At the Jr. high they were called mountain bars, some people call them No bake cookies, when I was in school they were boil cookies but they are all one and the same. Yes each has a little different twist. Sometimes we made mistakes and they don't work, sometimes they are perfect, anyway we will eat them.
I am giving you my original recipe, from high school. It works well but you must use the instant oatmeal. They now make a lot of different cooking rate oatmeal's. When this recipe came about it was original or instant so I think the 3 minutes or 5 minute would be good. This is what makes the cookie hold together. Regular oatmeal can be used it does make the recipe different.
Boiled (unbaked chocolate oatmeal cookies)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter (one cube)
3 tablespoons cocoa
pinch of salt
3 cups of quick oats
1/2 cup coconut (Optional)
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
lay out a long strand of wax paper (put on a cookie sheet)
In a saucepan put butter, milk, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Heat on low heat until all ingredients are well mixed. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a full boil (lots of bubbling) Stir as this is happening, milk likes to burn. Boil for 1 minute. (some recipes say 3 minutes and if using another oatmeal other than instant do boil longer)
Remove from heat
Add vanilla and peanut butter. Stir in well
Add oatmeal and working quickly drop by rounded spoonfuls on the waxed paper.
Cool to set up and eat!
I will try to make some of these once my new refridgerator has been delivered and the kitchen is mine again!