Not Your Granny’s Cookie…

Haute Cuisine? No, it isn’t. But before you run off, disgusted that such a simple cookie has been featured on this blog, you should read on. Not only is this NOT your typical no-bake cookie, I am also going to educate you a bit. Maybe.

Where I am from, “No-Bake” Cookies are called Preacher Cookies. I had always assumed I knew the reason they were called this, but after a bit of digging, I found another soul who confirmed it…The Hillbilly Housewife. She states “It got it’s name because it could be prepared quickly when a housewife looked out her window and saw the preacher riding up the mountain on his horse. By the time the preacher arrived, the cookies were cooling.” Nothing like a preacher showing up unannounced. Of course, if a preacher unexpectedly showed up at MY house, he’d more than likely meet a floor full of cabinet contents, toys spread high and low, me in my mismatched pajamas and my little devil standing on top of the oven drawer pushing buttons on the stove. (I know, I am a great Mom.)

Anyway, last night I decided to make Preacher Cookies. Tonight is the Virginia Tech ballgame, and as a tailgater, I am expected to bring something yummy, or else, you know, I am forced to eat a meat only dinner prepared by the man of the house (which happens to be venison tonight, and I am not terribly keen on it, though Jon does make it pretty tasty). That being said, I once again decided that I MUST screw with the recipe. Had to. So here is what I did…

Preacher Cookies call for Peanut Butter. That’s fine and dandy, but a little boring, maybe? Especially if you have a can of homemade Dulce de Leche sitting in the fridge. See where I am going with this? And what if the half of the peanut butter got replaced with the Dulce?

Well, you’d have a pretty freaking good cookie.

But wait, there’s more.

What if you used half Dulce and half Nutella instead of peanut butter? Well then, you’d have a cookie you’d NEVER give a preacher. You’d be a hoarder. A greedy, cookie eating glutton…and that’s at least two of the seven deadly sins.

Would you lust after these cookies? Probably. That’s 3.

Someone touches one of your cookies? – Wrath. 4.

Too lazy to get off the couch so you keep the cookies in a bowl by your head? – Sloth. That’s 5.

Way confident that everyone will LOVE your cookies? 6. That’s for pride.

And now you are jealous that YOU don’t have these cookies, right?? Envy. You have cookie envy. 7. You have just learned the Seven Deadly Sins. Told you you might learn something.
So…Preacher Cookie? I think not.

Seven Deadly Sin Cookies

  • 2 cups vanilla sugar (regular is okay, too)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups Instant Oats
  • 1/4 cup Dulce de Leche
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Bring sugar, butter, cocoa, milk and salt to a rolling boil for 1 minute, or use a candy thermometer and reach 205-210. (The thermometer works best for me. If you do use the boiling time, be sure to wait until the boil is ROLLING before you start timing the minute.)

When the mixture is ready, remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring quickly before the cookies set up. Drop by tablespoon fulls onto parchment or wax paper and allow to cool.


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