Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bakes

This is one of the treat recipes that my mom grew up with. They are so easy to make and easy on the budget. They were always a big hit when her Mom made them, and they didn’t last very long around their house. They bring her back such good memories so I’m happy to share them with you in hopes that they bring you the same kind of memories.  After chatting with folks, it seems these were popular for lots of folks. If you try them out, let me know!

Oh, and the pan is the Wilton Bite Size Brownie Squares Silicon Mold Pan. CUTE!


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups quick oats


In a medium sauce pan cook together the butter or margarine, cocoa, milk and sugar until the mixture begins to boil.  Boil for one minute.  Stir frequently.  Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter. Then add the oats and coconut.
Mix well….the mixture will be thick.  Drop onto waxed paper with a tablespoon and allow to cool.  Cookies will harden a bit as they cool.

Optional: 1 cup shredded coconut and decrease the oatmeal to 3 cups

Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on the size.

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    Susieqtpie says

    My aunt made these too. This must have been the hot snack to make in the 60-70s for young girls.

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    Allison says

    Yumm…these looks so good. A great alternative to cookies. I’ll give them a try this week.

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    Chris says

    You say in the directions to add the coconut after the peanut butter but I did not see coconut in the ingredients. I take it about 1/2 to 1 cup??? However these do sound very yummy!


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    My mom made these for holiday parties when I was young. I always thought it was so hard to make since she only made them for special occasions. I’ll make these for Wild Man’s birthday party next week AND our Back to School Bash too! Thanks for the easy recipe!

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    Becca says

    These look incredible, thanks for sharing!

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    Terra Heck says

    My sister makes these every December for our Candy/Cookie Making Day and they are a big hit. Very delicious!

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    Dana says

    We just made these today and WOW they were YUMMY! I have never made them before thanks for the lovely post. I used my wilton brownie pan too. It was great for forming them.

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    Corrine says

    This is a wonderful recipe. My family has made these for since I was a kid. I am digging out my recipe but I am thinking that I when I stir in the peanut butter I also add 1 tsp vanilla. I will find my recipe and double check.

    Thanks = )


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    Kim says

    I make these for my son but his school is nut-free so instead of peanut butter I add chocolate chips (which melt of course) but they still come out great.

    Very addictive.

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    ann james says

    Hi..I made these yesterday and they just won’t firm up at all. I tried pressing them into a form, rolling into balls and spooning onto a cookie sheet. Ended up putting them into a bowl in the fridge. I hate to waste the ingredients. Any ideas?