Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chocolate and Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Due to the nasty ice storm we experienced this past week, school was canceled four days in a row for my son. That made for a very happy mommy and little sister...we miss Jake now that he's in kindergarten and know it will be even worse next year, when he goes all day! On that note, while it was fun having everyone home together, it did get a bit stir-crazy at times--both of my children have an ungodly amount of energy! As a diversion, I decided it would be fun to make cookies--the kids LOVE helping! Since we were pretty much stuck at home, I knew I had to work with what we had available in the cupboard. I immediately thought about making chocolate no-bake cookies, since I just bought a container of quick oats. I remember both my mom and grandma making these cookies when my sisters and I were little, however, I couldn't seem to find the recipe anywhere...I know it's in one of the homemade cookbooks (containing recipes from family and friends) I was given at one of my bridal showers! My kids were quickly growing impatient, so I did a quick search online and found countless versions of the recipe, the majority containing peanut butter. I was somewhat intrigued by the addition of peanut butter, because my mom and grandma had never used it in their recipe and my children could sit and eat peanut butter right out of the jar! The cookies were a huge hit with my kids and husband--they're super easy and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine (I personally prefer margarine for this recipe!)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups dry quick-cooking oats
2 teaspoons vanilla


Add the first four ingredients into a 2 1/2 to 3 quart sauce pan. Bring to a rolling boil and continue to boil for 60-90 seconds. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter, oats and vanilla. Using a tablespoon, spoon onto waxed paper and allow to cool for approximately 2 hours. Store in refrigerator.

(Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies)

Source: slightly adapted from original recipe on www.food.com


  1. My daughter makes a similar recipe and they never failed to get gobbled up in short order!

  2. I wish I could have 4 days off from work to spend with my Indy, these looks great.

  3. "Preacher Cookies"--that's what my mother called them. When the preacher pulled into your driveway, they were quick enough to have on a plate by the time he rung your doorbell. Although that never happened at our house, we loved the name and the cookie. I made my mother's spaghetti sauce for our dinner tonight. And, adding another level of sweet memory--found your cookie recipe. Thanks! And thank you for the visit.


  4. Those look great! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. Cookies like these are loved wherever they are served. I really like this recipe and know all who ate one came back for seconds. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  6. These look so fantastic & easy!

  7. This is one of my favorite cookies. I love how its a cookie but still like candy. ;)

  8. I love these with the peanut butter addition. It really makes for a tasty treat. Yours look super. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-4.html