These are like the no-bake cookies, but much better as a bar!

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
14
Yield:
14 bars
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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spray a 9x9 inch baking pan with non-aerosol cooking spray.

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  • Combine sugar, cocoa, milk and butter in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Stop stirring after the mixture starts boiling; allow it to boil for 2 minutes.

  • Remove mixture from heat and stir in oats, peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Spread mixture into the prepared pan. Cool and store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

299 calories; protein 5.2g; carbohydrates 42.1g; fat 13g; cholesterol 20mg; sodium 99.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2006
This recipe definitely hit the spot for my me (and the family). If you're new to it boiling the milk for two minutes without stirring seems extreme but it just makes the consistency a little bit more carmelly. I added an extra cup of oats and made these into cookies. Also I added the cocoa powder with the dry ingredients (I've tried both ways and this sets better). I used natural peanut butter (like an earlier reviewer) and found that letting it rest in the fridge for even an hour helped them set perfectly. For those who want to indulge immediately I agree that the consistency is gooey. Yummy either way!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/20/2011
Couldn't get this to set up and I was at the stove a long while stirring this. The picture doesn't really represent what this recipe looks like imo. Though the flavor is ok I won't be making it again. Read More
(2)
46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2006
This recipe definitely hit the spot for my me (and the family). If you're new to it boiling the milk for two minutes without stirring seems extreme but it just makes the consistency a little bit more carmelly. I added an extra cup of oats and made these into cookies. Also I added the cocoa powder with the dry ingredients (I've tried both ways and this sets better). I used natural peanut butter (like an earlier reviewer) and found that letting it rest in the fridge for even an hour helped them set perfectly. For those who want to indulge immediately I agree that the consistency is gooey. Yummy either way!! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2006
Outstanding! Did not have evaporated milk and used 1/4 c milk and 1 T honey. Boiling + stirring for long enough ensures that it will set. Solidified nicely in about 20 minutes. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2005
I've tried several of the recipes on this site for a no-bake choc/oat cookie and this is by far the best recipe I've tasted. Be sure and stir the mixture over MEDIUM heat so it has time to thicken before coming to a rolling boil. I used fat-free evaporated milk, old fashioned oats, and adam's natural creamy peanut butter and I'm really happy with how it came out. I think what makes this recipe so good is the evaporated milk instead of regular milk and the large amount of vanilla. I was worried about putting that much in but it made it taste soooo good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2007
I used natural peanut butter 1/2 cup less sugar than called for added 2 tbsps extra cocoa and substituted quinoa flakes for the oats. The results set up great and were enjoyed by all. Next time I will use less butter because the bars came out a tad on the greasy side. No bake in bar form is definitely the way to go. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2005
I can't really rate these because they never set up properly for me. It could be me though. I followed the directions even the 2 min. boiling time without stirring which I thought was wierd. Could it be because I used natural PB? (It just contains no sugar and no hydrogenated oils). Help! I've attempted to make a few similar recipes for no-bake cookies and in the past 5 years they've only turned out once for me. (And I used to make these all the time in junior high and high school and they always turned out!) They didn't harden up correctly. Since they're in the fridge they are firm but not the right texture. They stayed goopy. They'll be fine heated up in the mircorwave but not what I was wanting! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2008
Tastes like a chocolate oatmeal PB fudge. YUM! I stirred in about 3/4 cup of milk chocolate chips just before putting mix into pan for a little extra chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2012
Very good!! Even with a few substitutions they came out great! (I had only 6 tbsp butter & used 2% milk.) The suggestion to stir on med heat until the sugar dissolved was a big help. Family loved them. So easy so good and so going into my dessert rotation. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2011
These bars were delicious! They were quite sweet and I even reduced the sugar! I highly recommend this recipe. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2011
My co-workers couldn't get enough! I brought breakfast and this was the first to go. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/20/2011
Couldn't get this to set up and I was at the stove a long while stirring this. The picture doesn't really represent what this recipe looks like imo. Though the flavor is ok I won't be making it again. Read More
(2)
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