No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 36 to 42 cookies. Recipe from Tillie Baker’s files was modified by Cheramie Sonnier.

½ cup milk

2 cups sugar

½ cup unsalted butter

4 tablespoons cocoa

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup peanut butter

3 cups quick oats or 2½ cups old-fashioned oats

1. Bring milk, sugar, butter, cocoa and salt to full rolling boil in a 3-quart saucepan; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

2. Add vanilla and peanut butter and stir until peanut butter is melted. Add oats; mix well. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper to cool.

Note: My mother’s version calls for boiling the sugar and milk for 1 minute, then adding the cocoa, vanilla, peanut butter, salt and oats and beating until consistency to drop onto the waxed paper.