Grandma’s Classic No-Bake Cookies

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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.


  • 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


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.

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.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Servings: 48 – Yield: 48 cookies



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