No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies

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!

No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies


  • 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


  1. In a saucepan combine butter, milk, sugar.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook for 60 seconds.
  3. Add peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla and oats.
  4. Scoop out onto wax paper and allow to dry.



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32 Replies to "No Bake Cookies"

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    Pamela June 18, 2012 (4:31 am)

    We make a no bake cookie just like this, they are so good! Thanks for sharing.

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    allisamazing June 18, 2012 (6:40 am)

    These are one of our family favorites as well!

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    Lisa June 18, 2012 (7:11 am)

    I don't know why I've never made these! I think the boiling intimidates me, but I definitely need to get the courage to try them!

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    The Budget Diet June 18, 2012 (8:03 am)

    Whenever we're craving cookies, we make some similar to these because the ingredients are pantry staples that we always have on hand. I still would love for you to write a guest post with tips for cooking with kids!

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    Perspective Parenting June 18, 2012 (8:20 am)

    We are just starting the summer letting the kids cook more, so they will surely enjoy this one. And not having to bake in the summer is an even bigger bonus. They sound delicious.

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    ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R June 18, 2012 (11:34 am)

    so yummy and EZ to do!

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    Five Little Chefs June 18, 2012 (11:49 am)

    The boiling is the hard part. The good thing is no matter if you got it "right" or not it is still good to eat! So in that way it is a no fail recipe!

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    Five Little Chefs June 18, 2012 (11:50 am)

    Thanks for the offer. I would love to write a guest post. I'll email you!

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    Joy June 18, 2012 (12:56 pm)

    I LOVE no bake cookies too! My problem: always burning my tongue. Could never wait until they set fully!

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    Etcetorize June 18, 2012 (1:03 pm)

    Yummmmm, these are my all time favourite cookies ever! So funny that your husbands family ate them out of the pot. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

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    futurehope June 18, 2012 (1:36 pm)

    Those look so yummy!!!

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    Leslie June 18, 2012 (3:42 pm)

    These are one of my very favorite cookies! Thanks for the invite to your Thursday link party. I will be sure to join in! I am also your newest follower and would love it if you followed me back! Your blog is just darling, btw. 🙂

    Leslie ~

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    Tricia June 18, 2012 (4:03 pm)

    I LOVE no-bakes! Need to make some of these…soon!!!! 🙂

    Visiting from etcetorize.

    PS – I'm hosting my 1st giveaway this week…please stop by and enter!

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    Heather Lynne June 19, 2012 (5:17 am)

    These are the perfect cookie to make with kids because they can help with just about all the steps. Also, who doesn't like a no bake cookie?

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    leigh June 19, 2012 (6:30 am)

    I agree – the perfect cookie so kids can help! YUM….
    I'm going on a family vacation and this would be a great recipe to do with the kids.

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    Five Little Chefs June 19, 2012 (8:26 pm)

    Very true. Baking in the summer makes the entire house so hot!

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    Five Little Chefs June 19, 2012 (8:27 pm)

    We have that problem. At least half are gone before they really set. At least I know they are loved here!

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    Five Little Chefs June 19, 2012 (8:28 pm)

    The first time I put them on wax paper he thought I was crazy. You are supposed to do that?! Then he told me what his family did and I thought they were crazy!

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    Five Little Chefs June 19, 2012 (8:28 pm)

    Thanks so much. Can't wait to see what you've been up to!

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    Five Little Chefs June 19, 2012 (8:31 pm)

    Thanks for visiting. I just followed you and entered your giveaway!

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    Five Little Chefs June 19, 2012 (8:31 pm)

    Anything the kids can help with in the kitchen is a winner to me!

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    Five Little Chefs June 19, 2012 (8:32 pm)

    We pack these on vacation for a snack in the car! 🙂 We also get requests to make it at family members homes while we are visiting!

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    Kelli Becton June 19, 2012 (8:49 pm)

    Thank you for sharing with Kids in the Kitchen!!!

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    Onellyantie Chuah June 19, 2012 (10:05 pm)

    those cookies look so yummy! Thanks for sharing this =D

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    Happy Whimsical Hearts June 19, 2012 (10:33 pm)

    Yumo! These sound fantastic (mmm they are making me hungry) ~ thanks for sharing at Happy Family Times!

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    Coombe Mill June 20, 2012 (3:59 am)

    I am a fan of simple recipes like this with the kids, so easy for them to join in!

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    Michelle @ Changed By The Maker June 20, 2012 (3:47 pm)

    I'm with your husband's family — eat them right out of the pan! Thanks for sharing at Make Life Meaningful Monday!

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    Crafty Mischief June 22, 2012 (2:52 pm)

    These look so yummy! No bake? Even better! Can't wait to try them with my kiddos!

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    Betsy Pool June 23, 2012 (2:48 pm)

    No bake cookies are the best!! I love the apron! 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up at Romance on a dime. Hope to see you next Tuesday.

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    fjkelly June 23, 2012 (8:57 pm)

    These look great and I'd love to try them, but what is a "cube" of butter?


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    Five Little Chefs June 24, 2012 (6:18 pm)

    1 cube = 1/2 cup butter
    Thanks for asking!

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    Courtney G July 4, 2012 (4:07 pm)

    I love no bake cookies! Thanks for linking up on Fit & Fabulous!

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