Will says, “Mom made these things for us on Earth all the time! Some of the ingredients we have are running low, so we’ve only had them once this year. She says the recipe comes right off the can of cocoa, it’s a well-known brand and she won’t give them a free plug unless they can ship us a fresh case, but she figures any brand will do.

“These are kinda weird! They’re like a mutant halfway between cookies and candy and a little ugly to look at. But they sure are good to eat! I call them Meteors because they look kind of like little space rocks with all jaggedy edges. They’re pretty easy to make, but ask your mom or dad for help in the kitchen if you’re not supposed to use the stove all by yourself.”


Will’s Meteors

A chocolaty, peanutty treat!

Equipment needed:

  • 1 2-quart (medium-sized) saucepan

  • 1 wooden spoon

  • 1 tablespoon (preferably round, not oval)

  • Wax paper or marble slab



  • 2 cups Sugar

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter

  • 1/2 cup Milk

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Cocoa

  • 1/3 cup Creamy Peanut Butter

  • 2-1/2 cups Quick-cooking Rolled Oats

  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract


Combine sugar, butter, milk and cocoa in your saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Start a one minute countdown, and allow to boil for that minute, constantly stirring. Then liftoff from the heat.

Immediately add oats, peanut butter, and vanilla; stir to mix well. Using your tablespoon, scoop and drop spoonsful of this mix onto your wax paper or slab. Allow to cool completely. Quickly drop mixture by heaping teaspoons onto wax paper or foil. Cool completely. Store in cool, dry place, if any are left over by the end of the day! Makes about 2 dozen depending on how much you can fit into each tablespoonful!


Use chunky peanut butter instead of creamy.

Instead of dropping, scoop all the mix out, place a sheet of wax paper over it, and roll it out flat with a rolling pin to about 1/2″ – 1″ thickness. When cooled, cut into squares. If you try this, you have to be fast, because it does set up pretty quickly once it’s out of the pan.

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