No-Bake Cookies

My mom used to make no-bake cookies for us to take in our sack lunches when I was a kid.  I loved them. Since she isn’t around to show me how to make them, I went looking online for a recipe.  I assumed it would be a simple matter to find the same recipe, or at least one close enough to satisfy my craving.

You know what happens when you assume.

Every recipe I found had peanut butter in it.  Now I may not have paid attention to cooking time and measurements, but I was sure of one thing:  Mom never contaminated those cookies with peanut butter.  I love peanut butter, but I’ve had no-bake cookies with peanut butter in them, and they don’t hold a candle to the ones that my mom made.

I mentioned to my sister one day that I’d sure like to make some no-bake cookies, but I had no recipe, and no idea how they were made.  She replied “Oh, I know how to make them”.  I may have suggested that she hang up the phone immediately and get busy making some, and while she was at it, write down the directions.

Because I’d hate to see such a rare treasure lost forever, here is the recipe:

Mom’s No-Bake Cookies

4 cups quick oats
7 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 stick margarine or butter
2/3 cup milk
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla

Mix the oatmeal and cocoa in a large bowl and set aside:

Combine margarine, milk and sugar in a sauce pan and stir constantly over medium heat until it comes to a boil.

When it begins to boil and foam, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
Pour into oatmeal mixture and mix thoroughly.

With a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop onto waxed paper and allow to cool. This part isn’t strictly necessary. I’ve been known to just start eating with a spoon when no-one’s looking.

Makes about 24 cookies.

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5 Responses to No-Bake Cookies

  1. Michelle says:

    These look yummy and perfect to make year round. I love the old time trusted recipies. Thanks for sharing!

  2. pookiesmom says:

    Mel’s sister, here – you won’t regret making these! If you don’t have quick oats, they work just fine with the old fashioned ones, too.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Just made these with my kiddos (using carob rather than cocoa: Lent!) and they are a hit! Thanks for sharing. I love that they’re simple enough the children can do most of the measuring. Not so many ingredients they get overwhelmed or bored before they’re done.

  4. Making these today–missed you guys!

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