No Bake Cookies

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, July 28, 2010

These remind me of my school days. Everyone’s favorite dessert on the school lunch menu and what was a must to get seconds of. When I came across the recipe while I was in college, oh, what a happy day. I love these cookies, and I’m pretty sure just about every other kid who went to my rural hometown school in central Illinois does too.

The recipe is simple and quick, hence the no-bake namesake, and can be ready in 15 minutes or less. I’m gonna go out there and say these are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Unless you’re crowd grew up in the city, which is the case of The Phoenix. Then I suppose I can’t make any promises. You just never know about those city kids.

He’d probably like them if I could buy them at Taco Bell. But that’s a whole other story.

No Bake Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 1 minutes.
  • Ready in 11 Minutes.
  • Makes: 42 Pieces
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Boil margarine, baking soda, cocoa, sugar and milk in a large saucepan together for 1 minute.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and add oats and peanut butter. Stir well to combine. Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Drop on wax paper using a small cookie scoop. Let cool and enjoy!

7 Responses to “No Bake Cookies”

  1. Jill Force says:

    I can’t believe I forgot about these cookies!! This is great, the kids are napping and I have these ingredients…I am making these right now ( :

  2. Lisa says:

    Can I use crunchy peanut butter?

  3. Vanessa says:

    I’ve never tried, but I’d guess that you could. It would give them a little more texture too. Yum, one of my favorites.

  4. Lisa says:

    I just used creamy since I’ve never made them before. I think I did something wrong because they don’t look as perky as yours in the picture (but I don’t have a cookie scoop so it was a challenge to get the dough on the wax paper. They still taste good. 🙂 Next time I might try crunchy!

  5. Vanessa says:

    sometimes i’ll let them cool just a bit before i scoop them out and i think that helps them not be so runny. and i think you need a cookie scoop 🙂 makes life so much easier. i have a smaller one for cookies and a larger one for muffins/cupcakes and i love them. and i think you’ve inspired me to add these cookies to my baking this week!

  6. Lisa says:

    Jeff got me a cookie scoop for Christmas and WOW what a difference! I also made the cocoa mixture in a smaller pan and then poured the oats in a larger pan that was already cool so when I mixed everything together they cooled down much quicker. Yay! Thanks for this recipe.

  7. Vanessa says:

    Good tip! Thanks, Lisa. So glad you got a cookie scoop too!

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