Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Taste of Childhood

I apologize Yumma Yumma has been a little quiet over the past few months. We've had quite a lot going on in the Superking household as we are in the process of selling our house, trying to buy a new one, and getting ready to move next month.  If you've ever been through this process, you know it can be very daunting and stressful. To help relieve some of this stress the other day, I decided I needed to have one of my favorite childhood treats...No Bake Oatmeal Cookies.

I love these because they are so quick to make and as easy as making rice krispie treats.And most of the ingredients I already keep as staples in my house. What's also great about these is that you can easily change the ingredients into a myriad of variations for your own liking or for whatever staples you may have in your own house.

The first few ingredients are the base. Those are a must-have and can't really be altered too much.
                             *2 cups sugar
                             *1/2 cup milk
                             *1/2 cup (stick) butter
(My mom also likes to add 1 cup butterscotch chips along with these first three. I'm personally not a fan so I left them out. But you could substitute chocolate chips here in any variety or cocoa powder.)

Put all those items in a pot over medium heat, let the butter melt, stirring constantly, and let it come to a rolling boil for about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Now here's where the fun comes in where you can change up the ingredients.  Here's the original recipe that I used...
                          *1 tsp vanilla
                          *3 tbsp or 1/3 cup peanut butter (crunchy is my fave but creamy works too)
                          *3 cups oats
I've seen recipes similar to this that add coconut, different kinds of nuts, dried fruit...whatever your heart desires! Stir until everything is well blended. Then drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool!! Thats it!

These cookies are so delish! And it takes me back to a simpler time in life.  When I was kid, my mom and I used to make these together.  We would make dozens of them, especially at the holidays. Every bit of kitchen counter space was covered in cookies. I can remember kneeling on a dining room chair saddled up to the counter, helping my mom add in the ingredients one by one and then we would take turns stirring. The best part was licking the spoon at the end when the leftover bits of ingredients were still warm. I know I can't go back to being a kid in the kitchen with my mom, but at least when I have these cookies, I can have a little bite of it to carry with me.