Oats (can be quick or old fashioned), peanut butter, sugar, and butter, just to name a few ingredients in this haystack cookies recipe! No bake cookies can be difficult to make. The recipe my family has been using for the past 15 years is worded extremely confusing, which does not help! Here is an easy to read recipe instead. Contrary to popular belief, you can use either quick or old fashioned oats in these peanut butter oatmeal cookies. Read my #6 on the oats for more details. This no bake recipe has peanut butter in it too. This no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe makes about 30 cookies.
How to perfect haystack cookies:
It is all about that boil time. You do not stir together the ingredients, for 1 minute for quick and 2 minutes for old fashioned, and remove from heat. You set the timer for your minutes AFTER the mixture is begins a pretty rapid boil, and remove from heat IMMEDIATELY after the timer goes off.
So many people make the mistake of setting the timer after all the ingredients are added or remove it from heat too soon. The boiling instructions are everything.
How to store no bake cookies:
I put mine in an air tight container room temperature for about a week. These cookies usually eat eaten up before then though because they are just that good.
Favorite ingredient brands for this no bake oatmeal cookies recipe:
- butter- stick butter
- milk-whole milk
- cocoa powder-adds chocolate
- sugar-adds sweetness
- peanut butter-Jif. I used natural because the grocery store always seems to be out of the original. Natural has been working just fine for years now!
- oats-You can use either old fashioned or quick oats. For old fashioned, you would set the timer to let boil for 2 minutes. For quick, you would only let it boil for 1 minute.
No Bake Cookies
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- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- Dash of salt
- 3 cups old fashioned or quick oats *see above note on cooking time*
- Measure out peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and oats before doing anything else. Can place in a large bowl together or just leave in measuring cups to prepare for later. Also, place at least 3 feet of waxed paper on a hard surface so the cookies will have a safe place to harden after being boiled. Doing both of these things will help save you the hassle later.
- In a large sauce pan over medium heat, start to melt the butter. Add in milk, cocoa powder, and sugar WHEN butter is about halfway melted. Keep stirring constantly or else it could burn.
- When the mixture STARTS to boil, set a timer for 2 minutes if using old fashioned oats, and 1 minute if using quick oats. Let it boil as you stir during those 1 or 2 minutes. As soon as the timer goes off, IMMEDIATELY shut the burner off and remove the pot from heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients (the ones you prepped in step one) quickly.
- Using a spoon and a spatula, scoop tablespoon sized cookies out onto the waxed paper you got out in step 1. Repeat until no more batter is left. These No Bake Cookies usually harden in about an hour and will be ready to eat when cooled and hard.
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