No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cocoa No-bakesThis is a re-post, and is by far my most popular contribution to potlucks.  They take 5 minutes to prepare, and must sit for about 1 hour to harden.  Quick and awesome.  Today, I made them as “I am sorry my psycho Jack Russell TerrOR tried to annihilate your cat” cookies for my dear neighbor.  Couldn’t find a card for the occasion, so why not chocolate. Guess who is in the doghouse.  O.k., not really.  He is impossible for me to stay mad at.  At least it wasn’t a skunk this time.



  • 1 cup milk


  • 2 sticks butter


  • 4 cups sugar


  • 1 cup peanut butter (i use crunchy)


  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 6 cups Quick Oats


  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


(the above measurements make a mountain of cookies – depending on how you size them when you drop them on wax paper, about 70. You can halve the recipe if you don’t need that many, but in my experience, they disappear like magic)!


  • Put 1st three ingredients in sauce pan and heat to a rolling boil, while stirring. When it comes to a rolling boil, wait onc minute and remove from heat. While waiting for that to boil, combine remaining ingredients in mixing bowl. After removing the saucepan from heat, pour in dry ingredients and stir until mixed. Line counter tops with wax paper and drop mixture into dallops onto the paper. Let stand until cookies harden. Usually about 1 hour.


Note: If cookies don’t set up, you didn’t let them boil at a roll for a full minute. If they are too dry, you let them boil too long.


Let me know if you have questions.

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