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This week, Ad begins Kindergarten. (I’m still trying to identify my emotions about this milestone.) Throughout our visits to the elementary school for Back to School night and Kindergarten assessments, I’ve had flashbacks to my days at Country View and Midland Elementary Schools, both in northern Utah. What stands out the most were the daily school lunches, and the independence I felt carrying that thick plastic tray from the food lines to my place on the fold out tables and attached circular seats, ready to discover the wonderment in the form of food that awaited me (and what would be discarded into my empty milk carton afterwards, in order to be excused to the playground.)
Of course my favorite part of the meal were the desserts, but most especially the no-bake cookies (which adopted other “creative” names from other students)!
So, in honor of the new school year, the excitement felt by the students and trepidation of mothers sending them off (or the other way around?) I share with you a favorite of mine:
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (an adaptation of Food Network’s recipe)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons baking cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chip
optional 1 cup your choice of nuts
Melt butter, milk, cocoa, and sugar together in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring consistently, so as not to burn.
Add peanut butter and vanilla and mix together until melted. (All I had on hand was chunky, but you can definitely use creamy, which would be the recommended choice of all orthodontists.)
Now the fun part: Remove from heat and mix in chocolte chips, marshmallows, and oatmeal.
Using an ice cream scoop or any other rounded spoon, scoop up mixture and place on sheets of wax paper or parchment paper.
Allow for some time for cookies to set, then wait for your favorite student to come home from school, grab two tall glasses of milk and sit down and enjoy while sharing stories about your favorite school memories and hearing about their day of learning!