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Rating: 4.54 stars
120 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 92
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 7

The best no-bake chocolate cookies. They're not dry and gritty. It's the best!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

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  • Bring sugar, milk, margarine, and cocoa powder to a boil in a large saucepan for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in oats, peanut butter, and vanilla extract until dough is evenly mixed.

  • Drop tablespoonfuls of dough on prepared baking dish and let rest until cooled and set, about 50 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For crispy cookies, substitute 2 cups quick-cooking oats and 2 cups crispy rice cereal for 3 cups oats.

Nutrition Facts

165 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 23.3g; fat 7.3g; cholesterol 0.4mg; sodium 71.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2013
YUM. I did add coconut (1 cup) and used butter instead of margarine. They set up better with butter. (let's face it everything's better with butter):) These are always a hit. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2014
They never hardened just syrupy-like and mushy. cant get them off the wax paper without falling apart. Read More
(11)
120 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 92
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2013
YUM. I did add coconut (1 cup) and used butter instead of margarine. They set up better with butter. (let's face it everything's better with butter):) These are always a hit. Read More
(48)
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2016
You MUST use STICK BUTTER OR MARGARINE with this recipe and not tub butter. Only stick butter keeps the cookies firm. Tub butter is too soft and won't let the cookies set up! You also need to make sure you boil the mixture for no less than 1 minute until the chocolate mixture has a shiny look to it and not dull. AND you have to be really quick getting the mix out of the pan and onto the wax paper or else it will start to "set up" on you and will end up breaking apart in the pan. This is a simple recipe but it does have some quirks that you should be aware of to get them to turn out their best! I've made these cookies for years and years and can honestly admit that the first time I made them I used tub butter and the "cookies" had to be scraped off the wax paper. The stick butter not only makes these cookies firm but it also gives them the dense fudge type texture that makes them so delicious. Waiting for them to completely cool rather than eating them warm also adds to the wonderful taste and texture of this cookie. I'm not a great chef but I can make these in my sleep and they are wonderful!!! Read More
(32)
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2013
These remind me of my childhood and it was the one thing we cooked with my dad!! However, our family called them "goat drops". I know... Disgusting, but we loved them and had no idea Dad meant droppings! My only recommendation is they are a bit on the sweet side. Hard to taste the peanut butter. I halved the sugar and added an extra 1/4 c. of peanut butter. It's perfect for us and like some of the other reviewers said, it's a very forgiving recipe on ingredients!! Thanks for sharing this. My kids love it and we now share a bit more of my history and traditions! Read More
(31)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2015
These are the best no bake cookies that I have ever made; they came out perfect and I did not make any changes to the recipe! I will add a few tips: 1: the recipe is forgiving meaning your measurements do not have to be exact 2: bring the mixture to a boil stirring very frequently until it boils and then once a rolling boil starts begin timing 90 seconds. When you get to 10 seconds remove from heat continuing to stir. 3: stir in the peanut butter until it mixes thoroughly and THEN add the oatmeal in small pirtions stirring thoroughly after each addition. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2013
These turned out great! My three year old helped make them and there wasnt a lot of exact measuring involved. This recipe is very forgiving! We were both very impatient for them to cool so I stuck them in the fridge and they turned out great! Read More
(13)
Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2014
They never hardened just syrupy-like and mushy. cant get them off the wax paper without falling apart. Read More
(11)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2014
Great recipie! Like the other said very forgiving. We halved the sugar and used dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder crunchy peanut butter butter almond milk and regular oats instead of quick cooking... Way far off;) Still turned out amazing! Perfect consistency and hard not to eat them all at once! Read More
(7)
Rating: 1 stars
02/06/2015
Followed the instructions to a T but after 12 hours the cookies were not setting up. The pan of cookies went in the freezer for 3 hours and I was able to carefully peel one cookie off the parchment paper with success. Will do more research and figure out what needs to be done so this recipe can be more successful. Read More
(5)
Rating: 1 stars
04/18/2014
I couldn't even get it out of the pan before it was crumbling up and falling apart. Read More
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