Fresh Scratch, Grammy

Today would’ve been my Grammy’s 92nd birthday. Since her passing a little over a year ago, I have found myself flipping open the lid to her little tin recipe box whenever I miss her, inhaling the smell of her house and then closing it really fast so the magic doesn’t run out.

Her greatest hits were the baked goods, not the dinners. Spaghetti with huge pieces of leftover KFC tucked into the sauce comes to mind…

Nope, it was the berry pies, the banana bread, the cobblers, the cookies. For my grandpa’s birthday {he’s the Dewey mentioned in the card above} this month, all he wants is her apple pie, and so I will do my best. It won’t be the same, but he’ll pretend that it is.

Fresh Scratch, No-Bake Cookies

My favorite little gem in that recipe box is for these no-bake cookies, which I honestly do not recall her making. This is something the girls and I can whip up a batch of in no time, something that can happen after our days at school and before my energy level slides to less than zero.

Grammy's No-Bake Cookies


  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2/3 c. peanut butter
  • 3 c. quick cooking oats
  • 1 T vanilla


  1. Melt butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and milk together. Bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  2. Remove pan from heat and add peanut butter, oats, and vanilla.
  3. Stir.
  4. Let thicken and cool a few minutes.
  5. Drop by the teaspoon full onto wax paper.
  6. Eat when cool.


Grammy originally used margarine - I don't. She also called for less oatmeal than is listed here - I found them to be a bit runny. I line cookie sheets with was paper and then chill them after dropping the cookies on them, just to hurry up the process. These keep just fine covered at room temperature for a few days. If they last...

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