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Captain Mom's No-Bake Cookie Recipe

A simple & scrumptious dessert, these no-bake cookies will be ready to scoop out onto a pan in about 20 minutes. Extra-crunchy peanut butter, old-fashioned oats, and plenty of vanilla help make these the absolute best.
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 2 heaping cups sugar Yes, heaping. These are COOKIES. And it's quite fine if you want to use raw sugar for a 1/4 (or more) of this total. AS LONG as its the full sweet kind.
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 stick butter Yes, actual butter.
  • 1/2 cup whole milk I guess. But anything below 2% is unacceptable.
  • 1 good pinch salt Make sure you can feel the bump of the salt.
  • 1/2 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons vanilla, extra-strength if you have it Don't get chintzy with the vanilla.
  • 3 cups oats (preferably old-fashioned)


  • Combine sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter in saucepan over low to medium heat.
  • When the mixture STARTS to boil, put the lid on, reduce the heat, and cook for ONLY two minutes (this melts down the sugar from the sides of the pan). Remove from heat.
  • Add vanilla and salt. Mix well. think you should use a wooden spoon for this.
  • Add peanut butter. Mix really well.
  • Stir in oats.
  • Drop the mixture by spoonful on waxed paper, parchment paper, or cookie sheets. You'll be tempted to also drop this in your mouth. (I encourage and support this, but wait a bit until it cools so's you don't burn your tongue.)
  • Let stand for several hours until cookies hold together. If you made 'em right, the cookies are probably going to set well ahead of several hours. But you should tell your family it will take a while so they won't eat them all up, leaving you with the crumbs.
Keyword chocolate, cookies, no-bake cookies, simple cookies