So easy a kid could make 'em -- my no-bake cookies for Christmas

From a recipe I wrote down when I was maybe 8 or 9 years old, these easy-to-make cookies still taste great

December 20, 2018
Dawson making cookies

John Fisher (it's in my kitchen!)

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I'm not what you would call an accomplished chef. But once a year, I like to pull out this recipe, which I jotted down with my own eight- or nine-year-old hand many years ago on one of my dad's cool notepads from his job. (That's right -- his name was Duke!) It's a recipe for Bakeless Chocolate Cookies, and it's so simple a child could do it. In fact, a child did do it -- my seven-year-old son Dawson did most of the work when we made a batch of these things a week or two ago.

Cookie recipe Page 1
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If you're going to give these a try, the only thing to be careful about is the quantities. The recipe calls for 6-ounce packages of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, but if you're using a measuring cup I think it's better to add some extras -- use 8 or 9 ounces of each.(You probably won't find packages with anything less than 12 ounces anyway, because it's 2018 and we like to eat sweets.)  And I have no idea how many nuts a "bag of salted peanuts" contained back in the day, so I just bought a can and dumped a bunch in there -- enough so that each cookie winds up with a few peanuts.

So it takes maybe 15 minutes to combine and heat everything, another 5 or 10 to spoon them onto a wax paper-covered baking sheet, a few hours to cool and set, and . . . voila:

Cookies

I wouldn't sweat the proportions too much, and trust me -- these babies are good! And good for you! (Aren't Wheaties good for you? Kind of?)