It’s our anniversary week! Mitch and I have been married six years! So, to celebrate our anniversary, I’m making foods this week that have been very popular at one time or another during our past 8+ years together. And then I’m putting Mitch on the hot seat by giving him a hint and making him guess what the food is first.
First up, my hint is: the treat that got you through med school.
An alternative hint could have been the following: the easiest way to gain five pounds.
The answer of course is No Bakes–the delicious treat that combines butter, peanut butter, cocoa, vanilla, and oatmeal in the blink of an eye. It was the perfect treat when we lived in Dominica as these ingredients were available and I didn’t have to use the oven. When I made real cookies, I had to take cold showers as each batch baked because it was so smoking hot. I’m not kidding.
Until today, I hadn’t made this recipe for over six years (read alternative hint if you want to know why), but I keep it around because I will always think of our early days together with this recipe.
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cups oatmeal
In a small saucepan, boil sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk. Let boil 1 minute.
Remove from heat. Add vanilla, peanut butter, and oatmeal. Mix well.
Spoon onto waxed paper or pour into small brownie pan. Cool, slice, and eat.