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Picked from the Tree: Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

I come from a long line of divine cooks.  Their recipes were written on hundreds of little cards and shared. Eventually some of those cards were passed on to me.  Every once in a while I like to pull one of those recipes from my ‘family tree’ and get all nostalgic.  ’Picked from the Tree’ is a series where I document those recipes from my family tree and maybe share a memory or two.


These little cookies been a family favorite for as long as I remember.  Whenever I’m craving some chocolate and have none on hand, this is where I turn.  I may not have a bag of M&M’s handy, but I always have oatmeal and baking cocoa in the cupboard.  I’ve never posted them before, although I make them almost weekly, because they’re not the most attractive of desserts (in fact, we called them ‘gorilla poops’ growing up) but once I made them today I thought, “Who cares? They still taste amazing.”


So, here you have it.  My families version of these fairly common, extremely delicious cookies.

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies


  • 2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 cube butter
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 c oatmeal
  • big 'ole scoop of peanut butter


  1. Boil sugar, milk, cocoa, vanilla and butter for 2-5 minutes while stirring constantly.
  2. Add the oatmeal and peanut butter.
  3. Spoon onto wax or parchment paper.
  4. Let sit until firm.

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