Sunday, September 19, 2010

Using your Food Storage: No-Bake Cookies

OK, so they're not exactly exotic, but No-Bake Cookies taste great and use a ton of food storage ingredients. And if the power goes out, I'll still be able to prepare this easy treat on my cooktop.

My mother-in-law's recipe is the best I've ever tried. The one my Mom used while I was growing up tended to be finicky about weather and humidity. This one always turns out great regardless of the barometer. I like to use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy for extra peanutty goodness.

No-Bake Cookies

2 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1/2 c. milk (or powdered milk, reconstituted according to directions)
1 stick butter (I keep pounds of butter in my freezer at all times.)

Mix together the above ingredients in a large saucepan and let come to a boil. Remove from heat and add:

1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. peanut butter
3 c. quick oatmeal (It's not very good with regular rolled oats.)

Stir together and drop on waxed paper in whatever size dollops you prefer. Allow to cool and then enjoy.


  1. Oh my goodness!!!

    I can't wait to try these myself -- they look just wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe :-)

  2. UPDATE: My daughter made these yesterday ... which means that our family now has a New Favorite Treat!

  3. That's the same as my recipe--they so are so good! I especially like them stored in the fridge. It makes them taste like fudge!

  4. My mom has made a version of this for at least 35 years -- the only difference is that instead of peanut butter, she uses half a bag of flaked or shredded coconut. It's always been my favorite! I'll have to try your recipe, since I do love peanut butter & chocolate together.

  5. I Followed the directions to this recipe but mines turned out so mushy! Is that how it's suppose to be??

    1. I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble with these cookies. No, they are not supposed to be mushy. They crystallize as they cool and hold their shape.

      I have two possible guesses as to what happened. One, if you over-cooked them, it could affect the texture. Two, is it humid where you are? Sometimes humidity can mess with recipes like this.