No Bake Fudge Dump Cookies

This is a recipe that had another, classier name, however, as with most recipes in my hands, I’ve twisted it enough that the original maker would probably be embarassed since it had her name in it. It’s old. I’m now trying to live gluten free so this is something that is sweet, easy, made with stuff that doesn’t give me a gut ache, and my husband leaves them alone for me. Mostly.

So first gather the following dry ingredients in a big bowl to equal 4 cups:

– corn flakes or corn cereal of any kind
– special K or rice cereal of any kind Bulleted List
– broken pretzels, broken corn chips, or nut thins
– nuts
– raisins or dried cranberries or other dried fruit bits

In a heavy saucepan mix and boil 1 minute, stirring:

– 1/2 cup butter
– 2 cups sugar
– 1/2 cup milk
– 4 Tablespoons of cocoa

Remove from heat and add, blending in thoroughly:

– 1/2 cup peanut butter
– 1 teaspoon vanilla

Pour over dry ingredients coating well. Drop by heaping spoons onto wax paper. Let cool then store in air tight container.

Options:
The original recipe had 2 1/2 cups of quick rolled oats in it, which makes them very heavy and has unpleasant side effects, but go for it if you want. Just make it part of the total 4 cups.

Nuts-suggested measure is 1/2 cup. I’d say not less than 1 cup is better

Raisins-suggested measure is 1/2 cup. Same like above. Dried cranberries are delish!

Be careful to use cane sugar. Why? Because other sugar doesn’t setup and you will have mush. Which is great ice cream topping so don’t despair.

Yes, margarine works.

Wax paper versus pan. I’ve put the entire dump into a pan and spread it out then broken it up in smaller pieces. Fine enough I think.

The magic is in the cooked cocoa peanut butter mixture. I’m sure there are other things to mix into it that would be great.

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About Robin Arnold

Reader, writer, gardener, geek, maker of homes in several states, now settled in Virginia with husband Bob, and Hazel and Wilson the tabby cats.
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