Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day, so I thought it would be perfect to celebrate with these fudgy, chocolate, peanut butter oatmeal cookies that can be made with ingredients typically found in your pantry and cooked (from start to finish) in about 10 minutes. This video below, from the Food Network doesn’t demonstrate the proper technique for making these cookies at all. It’s funny to watch if you know how they’re really made. Read on for the proper technique!

I first learned this recipe in my 7th grade home economics class at Wicomico Junior High School in Maryland in 1983. I remember distinctly our teacher stressing two important factors in the preparation of these cookies. First, you must boil the mixture for exactly one minute. If you boil it for under a minute, the cookies won’t harden. If you boil it for longer than a minute, they will come out dry.

Well, to boil something for exactly one minute requires that you know exactly when to start counting. You need to know what “boiling” looks like. Is it when the bubbles to start to appear around the edge the pan? No. In this case, boiling means that there are bubbles all the way across the surface. Start your stopwatch then.

Once it’s boiled for one minute, then you add the oats, peanut butter and vanilla. It’s important to work quickly, because as it cools, it starts to harden into fudge and you want to have all of your spoonfuls onto the wax paper before it gets too hard.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
 
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No bake cookies!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup milk (you can use evaporated milk)
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan stir add the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Over medium-high heat, bring it to a boil, stirring to help the butter melt. Boiling means that there are bubbles all the way across the top of the liquid. Start your stopwatch now and boil it for exactly 1 minute. Remove from heat and quickly add the peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal and stir to combine.
  2. Working quickly, drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper. They will cool and harden within a few minutes. Voila. You're done!
Notes
You need wax paper!

 

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5 Responses to “Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies”

  1. July 28th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Vespino says:

    Made these tonight. Turned out perfect thanks to the instruction about boil time. Was a big success at a birthday party. Luckily I made a double batch and had some leftovers!

    I used Hershey’s unsweetened chocolate in big bar format (with the 1/2 oz. squares) and put the amount through my food processor to get it shredded so it melted faster.

    I used a large spoon to dollop the cookie blobs onto the wax paper which was on cookie sheets. Made about 25-27 large cookies (estimate). Put them in the fridge for about 20 min. and transferred over to rubbermaid containers w/ wax paper in them just fine. Transported immediately to the party and people were happy with them. Lots of food (and sweets) there so them eating half was a big compliment to me.

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. October 31st, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Sun says:

    Omg! The last time I had these was around 1975! My nanny used to make these & they were my favorite food on earth! I made them tonite and wow!! It’s them!! I was around 10 years old the last time I had them & they’re even better now! Thank you!!!!

  3. December 28th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Sarah says:

    Haven’t made these in years until I ran across your site a month ago. I made them three times this month. Once they did not quite get hard. I think I may have not boiled long enough as I considered them boiling before the entire pot was bubbly.

    Thanks for the awesome post!

  4. March 8th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Sarah says:

    I love no bakes! The boiling tip is definitely important otherwise you will end up with crystallized, crunchy cookies instead of the nice candy texture. I recently made these and added just a pinch of curry powder and cinnamon. It gave them a rather pleasant warm taste and they were a big hit. I posted the recipe over at my blog http://homemaker4allseasons.blogspot.com/2013/03/awesome-no-bake-cookies-with-surprise.html It is something interesting to try.

  5. September 26th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Top 10 Tasty No Bake Cookies says:

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