Novice housewife mistake of the day: thinking “cube of butter” meant “stick of butter”.
Lesson of the day: If you put a whole stick of butter in a no-bake cookie recipe that calls for a cube of butter, the cookies will never harden, you’ll have to throw them out, and then make a new batch for your disappointed husband. (And for the record, a cube of butter is 2 tablespoons, and when cut from a stick of butter, it actually looks like a cube.)
I recently saw a recipe for peanut butter no-bake cookies on Pinterest, which reminded me of the chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies I used to make with my dad when I was a kid. I called my mom and she promptly emailed me the recipe. It was my grandma’s recipe and my dad’s favorite treat as a child, and I remember how much fun I had baking them. I was looking forward to making them for David because I was sure he would love them (which was a fairly safe bet considering he loves anything with sugar).
I thought that first batch looked a little more runny than I remembered, but I probably haven’t made it in ten years, so I thought I just wasn’t remembering right. Then they seemed to take forever to harden, but again, I thought my memory was just flawed. When David got home and they still were soupy, I looked up a cube of butter and realized my mistake. Oops.
But if you put the right amount of butter in it, it is very quick and easy to make, and very, very delicious to eat. Try it for yourself:
1 cube (2 Tbsp) butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbsp cocoa
Mix together in sauce pan, boil one minute
Have ready to add:
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal (quick oats)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together and drop from spoon into wax paper
Depending on the size of the cookies you make, this will make between 1 and 2 dozen.