Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Classic Peanut Butter & Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

You know 'em.  You love 'em. 

They are a super quick, well-loved treat - a staple of so many of our childhoods.

What's not too love here?  Chocolate, butter and peanut butter collide in this recipe.  You'll literally be in and out of the kitchen in like, ten or fifteen minutes making these.  And, your family will love the results.

This is my mother's recipe.  In my family, we prefer old-fashioned oats in this recipe.  They add a chewier texture.  But, regular quick-cooking oats work fine, too.

Isn't it time you whipped up a batch of these today?  You'll be so happy that you did!

Yields 24 - 28 cookies.


1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy per your preference)
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
3 cups uncooked oats


Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.  Once melted, stir in sugar, cocoa powder, milk and salt.  Bring to a boil.  Boil for 1 - 2 minutes while continuing to stir.  Remove pan from heat.  Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until peanut butter is fully melted.  Stir in the oats until well-combined.

Drop by the spoonful onto parchment or waxed paper.  Allow to cool until cookies have set up.  Store in airtight container.

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  1. These are JUST like my mom used to make, and one of my favorite cookies. Funny story: when I was a kid, my family used to drink whole milk (I know). It wasn't until maybe, high school sometime that my mom switched over to even 2%.

    She made a few batches of these cookies, and they turned out kind of dry and just not how we'd always remembered them. None of us could figure it out. We didn't even THINK about the milk think (I knew absolutely nothing about baking at that time). Finally, it dawned on us. The milk! She went back to getting just a little botte of whole milk for these, and the deliciousness was restored :)

    1. My hubby doesn't like anything other than whole milk. I will usually only drink 2% or skim. :)

      Love your story about these cookies. This is one of those recipes that either turns out perfectly or the cookies are a flop - too dry and crumbly or too soupy. HA! So many variables - from the humidity to the time the mixture gets boiled and apparently even the type of milk that is used - can alter the results. :) When they are great, there is nothing better! One of my all-time faves, too! :)

  2. It's been wayyyyy too long since I've had one of these cookies! I just signed up for a holiday food swap on Food 52. Now I know for sure that I'll be sending my person a batch of these! Can't wait to taste them again.

    1. Now I have to go check out this holiday food swap! :)

  3. Here's the info: http://food52.com/blog/8977-the-third-annual-food52-holiday-secret-swap