These cookies are a secret family recipe. Except that it’s apparently not so secret because you are just a google search of “no bake cookies” away from finding some version of this recipe online. Our family’s version comes from one of my mom’s friends from high school, given to us at her bridal shower. Thank you, anonymous friend, for many great batches of cookies and great family memories.
I have distinct memories of many Saturday nights when my mom would suddenly turn to me and say Ï want some no foolin’ cookies” (do not pronounce the g in fooling for these babies). Upon hearing these words, we’d quickly get to work mixing up a batch of these babies. Once finished, we’d then proceed to eat them standing up over the cookie sheets.
These cookies are made from pantry staples- oats, cocoa powder, sugar, and peanut butter. They are devoured instantly in house. So addictive and so delicious. There is no conceivable reason as to why you are not making these right now.
2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup salted butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Measure out oats, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and milk. Add butter. Place pan over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves, about 3-5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a hard boil. Hard boil for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat.
Mix in peanut butter until fully incorporated. Add in vanilla extract and oats. Mix together. Quickly spoon mixture on to baking sheet. Allow to cool at room temperature and set, about 15-25 minutes . Store in air tight container.
Makes 12-18 cookies.