I'm thinking Thursdays will be "recipe share day" in the new year. So, I figure why not start the week before, while it's on my mind! I get requests for this particular recipe all.the.time, and I always honor them. This is not a secret recipe, nor is it my own---I got it from my mother, and she got it from someone else. I've made it a million times over, and each time it varies (that is to say, if at first you don't succeed with these, do try again!)!
"Chocolate Drop (a.k.a. "Crack") Cookies"
1 stick of vegan margarine
2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk (I use soy--SILK--but whole milk also works)
1/2 (heaping) cup creamy peanut butter (I really like using natural PB)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2.5-3 cups quick oats (cheaper brands work best in my experience)
In a steel pan (no teflon) melt butter over low heat (be careful to not melt it too fast or over high heat because it will dry out the mixture). When melted add sugar and stir well, then add cocoa and stir well, then add milk and stir well. Turn up heat to "medium" and KEEP stirring---yes, you'll have to stir the whole time. Basically stir until the mixture comes to a full rolling boil, then set timer for 1 minute (stirring still). After 1 minute, remove from heat, stir in vanilla and peanut butter (I recommend a heaping helping of peanut butter because I like the flavor it adds to the cookies, but that's me!). After peanut butter is well-mixed in, add the quick oats 1/2 cup at a time. Don't let it get too thick or dry---look while you're mixing the oats in (the oats tend to dry out the mixture, so I usually only do about 2.5 cups, but the original recipe calls for 3).
Spoon onto wax paper (teaspoon/tablespoon sized) and let cool until hard and ready to serve!