How To: Make No Bake Cookies

I’ve seen a few people comment that they’ve never heard of/tried no bake cookies.  I’m aghast.  No bake cookies are one of life’s simplest homemade treasures.  Small children can make them (in the microwave, not this recipe), they’re nearly impossible to screw up and they’re delicious and addictive.  If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, you’ll love no bake cookies.


1/2 C. butter

4 T. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 C. Milk

1/2 C. peanut butter

3 C. quick oats

1 3/4 C. sugar

1 t. vanilla extract

I forgot to get a picture of the cocoa.


In a saucepan, over medium low heat, melt butter slowly, stirring it frequently.

Add sugar, cocoa powder and milk and stir briskly until mixed

Beware when opening a new container of cocoa powder.

It appears to be packaged like those dye packs in bank robberies.

Turn up the heat slightly, but not higher than medium.

Stir until mixture comes to a slow boil, let it cook for 1 1/2 minutes

Take off heat and add peanut butter.  Stir quickly and work fast.

Once the peanut butter is blended in, add the oats, one cup at a time.  Stir until they’re equally coated in peanut butter chocolate goodness.

Spread a sheet of waxed paper on the counter or a cookie sheet.

Drop the mix by the teaspoon/tablespoon (depending on how big you want your cookies, smaller ones set up faster, FYI) onto the waxed paper with a little space in between.

Let cool/set up for at least 5 minutes before you try one.  They’re best after about half an hour, but I will not deny they are delicious when they’re still warm and fall apart as you eat them.

Store in an airtight container, they’ll last for more than a week if you can stop yourself/your family from eating them.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

5 replies on “How To: Make No Bake Cookies”

My aunt, who I used to think of as the COOLEST because she lives in Atlanta, used to make these with us when she would come down to small town Rincon to visit us. We absolutly LOVED these. I still love them, and have an unhealthy pregnant-lady addiction to anything with peanut butter. Sadly, we have no oatmeal in the cabinent at this moment. But since oatmeal is fairly cheap, I will pick some up this weekend…your article brought about a horrible craving for my favorite cookie! :)

(saw this linked from another story – comment is about 6 months too late but had to say something)

My mom used to make a microwave version of these all the time after taking a microwave cookery class in the early 1980s (oooooooooh you have a micro-wave oven — fancy!).

Seeing those cookies in the picture brought on a serious wave of nostalgia. They were one of my favorite things.

My grandma makes these cookies, which are also no-bake: chow mein noodle cookies, aka spiders. Yum!

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