Okay, I love mud pies. The first time I ever had a mud pie was in elementary school when we had some sort of Farm Day where we got to milk "cows" (painted black and white barrels with gloves attached on the bottom), make butter from scratch, and eat mud pies! I thought they were awesome, but my mom never made them and I've never really found a decent recipe to make my own. So I was excited when I found that Janet from http://www.janetishungry.blogspot.com/ had two mud pie recipes on her blog that I could try! One was her grandmothers original recipe that called for coconut that I didn't have, and the other was for chocolate peanut butter ones, but I generally don't like cooking with peanut butter because the flavor can be pretty dominant. SO I chose to make the plain recipe minus the coconut!
My suggestions with this recipe:
-Don't do that! Though my mud pies came out tasty, they felt like they were missing something. They also were prone to falling apart easily, I'm hoping that the coconut will solve all of these problems for my next batch.
-I'm definitely going to have to get over my peanut butter fear, because I felt like my batch was a little too cocoa-y! Peanut butter might just be the missing link!
The best part about these (besides being utterly delicious!) is that it's a no-bake recipe! As easy as rice-krispie treats!
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
5 tbsp cocoa
1 cup fine coconut
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oats
1. In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, milk, shortening, cocoa, salt and vanilla. Bring to a boil and remove from heat at once.
2. Add oats and coconut. Stir well.
3. Cool a bit and drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with waxed paper. Chill until set.
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