No Bake Cookies

This is a recipe that my Mom gave me when I went to college a long, long time ago. When I was at their place in SC this past weekend I mentioned the recipe and that I found the ingredient list interesting due to the lack of 'fresh' products and was wondering if that meant that it was from WW2 (or maybe even WW1). Mom didn't have a copy of the recipe anymore and couldn't answer. And so I dug out mine once I got home.

As you can see below, the role of fat is played by Crisco not butter, the milk is dry not wet and peanut butter is being used to hold it all together (as well as the Crisco), not eggs.

Wikipedia has a similar recipe though in it milk and butter are used. There's plenty of sites out there that have no-bake versions using fresh ingredients but I couldn't find the exact one I have below.

I really like the way they taste--they're very sweet and have such a strong chocolate taste with just a hint of peanut butter--but I'm also curious about the history of the recipe. Since most old recipes originated from the back of commercial products in the 30s and 40s, I'm assuming that is where this recipe came from also.

==== No Bake Cookies ====

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of Crisco
  • 1/4 cup of dry milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (or almond) extract

Mix sugar, shortning, milk and water in saucepan.
Heat until it boils, remove and add other ingredients.
Mix well, drop onto wax paper to cool. Store in tight


Lora said…
That definitely sounds like it's from the WWII era. While I'm sure it's taste the mere mention of dry milk and Cristo terrify me.
No_Newz said…
I don't know the history behind them but it does sound like wartime comfort food.
Happy weekend!
Lois Lane
dena said…
I haven't made these in ages. I think my little guy and I will make a batch later in the weekend. Thanks for the reminder.

Visiting from michele's
warcrygirl said…
Interesting...found you via Michele. Have a great weekend!
colleen said…
I mix peanut butter with a little oatmeal, honey, and chocolate chips and then roll them in sesame seeds. I practically live on the stuff!
Michelle said…
Yummy. Now I want cookies. Might have to make some today. Stopped by via Michele's :-)
good stuff, and a great name you have there.

Hi, Michele sent me.
Those actually look quite good! But I live over not ONE but TWO bakeries, AND I'M LAZY! Fun blog you have here. Michele sent me this time, but I'll come back on my own! Come by and visit if you get a chance.

Have a great weekend.
kimbofo said…
Wow! They sound absolutely yummy - and so easy to make. I may just do some baking this weekend and these look like an interesting option. Cheers. Here via Michele's meet&greet.
Hello Michele sent me.

My mom gave me a similar recipe. She calls them Chocolate Haystacks.
nobody said…
Oh, I love no bakes!! They are delicious. I love the peanut butter no bake cookies... man.. I want to make some now.

btw, michele sent me!
yellojkt said…
Michele sent me.

That recipe made me very hungry.
I prefer just raw cookie dough, though.
MommaK said…
mmmmmmmmmm....that looks and sounds delicious!!
queenofsass said…
We call these preacher cookies...and they are scrumptious!
you KNOW i'm always looking for recipes on my recipe site! YOU'RE HOLDING OUT ON MEEEEEE!
Keb said…
Too Weird! I was just telling a girl I worked with about no bake cookies and I remembered they had oats, cocoa and peanut butter but couldn't recall the rest. Thanks for posting this. Now I can whip up a batch. Mmm mmmm mmmm!

PS = I'm here from Michele's!
Lucy Stern said…
If you will notice, none of these products require refrigeration. I have already saved the recipe to file and will give it a try this afternoon. My husband and son love cookies of any kind.
This would be a good recipe for someone living in the back woods who can't get to a grocery store very often or who get snowed in and can't get out. I'll bet this is an old WWI or WWII recipe. Thanks for the recipe.
Anonymous said…
I think these cookies are deadly. My mom makes them and when she does I eat so many I think I could seriously hurt myself.

The WW1 or WW2 connection is interesting.

Anonymous said…
Thank you soooo much for posting this!! This is the recipe my Mom used when I was growing up. I have looked all over the net trying to find this recipe with powdered milk. I have tried the others with fresh milk, but the cookies would never set up for me. Thank you! Thank you!
utenzi said…
You're quite welcome. The cookies are very good--and quite sweet.

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