No Bake Cookies-Chocolate Peanut Butter

When I was young, about the age of 16, I began to make these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.  My paternal grandmother always made these yummy treats for the family reunions and Christmas celebrations.  Everyone loved grandmas cookies!  They were famous in our family.  She would find it necessary to to stash some away so that they would last through out the celebrations and not be eaten up at once.  Just when we would think they all all gone, she would pull out more of the No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies . She enjoyed seeing the big smile on all of our faces when we found we could enjoy more.

Sadly, in 1979, my grandmother passed away and I obtained the recipe.  The entire family thinks I make them just like grandma used to do, so now I’m reponsible for making them for all of the family functions and reunions.  Just like my grandmother, I find that I have to put a stash away for use at a later time in the day, too.  By doing so, they would be spread out for the group to enjoy all day long.  These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies are my go-to cookie.  They are one of the few that I make anytime of the year, many times of the year and for no particular event, but just to enjoy with my kids and grandkids.

Some of the family believes that it’s grandma’s secret receipe for No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies, but not really, you may find this same receipe on many websites and recipe books, but I do share a few helpful hints to help make them delicious every time.

The recipe is listed below, but be sure to read these helpful hints first:

1.        Don’t double the recipe.  It doesn’t work for me to try to double the recipe, because of the formula of the ingredients and the amount of heat and boiling that it requires.  If you need more than one batch, I adivse that you make individually.  .


2.      A time works well.  The recipe requires that you bring the ingredients to a boil.  Be sure to bring it to a complete boil,  before starting the timer for one minute.  Do not under cook or over cook the cookies.  Over cooking the cookies will create hard and crumbly cookies, not to mention they will be dry cookies.  Under cooking the cookies will leave you with a runny mess which would be better for spreading on like an icing.

3.       Let Stand for One (1) Minute:  I always let my cookies sit  for about one or two  minutes before dropping them on the wax paper.  They will not drip as much because they would have started to become hard.  Don’t wait too long, though.

4.       Shape them for a good presentation.    After you drop them by spoonfuls onto the wax paper, use take a fork tgat has been dipped in cool water, and press them around the sides to shape them to a round appearance and eliminate the rough oatmeal edges.  You may also want press the top lightly to flatten slightly, to get rid of the “high-top”.  Remember to continue to dip the fork in cool water often so that it won’t stick to the No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.

5.       Loosen the wax paper   After the No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have hardened (hours later), you can remove them from the wax paper more easily if you lift the wax paper off of the counter or table top first.  With the wax paper loose from the counter, the cookies will peel nicely off the wax paper.

6.       Store properly   To prevent the No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies from drying out, keep them in an airtight plastic container.  Keeping them on a plate with plastic wrap will work, however, a container that is air tight  would be a better choice.  These cookies do store well in the freezer for more than 2 months.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe:

  • 1 stick of margarine
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ½ cup of milk

Combine in a sauce pan, cook ingredients and bring to a boil.  Once the margarine is completely melted and the sauce comes to a hard boil, boil it for one minute, stirring occasionally.

Add :

  • ½ cup of peanut butter

Once melted, add:

  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Mix well and add

  • 3 cups of 1-minute oatmeal.

Stir well.  Let stand and then drop by teaspoons on wax paper.  Yields approximately 42 cookies


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