No-Bake Cookies: Are you melting?

These cookies can probably be traced back to Eve. My mom made these growing up and I always made them in college. There are many versions but this is actually my old roommate Lisa’s recipe. John made me promise years ago that I would only make these once a year since he can’t help himself from eating the whole batch. I’m always surprised when I find people who have never heard of them. If you’ve never heard of them, you are the LAST person to not have this recipe. No worries. Now you do!

In this last HOT month of summer I’ve had a lot of requests for No-Bake recipes so I added a label on the left for all of the recipes that don’t require you to turn your house into an oven. But between you and me, I’m not against using my oven even in these melting hot temperatures. My husband keeps our house at Arctic cold temperatures so the only way I can get a little warmth in my bones without blatantly turning up the thermostat is to turn on the oven. Shhh…it’s a secret.

No-Bake Cookies
Prep Time
21 hrs 59 mins
Cook Time
21 hrs 59 mins
Servings: 18 cookies
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Bring butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa to a boil for one minute. To make sure cookies set up properly wait until mixture comes to a complete FULL boil and then start the timer for one minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Add peanut butter, vanilla, and oats. Stir well and drop spoonfuls onto waxed paper or parchment paper. Let them set up and cool.
Recipe Notes
Source: Lisa Pouslen

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  1. i love these cookies! and i love your blog, i’m so happy i found it!

  2. this is the same recipe i have used fir years! it’s a great one! honestly, i have never met anyone who hasn’t had these…i guess they are a staple in my little world! i am like your husband, i want to eat the whole batch! i love them that much! yum! thanks for reminding me about these! i may make them today!!!

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  4. These cookies are the first cookies I ever learned to ‘bake’ all by my self when I was a ki! I love them but have not made them in years! I must change that quick!

  5. Yes I’m melting! And I made these a couple weeks ago. so good!

  6. My sister nick-named these “butt cookies” cuz we all know exactly where they settle! I try to make sure I have at least one ingredient missing at all times because they’re too easy to make and too easy to eat!!!

  7. We call those “do-do cookies”, but I’ve heard them called “cow patties”, too! They are excellent! An oldie but goodie.

  8. We always make our no-bake cookies with marshmallows instead of peanut butter because that’s how my husband always had them growing up. And they are so good! My husband and I have to practically sit on our hands to keep from eating them all after the kids go to bed!

    Here’s a link to our version:

  9. If you add a tablespoon of karo syrup in with the vanilla it keeps these cookies soft and moist for over a week!

  10. Well, don’t make these cookies when both John and I are around unless you make two batches, I cannot keep my hands off them either!

  11. I’m pretty sure I just whimpered at seeing a few of your delicious posts. Love the blog!

  12. These are very similar to my dad’s favorite cookies, but the recipe has 2 c. of flaked coconut added to the recipe. Yum! This recipe has been around for quite awhile, since they’ve been Dad’s favorite for 45+ years!

  13. My Dad taught me to make these!!! He also makes the butterscotch ones but the chocolate/peanut butter ones are my favorite!

  14. I wish I would have known about these over the summer (our sweltering 110-112 degree weather). I’ll have to save this recipe for then and to try now as well.

  15. WOW! this going to be good, I am not use in baking something and I want something like this one. Thanks Christy you are an angel.

  16. I haven’t thought about these cookies since I was a kid. I loved them then (1960’s) when I made them & now. Thanks for bringing them back to me !!!!

  17. Thank You for sharing this recipe, tried a couple others and were not so good. These are like my Mom used to make., just forgot to ask how before it was too late.

  18. Oh, thank you for this recipe. I’m ashamed it didn’t occur to me to check your website for this recipe first. I’ll blame the memory lapse on my pregnancy. I found some other random recipe, and they were terrible. Luckily, I decided not to add the cocoa to that batch, and those peanut butter no-bakes are now gracing the insides of the dog biscuit jar (my labs LOVED them). But in my desperate, pregnant state-of-mind (MUST HAVE NO-BAKES RIGHT NOW!!), I remembered your site and used your recipe. My taste buds are now satisfied, and once again, my husband is super-happy because of another winning recipe from your site! 🙂 Thank you!

  19. I’m pretty sure that most people I know are addicted to no-bake cookies, except the weird ones who don’t like chocolate and peanut butter combined. I think next time I make them I’m going to toss in a teaspoon of caramel extract just to have something a little different 🙂

  20. Has anyone tried making these with Almond Butter or another nut butter?