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!

Ingredients
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

Directions
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.

11 comments:

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

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

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

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

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  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

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

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  7. they definitely had raisins!!

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  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".

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  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!!

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

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