I will never forget the taste of gooey peanut butter chocolate covered oats melting in my mouth on warm summer days. Mom was famous for her “no bake cookies” that she’d put together for us because they were quick, tasty, and didn’t need a hot oven to make. I remember mom putting some in my lunchbox when I was 6 years old and because they were so delightful, there would be bully boys in my class who would steal them and eat them out of my lunchbox before I’d get to eat them. Oh I’d get so mad.
I like to continue the tradition of this sweet treat in my household too. As I was making them, I came up with the idea of putting a “mix” together and using it as a teacher appreciation gift for my daughter’s teacher. I’ve included instructions for you to use this idea too. A cookie mix makes a great neighbor gift, teacher appreciation gift, hostess gift, or housewarming gift (among other ideas). Enjoy!
What you’ll need to create this gift mix:
- 1 half pint canning jar*
- 2 larger canning jars* (you may want to experiment which jars you have that can hold the ingredients well)
- 3 cups of oatmeal
- 2 cups of sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa
- ½ cup peanut butter candies
- Cute small basket
- Ribbons for décor
- Recipe card
- Fine line permanent marker
*You may also use recycled jars from mayo, pickles, spaghetti sauce, etc. Make sure they are super clean!
What to do to create this gift mix:
- Pack the oatmeal into a quart canning jar.
- Pack sugar into other quart canning jar.
- Pour cocoa into the half pint jar and pour peanut butter candies over the cocoa.
- Place all 3 jars into the basket and make a pretty ribbon handle to present it with.
Write the below recipe onto the recipe card with a fine line permanent marker:
Mom’s Too Hot To Bake Cookies
- In a medium saucepan mix together ½ cup butter, ½ cup milk, and the sugar, cocoa, and peanut butter candies included in this mix. Bring to a boil.
- Boil for one minute before adding 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
- Pour in the included oats and lower heat to medium. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat. Lay out aluminum foil and spray down with non-stick cooking spray. Drop large tablespoons of cookies onto aluminum foil and let cool before eating.
- Will probably be gooey and chewy! Enjoy!
Include recipe card with jars and cheerfully gift your mix!
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