No Bake Cookies to Make with Kids

Making no bake cookies with kids is fun

Making no bake cookies with kids is fun.

Dot and I enjoy baking, but nothing gets requested as often as these yummy, yummy no-bake cookies.  Despite the fact that there’s a fair amount of sugar and butter, I try to tell myself that it’s offset by the oats and peanut butter, for a cookie that’s not entirely horrible for us.

To make these no bake cookies, you will need:

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups minute oats


  • Start by putting the milk, butter, sugar, and cocoa into a saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture to boiling and let it boil for 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla.  (I put the peanut butter in first so it can melt before I add the oats.)

The mixture will be very hot, so I usually have Dot watch me as I scoop spoonfuls out onto wax paper.  She then “helps” by flattening them down with a spatula.

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What I Learned the Hard Way: Every once in a while, I get a batch of these that won’t quite firm up.  I have yet to figure out why, exactly.  What I have learned, however, is that you can put them in the freezer to harden them up, and they’re still totally delicious.  (Seriously, even if they’re just piles of goo on the wax paper, they’re totally delicious.)

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Lorna Doone Brewer is a freelance writer, also known as the Queen Bee. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest with three spirited daughters and a wildly outnumbered husband.

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  1. Fatcat

    You can completely leave out the butter, I do. Make sure that the mixture is in a full, rolling boil for at least a minute (all the way across the pan) and it should ‘set’ the cookies so they aren’t gooey. I agree, though, they’re still delicious!

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    Lorna Doone Brewer

    Thanks so much for the feedback. I’ve updated the recipe above (even including peanut butter this time!) to one that seems to work out better for me. My daughter asks if we can make these all the time!

  3. gail bingenheimer

    I wish you didn’t have to use the stove. That way the kids and I could make them in class. Kind of like home economics. I know in High School we use to have home economics where you were taught to cook, sew, clean, etc.

  4. janita

    THe peanut butter is missing from the ingredients list.

    I am guessing 1/2 cup.

    Cute site. I heard of it through Business Opportunities Weblog.

    As a former preschool teacher (gifted and talented) I can relate! 🙂


  5. Sonya

    I’ve always heard (and followed the instructions) that you never ever want to try making these when it’s raining outside. Something about the humidity keeps them from setting up to the right consistency…also use just a pinch of salt…I’ve heard that makes a bit of difference as well.

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