No-bake Oatmeal Cocoa Cookies


3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts, lightly toasted (optional)
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Cover a large surface with waxed paper. Combine oats and optional nuts in a bowl and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine 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. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper covered surface. Once cool, store in airtight container.