Uncooked cookies

25 Nov

Unbaked cookies

I adored these cookies when I was a child. We didn’t have them often – I imagine my mum considered them too sugary to make them regularly. I even remember her telling me she’d lost the recipe, and making her usual granola cookies instead. Their unbaked nature intrigued me as well. They didn’t even need chilling to morph into these lovely balls of chocolatey deliciousness.

Cleaning out the store room under the family home, I came across a box of my old schoolwork that had been tucked away for a couple of decades. Leafing through one of those class cookbook projects, I discovered the recipe for uncooked cookies among those for cabbage rolls, five-layer dinner, sloppy Joes and sticky Jims.

These cookies do call for a generous amount of sugar. I was tempted to cut it back, but worried they wouldn’t set properly and I’d be left with a big bowl of sugary chocolate porridge.

So like mum, I don’t make them as often as the girls would like. As there are no nuts allowed on school premises, I often replace the walnuts with sunflower seeds, other dried fruit, rice krispies – whatever I have on hand – so I can include them in packed lunches.

Uncooked cookies
(makes about 30)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  1. Bring the sugar, butter and milk to a full boil in a saucepan. Boil for two minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the cocoa, vanilla, rolled oats, raisins, coconut and walnuts.
  3. Drop from a spoon onto baking parchment and allow to cool.

3 Responses to “Uncooked cookies”

  1. Adam Garfunkel November 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Yum – it’s not just the kids who wish you made them more!

  2. aslihan November 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    I will try these cookies – as i am not the biggest fan of raisins, i will leave it out, but hmmm, what else can i put instead do you think? or should i just leave it out and that’s it?

    • Andrea November 27, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Any dried fruit would work, I imagine. I’ve used dried blueberries before and also dried cranberries. One thing I was thinking of trying was dried cranberries (for the raisins) and white chocolate chips (for the walnuts) to make a Christmas version. I hope they turn out for you!

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