No Bake Cookies

I married the cookie monster and then gave birth to eight little cookie monsters. Seriously, it is a sad, sad day when our cookie jar is empty.

One year we read the Little House series aloud as a family. My girls loved all of the books, but my boys were pretty much only enamored with Farmer Boy.

You know why?

Because it’s all about food. It goes on and on about the stacks and stacks of pancakes dripping with fresh butter and hot, homemade maple syrup they ate for breakfast, and all the sweet, juicy pies, chewy cookies and tender cakes Almonzo’s mom made.

The Wilder family basked in the pretty much daily glow of hot, homemade donuts, and apparently Mrs. Wilder never let the donut jar get empty. That was my boys’ favorite part.

They decided right then and there that we needed a donut jar and it needed to be kept full. 

Have you noticed that this isn’t exactly a recipe blog? Much to the hub’s consternation, I find little joy in cooking. A donut jar was not going to become a thing in my household.

But I do try to keep the cookie jar full, or at least not empty.

It’s a big job, what with living with the cookie monster and all!

These rich, chewy (and super duper easy!) no-bake cookies are my go to during the summer, when I can’t bring myself to turn the stove on. Really, though, they’re great any time of year, and they’re pretty easy on the wallet.

Rich, Chewy No-Bake Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick oats (don’t use old fashioned oats)



  1. Line two baking sheets with waxed paper or parchment paper.
  2. In a large saucepan combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until your mixture reaches a rolling boil.Allow mixture to boil 1 minute without stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and add in vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats. Old-fashioned oats work well, too, but your cookies will have a different texture. I prefer the texture with the quick oats.
  5. Stir mixture until well combined, then drop mixture onto lined baking sheets. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.
  6. Allow to cool at room temperature until set, about 30 minutes, or refrigerate to speed up cooling.


No Bake Cookies


No Bake Cookie Cost Breakdown:

butter $1
sugar $0.30
cocoa $0.40
milk $0.20
peanut butter $0.50
oats $0.25

total cost about 11 cents per cookie


I hope these yummy no-bake cookies will help you keep your little cookie monsters happy, too!

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