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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

I am posting this to avoid being a total liar. I told a friend that my recipe for Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies was on my blog.  I sat down to find it, and I can't find it ANYWHERE!   That blog post must be in the happy place in my mind with so many other things I "think" I've done....   like sending the check for our water taxes, or turning the stove off of high before I leave the house.  ;)

We LOVE these cookies!  My sister, Peggy, used to make these and they're so easy and tasty, I'm sure she has no idea how often we've used that recipe she shared with us over 20 years ago.  One thing I love about them, is that in the summer, they don't heat up the house like baking a batch of regular cookies would.  They are also a healthier sort of cookie than many...  peanut butter gives them protein, oats add all sorts healthy things - hefty amounts of iron, protein, and a little calcium, not to mention a good serving of fiber!  Really, the more I think about it, I'm pretty sure these are probably a super health food!  (we'll ignore the margarine and sugar!)

Today Jaylyn, who is 9, did all the measuring and stirring.  I spooned them out onto the waxed paper. She will be able to do that part herself soon.  They turned out really yummy!

Peggy's Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

2 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. margarine or butter
dash of salt

Boil 1 minute, remove from heat and add:

1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. peanut butter (regular or chunky)
4 C. quick oats

Stir in well and quickly drop by heaped spoonfuls on to waxed paper.  Cool.

Joy's Notes:   It helps to have the waxed paper ready on the counter, oats & peanut butter measured & ready before you start boiling the first ingredients.  You want to be ready to stir it in quick and get spooning that mixture out before it cools much.  The cookies will set up & harden as they cool.  If it is overcooked much it will crumble by the time you're towards the last of the pan...   that part eats just as well with a spoon.  :)


  1. Oh my goodness!!! My grandmother probably has the same recipe, she says she got it late one night off the TV and didn't catch the name so she called them TV No Bakes.

    Thanks for this, I will have to make some tonight to make up for finishing off the choc chip cookies on monday!

  2. whew! I was just about to make you a t-shirt with the scarlet letter L, for liar! :)

    I have to tell you Nicole was so super cute on Wed. and she was telling me recipes and all of her cooking adventures and all of the books she's reading now that her mother took her to the library!!

  3. Des - thanks for being so sweet with Nicole & letting her rattle on about her books. She does relate each story in vivid detail - nearly word for word sometimes. lol We've managed another trip to the library since we've seen you... plenty of fuel for our minds until next week!

  4. Joy what you do to make it more healthy is change the margarine to real butter and there you go :)

  5. Oh wow! No-bake! I love this! =)
    If you wont mind I'd love to guide my Foodista friends to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!