Growing up one of our favorite treats was when Mom would make her famous No-Bake Cookies. My brother and I didn’t know others had made these but to us they were extra special, because Mom only made them on special occasions. Game night at home, movie night (yes, we would sneak them into the theater) or some other occasion which called for a quick, easy and special treat.
When I grew up to have kids of my own, this became a special request from my daughters to their Mammaw. She of course would always accommodate her babies’ requests (my requests would go unheard it would seem but that is an article for another occasion). For her, being with the girls was special occasion enough and the No-Bake Cookies would be prepared by the dozens. This is perhaps where my daughters’ love for baking began as they were permitted to help.
Today, we’re in a special occasion with this quarantine or social distancing as a result of COVID-19. Kids are home from school for what is turning out to be an undetermined amount of time. Employers are telling us to work remotely from home, if we can even work at all. In this unprecedented time, we will be spending a lot of time with one another so why not take this opportunity to make this a special occasion instead of a time to get down on the times.
One of the ways you and your kids could get prepared for game or movie night would be to find recipes you can do together. Recipes to make these times less stressful for them (kids may not know how to process this) as they see the look of uncertainty on your face. Recipes to also get your mind off of what may or may not lie ahead.
So here is a quick recipe which requires little skill and opportunity for you and your little one to spend time together as you help them, as well as yourself, sort through this.
2 ½ Cups of Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
½ Cup Butter
½ Cup of Milk
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
½ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
3 Cups of Uncooked Quick-Cooking Oats
In a medium saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute (set timer so as to not overcook). Stir in vanilla, peanut butter and oats. Mix thoroughly and then drop by the spoonful onto wax paper. Let cool for about 15 minutes then eat. You can repeat this process as many times as needed.
I hope this helps a little as you wade through these troubled times and seek to find a bit of happiness. Share with your kids (and me for that matter) the special occasion recipes from your youth and we will all get through this together.