Retro Recipes: No-Bake Chocolate Oatsies
Do you ever think about the foods you ate when you were a child?
The foods you ate then are probably a lot different than the foods you eat now. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Certain dishes fall out of fashion – just like clothes, music, movies, slang, etc.
But that’s no reason not to take a look back and appreciate what used to be.
Which is exactly what I am going to be doing with my new blog series:
In the next few weeks, I am going to be cooking up some old-school retro recipes, including:
- Foods I ate as a kid
- Forgotten recipes that were big in the 70s and 80s
- Other old-school recipes as suggested by readers
I am super excited about this series, and I hope you’ll follow along.
It’s going to be radical.
First Up: Chocolate Oatsies
I come from a family of sweet tooths.
When I was young, my older brothers would make these chocolate cookies all the time. This was one of the only food items they would make – other than pizza rolls and frozen pizzas.
This is a testament to how easy this recipe is. If my then-adolescent brothers could make these cookies (in a matter of minutes) – then truly anyone can make them!
About The Recipe
A lot of retro recipes get a bad rap for being bland, boring or just not that good.
But these chocolate oatsies are none of the above.
I loved them when I was a child – and I am happy to report that I love them just as much as an adult. They’re good because:
- They’re not overly sweet. I changed one thing about the original recipe, and that was to reduce the amount of sugar from 2 cups to 1 cup. These are plenty sweet – and 2 cups of sugar is excessive and unnecessary.
- They’re chewy in a great way. There’s something about the texture of these cookies that I love. They’re chewy and moist. Use old-fashioned oats for the best results.
- They’re quick and easy to make. These treats take less than 10 minutes to make, start to finish.
These cookies are also gluten-free. But I’m quite sure that’s an accident and wasn’t the original intent of the recipe.
Modern-day update: Bring this recipe into the 21st century by placing a whole coffee bean on top of each cookie.
Get more retro recipes:
- Chipped beef on toast
- Chocolate oatsies
- Ribbon sandwiches
- Cream cheese special occasion mints
- FDR’s birthday cake
No-Bake Chocolate Oatsies
Yield: 12 cookies
Total Time: 10 min
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup whole milk or half and half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups oats
- Place sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk in a medium saucepan. Turn on heat to medium-high and stir until mixtures comes to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Add oats to liquid mixture. Stir to combine.
- Place one heaping tablespoon of the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until done. Place in the fridge to cool completely.