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Food & Drink ADVENT-ure: No Bake Chocolate Cookies

Family traditions and food are a sweet pair. During the holiday season, family and friends come together, break bread (or cookies) and celebrate. Sharing a new recipe is a great way to spice up your get togethers.

Our family has numerous traditions involving food, particularly baking. Unfortunately, when I was old enough to lend a hand, I discovered that the baking gene skipped over me. However, there is one cookie recipe that my great aunt introduced, no bake chocolate cookies!

Her recipe is based on one she learned while she was a school cafeteria supervisor in her home state of Arizona. The recipe is simple, and tasty!

The recipe makes 12-16 cookies.

Making time: less than ten minutes.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • 3 Tbs. cocoa powder

  • ¾ cup peanut butter

  • 1 Tsp. vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups old fashioned oats


  • Set out a baking sheet (we know, the recipe is no bake, trust us there won’t be any ovens involved!), lay down a sheet of wax paper, put to the side.

  • In a medium saucepan, over a medium/high heat, add the sugar, milk, and cocoa.

  • Stirring occasionally. At a rolling boil, remove from heat.

  • Stir in: peanut butter, vanilla and oats

  • Mix thoroughly and rapidly, the ingredients bind quick.

  • With a large spoon, drop silver dollar (the sea animal kind) dollops onto the wax paper lined baking sheet.

A few variations if you have adventurous palates or allergen concerns:

  • substitute almond or another nut butter for the peanut butter.

  • Try dark cocoa powder, it’s my go to.

  • Substituting the milk and butter with a non-dairy alternatives will make your vegan guests happy.

The cookies refrigerate well.


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