I don't make dessert unless it's a special occasion or we have company. Sometimes, though, we want something sweet and -- more often than not -- chocolate. When this mood hits, I pull out a recipe my mother gave me for Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies.
Chances are you've had these cookies or even have a version of the recipe. These cookies are sometimes called "No Bake Cookies," "No Bake Oatmeal Cookies" and "Boiled Cookies." I've also seen them called "Preacher's Coming" cookies. This is an apt description because the cookies can be made and ready to serve to unexpected company in a very short amount of time. Most of the recipes are similar, although some versions don't use peanut butter and some add additional ingredients such as nuts and raisins.
My recipe only uses seven ingredients. All seven are staples at my house so I can make the cookies on a moments notice. Although butter makes everything better, I use margarine. I also use 1% milk, but you could substitute 2% instead.