Since I don't like peanut butter and my husband and kids don't like coconut, I thought this recipe was a good option.
As I started making a batch, I realized that I didn't have any cocoa powder. I'm not a chocoholic, so I simply made this batch without any cocoa.
In addition to not using the cocoa powder, I decreased the sugar to just 1 1/2 cups, and added the salt and vanilla to the butter/milk/sugar mixture. I also omitted the nuts and added another cup of oats. I had read previous reviews that indicated their cookies were gooey and didn't set up, hence substituting the additional oats for the nuts.
I also let the liquid mixture boil for two minutes. DO NOT OVERBOIL, THOUGH!
Lastly, because my kids love chocolate, I sprinkled mini M&Ms on the tops of the cookies. Do NOT stir the M&Ms into the hot mixture, they will melt. I did need to push the mini M&Ms into the cookies a little bit so that they wouldn't fall to the base of the cookies.
All in all, I think my version is tasty and colorful. You can use certain color M&Ms for holidays and use school colors for bake sales and sporting events.
One last hint. My kids went wild when they saw the finished product, but I needed the cookies to cool off. When they weren't looking, I simply placed my wax paper lined cookie sheet (with the cooling cookies) into our (cold) oven and set the timer for 30 minutes. I found this to be a great way to hide the temptation until the cookies were truly ready.
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Since I don't like peanut butter and my husband and kids don't like coconut, I thought this...