Earlier this week I made these classic no-bake cookies for the first time in years. If you know these cookies, odds are you completely love them. If you don’t know these cookies, you’re missing out on some of the best (and easiest) cookies around. I used to devour so many of these cookies when we’d travel to West Virginia during the summer to visit my grandparents. My grandma and my uncle would make dozens of no-bake cookies and they would be dessert all summer long. I can’t bake or eat these cookies now without thinking of those long summer days of old.
I had a craving for them last week but was out of cocoa (we’ve been drinking a lot of hot cocoa this winter). I finally braved the winter storm (and icy roads) to head out to Kroger and pick up unsweetened cocoa for no reason other than to make a big batch of these cookies. They are the simplest thing in the world and oh-so-good.
You can use a cookie scoop or shape the cookies into perfect circles if you want to but I never want to. Part of the joy of these cookies for me is that you just drop, cool, and eat. If they are a little misshapen and uneven, well, all the better. My grandma never made them perfect circles and I’m not going to either. Besides, they won’t last longer than a day or two (at best).
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups quick-cooking oats
- Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside for quick dropping after the ingredients are prepared.
- Combine butter, sugar, milk, and unsweetened cocoa powder in a large saucepan over medium heat until the butter is melted and all ingredients are well-blended. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 1-minute, stirring occasionally. Use your cell phone or kitchen timer for this step as precision is important.
- Remove the saucepan from heat then stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until the peanut butter is melted and well-blended.
- Add the oats and stir until the oats are fully covered with the peanut butter / cocoa mixture.
- Drop spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Shape as desired.
- Allow cookies to cool for 15 - 20 minutes before serving.
Have you ever had these classic no-bake cookies before? Any other favorite no-bake recipes to recommend?