No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies

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Perfect for those moments when you are desperately craving something sweet and chocolatey, but don’t have a lot of time (or patience) to make a full-blown batch of cookies. I must really live under a rock sometimes (I know, I said this when I made the coconut macaroons, but I swear it’s true!) because although I had heard of no-bake cookies from my time spent surfing food blogs, I had never had them before! Well, now I might be in trouble. These mounds of sugary, peanut buttery, chocolate goodness are incredibly addicting. They take only minutes to make and if you’re really desperate and don’t want to wait for them to set, you can eat the mixture straight from the bowl – no raw eggs to worry about! These mark my third installment of cookies that you all voted for me to make in the poll I held following the cookbook giveaway. Thanks to everyone for helping to broaden my cookie horizons!

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As soon as I took my first bite of these I immediately thought that they tasted like the icing for the Texas Sheet Cake that I love so much. After thinking about it, the ingredients are very similar – butter, sugar and cocoa that are boiled together. The peanut butter and oats help to cut the sweetness and add great flavor and texture.

These really are as easy as they sound, and a great recipe to make with kids if you have any little hands eager to help in the kitchen. I’m sure they’ll love eating the “dough” straight from the bowl! The only suggestion I have is when you drop the dough onto the wax paper-lined sheets, they will pretty much set in whatever shape they are already in, with minimal spreading. After I realized this I used the back of the spoon to smooth them out and flatten them a bit to give them more of a “cookie” shape.

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Cookies from the Top 10 I have made:
Almond Macarons filled with Nutella
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Thick & Chewy)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Sugar Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peanut Butter Blossoms

No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 2 to 3 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

½ cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats

Directions:

1. Add the first four ingredients (through the cocoa powder) to a 4-quart saucepan.

2. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 1 minute.

3. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats.

5. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto wax paper-lined baking sheets.

6. Let cool until set.

(Recipe adapted from Ezra Pound Cake)

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  4. kristina on December 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    These are so good – I got a batch as a thank you for volunteering, I made a batch with this recipe, and threw in some raisins. Healthier, chewier & yummier…
    Thanks!

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  5. Buzzz on March 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    try them with a cup of peanut butter and no cocoa!!!! Peanut butter no bakes …mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  6. Kelli on March 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you! Have looked everywhere for this recipe..

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  10. Carolinaanita on June 30, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I just made these cookies tonight but substituted two packages of high fiber instant oatmeal and an entire bag of puffed brown rice cereal….contains nothing but brown rice. (6ounces). I also added about a half of a cup of pecan pieces. Can I say these turned out PERFECT? I love this!

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  12. Meagan on July 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I replaced the butter with coconut oil to make them “healthy.” I reduced the sugar to 2 cups and added a little more oats. They have a slightly coconutty taste, which I love!

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  13. Dawn Ball on September 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    does anyone know what the weight watchers points for these tasty lil buggers would be?

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