No Bake Cookies are our all time favorite family favorite cookie! I remember growing up going on a vacation to Grandma’s house and watching her make these cookies. When they were being placed on the wax paper Grandpa always seemed to time it right and come into the kitchen at that time. He took a knife and carefully hit each cookie HE was going to eat to flatten it. I still don’t know why he did that, but apparently he preferred them flat.
The first step is to melt the butter, sugar and milk in a saucepan. When it brings to a boil time 60 seconds. This is the most crucial part of the recipe. If you boil it too long the cookies will end up crumbly. If you boil it too short the cookies will be too runny and never set up. Altitude is a huge factor as well. At sea level elevations I cook it a few seconds longer. With coil burners I pulled the pan off at 58 seconds. With my now glass top I cook it 60 seconds. It may take a few tries to get the timing perfect. No matter what it still is edible and delicious whether you are eating it out of the pan because it is too runny or if you wait for them to set up.
After boiling for about 60 seconds it is time to move. Add in the cocoa, peanut butter and vanilla. Stir it quickly until smooth, or almost smooth. Add in the oats (quick oats are the best) and stir it until combined. When I made these cookies the first time for Little Chef Daddy he had no clue they were supposed to be scooped out on wax paper. His family would make these cookies and then eat them out of the pan! There were LOTS of spoons in that pan! The cookie never had a chance of getting to the wax paper!
Little Chef C scooped out the hot cookie with a small cookie scoop. We prefer the mini scoop because it is better for portion control and small mouths. In fact this is the only scoop we own, we use it for everything. Do you notice her cute Flirty Apron? This is the exact one for our giveaway. Enter here if you have not already!
After ALMOST all the cookies are scooped out the pan is free for the taking. We have to leave a little in the pan for the fun of it! Lots of spoons magically appear to clean the pan! Someone always gets the spoon and the scoop to lick as well!
You can flatten your cookies just like Grandpa preferred them!
These are not only a Family Favorite, but a great go to cookie. They are super quick to make and set up (if you cook them right). My Little Chefs have no problem making these cookies. In fact, we make them so much Little Chef A has the recipe memorized!
- 1 cube butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 4 Tablespoons cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups quick oats
- In a saucepan combine butter, milk, sugar.
- Bring to a boil and cook for 60 seconds.
- Add peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla and oats.
- Scoop out onto wax paper and allow to dry.