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Oatmeal Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

oatmeal-no-bakeI had a craving. I couldn’t find my moms recipe (which was grandmas) so I had no choice but to use a recipe I found in my mother-in-laws church cookbook. I wasn’t thrilled with how these cookies turned out. They were flat and thin (runny batter I suppose) whereas my mothers recipe makes for fat thick cookies. Either way, kiddo and I had fun making them (and eating them). They turned out somewhat pretty on the camera and I was able to freeze some for the next time I had a full-fat chocolate peanut butter craving.


Because I was not sure how natural peanut butter would turn out (mom never used that growing up. Did they even have that when I was a kid? I don’t think so.) I just used plain jane creamy cheapy peanut butter. Hey. Don’t judge. I said these were full on fat junky peanut butter old fashioned church cookbook recipe. I didn’t? Well, it was hidden between the lines. Can’t tell you what cookbook, church, city or all that. Yanno, gotta protect my identity and stuff. However, original recipe credit goes to Joyce Rick.  I did make a few modifications to try to bring the calorie count down a little bit. Not calorie friendly, but still not prepackaged. It’s a little bit of a win 😉

Oatmeal Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Chrystal M. @YUM eating
Adapted from an original recipe by Joyce Rick
4.50 from 2 votes
Course Dessert


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 skim milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp real vanilla
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 3 cups oatmeal


  • Bring the sugar, cocoa, butter and skim milk to a boil.
  • Continue to boil the mixture for 1 and 1/2 minutes.
  • Add real vanilla, peanut butter, and oatmeal to the mixture.
  • Cook for 1 minute when it starts to boil. Does not have to be brought to a rolling boil.
  • Stir and spoon on to wax paper.
  • Cookies will harden as they cool.
  • Transfer to refrigerator for quicker set time.
  • Best when left overnight.



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  1. 4 stars
    I used to have these all the time growing up. This was my dad’s favorite cookie so we had a lot of them. Grandma’s were all flat and kind of runny too.

    1. I was just talking to my mom about these today. She says the reason hers are so thick and dense is because of the butter she uses. I made some mental notes. I prefer the way my mom makes them.

  2. Usually, when they come out runny and thin, that means that they didn’t boil long enough! I never cook mine a second time! I make them all the time (well not anymore, diet and that jazz)!

    1. They weren’t really runny. I use a timer to boil per instructions. In this particular recipe book I used there were 5 different recipes for the same cookies! Gosh! Who knew drop cookies could be made so many different ways.
      I’m not sure about the ‘cooking a second time’ part.
      I did get my moms recipe and how she makes them just the way I like them. I’ll be making those soon. I can’t make these often because of my own path to weight loss. But with the holidays coming a treat will be in order I am sure!

  3. I cant recall ever having no bake cookies like this which is a sham considering my mom was a chef lol. But i do know what my boyfriend will get to make for me sometime this month while I am sleeping

    1. There you go! They are so easy to make. I wonder why your mom didn’t make them. When I was younger it seemed like everyone was making them. Now I see them in the stores and laugh. I should have made them when I was younger and marketed them to stores!

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