Foods from Childhood: No-Bake Cookies

So, part of going forward is to look at the past and understand the things that were great, and the things that made a difference. Oh, and mistakes, but those are less fun to talk about.

Now, this is not a food blog. Generally food blogs talk about how the food tasted, what it was like, how to make it, some tips, reviews, and on occasion where it came from. This blog does discuss food for three reasons: 1) people ask for recipes, 2) experimental cooking and learning to cook are important for living, and 3) I love to cook (baking, primarily, but I like to cook, too).

This is a post about “Foods From Childhood,” a new section I am adding to this blog. I think that a good way to understand someone’s perspective on life is to look at their experiences… and some of my favourite memories are of cooking in the kitchen with mamma, making delicious things. One of my childhood favourites is: No-bake cookies!

Here is my recipe for them, inherited from my mother. But first, an important announcement….

ALLERGEN ALERT! This recipe includes peanut butter which is (shock, I know) made from peanuts. And peanut butter tends to be manufactured in a plant that manufactures other nuts. There is also potentially dairy in this recipe (if you choose butter over margarine… butter makes it richer). This concludes the alert.

So, without further ado, on to the recipe.

No-Bake Cookies


  • 2c sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 3T cocoa
  • 1T vanilla extract
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/2c butter or margarine (butter is better)
  • 1/2c peanut butter
  • 4c quick oats


  1. Do not preheat oven.
  2. Cover counter(s) and/or table(s) with wax paper
  3. Put the sugar, water, cocoa, vanilla, salt and butter in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Boil for one to one-and-a-half minute(s)
  5. Remove from heat and quickly stir in peanut butter and quick oats.
  6. Drop hot mixture by spoonful on wax paper and let it chill.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

Yes, mamma’s recipe includes “eat and enjoy” at the bottom, which I have faithfully copied into my cookbook. This was an amazing way to relax with mamma and spend quality time. A tradition I am hoping to pass along to my kids (when I have them).

Have fun (not) baking!


About N B

Artist, critic, friend, and rambly-ponderer.
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