No-Bake Cookies

These cookies are sitting on our kitchen counter – as I write.Victoria made our first batch of the season today. Our family doesn’t have a holiday gathering without them. It’s tradition!

My Grandmother Best {Ma-Maw} always had hot batch of these ‘No-Bake- Cookies’ waiting in her cookie jar when we arrived for the holidays. My big, extended family has passed this recipe on to 3 generations now.

I’m passing this prized recipe off to you with a warning – you can hardly eat just one. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

‘Ma-Maw’s’ No-Bake Cookies

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 stick margarine (I’m not a margarine fan but it works best here)
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk (or cream)
  • 2 1/2 cups ‘quick’ oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1 tsp real vanilla
      1. Mix peanut butter and oatmeal in large bowl.
      2. Combine margarine, milk, cocoa, sugar and vanilla in medium pan. Boil for 3 minutes (exact!) over medium heat, stirring constantly. {until mixture makes a ball when dropped into water}
      3. As soon as cocoa mixture is complete – pour over oatmeal mixture and mix. (quickly!)
      4. Spoon out onto wax paper – (while hot)
      5. Makes approximately 20 cookies {pictured are 1 batch}



  1. says

    What a wonderful tradition. I can’t wait to try them!! My mom makes date pinwheel cookies and peanut clusters every year I can’t wait to eat them when they get here for New Years!! Merry Christmas!

  2. says

    Yummy, I haven’t had these in a really long time. Maybe I’ll make them with the kids this week. Can you use whole rolled oats instead of quick oats?


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