Our oldest sister learned how to make these Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies in her Home Economics class in High School and they quickly became one of our favorite cookies as we were growing up. They are so easy to make and we always had these ingredients on hand. The cookies are cooked on top of the stove so we didn’t have to heat up the house by turning the oven on, which was ideal in the hot summer months where temperatures hovered over 100 degrees daily for us in North Texas.
Once you cook the cookies, you drop them by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. We had cabinets in our old house that wrapped around the kitchen. We would literally have wax paper lined up and down every inch of our countertops with chocolate cookies randomly dropped here and there. Daddy would get so frustrated with us; at one point he banned these cookies as he didn’t like entering the kitchen to find every surface covered in wax paper and cookies! He quickly lifted the ban, however, as we all began eating them!
Today I found myself craving these cookies. It is going to rain today which means it is a humid day. That isn’t always the best day to make them as they sometimes don’t fully set. Because of this, I added 1/4 cup more oats and after scooping the mixture out onto wax paper lined cookie sheets, I popped them in the refrigerator to fully set. As kids they didn’t last that long…if they didn’t set up and remained soft, we would eat them with a spoon if they were too soft to be picked up with our hands!
1/2 cup Milk
2 cups Sugar
3 tablespoons Cocoa
3 tablespoons Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Butter
3 cups Oats
1 teaspoon Vanilla – Try our Homemade Vanilla recipe by clicking here!
Combine milk, sugar, cocoa, butter, and peanut butter together in a saucepan.
Stir ingredients together and turn up your heat.
Bring to a rolling boil, stop stirring despite your urge to do so, and set your timer for 60 seconds.
Remove mixture from heat.
Stir in Oats.
Stir in Vanilla.
Drop by tablespoon full onto waxed paper and let set. If you are impatient for them to set, you can place them in the refrigerator to harden.