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Penny’s No Bake Cookies

Penny's No Bake Cookies

Penny’s No Bake Cookies

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Penny's No Bake Cookies
4.3 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.3/5 (13)
Course: Bars, No-Bake CookiesDifficulty: Easy



Cocoa, peanut butter, oats and nuts combined for an easy and chewy no-bake bar.


  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

  • 3 cups rolled oats

  • 1 cup chopped nuts

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Mix sugar, butter, cocoa, and milk in a large saucepan. Boil for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir until blended. Add rolled oats, nuts, vanilla, and salt. Put into 8″x8″ square pan and chill. Cut into 2-inch squares. Alternately, you can drop heaping spoonfuls on to a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and allow to cool.


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When I lose my recipe, I look up this one. I am used to spoon drop not cooling in pan method.
- Spoon drop in Denver, Colorado
they are too salty. sorry I did not like them
- wendy brian
I have been making these cookies for over 30 years since the recipe appeared in the Family circle magazine bouling for 3 mins was the original time in the recipe. I made them the first time because my sister is Penny. I drop the cookies on asheet of parchment. Making a batch in a few minutes,
- Suzanne in Port Ryerse, Ont
I LOVE these cookies and make them all the time. Half of the time they are taken out of the fridge, while they are still cooling!, and eaten then. They NEVER last in my house more than two days. :) :) :) The BEST and EASIEST recipe EVER!!!!!
- A Baker
great recipe would make again
- keyto in new brunswick
made this because they got such good reviews.they are way toooo salty.don't even think they would be tastey without salt.sorry they are horriable.
- jordo in new brunswick
i have the same recipe but 5 min is way too long to boil i am known for making these and mine are always nice and creamy never grainy or hard. i bring it to a full boil and then time exactly 1 minute and then remove pan from burner. otherwise the hot burner will continue to cook the mixture and add vanilla and peanut butter and oats.
- A Baker
This is Grandma's recipe and I've had them every Christmas of my life (curiously, no time other than Christmas). To weigh in on the qustion of how long to cook, 5 minutes is indeed too long--try about half that long. I also add about 3/4 c soaked/softened raisins. The result is a lot like the square "Chunky" candy bars but kids probably wouldn't like them.
- Jim in Chicago
This recipe rocks! Memorized it as a teenager and thank goodness, been handy in my travels.
- Russell
If your cookies didn't harden it's because you didn't bring them to a FULL rolling boil and keep it boiling for 5 minutes. This is key....otherwise you'll end up with a lovely sauce for over ice cream, lol.
- A Baker
Use powdered sugar instead of regular sugar and the cookies will set better. I also like to set mine on parchment paper instead of waxed so they don't stick. These are so yummy I've been making and eating them since childhood!
- ALISON in Indianapolis
They were great .If not cooked for long enough they turn out soft instead of hard like a no bake cookie should be
- A Baker
I made these and they turned out to be a total sucess. Plus my family absolotely loved them. I'm planing to make these for my family for christmas. Instead of cutting them ito squares , i'm planning to cut them into christmas shapes, like christmas trees.
- Ruby in QLD
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