This recipe for No Bake Cookies with Chocolate Chips was the closest I could get. I doubled that recipe, and excluded the chocolate, of course. You can add it right back in if you want :) And, after reading it and having never tried no-bake cookies, I took a guess that these were pretty close to cold cookie dough...
They are. In taste. Like very rich cookie dough. In texture, its more like oatmeal, if you left the oatmeal on the counter (sorry). Or if you ate a bunch of pre-cooked granola. But GOOD. Don't let my freakish texture description scare you!
You will make and eat them anyway, because it's not oatmeal that you left on the counter, it's COOKIES that you PUT on the counter (or freezer)! Makes all the difference. For real.
I did an experiment too; I timed how long it took them to 'harden' in the freezer vs. on the counter in my house at about 75 degrees. I'd say it was about 20 minutes before the cookies in the freezer were 'shaped' so to speak. And after two hours, the counter-cookies were still not really 'done'... so I stuck them in the freezer too, after deciding that the cookies also taste better from the freezer. This also helps with the texture issue.
No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups oatmeal
2 teaspoons vanilla
--optional 1 cup of chocolate chips :)
Step 1: Preheat oven to ---- haha, kidding. These are NO BAKE! Real step 1 is to mix butter, milk, vanilla, and both sugars until combined.
Step 2: Heat mixture on the stove until boiling and boil for one minute.
Step 3: Turn off heat, and stir oatmeal in (I just used the same pot... if you didn't get out a big enough one, this might be an issue.)
Step 4: Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper cookie sheets.
Step 5: My suggestion, put this directly in the freezer. After about 20 minutes they are 'set' but I left mine for another hour and then put them in a baggie to keep in the freezer. Somehow they taste better straight from the freezer. Possibly because it's so hot here. We may never know...
Otherwise, just leave them on the counter. For as long as it takes.
Couldn't keep those little fingers out of the chocolate chips :)
Like these? Try Sweet Buttery Granola