Grandma's Classic No-Bake Cookies


This is the first cookie I ever learned to make as a child. They're very delicious with the peanut butter and oatmeal. You can eat them fresh out of the pan in a bowl with a spoon, which is delicious with a glass of milk besides. This no-bake cookie recipe was my grandmother's, and my mother taught it to her children, and I will to mine. I hope you have as much fun making this either by yourself or with your children, as I did with my mom. Separate cookies with waxed paper if putting in a tin or baggie to prevent sticking.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
48 cookies


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats

  • ½ cup peanut butter, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder in a large saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until butter is melted and mixture is smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and add oats, peanut butter, and vanilla extract; mix until thoroughly combined. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto sheets of waxed paper. Let cool until solid, 20 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use 1-minute oats but it changes the flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

86 Calories
4g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 86
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 44mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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