2c butter...Never had a problem turned out just like mom's...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:29 PM) : 

I used Splenda in stead of sugar - huge, HUGE, mistake - tasted terrible. Don't substitute.


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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:00 PM) : 

Maybe these are "Southern", but I grew up on boiled cookies waaaay up north on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota except we didn't put peanut butter in ours. Just butter and cocoa and the rest. I never had the peanut butter kind until I came to Virginia. They are yummy either way and way too easy to make and eat. This is NOT a recipe that can be tweaked to use artificial sweeteners or steel cut oats. Just make the recipe as written, indulge a little bit and enjoy! If you're that worried about calories don't make them. I like to make mine without peanut butter and then add walnuts and raisins.


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