Last updated on December 9th, 2020 at 06:34 am

My mom made these No-Bake cookies for as long as I can remember. I do not know where she found the recipe. I doubt she even remembers.

When I was on pre-deployment before leaving for Iraq I became very lonesome for home and family. I called my mom and told her I really wanted some of her No-Bake cookies. She was so sweet that she made me a batch and over-nighted them to me!

Once I moved out west, anytime I miss home, I make a batch. My grandson informed me the other day that these were his FAVORITE cookie and he wished I would make them more often.

They are actually very simple to make. If you follow my blog, you know I am all about simple recipes. If you can make it without looking it up, it is a keeper.

One note on these cookies: My mom was often frustrated at these cookies because they would not set up properly. I do not have this problem. I think it is the difference in where we live. My mom lives in Oklahoma with lots of humidity. I live in Nevada with little-to-no humidity. The humidity levels have a lot to do with how well the cookies set up on any given day.

No-Bake Cookie Recipe

1 stick Butter

2 cups Sugar

3 tablespoons Cocoa

1/2 cup Milk

1/2 cup Peanut Butter

3 cups Oatmeal

Use a large saucepan. Melt the butter on low while you are gathering the rest of the ingredients.

Add the sugar, cocoa, and milk. Stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

Boil for 1 minute. This is important! If you leave it too long, your cookies will dry out and crumble.

Turn off heat. Add peanut butter and oatmeal. Stir.

Spoon cookies out on wax paper or foil to cool and harden. (This only takes about 10 minutes where I live, but it often took several hours for my mom. Higher humidity = longer set up time.)

No-Bake Cookies

Makes approximately 30 cookies.

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2 thoughts on “No-Bake Cookies

  1. I have made these several times throughout my life as well. I usually cut down on the sugar a bit because I like mine less sweet. Normally, I cook mine 1 minute exactly from when it comes to a rolling boil. If I time it they almost always set up properly.

    Since most of my time I live in Papua New Guinea in a very humid country, I do sometimes have to change the cooking time a bit if the weather seems extra troublesome. I think I’ve figured out that adding a bit (not too much) of cooking time to the 1 minute helps when it’s more humid. Of course, I have also just thrown in a few extra oats to help harden them more quickly, but that just makes them more dry and oaty.

    Another variation I’ve tried, for a different flavor, is putting some coconut flakes in along with the oats.

    1. For those of you who read comments, this is my sister so when she says she has made these, she really means this exact family recipe!

      Thanks for the input! I believe you are right about the cooking time with the extra humidity.

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