Boiled Cookies

These are also called "funeral cookies" by the Amish because they can be made up quickly to take to the grieving family.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat bring to a boil and cook butter, milk, sugar, and cocoa for 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, salt and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix in oats and pecans.
  4. By teaspoon drop onto wax paper and allow the cookies to stand unrefrigerated for 1 hour.
  5. Store in an airtight container with wax paper between the layers.