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Cocoa Oatmeal Candy
My older sister was making this "candy" when I was little. I don't know how old I was when I finally realized it's actually just no-bake cookies spread in a pan instead of dropped on cookie tins. My husband prefers it without the cocoa, so that's usually how I make it. It tastes great either way, and it's very simple and quick to make. When I measure the peanut butter, I heap it right up in the cup and end up with a little more than the recipe says, and I use a little less oatmeal. This makes the end product softer and less crumbly.
- 2 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. butter
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp. cocoa
- 1/2 c. peanut butter
- 3 c. oatmeal
- Grease a square 8 or 9 inch pan. Set aside.
- Combine sugar, butter, milk, salt, and cocoa in a large saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring to prevent sticking. Boil 2 minutes. Don't stir while it's boiling. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and oatmeal.
- Spread in pan and refrigerate until set. Cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.
To make peanut butter candy instead of chocolate, simply omit the cocoa. I line my pan with foil so I can life the whole thing out for easier cutting. I also use a small rectangular pan instead of a square one, which is obvious from this picture. It doesn't really matter what shape the pan is as long as it's not so big that you have to spread it too thin.