The final touch was our Christmas tree...and boy, did we buy a massive one. My husband and I walked into Home Depot (yes, we are city dwellers) and turned the corner only to stumble upon the perfect tree for our home. We both stopped dead in our tracks, looked at each other and said, "That's the one!" It was a match made in heaven.
Once we got home from the store, we immediately setup the tree stand and tree (does this process ever not involve a small amount of bickering?) and decorated it with lights and ornaments. The tree was, as always, the finishing to touch to the holiday warmth and cheer in our home.
As I reminisced about holidays past, I couldn't help but think about all of the tasty desserts that go hand-in-hand with the various celebrations. My Mom and I would always set aside a day a few weeks to a few days before Christmas and dedicate our time to baking and decorating hundreds of cookies, mini cheesecakes (my ultimate favorite treat) and bars. By the end of the day, the counters, tables and refrigerators were stocked with holiday desserts.
One of the easiest cookies that we included in the batch were no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. These cookies only required a little over a handful of ingredients and no baking...nothing was easier! Plus, they always seemed to melt in our mouths and were the perfect addition to the holiday dessert table.
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 stick butter
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups dry quick-cooking oats
- Add sugar, milk, butter and cocoa powder into a 4-quart sauce pan. Bring to a rolling boil and hold for one minute; remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla, peanut butter and dry quick-cooking oats.
- Drop by tablespoons onto wax paper.
- Let cool until set.