Friday, October 26, 2012

Diverting from the Norm

   A weekend cold front put quite a chill in the air (a diversion from the norm)..stirring in me the deep desire to do a little baking. With plenty of sewing on the table and baby chicks to tend, I decided upon a favorite old standby; Joy cookies (not the standard chocolate chip-another diversion from the norm). Chocolaty goodness paired with peanut butter and wholesome oats, these little drops of joy are easily stirred up..and eaten up!


2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal

Simply begin by placing sheets of wax paper on a counter top or table; I make strips the length of two cookie sheets per recipe (never make one batch at a time- they won't last!). Start the cookie by stirring the first four ingredients together in a large pot (soup pot, stock pot, or dutch oven). Heat the mixture over medium high heat until boiling; boil two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth; add vanilla. Quickly stir in the oatmeal until well coated. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper allowing to cool and set.

   These little treats will join me, and my cup of coffee, in the sewing room for a chilly day of stitching..after all, there is a quilt top nearly complete. A diversion from the norm is so refreshing, isn't it? Besides..normal is overrated!


Kathleen said...

MMMMMMM! My favorite. I sometimes have a hard time with these now that we live at 7,000 feet in altitude. Though I always make them the same way, sometimes they just don't set up. But when they are perfect, they are perfect.

Missy said...

My husband's favorite except he says they have to have coconut to be authentic! I think they're yummy either way.

Simply Scaife Family said...

I can't imagine cooking at high altitude; sounds challenging.
As for the coconut, I had not heard of putting that in these cookies, but I bet it is tasty. One of my teens is allergic, so I won't be able to try it.
Thanks ladies; so glad yo stopped in.