No Bake Cookies

These cookies are a childhood memory. I have long loved these cookies! The bakery department at a local grocery store sells these beauties, for a pretty penny! $4.00 for a 1/4 of a batch doesn’t sit very well with my frugal self.

Someone at work brought a couple of these cookies in with their lunch. Naturally, I had to make some…

As the name says, you don’t have to bake these cookies. Instead, you make a simple fudge on the stove, and then mix in the remaining ingredients.  To make the fudge part, combine butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder in a large saucepan. On medium-high heat bring these ingredients to a boil. Using a candy thermometer, bring these ingredients to 220 degrees.

(Here’s how fudge works. Not hot enough? You’re fudge never sets, stays sticky and you need a bathe after each cookie. Right temperature? The fudge hardens to form a firm cookie with enough strength to hold together. Too hot? You’re going to have a cookie that crumbles and crumbles into a mess. Reaching the correct temperature is very important in getting a perfect cookie, EVERY time!)


The fudge mixture will come to a roaring boil before it reaches 220 degrees.

Once you’ve reached 220 degrees, remove the pan from heat. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and quick oats.  Spoon out your cookies onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. You pick the size? Giant or two-bite sized? Refrigerate the cookies until set, enjoy!

From me to you, lick the spoon clean. 🙂 It’s as magical as warm Rice Krispie Treats. Yum!

No Bake Cookies

  • Servings: 3 Dozen
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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  • 1 ½ C. Sugar
  • ¼ C. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½ C. Milk
  • ½ C. Butter
  • 3 C. Quick Oats
  • ¼ C. Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 t. Vanilla Extract


  1. Boil together sugar, cocoa powder, milk and butter in a large sauce pan.
  2. Bring the simple fudge to a boil, stirring frequently, until it reaches 220 degrees.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in peanut butter, vanilla and quick oats.
  5. Scoop out onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
  6. Refrigerate until set.


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