Perfect No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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Learn the Secret to Perfect No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

My secret to making a perfect no-bake, top of the stove cookie is the timing.

Ready for it?  Boil for exactly one minute. 

Don't second guess yourself. Start the timer the moment the mixture reaches a full boil, then take it off the heat in exactly sixty seconds. When you stir in the remaining ingredients, stir until well combined, then go ahead and drop the cookies on the waxed paper. The cookies will cool to the perfect consistency, not too soft and not too hard and crumbly.

Here's the recipe. When I was growing up we called these Mammaw's Carolina Delight.

Perfect No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies 

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

In a 3-quart pan, mix sugar, cocoa, milk, margarine. Put on medium heat and cook until mixture comes to a full boil, then boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Add the vanilla, salt, peanut butter, and oats. Stir well. Drop by teaspoonfuls on waxed paper. Cool at room temperature. 
Serve and enjoy. (Makes about 30 cookies.)

A lot of people make this recipe, but my Mammaw made it best. I remember HUGE cookies, and plenty of them! I remember my Mammaw's smile as she watched us enjoy these, washing them down with a nice glass of milk. Mammaw's been gone for a long time, but I think of her every time I make these wonderful chocolate treats for my family. My boys love them. Even my husband enjoys them and he's not the biggest chocolate fan in the house (that would be me!).

Do you have a favorite recipe from your grandmother? Have you tried this recipe? Tell me about it. I'd love to read your comments!

P.S. Prefer these cookies without the chocolate? Here's our peanut butter no-bake cookie recipe.


This recipe was originally published November 16, 2006 under the name Mammaw's Carolina Delight. Updated September 22, 2015.

13 comments:

  1. This is such a fantastic and delicious recipe! It is so easy. Anyone can do it, and everyone will love it.

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    1. You're right, Cynthia, everyone loves these cookies. So glad you stopped by!

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  2. This is going into my "must make" file.....I love oatmeal cookies of every stripe and flavor, so bring them on, I will make them all. Thanks for this great recipe!

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  3. oh my goodness I could snack on these right now!

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    1. I'll admit, Barbara, every time I see the picture I want one. It's about time to make another batch. Don't resist - you'll love them!

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  4. Chocolate and oatmeal!! two of my favorites for sure, great recipe that I need to try. So easy to make and look so tempting :) Thanks Susan

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    1. Those grandkids will love them, Sam, but they might have to fight you for them. They're so good!

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  5. When I was a boy, my mom would make these and it seemed so effortlessly simple. I always had difficulties making these myself they turn out runny or mostly too dry and crumbly. Your tip to boil the sugar, butter, cocoa and milk for exactly one minute was spot on! Now my cookies come out just like my mom's, every time!! Thanks!

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    1. BoBo, you've made my day! So very glad my secret to making perfect no-bake cookies worked for you. Thanks so much for letting me know!

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    2. BoBo, you've made my day! So very glad my secret to making perfect no-bake cookies worked for you. Thanks so much for letting me know!

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  6. Great recipe, just a note... I started out with the intention to half the recipe......started out with 1 cup of sugar instead of 2 but then forgot to half all other ingredients..... My teen loved them.....so we can probably half the sugar:)

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  7. Baseball Mom, thank you so much for that suggestion! Wow, that's excellent to know that the recipe works with half the amount of sugar. I'm so very glad you stopped by to share!

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