I’ve seen these cookies called all sorts of things over the years, but as far as I know the most common name is preacher cookies. They are called that because the ingredients are so common that every household has them on hand and they can be made in a pinch if the preacher stops by. At least that is the way that I always heard the story.
Call them what you like, but they all taste the same. Any dessert containing peanut butter will get the thumbs up from me. Seriously, how do you go wrong with peanut butter? While this recipe should be very simple to make, I used to struggle with it and ruin the first batch more often than not. Most recipes say that you bring it to a hard boil for one minute, but I’ve had better luck going for two. It doesn’t seem to hurt anything, just stir a little more often.
They take a little while to cool and harden up, but do not need to be refrigerated. This recipe will make about 24 cookies if you use a tablespoon for the drops. I tend to make mine a little bigger, so I only get about 18 when I make them. Next month I’ll do the version with chocolate added.
No bake peanut butter cookies
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 stick (8oz.) butter
- ½ cup milk (I’ve seen recipes that use evaporated milk, but I’ve not tried that)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup peanut butter (I recommend extra crunchy)
- 1 ¼ cup quick cooking oats
Combine the sugar, butter and milk in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a hard boil and boil for at least a full minute stirring to make sure ingredients do not stick. I normally go for two minutes, but most recipes say one minute.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and peanut butter. Stir until the peanut butter is melted and smooth.
Fold in the oats and stir. Then drop by spoonful’s onto wax paper. Let cool and enjoy.