No-Bake "Cow Pile" Cookies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: About 2 1/2 dozen cookies
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2 cups sugar

1 stick unsalted butter 

1/3 cup cocoa powder 

1/2 cup milk 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

1/2 cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy 

2 1/2 to 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats 


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, cocoa, milk, and vanilla. Bring to a slow boil and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter and 2 1/2 cups oats. The mixture should be thick; stir in additional 1/2 cup oats if too runny. Let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes to cool.
  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Drop the mixture by heaping tablespoonful onto the lined sheet. Let the cookies stand at room temperature for 1 hour to firm up. Store in an airtight container.
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