No bake cookies

Oh how I love my no bake cookies!  I like to tweak this recipe a bit by adding a bit more vanilla and peanut butter and a tad less cocoa.  Here is the old fashioned standard recipe for yummy no bake cookies!  Follow my instructions exactly (EXACTLY!!) and you’ll have the perfect No Bake Cookie!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups QUICK oats


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa. (HAVE YOUR OTHER INGREDIENTS MEASURED OUT AND READY NEARBY) Stir constantly and bring to a ROLLING boil. By rolling boil, I mean that the ENTIRE surface of the pan contents should be steadily bubbling. Once this begins, set your timer and boil for exactly ONE MINUTE, stirring the whole time.
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter until peanut butter is melted. Add quick oats and stir with a wooden spoon for about 2 minutes until the mixture begins to cool and thicken. Do NOT skimp on this step. Stirring for 2 minutes allows the oats to soften and cook just slightly in the hot liquid.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper and allow to firm and cool for an hour or so.