Old Fashioned Chocolate No Bake Cookies

24 Pieces
12 min
Old Fashioned Chocolate No Bake Cookies aka Preacher Cookies, Cow Patties or Fudge Cookies are a yummy vintage cookie that is filled with chocolate, oatmeal and peanut butter.
Today I made one of my sons all time favorite sweet treats.... Old Fashioned Chocolate No Bake Cookies. He absolutely loves these cookies and could eat the whole batch if I let him. ❤I told my son I remember eating these cookies when I was a kid, so it's nothing new. He told me geez mom it must be an old recipe cause that was the olden days..... little stinker!!! 
I explained to him that back in the day people used to make these cookies and refer to them in the so called olden days as Preacher Cookies or fudge cookies at Christmas. This recipe is probably a lot older than he and I both will ever know, but it's definitely still a very popular recipe. 
The key to getting these cookies to set up correctly is letting the mixture come to a full rolling boil (a rolling boil is when liquid is boiled rapidly with lots of rolling bubbles). Once a rolling boil is achieved, set the time for 1 minute and 15 seconds and let the mixture boil and then remove from heat.  
Old Fashioned Chocolate No Bake Cookies
Recipe details
  • 24  Pieces
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 2 Minutes Total time: 12 min
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  • 2 - cups granulated sugar
  • 3 - tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or 2 - (1 oz) squares un-sweetend Bakers chocolate
  • 1/2 - cup butter (not margarine)
  • 1/2 - cup evaporated or whole milk
  • 1/4 - teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 - cups old fashioned or quick oats
  • 1/2 - cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 - teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium sized sauce pan over medium-high heat add butter, sugar, cocoa powder or chocolate squares, milk and salt.
Stir until butter is melted and ingredients are incorporated. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil, and boil for 1 minute and 15 seconds. This part is very important or the cookies will not set up (see video above).
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until completely melted and vanilla extract. Add the oatmeal and mix well.
Working quickly before the mixture cools and thickens up drop the mixture by tablespoon (I use my small cookie scoop) onto wax paper or foil.
Let the cookies cool completely and set up before removing. Don't touch the tops of the cookies after dropping them onto wax paper. This is what gives these cookies a glossy top.
  • If you like Salted Caramel, try my No Bake Salted Caramel Hazelnut Cookies! https://www.mommyskitchen.net/2014/03/no-bake-salted-caramel-hazelnut-cookies.html
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  • Marlene Wojciechowski Marlene Wojciechowski on Jul 31, 2023

    This recipe goes way back. I made them every Christmas for my family. I also sent the recipe to Recipe Finder in the Baltimore Sun Paper. So I was in print. Lol