no bake cookies

October 14th, 2008

I made a trip to one of my favorite stores in Brooklyn, Sahadi’s last week and stocked up on all sorts of bulk ingredients. One of my favorite finds was this amazing cocoa powder that’s dark and rich and really puts the canned cocoa powder I’ve been using to shame. With over a pound sitting on the counter, I couldn’t resist the urge to make something with it, so I looked through a few books until I found the perfect recipe, no bake cookies.

No bake cookies are one of my favorites sweet treast because they’re so easy to make. It doesn’t hurt that they not only have chocolate, but peanut butter as well. In less than a half hour my cocoa had been tranformed into a little cookie that really hit the spot.

No-Bake Cookies
makes about 2 dozen

2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
3 cups oatmeal

Combine sugar, cocoa, milk and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Cook until the mixture starts to boil and cook for 1 minute.
Add vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oatmeal and quickly stir until combined.
Drop teaspoons onto parchment paper and let cool.

Comments: 47 Total

  1. judy gal

    October 14, 2008 at 10:56 am

    What type of oatmeal do you suggest?
    Thanks a bunch — they look yummy!

  2. Maggie

    October 15, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Yum! I love Sahadis. What was the brand of cocoa that you got?

  3. Karen

    October 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I love no-bake cookies and yours look great. I linked to them in my first blog post – today! What is the brand of cocoa you used?

  4. Samantha

    October 15, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    These look super yummy! I love no bake cookies!

  5. megan

    October 15, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    your no bake cookies look awesome-kudos for adding the peanut butter!I love making these-they’re especially perfect for me being a college student!

  6. Kelly

    October 15, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Judy – I just used instant oatmeal, but whatever you have on hand will probably work just fine.

    Maggie & Karen, The cocoa is bulk cocoa that didn’t have a name on it, but it’s luxuriously dark (and only $3.50/lb!!)

    I started making these in college and I think they’re a perfect college cookie, easy to make, easier to eat.

  7. Craig

    October 16, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    it also works well if you just dump the mix onto a cake pan if you don’t have the time or the parchment paper.
    my favorite cookie recipe by far though. thanks for spreading the goodness!

  8. Culinary Cory

    October 17, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I love no bake cookies. They are the easiest thing to bring to an office party. I sometimes make them with soy nut butter for those that can’t eat peanuts.

  9. Jackie

    October 18, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Made these tonight and my kids and myself loved them. Very soft and chewy. AWESOME!

    Thanks for posting this.

  10. bakingblonde

    October 19, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I LOVE no bake cookies!!

  11. Emily

    October 19, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    This is one OLD recipe! My grandmother used to make these in the Great Depression. As a child I remember going to her house and she either had these “Skillet Cookies” or the peanut butter/Corn Syrup/Corn Flakes cookies.

    I find these cook up best with a nice cast iron skillet and removing the skillet from the burner to stop the cooking process.

    Great Job!! :)

  12. RJ

    October 19, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Will some one PLEASE remove this guys post from in here.. This sounds like he escaped from some where and needs help to get back IN.
    Conspiracy.. sheesh!

  13. Jenna

    October 20, 2008 at 2:16 am

    mmmm I love these! My grandma calls them Spider Cookies.

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  15. Rachel

    October 20, 2008 at 8:33 am

    These are my FAVORITE cookies. Thanks for sharing

  16. Will

    October 20, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Have enjoyed these for many years. Use the one minute oats, but the old fashioned will work in a pinch…just a little different texture. One of the best.

  17. Beverly

    October 20, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    These look so good..I can just taste them!

  18. Eric the Read

    October 20, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    I swear, these are the easiest and tastiest cookies to make, like, omigod, EVAR. I bring them to work and my co-workers are literally agog at how awesome they are and how hard I worked… at first I tried to explain, “no, this is the easiest thing in the world, seriously”, but now I just bask in the glory.

  19. Sharon Zink

    October 21, 2008 at 9:48 am

    I’ve made these since childhood, but your recipe calls for less butter. I am happy to find a more healthful recipe like this. Thank you.

  20. Ann

    October 21, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I love these as well…I just made em and waiting to let em cool so I can give my 16 month old Great Grandson one. We have always called them Raggity-Robbins.

  21. Niall Harbison

    October 22, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I can just imagine the lovely cunch eating those! They look delicious! I love the header on your blog. I will never forget the name after seeing that! Job done on marketing! The recipe looks extremly straight forward aswell!

  22. pemn

    November 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    >>Ann October 21st, 2008 8:43 pm
    I love these as well…I just made em and waiting to let em cool so I can give my 16 month old Great Grandson one. We have always called them Raggity-Robbins.<<

    Dear Ann, please wait until your great grandson is over the age of 2 to give him peanut butter!! You don’t want to risk an allergic reaction. (We went through that with our daughter years ago…) Thanks for listening. :-)

  23. Reeni

    November 24, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    They look so yummy! I love how fast and easy they are. When that craving hits you can satisfy it real fast!

  24. Kiki

    November 25, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I tried it today! Thank you :D The cookies are rather yummy :D

  25. theresa mary

    December 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    I have made these but I throw in a cup of coconut and skip the peanut butter. They are hazardous because I always burn my mouth, so I put mine in the freezer to cool. I also drop them into buttered muffin tins or use muffin papers to keep them from sticking to your fingers. YUM

  26. Fiona

    January 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I tried a different recipe with no success. This one worked perfectly. Many thanks – these are among my favorite cookies.

  27. eric hoffman

    February 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Ah, the classic no bake recipe. This was one of the first things I made when I was a kid. I would make it twice a week at least.

  28. Mary

    March 9, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Delicious! When I first used this recipe I found they were a little too gooey to be practical, and took hours to dry, but boiling them about 20 seconds longer firms them right up. Thank you so much!

  29. Sarah

    March 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Do you really need 3 cups of oatmeal? I only have about 2 cups but I am CRAVING no bake cookies!

    and I don’t have enough money for oatmeal..

    Someone please reply.

    Thanks in advance.

  30. Kelly

    March 28, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    you can cut the recipe in half.
    good luck

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  33. mummyl

    July 2, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Made a batch of these last week and they didn’t last ten minutes, everyone loved them.

  34. dude

    July 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    love this classic recipe. I can’t wait to try it with coconut, but I would like to suggest you don’t really need parchment paper as these are “no bake” cookies. If you’ve got it in your cupboard fine, but in my experience you could use any old surface that is clean and won’t impart it’s flavor into your cookies. A baking sheet, a strip of aluminium foil, a counter top, your clean linolium floor – all will do fine.

  35. Donna

    January 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    When my son was in the Navy (1991) this is one of many things I could make and send to him. He and his shiipmates really liked
    them. That Quakers is in these makes them just that much better.
    This is ALWAYS one you have to have the recipie on hand for
    friends when you serve them.
    You’ll never be able to make enough of them….they go so fast!

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    You’ll never be able to make enough of them….they go so fast!

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  44. Tami

    October 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Yum! I made these today, but I dumped the whole batch into a parchment lined cake pan and refrigerated them until they were cool. Then I cut them. My kids love these and you recipe must be the same as the ones my mom used to make because they are very much the same. My mom cuts some of the oatmeal and adds coconut to them in place of the oatmeal she left out because my dad likes them that way. Thanks for making me remember these yummy candies!

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