No-Bake Cookies

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The original publish date on this recipe post is 04/27/2010!! An oldie but a goodie! I just updated the photos to try and show you just how amazing these are 🙂 Like I mentioned in this post, this recipe comes from my mother-in-law that my husband grew up eating. It’s nearly perfect and so so yummy! Enjoy this old post from 6 years ago!! 

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So, we’re still on the apartment hunt. Its a little stressful (which probably explains why I’ve just been posting desserts lately) and time consuming. And guess what! After my race which was 9 days ago, I realized that I forgot my running shoes in Utah! They are in the mail now but I haven’t been able to run at all these last few days! How smart am I?! Don’t worry though, I’ve been eating plenty of desserts to give me motivation to run once I get those shoes. Grumble grumble. I am so unimpressed with myself.

I digress.

Anyways, these are the perfect dessert when you’re short on time. You just need a stove top to boil these suckers and voila–10 minutes to a whole huge batch of awesome delectable cookies. The flavor of these is to die for- chocolate and peanut butter, my friends! A deadly combination, in my opinion. And the oats add a great texture as well. YUM.

My husband grew up eating these and they probably are his all time favorites. I usually make regular sized petite cookies and then one huge cookie just for him. I’m such a good wife, aren’t I? I suppose it makes him feel good because he could say “yeah, I only ate one!” HAHA. He doesn’t tell anyone that the cookie was the size of his face. Wow. Anyways, you all really should make these because they are 1. delicious 2. easy 3. fast 4. delicious. Yup! Super good any way you look at it!

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No-Bake Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder {I used dark chocolate cocoa powder}
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In large pot, bring butter, milk and sugar to boil. Stir while boiling 1 minute. Remove from heat. Quickly stir in remaining ingredients until combined. Immediately scoop into cookies and place on waxed paper or aluminum foil. Allow 5-10 minutes to set and cool.
  2. **Its a good idea to have all the ingredients you stir into the boiled mixture pre measured, so the process is quick and the cookie 'batter' comes together properly.

NO-BAKE COOKIES

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  1. Everytime I see this recipe it has peanut butter in it. Not everyone can eat peanut butter. Can you just leave it out or do you need to alter the recipe?

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  2. We used to make a similar cookie using chow mein noodles instead of rolled oats. Deliciously crunchy!

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    • Ooh, that sounds yummy!! Will have to try your version 🙂

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  3. Do you use any special type of oats? I have read before that some people swear by Quaker Oats and some say they are too hard?

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    • I’ve used off-brands and Quaker and haven’t noticed a huge difference. If you’re worried, use quick cooking oats instead of old fashioned.

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  4. I also grew up with these delicious cookies. My mother’s recipe included 1 cup shredded coconut. I have a version where I substitute brown sugar for the white and do not use the cocoa. They are also lovely! I like to make a batch of each when the grandkids are coming for a visit for a nice presentation on the plate.

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  5. Are you using old fashioned or quick oats? My family’s version of this recipe calls for quick oats and I’ve been having mixed results with it lately. These cookies look fabulous with the dark chocolate cocoa!

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    • I’ve used both and they turn out perfectly either way 🙂

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  6. Why just the creamy peanut butter? Shouldn’t the chunky be even better? Made similar cookies for my daughter on a regular basis over 40 years ago! Thanks for reminding me how good they were! Haven’t compared recipes yet but love the peanut butter addition!!

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  7. Yay! My husband who can’t eat gluten will love these!

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  8. Thank you Lauren for your amazing recipes and your encouragement to others to try things in the kitchen. I have never made no-bake cookies before and these
    are Fantastic! I hope you are having a wonderful summer!

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  9. I found your blog while searching for a turkey meatball recipe. I’m really enjoying your recipes…I just have one suggestion. Lay off the “I digress” it’s all over blog world and is like nails on a chalkboard now….it’s everywhere. Lol. Love your recipes 🙂 I grew up on these no bake cookies thank you for posting the original recipe!!!!

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  10. Please unsubscribe me from your blog. I will try to follow you on Pinterest but daily is overkill.
    Thanks

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    • Only you can unsubscribe! If you go to one of my emails, scroll to the bottom and click ‘unsubscribe’. I only post 3 times per week; sorry you think thats too much!

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  11. What did I do wrong! Mine came out gooey and fall apart 🙁

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    • What kind of peanut butter did you use? And what kind of oats?

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  12. YOU CON LEAVE THE COCOA POWDER OUT AND MAKE PEANUT BUTTER NO BAKE COOKIES ALSO.

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  13. I just halved the recipe and replaced butter with coconut oil. My only comment is to cut the sugar down to 1/2 cup because 1 cup was still too sweet! Delish though! ! I want to make mexican hot chocolate ones?? Thoughts?

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  14. I just made these. They taste good, but they were a little dry. I used 1/4 cp Nutella and 1/4 cp creamy peanut butter. I think next time I’ll either use 1/2 cp Nutella and 1/2 cp peanut butter, or maybe cashew butter. I might also increase the butter and use heavy cream instead of milk. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  15. Defiantly trying these this week. With it being 120 here in AZ I do not want to turn the oven on 🙂

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  16. I’m so glad I found this recipe! I used to have my grandma’s handwritten copy of this, and I haven’t been able to find it. According to my mom, they started calling these “dog cookies” after her cousin helped make them after petting the dog (but without washing her hands). I’ll be making these this weekend!

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