Mom’s Busy Day Cookies were a staple at our house. It was wonderful to come home some days from school and see the delicious cookies lining the counters on wax paper cooling. I really thought my mother invented these so imagine my surprise when I saw them at a cookie swap as an adult, and thought, ‘Is my mom here?’
When Andy was in fifth grade, the class made a recipe book for Christmas presents and each child was to bring in a recipe. I sent him off with Mom’s Busy Day Cookie recipe. When the precious book came home in his smiling hands I turned to the page with our recipe in it just to see it called “Reindeer Droppings.” “Reindeer Droppings!” I exclaim, “Why did you call them that?” He smiled the classic little boy mischievious/innocent grin and said, “That’s what they look like!”
When you have company over to open presents, place a cinnamon stick in with the coffee grounds before adding water to the coffee maker or French press and whip up some of these no-bake, easy, and delicious…um…Reindeer Droppings, and enjoy!
Reindeer Droppings (aka: Mom’s Busy Day Cookies)
2 C. sugar
1 stick butter
1/4 t. salt
1/2 C. milk
¼ C. cocoa
½ C. peanut butter
3 1/2 C. rolled oats
1 t. vanilla
Measure sugar, butter, salt, milk and cocoa into a large saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved, over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Stir in peanut butter, rolled oats and vanilla; mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls on waxed paper. Cool completely
Yield about 3 dozen.