Today I made a recipe I’ve done many, many, many times before. Without problem. With a small change in detail. Who knew it would cause such an impact.
The recipe in question is the fudgy cocoa no-bake cookies. You know, the peanut butter chocolate ones. Again, I’ve made it many times, not just for Cookie Thursday is a Thing but also for potlucks and even home consumption.
I don’t even need a recipe but I always double check for Cookie Thursday.
1/2 c butter
2 c sugar
1/2 c milk
1/3 c cocoa powder
2/3-3/4 c crunchy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 c quick oats
In a large pan, melt butter, add sugar, add vanilla and stir, add milk and stir, add cocoa powder and stir. Bring to a boil, boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and stir until melted. Add quick oats and stir.
Really the entire recipe is adding and stirring, with some time components thrown in. Although to be fair the order of ingredients is important,
This week I read an article about toasting oatmeal before use, it was supposed to bring complexity to the oats. 10-15 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. I can do that. Y’all know I like to experiment on my coworkers. I let them cool for an hour while I worked on my paper. And then proceeded with the recipe, with all the same things that I have done so many times.
No, this was a fail!
Well, not a fail but not what I was expecting.
The mix was very crumbly and did not form up well.
I was able to get 30 crumbly cookies out of it.
If you have ever had these cookies, crumbly is the goal, but only after you’ve bitten into them. I have no idea what happened.
The only thing different was that I toasted the oats for a few minutes. Maybe that made them dry as the desert and they sucked up all the ingredients and became dry, dry, dry.
Very odd. That’s what I get for having an Eggceptional month and trying something that I never had before.
The rest of the mixture would be a fantastic topping for something. I think I will bring a tub of greek yogurt and put out the cookies, the yogurt and the rest of the mix that would not form cookies.
Everyone knows that the crumbles are the best part of the recipe.
But odd, very odd.