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Looking for easy no-bake cookies? Chocolate, oatmeal, peanut butter - what's not to love? This is my hubby's recipe. Try it - quick & easy & oh so yummy!

Easy no-bake cookies


Looking for easy no-bake cookies? Chocolate, oatmeal, peanut butter - what's not to love? This is my hubby's recipe. Try it - quick & easy & oh so yummy!

Looking for easy no-bake cookies? Chocolate, oatmeal, peanut butter – what’s not to love?

This is my hubby’s recipe, and he’s an awesome cook. Try it. It’s quick and easy and oh so yummy!

I wanted to share this recipe with you because it is quick and easy, and they taste so good! But, it was a challenge because my husband doesn’t follow a recipe, it’s all in his head, including the measurements. You know.  He uses a “dash” of salt and a kitchen spoon for adding the peanut butter.

So, I had him measure out his dashes and spoonfuls so we could get a recipe written down, and this is the yummy result. 🙂

Note: you will see he is the one doing everything in the pictures.  I’m just the photographer. Oh, and taste-tester!

No-bake cookies


Easy no-bake cookies. No-bake cookie ingredients

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1/2 c. (1 stick) of margarine

1/2 c. cocoa powder (I use Hersey’s)

2 c. sugar

1/2 c. milk

3 c. quick 1-minute oats (I use Quaker Oats)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/8 tsp. (or a dash) salt


Lay out a sheet of waxed paper on the counter for the finished cookies.

Melt the stick of butter in a 3 qt. pan over medium heat.

Easy no-bake cookies. Melt butter - no-bakes.

Stir the cocoa powder.

Easy no-bake cookies. Add cocoa powder.

Add sugar and milk. Whisk continuously.

Add milk - no-bake cookies

Bring to a rolling boil and then boil for 2 minutes, whisking continuously. This is what a rolling boil looks like:


Turn off the burner and take the pan off the heat.

Add peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.

Easy no-bake cookies. Add pnut butter vanilla salt to no-bake cookies

Put the pan back on the still warm burner, but do not turn the burner back on.

Add the oats.

Adding oats to no-bake cookies

Stir with teaspoon until thoroughly mixed.

Mixing no-bake cookies.

Drop the cookies by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the waxed paper to cool and harden, depending on the humidity about 10-20 minutes.

Drop no-bake cookies by rounded spoonfuls.

Makes about 30 cookies or 2 and a half dozen. Store in an airtight container.


Easy, yummy no-bake cookies

If you have never had no-bake cookies, do yourself a favor and try these! They are so easy and really, really yummy!

Let us know what you think!

~ Pam

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Author: Pam Hoepner

Hi I'm Pam, a seasoned homemaker with a husband, 3 teenagers, and a houseful of pets. I'm also a librarian and professional organizer (The Economical Organizer) who loves to share my hard-earned homemaking, DIY and organizing skills with others so you too can have a Life, Creatively Organized.

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