No-Bake cookies

Recently, I have found that most everyone has a No-Bake recipe.  However, I feel mine is superior to a lot of them out there.  Somehow, I really do stumble across the greatest recipes, and in my family.... we make the best food that we can!

2 C sugar
3 Tb cocoa
1/2 stick of butter (1/4 C)
1/2 C milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 C oats

Combine the first 5 ingredients in pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 90 seconds, then remove from heat and add the last three ingredients and stir until peanut butter is blended. Use spoons or a cookie scoop and place them on wax paper to cool. YUM!

Yes, really love Pumpkin Pie season.  In fact, I love it so much so that I made some a few weeks early.  Hey, in my defense, it was already October.  As I stated before, I really am just great at following a recipe and in this case, it was the one on the can.  Libby's recipe is the best!!  Here it is:

Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie
1 1/2 C sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground giner
1/2 tsp ground cloves
4 eggs
1 large can (29 oz) Pumpkin
2 cans (12 oz each) evaporated milk
2 unbaked 9-inch (4 c volume) deep-dish pie shells


MIX sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
POUR into pie shells.
BAKE in preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 40-50 minute more or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

For those using pumpkin pie spice - use 3 1/2 tsp as substitution for cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

I have a friend who brought her mother's famous brownie recipe to a recipe exchange one night.  I have since tried them out and absolutely LOVE them!   So good.  They are more of a cakelike brownie than a fudgey one.  Complete with icing (and tons of calories).  You must share this one with LOTS of friends!

Brownie Recipe

2 1/2 C sugar
2 1/2 sticks of butter (1 1/2 c)
6 egg
2 C flour
2/3 C cocoa
1 Tb vanilla
1/2 Tb salt
1/2 C nuts (optional)
       Cream the sugar and butter together, add eggs one at a time.  Mix remaining ingredients in order given above.  Pour into large cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  DO NOT OVER-BAKE!  Frost as desired.

Chocolate Icing (as used on the one in the picture)
1/4 C milk
1/2 C butter
6 oz chocolate chips (1 C)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C powdered sugar

Combine milk and butter in saucepan.  Bring to boil. Remove from heat.  Blend in chocolate chips.  Stir in vanilla and sugar. Beat until spreading consistency.  If necessary, thin with a few drops of milk.

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