Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Our oldest sister learned to make these Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies in her Home Economics class in High School and taught the rest of the sisters how to make them. The cookies contain ingredients you probably already have on hand. Oatmeal, peanut butter, vanilla, sugar, and cocoa are combined to create a perfect, easy to make, no bake cookie!

The cookies are cooked on top of the stove so there is no need to heat up the house by turning on the oven. This was a good thing for us as we grew up in an old Victorian home built in the 1880’s and did not have central air conditioning. (See the “About Us” section of our blog for more information about our old house!) Once cooked, you drop the cookies by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Since our kitchen had countertops that wrapped around the whole room, we would have waxed paper lined up and down the countertops with cookies randomly dropped here and there on top of the waxed paper. Daddy got so tired of seeing waxed paper up and down out countertops that there was a time he enacted a “No Bake Cookie Ban” on these cookies! The ban was quickly lifted as once you taste these cookies, you will begin to crave them and will want to make them again and again!

1/2 cup Milk
2 cups Sugar
3 Tablespoons Cocoa
3 tablespoons Peanut Butter (smooth or chunky)
1/2 cup Butter
3 cups Oats
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, or make our Homemade Vanilla Extract by clicking here

In a soup pot, combine milk, sugar, cocoa, butter, and peanut butter.

I almost forgot to add the butter to my pan!

Keep stirring mixture until butter is melted and ingredients are combined.

Bring mixture to a rolling boil and boil 1 minute. Do not stir.

Remove from heat. Stir in oats.

Add vanilla extract and stir.

Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper. Drop the mixture by tablespoon onto waxed paper and let set. For a larger cookie, use a 1/8 measuring cup.

My cookies are laid out on my cookie sheet…time to lick the bowl as the chocolaty mixture is too good not to be scraped clean and eaten!

You can put the cookies in the refrigerator for 15 minutes for a quicker set.

Note: In humid weather the cookies won’t setup properly so we add a few more tablespoons of oatmeal to the mixture and cook 30 seconds longer. Refrigerating them also seems to help on a humid day. As kids, if they didn’t set, we just ate them with a spoon off the waxed paper…hmmm….maybe that’s why Daddy banned them….