No Bake Cookies

As I write this post, I am spending the week with my husband, children and all of my husband’s family in a cabin in the mountains of beautiful East Tennessee.  We are in a really cute cabin in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area for about 5 days.   With 16 adults and 4 babies/toddlers here under one roof, someone is always eating!

d94fbc3a-44da-4c39-9adb-d63dc885304f.1.6With so many of us, my sister in-law and I made several goodies to be shared by the group. I brought Cookies & Cream Bars, Best Ever Blueberry Muffins, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and these No Bake Cookies.  This recipe isn’t anything new or creative, but remains a favorite of my children.  In the past, I always dropped them by the spoonful onto wax paper for them to firm up in a cookie shape.  These days, I use a 9×13 dish, let them cool, and then cut them into bars.  It’s quicker and easier than dropping them.  I learned that little trick from some of those great cafeteria ladies that I used to work with in Kentucky!

no bake 004Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups uncooked quick oats


Put sugar, butter, cocoa, and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Take off stove and add peanut butter and vanilla, mixing well.

Add oats, stirring well.

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan or drop by the spoonful onto wax paper.