Monday, April 13, 2009

Tewksbury Tweets

I went to the BF’s parents' house for Easter. I love Easter and all the sugary celebrations it brings. But between the courses of cakes and brownies I was introduced to a regional favorite: Tewksbury Tweets.

With a cultish following, these no-bake cookies are a yummy cluster of oatmeal, chocolate and peanut butter. According to what I was told in my introduction, they were/are served in public-school cafeterias around Tewksbury, MA. Just imagine a plop of fudge with texture.

I hunted down the recipe- super easy! No bake!

2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
Waxed paper

In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.


  1. Being born and raised in Tewksbury, I can vouch for these definitely being a TREAT.... YUUUUMMMMMYYYYY!!!!

  2. As another Tewksbury alumni -- these were actually used as bargaining chips during lunch. The best damn treat you'll eat!

  3. Yup, the best cookies ever...every time they were on the munu, I got TWO lunches just so I could have two cookies!!!

  4. I love Tewksbury Tweets but I remember them having raisins in them. I'm I correct or mistaken?

  5. Excellent recipe I think I'd prepare it next time because I'm a lover of sweet things specially when it is something delicious!m10m

  6. North Street School lunch lady made them the best!

  7. they definitely had raisins!!

  8. This is NOT the receipe that I grew up on. The original recipe has raisins and more rolled oats than this. If they are made right, they shouldn't taste like "a plop of fudge with texture".

  9. Original recipe from a school cookbook from the 1970's. Enjoy!
    3 cups sugar
    3/4 cup butter
    3/4 cup milk
    3/4 teasp salt
    1/2 cup + 1 tbsp cocoa
    3/4 cup of peanut butter
    3/4 cup of raisins
    4 1/2 cups of rolled oats (Quaker Oatmeal, not instant)
    1/2 teasp vanilla

    Soak the raisins in warm water till they plump (15 min), drain really well.
    Combine the first 5 ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add peanut butter, vanilla, raisins and oats. Mix well.
    Drop onto a sheet of waxed paper and let stand until they are firm. Refrigerate.
    Then eat 5 or 6 and you'll feel like you are back in school!!

    1. I am a 1979 grad and this is the delicious tweet I recall with great fondness!