Cole's Moveable Feast

Cole's Moveable Feast

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Preacher Cookies

How have I not posted a recipe for preacher cookies? I grew up on the purest version of these cookies - in fact, given my mother's love of chocolate, it's possible I was even weaned on them. I think to the rest of America, they're known as "no bake" cookies, but in the South (American by birth, Southern by the grace of God, as they say) the story goes you made these real quick when you saw the preacher coming up the walk if you didn't already have some cake or pie to serve him. In any case, true preacher cookies use real butter, real whole milk and NO peanut butter. But I dummied these up for Cole, which called for some stronger flavors like dark chocolate (and peanut butter if you choose) to balance out the heavy use of soy ingredients. They're still quite delicious.

2 c. sugar
1 stick non-dairy margarine (for this recipe I used Fleischmann's instead of Earth Balance so there would be less of a soy flavor)
1/2 c. soy milk
1/2 c. dark cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. peanut butter (optional)
2 1/2 c. oatmeal

Bring sugar, butter and milk to a boil, then continue to boil for three full minutes, whisking constantly. Turn off heat. Add cocoa, vanilla, peanut butter and oatmeal. Stir well. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper or aluminum foil. Allow to cool fully.