These were the constant for the holidays at my home growing up, and were a perfect activity for my mum to give us during the school break - they are really easy for kids to make themselves. They are extremely simple and tasty, and done fairly quickly.
- 3 cups plain rolled oats
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped nuts or coconut (optional)
- powdered sugar for top (optional)
Cover a large cookie sheet with waxed paper. Combine oats and optional nuts and set aside. In a saucepan, melt together the sugar, cocoa and evaporated milk. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for 2 minutes, while continuing to stir. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Once butter is melted, pour in oatmeal mixture. Combine completely until the entire mixture is wet. Drop by spoonfuls (or oiled hands) onto wax paper covered sheet and place in the fridge or at cool room temp. Once cool, store in airtight container.
To give them a bit more Christmassy or Wintery feel, you can put coconut or powdered sugar on the top to give them a snowy look. You can also add red and green sprinkles if you wish. Be warned, though, they are pretty sweet, so don't over-do anything that will spike the sweetness.