We have Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents to thank for today's recipe for no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies.
It's not her recipe, but as soon as I saw her post for these old-fashioned no bake cookies, I had to rush to the kitchen to make a batch of my very own.
They're an oldie but goodie from my past that I hadn't made (or thought about) for years. And I'm not sure why because they are...
- quick and easy
- have a short list of ingredients that I usually have on hand
- can be made on the stovetop (no oven required)
And, most importantly, these easy delicious no-bake chocolate cookies remind me of home.
How Many Calories and WW Points in these No-Bake Cookies?
I love cookies because they're naturally portion controlled, so they're great for those of us who are watching our weight.
According to my calculations, each cookie has 107 calories and:
5 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Of course, you need to have the willpower to stop at one or two 🙂
If you're like me, a woman of questionable will power, share them or hide them, or keep them under lock and key!
You'll find this recipe, with all kinds of variations, all over the internet. It's an oldie but a goodie, probably dating back to the Great Depression, when no-bake cookies first became really popular here in the US.
And like Stacy mentioned, they go by lots of different names:
No-Bake Cookies. Boiled Cookies. Preacher Cookies. No-Bake Oatmeal Fudgies. Chew Charlie's. Cow Pies (Yikes!)
I turned to my tried and true recipe from a favorite old cookbook, The Yankee Church Supper Cookbook , which calls for a little less sugar than many others. They turned out delicious, just like I remember Mom's tasting.
I used old-fashioned oats, since that was what I had in the pantry. Many recipes specify either quick-cooking or old-fashioned. Since quick cooking oats are cut into smaller pieces, they will create a less chewy cookie.
I also used Dutch-processed cocoa, again since that was what was in the pantry. This helped give the cookies a darker color and richer flavor.
Be sure that your mixture is really boiling before you begin to count your boiling time. This is probably the trickiest part of boiled cookies. If you don't boil them long enough, they may not set up and too long can cause them to be hard and grainy.
It's likely they may not set up if you make these no-bake cookies when it's really humid. These cookies are not a fan of humidity! If they don't set up, it's not the end of the world. They'll still taste delicious!
If this happens, just eat them with a spoon, or keep them in the refrigerator so they stay firm.
I love that you can make these cookies lots of different ways…
more crunch: use crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth for added crunch
more spice: add a dash of cinnamon to the sugar/butter mixture
tropical taste: add ½ cup shredded coconut with the oats
nuttier: add ½ cup chopped nuts with the oats
fruitier: add ½ cup dried cranberries, or raisins, with the oats
cookie bars: press cookie mixture into a greased, foil-lined 8-inch square pan for no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookie bars
If you like these easy, no-bake cookies with chocolate, oatmeal and peanut butter, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly no-bake recipes including WW Crock Pot Rice Krispies Treats, Chocolate Marshmallow Bark, No-Bake Peanut Buttery Cookie Bites, Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits and 4-Ingredient No-Bake "Brownies"
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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Dutch-processed)
- 1-½ cups sugar
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups rolled oats, quick cooking or old-fashioned (quick is better)
- In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine cocoa, sugar, butter and milk. Bring to a rolling boil (surface will be covered with bubbles) and continue to cook for 2 minutes while stirring constantly.
- Remove from the heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until creamy and well blended.
- Then stir in the and oats until well combined.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper or a silicone mat, making about 36 cookies and then flatten them slightly with your damp fingers or the back of a wet spoon.
- Let cool until set.
Source: Yankee Church Supper Cookbook by Clarissa Silitch.
*PersonalPoints® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Watch how you can easily make your own healthy no-bake oatmeal energy balls with chocolate chips:
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In this video, April shows how easy it is to make your own version of healthy no bake cookies with peanut butter, oats and chocolate chips:
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