I have recently realized that I am quite a nostalgic cook. To that end, not much is nostalgic for me more than No-Bake Cookies. I have been making these since I learned how to read – literally.
I “made” this cookbook for my mom in second grade for Mother’s Day…seventeen years ago, yikes!
I remember that there were two recipes for these cookies, one was called Peanut Butter Choc-Oat cookies and the other, recipe pictured below, Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, I had always known them as No-Bake cookies and I have always used this recipe for these.
I love to eat cookies but when it comes to making them, I don’t enjoy scooping them onto the baking sheet, waiting several minutes, taking them out, transferring to a cooling rack, and repeating the process until all of the dough is gone. I’ve always been a bigger fan of the dough…which might be why these are so appealing to me. They are dough-like, especially if they don’t set quite right (which has happened many times!) They are so sweet and chewy, I love the texture and how super simple they are. The best part about this recipe is that I always have the ingredients on hand so when I’m in need of a quick treat, this is my go-to recipe!
You can see that I noted that this was the “whole recipe” and I’ve since adapted it a little bit and updated the words and phrases…I don’t think that the word “oleo” is really used any more. Here is the way to the best-ever, crowd-pleasing, super-nostalgic No-Bake Cookies!
No Bake Cookie Recipe (printable version)
1 stick of unsalted butter
2 cups granulated sugar
¼ cup cocoa
½ cup milk (I usually use skim but have used 2% too)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (see note below*)
½ cup crunchy peanut butter (creamy can be used but I like the added crunch)
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1. I like to measure everything that I need before I get started. I also lay out a couple of sheets of wax paper so that it’s ready when I am.
2. Slowly melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar, cocoa and milk and bring to a rolling boil. Stirring constantly, boil for 90 seconds (ensure that you use a timer so that they set properly!)
3. Remove from heat and quickly add vanilla, peanut butter and oats. Stir together until well-blended.
4. Drop by spoonful on wax paper and allow to cool and set up.