Is it really already January 4th?  Are you having a good year so far?  Made any new year’s resolutions?  I made a few (which we’ll probably talk about later…)  For now, we are just gearing up to head back to Macedonia after a wonderful holiday in the Pacific Northwest.  I’ve had lots of requests for more traditional Macedonian recipes, so I am on a mission to get some of my favorite Macedonian ladies to share some of their favorite Macedonian dishes with you!  Meanwhile, here’s one last cookie recipe to help  2011 get off to a great start.

We ended 2010 with a sleigh ride at Red Tail Canyon Farm in Leavenworth, where we met up with these two cuties.  Seriously, does it get cuter than this?

In case you couldn’t tell, this cutie is my brother.  See the resemblance?  Remember when I re-posted a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe during the Christmas cookie countdown because I couldn’t find the time amidst the pre-Christmas bustle to introduce me to my brother and his favorite cookie recipe?  Well, now that Christmas is a good week behind us and we’ve done a pretty good job polishing off all the Christmas treats around here there is finally room in our cookie jar for another treat or two.   Last night, after a long day at the mountain, Brandon decided to whip up a little post-ski snack.

So, we got out a little peanut butter, a little cocoa, some oats, milk, and butter and before you know it….

We had these on our hands…

Of course, Brandon had to test em out, you know…to make sure they weren’t poisonous or anything.

Brandon’s No Bake Cookies

makes about 2 dozen


2 cups sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup salted butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup shredded coconut


Stir together sugar, cocoa, milk and butter in a large saucepan.  Cook on medium heat until the mixture begins to boil.  Let boil for one minute.

Remove from heat and add vanilla, peanut butter, oatmeal and coconut.  Stir quickly until oats and coconut are thoroughly incorporated.

Immediately drop mixture in heaping teaspoons (or if you’re like Brandon, in heaping tablespoons!) onto parchment paper or aluminum foil and let cool.