This is absolutely one of our favorite cookies because we always have the ingredients on hand and it’s just so easy. Last winter our oven stopped working, and this cookie recipe allowed me to continue having a sweet treat made up for my husband’s daily lunch box without resorting to purchasing pre-made stuff.
All you need for supplies is a big pot for the stove, a sturdy, long spoon and wax paper or freezer paper to dry them on. I use the big stainless steel pot that I cook spaghetti in and a wooden spoon. When I use wax paper, I first put down either newspaper or brown paper saved from packages and then lay the wax paper on top. This keeps the wax from sticking to the countertop, which is hard for me to scrub off.
This makes quite a few cookies, but you can alter the size of them depending on how big or small you want them. I use a cookie scoop, either a small or medium size, which makes it super easy to scoop out onto the paper. I have tried doubling this recipe since my pot is big enough, but the cookies don’t seem to set up well. So if I want a double batch, I just do the recipe twice.
These can be stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed container or in the refrigerator where they’ll last a bit longer.
Gina’s No-Bake Cookies
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 Tb cocoa
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups quick oats
- Add sugar, cocoa, butter, vanilla and milk to a large pan. Bring just to a rolling boil, stirring constantly as it gets hotter. Turn off the heat, and add the peanut butter and oats. Stir quickly to combine. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and let dry.
Just a note that obviously this is not a low-sugar recipe. I haven’t experimented with lowering the sugar for this recipe because I think it will change the texture of the cookies and possibly how well they dry, but it’s worth a try if you’re trying for less sugar.
If you don’t have quick oats on hand, you can use old-fashioned rolled oats and put them in the blender or food processor for a few seconds until they look the consistency of quick oats.
I’d love to hear if you try these cookies and what your family thinks of them! Post in the comments and also include any variations you try.