When I was a little girl, making cow pies (the cookies, not the other stuff…) was something my sister and I loved. I’ve heard them called by other names, but cow pies is what we always knew of them as.
When my sister and I weren’t outside playing with mud or in our make-shift tree house, which was really underneath an over-sized orange tree in my grandma’s backyard, we were playing “restaurant” and I was the chef/waiter (I was a good multitasker). My sister would act as the guest and I would come in wearing an apron carrying a fake menu and note pad to take her order. Cow pies were always on the menu. I’m pretty sure the only other thing on the menu was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, followed by lines of scribble to give the menu more substance.
The taste of cow pies bring back a nostalgic feeling of being a carefree kid. Funny how food and smells can do that to you, uh?
Let me forewarn you, these cookies are super rich and if I had to compare them, I would say these were close to chocolate peanut butter fudge, without being chocolate peanut butter fudge. Think of it as a fudge cookie. And one cookie will meet your sweet tooth fix, no doubt.
Cow Pie Cookies
Yields about 2 to 3 dozen cookies
½ cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
Add the butter, milk, sugar and cocoa powder to a 4-quart saucepan.
Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat.
Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats.
Drop heaping tablespoons onto 2 wax paper-lined baking sheets.
Let cool. Cookies should harden and set in about 30 minutes.