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Recipe: Chocolate Saucepan Cookies, a.k.a. Cow Patties

September 21, 2008
Cow Pattie Cookies

This is one of my mom’s recipes. I can’t even guess how many times she made these chocolatey wonders for my brother, sister and I when we were growing up.

They are amazingly simple, yummy and cheap to make and I love making them for my own family.

One caution for those that like to change recipes and use what you have (as I do!) – you can’t substitute anything for the instant oats or the cookies won’t set properly and you’ll have a gooey mess.

Chocolate Saucepan Cookies
better known as “Cow Patties” or “Mud Cookies”
by my mom, Leona

8 tbs (one stick) butter
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
4 tbs bakers cocoa
3 cups quick-cooking oats (also called instant oats)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter (optional…extra yummy with crunchy!)

In a medium saucepan, bring butter, milk, sugar and coca to a boil. Boil for two minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and immediately add oats, vanilla and peanut butter. Stir well. Drop by 1/4 cup-fulls on to wax paper (an ice cream scoop works well).

Allow to cool completely. The cookies will get firm and lose their shine as they cool.

Store in an airtight container. Try not to eat too many…or you’ll get a tummy ache!

Cow Pattie Cookies - made in a saucepan
boiling in the saucepan


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Laci permalink
    September 25, 2008 11:44

    I love these cookies too! My husbands family calls them Missouri cookies. I have heard many different names so far but cow pie cookies has to be the cutest name ever!

  2. September 25, 2008 12:58

    My mom always called them cow patties…it was a source of serious amusement when we were growing up!

  3. Deanne permalink
    June 18, 2009 13:44

    Last year at x-mas I made these, added edible gliter and called them Santa’s magic reindeer poop.

  4. lil baker permalink
    August 1, 2012 12:06

    can you make these without milk?

    • August 1, 2012 14:50

      I honestly don’t know. If I were to guess, I’d say you can probably substitute water for the milk. Let me know if you try it, I’d be happy to update the recipe!

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