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My grandma’s famous Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

by @ 7:56 pm on 11/8/2005. Filed under recipes

I realized that I had a recipe category and I haven’t put up any recipes. I have this category because I was visiting a friend’s blog and she had a recipe category and I thought, hey I know a cool recipe, I should blog it.

Well here is that recipe. Note, even if you don’t like chocolate, you tend to love these cookies. To be completely honest they look like turds from a sick cow or something and most people who haven’t had them that I say “try them” to end up giving me the dirtiest look. However once they taste them, they tend to ask me every time they see me if I have some more somewhere. I am required to bring them to family gatherings. This last summer I forgot to bring them to a BBQ “Up North”[1] and my grandma (another one, not the one who came up with this recipe) saw some jerkey on the counter and thought it was small versions of my cookies and bit into one and got quite a suprise.

Anyway, this is a good idea to put this down on the web so I can search for it on google for ever. I have one copy of the recipe. It is a printout from 12/28/1995 of an email my mom sent me from her Prodigy account at the time.

Since these cookies have OatMeal in them, they are perfectly healthy and great for diets. 🙂

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
2 Cups of Sugar (real sugar, not any of that fake junk)
4 Tablespoons of Cocoa
1/2 Cup of Milk (Whole milk, not that fake junk)
1/2 Cup of Butter (real butter, not that fake junk)
3 Cups of Oatmeal
1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter (Normally creamy, but if you are feeling sassy go for crunchy)
1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

1. Combine sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter in saucepan and bring to full boil for approximately 60-90 seconds. [2]

2. Remove from stove and add oatmeal, peanut butter, and vanilla. If you like a more blended peanut butter and chocolate flavor, mix in the peanut butter first just before removing from the stove and it will melt in and mix better.

3. Stir well to mix up the ingredients.

4. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool.

Immediately soak the pan in water or else it can be a bit of a pain to clean up once the chocolate hardens. Also keep in mind this is VERY hot and sticky. It can burn you pretty well so be careful.

The best time to eat these cookies is after they sit long enough to harden but are still warm. They rock then. Grab one or two and chow them down but have milk handy. If you can eat more than one or two in one sitting, you are my hero, these things are rich. If you cook these up and love them, let me know.


[1] People in southern Michigan like to go “up north” which is to say we drive a couple of hundred miles to a much more rural area than southern Michigan. It is great for fishing, camping, hunting, snowmobiling, dirtbiking, etc.

[2] Note that I don’t actually go by this. I sort of have a feeling of when I need to take it off the stove. If you go the full time the cookies will be a little more crumbly. If you go less you get more and more gooey. I like them moist and soft but not so they bend when you pick them up. I don’t know how I tell when to take them off other than it looks right. The time varies on how humid it is and the temperature I think. Cook enough and you will work it out.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

2 Responses to “My grandma’s famous Chocolate No-Bake Cookies”

  1. Katherine Coombs says:

    woohoo!! The minute I get out of this hilly billy backwater town and regain a printing capability, I’m going to give this baby a whirl. You will doubtless hear my contended I’ve-just-had-an-adequate-chocolate-hit sigh from wherever you are at the time.

    Although I am a little concerned…a recipe blog, redoing the kitchen tiles…are you in training to become a good little housewife?? 😛

  2. joe says:

    LOL. I am an odd person I admit.

    I like to do so much. If I had a larger garage you would also see posts about me doing body work on cars and repainting them and rebuilding engines and making metal scultures. My next house I intend to have a large pole barn to do stuff like that.

    When I grew up, my parents were never happy with any house we moved into so we always “rebuilt” them. I don’t recall a single house where we didn’t do massive renovations. I had my first pound (hammer that is) when I was three/four and used it for helping knocking down plaster and lathe. It was quite natural for me to buy a run down unhappy house and start renovating.

    As for the cooking, I grew up babysitting my 4 younger brothers and sister[1] and ended up cooking for them a lot. I actually learned to like it so I tend to be the primary cook in whatever household I am in.


    [1] I actually learned at 16 I had another brother and sister who didn’t live with me. My sister Kris is super cool, it was her wedding I went to last summer in San Fran. The fun thing is that we played with each other as kids at my grandma Cinco’s house. We got along great then too.

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