Easy, no-bake cookies.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix butter or margarine, cocoa, sugar, milk, and salt together in saucepan. Boil for 1 minute.

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  • Stir in oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow to cool and harden.

Nutrition Facts

231.4 calories; 4 g protein; 33.9 g carbohydrates; 14.1 mg cholesterol; 91.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2008
These came out great and my boys love em' too! I only had a half stick of butter on hand so I used 1/4 cup shortening as well. For those that were finding they were to runny make sure you boil the full minute and then after all ingredients are mixed in I stirred them in the pot for a little while to help the "dough" cool and harden a bit as they were runny until they cooled a little in the pot. Then drop them on your wax paper they should form great at that point. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/15/2009
This is my second no bake cookie recipe I've tried and the same result. When cooling they did not harden like they are suppose to. No sure what I am doing wrong. I followed both recipes to the "T". Does anyone have any suggestions? Read More
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152 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 106
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2008
These came out great and my boys love em' too! I only had a half stick of butter on hand so I used 1/4 cup shortening as well. For those that were finding they were to runny make sure you boil the full minute and then after all ingredients are mixed in I stirred them in the pot for a little while to help the "dough" cool and harden a bit as they were runny until they cooled a little in the pot. Then drop them on your wax paper they should form great at that point. Read More
(53)
Rating: 2 stars
12/15/2009
This is my second no bake cookie recipe I've tried and the same result. When cooling they did not harden like they are suppose to. No sure what I am doing wrong. I followed both recipes to the "T". Does anyone have any suggestions? Read More
(95)
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2008
These came out great and my boys love em' too! I only had a half stick of butter on hand so I used 1/4 cup shortening as well. For those that were finding they were to runny make sure you boil the full minute and then after all ingredients are mixed in I stirred them in the pot for a little while to help the "dough" cool and harden a bit as they were runny until they cooled a little in the pot. Then drop them on your wax paper they should form great at that point. Read More
(53)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
The only thing I changed in the recipe was using creamy peanut butter vs. crunchy. It is a great fast remedy for that feeling of "I-gotta-have-chocolate-quick-or-I'm-gonna-hurt-someone"!!! haha Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2010
I've been making these cookies since I was a little girl (we always called them 3 minute or No Bake cookies). I also use creamy peanut butter and I sometimes immediately pour the mixture into a 13x9 pan (lightly greased) to make bar cookies instead of the drop cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2008
I've tried a few of these recipes and this was the only one that turned out like it was supposed to. I also used creamy peanut butter instead of the crunchy. The whole family loves these treats. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2010
This recipe is wonderful. Years ago I made the ones that you cook for 3 minutes with that recipe sometimes they would harden and sometimes they would not. But once I started using this recipe I have never had a problem with them setting up. I do use evaporated milk in mine an most of the time I use creamy peanut butter. Every once in a while I will add i cup chopped pecans and/or 1/2 cup coconut to this recipe. You can cook for about 20 seconds longer but i minute should be perfect. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! For thr oatmeal if you use anything but the quick cooking (1 minute kind) they will not taste right. The rolled oats will make them tough with a cardboard taste. Rolled oats are great but just not for these cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
I had been looking for the recipe for months and I was glad to find it. They turned out wonderful just like the ones my aunt used to make when I was little. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2011
Only change in ingredients I made was using creamy peanut butter. I wasn't sure when to start timing my minute - when you first start seeing bubbles or when it's boiling rapidly....so I started when I first started seeing bubbles and cooked it 1 minute 20 seconds. I also followed a previous reviewers suggestion of letting the mixture set up in the pot before dropping them on was paper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2011
I have loved these cookies since I was a child and now my littles are loving them! The key to these cookies setting up right is to bring them to a rolling boil and then begin the timer for 1 minute. I boil them for 2 minutes up here in the Rocky Mts. FYI-they are called Preacher cookies because you can whip them up pretty quick when the preacher calls for an unexpected visit:) Read More
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