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.

Enjoy!

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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 13 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 13 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 18 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 18 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 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

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

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      Susan Deppner 23 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 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

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

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      Susan Deppner 2 years 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 2 years 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? **

      Thanks!

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You're quite welcome, July. Enjoy!

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      july 2 years 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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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @tinac4242: Mmm-me too! :)

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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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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Haven't made these or any no bake cookies. Hope to try this. Tweeting the recipe. Thanks Susan.

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      Hi Susan52,

      These oatmeal cookies look very delicious and easy to make, plus the addition of yummy chocolate. Thanks for sharing. Take care and have a great day! :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Fit And Fab: Great suggestions. I'd love to hear how the recipe turns out with those healthy substitutions!

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      Fit And Fab 3 years ago

      Hi Susan, it is surprising how many recipes can be 'no bake'. I like the look of this recipe but I will probably substitute the butter for pure coconut oil and the Hershies for raw cacao which has 8 times the antioxidant value of processed cocoa. (notice they are even spelt differently too :-) ). Thanks for sharing, I will try this recipe soon.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great Lens, looks really yummy.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @anonymous: You're welcome! Enjoy your cookies!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      These look so yummy, yet so health. :) Thank you for sharing this Susan. :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Pipa-bipa: Cool! Hope you enjoy the cookies.

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      Pipa-bipa 3 years ago

      Awesome lens. Oatmeal is my middle name; I consume it cooked and raw, use it as a face mask and a peeling and now - hurray, I've got these fabulous easy-going cookies! Recipe approved and bookmarked :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @jesslynn1990: Hope you get a chance to try the recipe - they're certainly our favorites around here!

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      jesslynn1990 3 years ago

      Great lens and this recipe looks amazing. Definitely bookmarking it!!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @PadmashriSriram: Thanks!

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      PadmashriSriram 3 years ago

      Love the cookie recipe. Mouth-watering lens.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @anonymous: Yes! I love that it's so fast. Thanks for stopping by!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the idea of no bake cookies. I always home cook all cakes and biscuits for my kids, and this saves a heap of time.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Lorelei Cohen: Never thought to add walnuts. Yum - and healthy!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I add walnuts into mine as well. These cookies are really are a nice treat in the summer.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @qikey1 lm: We're having another round of really hot weather - thanks for the reminder that it's time for another batch!

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      qikey1 lm 4 years ago

      I forgot all about these type of cookies! I wish I had remembered during our heat wave this summer. I will definitely try this recipe- my boys love these kind of cookies- and so do I :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Diana Wenzel: Now you've given me a craving! Enjoy the cookies!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Have always loved these cookies. I believe we called them "Oaties" back in our high school days. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm overdue for whipping up a batch. It's been way too long since we last enjoyed these tasty treats. Thanks for reminding me. Now I'm having a craving. :-)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @rkhadija96: Hope you love it!

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      rkhadija96 4 years ago

      I'm so gonna try this recipe !

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      EllieHarper 4 years ago

      I've been looking for some no bake cookie recipes. Thanks I will try these out this weekend.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @kellywilson1: Enjoy!

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      kellywilson1 4 years ago

      This is a great lens. The pictures of the cookies look fantastic. I will definitely try these recipes the next time I want to make some cookies.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @pawpaw911: And indeed they are delicious!

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      They look and sound soooo good.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @leilasi: Yum, that variation sounds great - and very healthy! Thanks!

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      Leila 4 years ago from Belgium

      I've just made them. The hardest part is to let them cool...

      Made with brown sugar and coconut oil. Gonna try with hazelnut butter for a "nutella" version (hazelnut butter is easy to find in health food shops)

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I like that cool measuring cup....and your cookies made my mouth water!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am not much of a baker but like to eat! These recipes fit my style. Thanks for an interesting and informative Lens.

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      Leila 4 years ago from Belgium

      That sounds great! my husband is a cookie monster, I think he is gonna love it. I'm sure I will as well!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I would like to make these as they are more healthy snacks for us.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These look really good and downright healthy.

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      lilantz 4 years ago

      These oatmeal cookies look very yummy. I might give it try when I have more time.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @JuneNash: I've never tried reducing the recipe, but that's an excellent idea. Glad to know it worked for you!

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      I made these today. They are great! Thanks for the recipe.

      I didn't want to make that many, so I reduced it to about 1/3rd of the recipe, adding the full amount of cocoa because I'm a chocolate lover.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @ElizaHenderson LM: Have fun!

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      ElizaHenderson LM 4 years ago

      These look great! I'm going to make them with my 7yo tomorrow. She'll be thrilled!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Spiderlily321: Thanks so much for the feature!

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      I need to make these~ Featured on my lens called What's in your OIAJ? It's about oatmeal in a jar. Thanks for sharing this great lens!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @JohannDog: Thank you, Johann! I need to come up with a dog version of these cookies. Daisy would love a new treat!

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Mum loves your recipes! You always get her drooling, BOL!!! These cookies were one of Mum's very first recipes she made way back when she was in Girl Scouts. She said they were yummy!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @clouda9 lm: So glad you visited again! Thanks for that blessing - and for your visit!

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      clouda9 lm 4 years ago

      Well I'll be....where did my blessing go, I was pretty darn sure I had wings when I visited this lens many moons ago. Done now!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Just4Luck: Yep, this recipe is much quicker than oven-baked cookies. It's nice to have a good variety of cookie recipes for cookie emergencies, don't you think? :)

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      Justin 4 years ago from Slovenija

      You actually made cookies without oven? I just read your recipe with using the mixture and didn't expect there are even more shortcuts. Definitely have to try this. Thank you.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Board-Game-Brooke: Indeed, very neat trick! :)

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      I had no idea you could make cookies on a stove like this -- neat trick!

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      Tarra99 4 years ago

      Mmmm...looks tasty! And those aprons are so cute!

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      carocwn 4 years ago

      Hello, great lens. Looks like a breakfast cookie. Will try this one for my granddaughter.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My mom made these 4 as as kids, they r still our #1 choice. I don't even use the salt or vanilla (never heard of that) the key is the 1 min boil time , and Quaker instant oatmeal.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @kabbalah lm: Hope you enjoy it!

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      My wife is going to try the recipe

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      AgingSoul 5 years ago

      Great recipes here! Cannot wait to try some of them.

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      Cushk 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these awesome recipes! I used to love these cookies when I was a kid!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Ruthi: :) Yep, they're perfect for all age groups!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I am thinking my grandson would love some of these no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookes. Grandma too!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Steve Martaindale: I like your tradition!!

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      Steve Martaindale 5 years ago

      Your recipe is pretty much identical to what I carried to college. As I started raising a family, they became known as Daddy's Cookies, perhaps because they were the only ones I prepared. One more tip is a tradition I started. Whoever makes the cookies gets to leave a bit in the pan upon dropping them, then relax with a spoon and a cool glass of milk to enjoy the warm goodness while the others' cookies are cooling.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @SimSpeaks: You must have an AWESOME mom! :)

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      SimSpeaks 5 years ago

      Reminds me of my mom's cookies. :)

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      Thankfultw 5 years ago

      Have made these for years from my old 1960's Betty Crocker cookbook. However, my recipe has no peanut butter, and they're called Chocolate Drop Quickies. I think I will try your recipe. Looks Yummy!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @sidther lm: Enjoy!

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      This recipe looks delicious! I think I have everything I need to make them, so I'll probably try it out tonight. Thanks for sharing your secrets!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @lollyj lm: Thank you! Glad I could bring back some good memories for you!

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Mom made these often for her little munchkins. They're a family fave. LOVED the lens. :))

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Mandy Stradley: Thanks!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      I love no bakes!! Great pictures!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I just made these cookies today. They are delicious.

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      Lorna Jean Aro 5 years ago

      Helloo, I love your lens! Just what I'm looking for!! I'll gonna write this down and try it! and really looks yummy to me :D - this is my first time to see a recipe of cookies doesn't use an oven :)

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      radianthealth 5 years ago

      I used to make these with my Grandma. I'm going to try them again... thanks for the great lens and reminder about these special little cookies.

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      Dickstucki1 5 years ago

      This looks fun to try. Thanks.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I'm always looking for new recipes to try. I will definitely have to try these...they look yummy!

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      HarrietC LM 5 years ago

      thanks for the recipe, just what I'm looking for ^_^

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      Johann The Dog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Yum!!! Too back I can't have any, but I'll tell my Mum she would love these! Woofs, Johann

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Brandi Bush: Aww. How sweet! Glad you enjoy my favorite cookies, too!

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