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As requested by some of you yesterday, here is the recipe for my WWC-pictured “Volcano Cookies” (a dressed-up version of my childhood favorite, “mountain bars”). 

  • 4 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (2 cubes) butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 8-9 cups oatmeal

Sift the sugar and cocoa powder into a large saucepan.  Add butter and milk, and heat on medium-low, stirring often, until mixture boils.  Boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat, and immediately add the vanilla and peanut butter.  Stir well.  Slowly add oatmeal, stirring often.  As soon as mixture is finished, use a cookie scoop to plop their warm gooeyness onto wax paper.  The cookies harden as they cool, so you want to work fairly quickly.  My scoop allows me to make about 5 dozen of these in a batch. 

To turn “mountain bars” into “volcano cookies”…. mix up a very small amount of buttercream frosting (basic butter & powdered sugar, and maybe a few drops of milk) and tint with food coloring (2 drops each, red & yellow).  The stiffer the icing,  the more it looks like a lava blast.  Less stiff icing will make it look like the lava is flowing down the volcano.  I tried it both ways, so you can decide for yourself which you prefer.

I like to use old fashioned rolled oats, because they are what we normally purchase… and because this way, you can claim a nice dose of fiber with every cookie you eat!   Some folks claim you can make these without the peanut butter, and you can…but if you do, you are missing a piece of the magic flavor.  Still, I know there are folks with peanut allergies out there… so do what you must.  (EB gave me great challenges with dairy and soy allergies for his first 4 years, so I do understand!)

These aren’t fat free or sugar-free, but they are EGG-FREE & WHEAT-FREE, and they don’t require heating up your kitchen oven. 

WWC#40: Chaos & Mystery

Did Tink know today was the last day of school?  Because what other words would be this perfect for today’s Weekly Words ChallengeChaos and mystery describe this day, week, and possibly this summer!

workspace chaos
CHAOS…I’d like to blame it on the flooded basement floor last week, but… um… it has looked like this for the past year…

I wonder what is in the Father\'s Day gift?
MYSTERY …but only to the boys.  SuperDad guessed immediately what was in the package. 


BONUS PICS:  “volcano cookies” made for end-of-year luau party in SnakeMaster’s class last Friday: