The Oatmeal Fudge (or No Bakes) recipe comes from my mom. I am
not sure where she got it, but I've been making this cookie for over 40
years. I've seen similar recipes for this, but not quite the same. We often
called this recipe No Bakes. This is one cookie that you can't just eat one.
They are best when they are still warm and very soft. If you like chocolate,
you will love this recipe!
Cups of sugar
4 Tablespoons of Hershey cocoa
1/2 Cup of whole milk
1 stick of real butter
Mix all into a large pot, and bring to a boil to soft ball
Take off heat and add:
2 1/2 Cups of Oatmeal
1/2 Cup of plain peanut butter
2 Teaspoons of real vanilla
If you are using a candy thermometer, you want to get to soft
ball, or it will not harden enough. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you
can use the drip into cold water method. If the drop forms a ball before it
hits the bottom, it is done. If you go past soft ball, it will harden before
you can get out of the pan.
To make this, you put the four ingredients into a large sauce
pot, (I like the copper clad pots). On medium heat, bring to a boil, you need
to stir constantly, or it will burn (use a large metal or wood spoon). When it
starts to boil, keep stirring until you get to soft ball. The last few degrees
always take a long time, but it will get there, or it will not set.
Once you get to soft ball, take off heat, stir in the oatmeal,
peanut butter (plain) and vanilla. You will now have about 3 to 5 minutes to
get it out of the pot and onto wax paper or foil. I like foil, don't grease or
use Pam. Using too large spoons, spoon the mixture out into one or two inch
cookies and let them cool. By the time you get to end, the mixture will start
to set, when this happens, just start eating what is left in the pot and reward
If you want to, you can add nuts, I usually don't.
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