In a large saucepan set over medium heat, combine sugar, butter, evaporated milk, cocoa, and salt. Heat, stirring frequently until boiling. Cover saucepan for 30 seconds to allow steam to wash sugar crystals down sides of pan. Uncover saucepan and continue to boil while stirring continuously for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Add quick oats and mix until well combined. Let mixture stand for 1 to 2 minutes to allow oats to absorb some of the liquid. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper, parchment or silicon baking sheets and allow to cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. (You can also pour this mixture into a 9-inch square pan that has been greased with unsalted butter, let cool, then cut into squares.)
Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies
Cooks Note: For successful cookies, start timing when the mixture reaches a full rolling boil. If you boil too long the cookies will be dry and crumbly. If you don't boil long enough, the cookies won't form properly. Also, make sure that the sugar is completely dissolved before you add the peanut butter and oats...you have to make sure that the sugar mixture boils hard for at least one minute, otherwise the cookies will turn out grainy instead of creamy.
For variation, you can add other ingredients to this basic recipe. Substitute 1 cup of flaked coconut for 1 cup of the rolled oats. Add some chopped salted peanuts to the recipe for crunch. Or add some milk chocolate chips after the mixture has cooled slightly.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (23g)|
|Recipe Makes: 36 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 34 (37%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 3.8g||5 %|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.4g|
|Cholesterol 7.3mg||2 %|
|Sodium 7.1mg||0 %|
|Potassium 60.6mg||2 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 14.2g||4 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.3g||5 %|
|Sugars, other 12.9g|
|Protein 1.6g||2 %|
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Calories per serving: 92
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