No Bake “Missouri” cookies

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As a child, my grandmother used to make these cookies all of the time. She even made containers of them and brought to me after I was grown up and married with kids. And it was EVERY TIME that she visited. These were my ultimate favorite cookie. So much so that now, my kids love to make them. (Yesterday was a Missouri Cookie Day too!) She didn’t give me the recipe until my wedding day! This is my favorite childhood cookie. My grandmother always made these and even would make and bring during visits into my adulthood. This is the recipe that she gave me on my wedding day. 


  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3T Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1t Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Milk

Stir together above ingredients in a pot on the stove. Cook on high for exactly 5 minutes. Stir constantly. 

At 5 minutes, remove from heat and stir in the following: 

  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter
  • 3 Cups instant or quick cook Oatmeal

Stir until mixed well. Spoon into “cookie-sized” bites onto wax paper and let cool and set. 

Missouri No Bake Cookies

This was my grandmother's favorite cookie to make and bring to all events. She shared the recipe with me on my wedding day and now my family makes them.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Cookie
Keyword: cookies, no bake
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 206kcal


  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 3 Cups Quick Oats


  • Stir together the sugar, cocoa, butter, vanilla and milk in a pot on the stove. Cook on high for exactly 5 minutes. Stir constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and the oats. Stir until mixed well. Spoon into "cookie-sized" bites onto wax paper and let cool and set. 


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “No Bake “Missouri” cookies

  1. These look so good—just the same kind of cookies my mom used to make for us growing up! They were always a treat!

    When I was in my college years, I found out that others had grown up eating them too, and that they sometimes omitted the cocoa, making peanut butter no bake cookies. They were different, but just as yummy.

    Hope you continue to share your ideas and recipes at the Homestead Blog Hop!

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