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No Bake Cookies to Make with Kids

Making no bake cookies with kids is fun

Making no bake cookies with kids is fun.

Dot and I enjoy baking, but nothing gets requested as often as these yummy, yummy no-bake cookies.  Despite the fact that there’s a fair amount of sugar and butter, I try to tell myself that it’s offset by the oats and peanut butter, for a cookie that’s not entirely horrible for us.

To make these no bake cookies, you will need:

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups minute oats


Ingredients for no bake cookie recipe

Ingredients for no bake cookie recipe

  • Start by putting the milk, butter, sugar, and cocoa into a saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture to boiling and let it boil for 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla.  (I put the peanut butter in first so it can melt before I add the oats.)
Boiling the no bake cookie mixture for 1 1/2 minutes is supposed to be the key to getting those to turn out just right.

Boiling the no bake cookie mixture for 1 1/2 minutes is supposed to be the key to getting these to turn out just right.

The mixture will be very hot, so I usually have Dot watch me as I scoop spoonfuls out onto wax paper.  She then “helps” by flattening them down with a spatula.

This recipe makes about 36 no bake cookies.

This recipe makes about 36 no bake cookies.

What I Learned the Hard Way: Every once in a while, I get a batch of these that won’t quite firm up.  I have yet to figure out why, exactly.  What I have learned, however, is that you can put them in the freezer to harden them up, and they’re still totally delicious.  (Seriously, even if they’re just piles of goo on the wax paper, they’re totally delicious.)


10 comments for “No Bake Cookies to Make with Kids”

  1. I’ve always heard (and followed the instructions) that you never ever want to try making these when it’s raining outside. Something about the humidity keeps them from setting up to the right consistency…also use just a pinch of salt…I’ve heard that makes a bit of difference as well.

    Posted by Sonya | January 19, 2011, 4:58 pm
  2. THe peanut butter is missing from the ingredients list.

    I am guessing 1/2 cup.

    Cute site. I heard of it through Business Opportunities Weblog.

    As a former preschool teacher (gifted and talented) I can relate! :)


    Posted by janita | January 20, 2011, 6:12 am
  3. I wish you didn’t have to use the stove. That way the kids and I could make them in class. Kind of like home economics. I know in High School we use to have home economics where you were taught to cook, sew, clean, etc.

    Posted by gail bingenheimer | January 20, 2011, 7:24 am
  4. Thanks so much for the feedback. I’ve updated the recipe above (even including peanut butter this time!) to one that seems to work out better for me. My daughter asks if we can make these all the time!

    Posted by Lorna Doone Brewer | January 21, 2011, 7:53 pm
  5. Great for my 3 kids aged 17, 14 and 11 – never too old for cooking!!!

    Posted by andrea ryan | January 24, 2011, 11:48 pm
  6. You can completely leave out the butter, I do. Make sure that the mixture is in a full, rolling boil for at least a minute (all the way across the pan) and it should ‘set’ the cookies so they aren’t gooey. I agree, though, they’re still delicious!

    Posted by Fatcat | February 9, 2011, 9:55 am
  7. this are so good

    Posted by someone | February 11, 2011, 6:55 pm
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