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Easy No Bake Cookies

Everyone loves cookies, and they're even better when they're easy to make. This recipe calls for just one pot - and no baking - so stir up a batch and enjoy!


This recipe was featured in 16 Easy Potluck Recipes, a compilation of the very best potluck recipes.  Check out the article for 15 other easy potluck recipes!

Preparation Time15 min


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 pound butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine sugar, butter, cocoa powder and milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and let the mixture boil a minute or so while stirring.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.
  4. When peanut butter has melted, add vanilla and oatmeal. 
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto waxed paper and let cool.

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I am going to try these cookie recipes for Christmas will let you know how they turn out thanks for this website

Have made these for years and family and friends love them.

i live in misissippi now and down here i cant get my cookie to set up at all... even a friends has problems too.. if any one lives in the south and knows how much longer or adds something extra to it PLEASE let me know... thanks..

cmeew 4744978: Thanks for sharing your helpful tips with our readers! Please feel free to post comments in the future. Thanks! Blair, editor for

I have used this recipe for years and I have found that if you boil the sugar, cocoa powder, margarine and milk for less than 2 minutes after bubbles are breaking the surface, they never really set up. You don't want to over boil either or they set up like rocks. The kids love to make these to take to gatherings. And no, you don't have to add peanut butter, and if you want a darker chocolate taste, you can increase the cocoa powder.

Do you know if the recipe turns out well using the powdered substitute sugars such as splend or stevia?

Junebug needs to look at the Chocolate No Bake Cookie which is #6 in the top Cookie Recipes. No peanut butter in it and its a no bake.

Do you have to add the peanut butter? Some of us can't have it, or don't like it.

the best ever!!

I like to add a teaspoon of cinnamon to mine! Yummy!!


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