Heat milk to scalding, add oatmeal and allow to cool.
Sift dry ingredients together. Cut butter or margarine (I prefer butter for its taste) into dry ingredient mixture until well incorporated (pea sized butter pieces).
Using your hands, form it into a ball. Depending on your flour, you may need to add more flour just to keep it from being too sticky. Turn it out onto a floured board and knead just until smooth. No excess kneading is necessary - just so it holds together.
Pull off a small sized ball - enough to make a stick about a foot long when rolled to 1/2 inch diameter size. You may need to grease your hands for this: Roll the dough between your two hands into a rope of about 1/2 inch diameter and place it onto a greased cookie sheet. Continue placing the ropes out onto the cookie sheet, about an inch or so apart (they rise a bit). Bake at 400 degrees fahrenheit until they just turn a bit brown (about 10 to 15 minutes?) This makes a lot, but they go fast!