Just returned from the yard where the chickens are gracing the grass with their morning constitution. Reminded me that I forgot to post these tasty little nuggets way back when I made them this spring. Not so photogenic, but good.
Dark Chocolate No-Bakes, or as my Grandmother Used to Say, “Cat Yummies”
Adapted from Penzeys Spices
2 Cups sugar
1/3 Cup dark chocolate cocoa powder, Dutch style
1/2 Cup milk
1 stick butter or margarine, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
21/2 Cups oatmeal, regular or quick-cook
Combine the sugar, cocoa and milk in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Boil until the mixture forms a soft ball when a bit is dropped in cool water, stirring regularly. This will take 7-10 minutes. If you are using a candy thermometer, soft ball stage is 235-245°. Turn off the heat and add the butter/margarine, vanilla and oatmeal. Stir vigorously to combine. Drop by the spoonful onto waxed or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets and let cool. Do this part quickly, as once the mixture cools it hardens. It is best to have two lined baking sheets and your spoon ready to go while you are boiling the mixture.