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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Updated on March 11, 2016
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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Like Mammaw Used to Make

No-Bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with peanut butter is a favorite recipe, one that nearly everyone loves. The recipe is quick and easy to prepare, great to take to a cookie exchange or give as a gift, but if you're planning to give them away, be sure to make an extra batch for your own family; as rich as they are, they won't last long!

Sending cookies to a soldier, Marine, or sailor overseas? These are a perfect choice. Despite the fact that they're chocolate, they do well even when sending to Iraq (think desert heat). I've sent multiple batches to my sons and they've always told me they arrived intact, no problem at all. Just be sure to send plenty so they can share with their buddies.

If you're like many people who have tried this recipe but something always seems to go wrong (sticky cookies, too soft, too dry), look below for my tips and secrets for making the perfect batch of my famous no bake cookies.


No-Bake Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

No-bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies - A Family Favorite
No-bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies - A Family Favorite | Source

Mammaw called this recipe "Carolina Delight," always a treat we looked forward to when visiting her house.

Tip: Sometimes, when you add cold butter straight from the refrigerator, the mixture will come to a pretty good boil before the butter is completely melted. Always make sure the butter is completely melted and stirred in before you start timing the boil.

If you've had problems in the past with getting these to firm up, try using a different margarine or butter. For years I used Fleischmann's margarine and it worked perfectly every time. These days I use real butter (healthier) and it still works perfectly for me.

If you've had problems with your cookies being sticky, be sure to cool them at room temperature. Trying to rush by putting the cookies in the refrigerator may be the cause of the stickiness. Be patient - it will be worth a few more minutes of waiting!

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: Makes about 3 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 stick margarine or butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal


  1. In a 3-quart pan, mix sugar, cocoa, milk, margarine. Put on medium heat and cook until mixture starts to boil, then boil for exactly one minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the vanilla, salt, peanut butter, and oats. Stir well.
  3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Cool at room temperature.
  4. Serve and enjoy.
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      Susan Deppner 4 months ago from Arkansas USA

      I hope he enjoyed them, Jewell. Smart man. I'll taste test no-bake cookies any day!

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      Jewell 4 months ago

      My grand daughter (13) and I made these yesterday for my hubby. He is a no bake cookie critic

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      Susan Deppner 9 months ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm guessing that the grands will love the cookies! I hope they become a tradition in your family as they are in mine. Can't wait to make a batch for our upcoming first grandchild!

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      Diana Abrahamson C Abrahamson 9 months ago

      Love the look of your easy no bake oat cookies. Will definitely try them on the grand kids!

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      Kristen Howe 14 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Touche Susan., I wlll try them next month I think. Thanks!

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      Susan Deppner 14 months ago from Arkansas USA

      LOL Kristen! I can assure you, they taste even better than they look. Hope you give the recipe a try!

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      Kristen Howe 14 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Susan, those cookies look delicious enough to eat. So tantalizing. Yum!

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      Susan Deppner 15 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Hi Bree! Preacher cookies is a great name for these! About the time, I'll be honest. I have no idea how that got set to 1 hour, 50 minutes! I just edited and changed it to a total of 15 minutes (which doesn't include cooling time). So sorry about that! As for the salt, it is optional and my grandmother never used it (that I know of), but a woman I used to know told me that a tiny dash of salt in a sweet recipe sets up a contrast and brings out the sweetness. If you made one batch with then another without salt, I'm not absolutely sure you could tell the difference, but I have started using that tiny shake of salt. So, if you love your cookies without salt, then I'd say just leave it out. And if I forget to add it, I'm not going to worry about it either. :) Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comment!

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      Bree 15 months ago

      My family and I have made the no bake chocolate cookies as long as I can remember. Mom called them Preacher cookies though (cause they were quick, easy and cheap for when the Preacher would make a surprise stop by, Personally I think he used to do it sometimes just because he knew she'd make the cookies & would always send some home with him).

      I have a question though, why do you put salt in yours? What does that do for it? We never have.

      **Also why do you have that it takes an 1hour 50 mins? and ready in two hours? I can have them made in less than 20 mins and everyone starts eating pretty much as soon as they realize I've started plopping them on the wax paper. Why do yours take so long? is it the salt you add? **


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      Susan Deppner 23 months ago from Arkansas USA

      You're quite welcome, July. Enjoy!

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      july 23 months ago

      love it! thankz for this recipe..

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You're quite welcome. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Well, chocolate and peanut butter is one of, if not, my favorite flavor combos and no back is really nice sometimes. I will definitely be trying this out soon! Thanks for the recipe.

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      tinac4242 3 years ago

      I love these!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @SheGetsCreative: They've been around a long time, I know. I didn't know about "preacher cookies," but I can understand why. Many a church potluck after a long sermon...

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I lovd these and have since I was a kid. Made them in Girl Scouts. Used to be called preacher cookies too

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @cendana1: It's pretty hard to go wrong with chocolate!

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      Samsuryani 3 years ago from Malaysia

      I love oatmeal biscuits. This recipe is soo perfect when it include chocolate and no baking involve. I will try it.

      Thank you.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @favored: Thanks for twying the tweets! :)

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