No Bake
Cookie Recipe

No Bake Cookie Recipe, was a Blue Ribbon Winner for my niece in the 1970s.

This recipe makes a peanut butter dough of crushed graham crackers crumbs, chopped pecans and coconut then rolled or dipped into a yummy chocolate coating.

Because of their shape they are often called Golf Balls.

It is a wonderful recipe for working into the joyous family home holiday spirits by letting your children help make them!

Even children too young to be cooking around a hot stove can help shape the cookies.

This delicious, quick and easy No Bake Cookie Recipe makes excellent gifts from the kitchen.

Place the cookies in a clear glass jar, cover them with a decorative lid or top then tie on a pretty bow.

Another idea is to place them in a square or rectangular white or colored gift box, alone or with other cookies and gift.

Gift wrap them and make someone happy!

Homemade cookies are always a welcomed gift.

No Bake Cookie Recipe
Golf Balls

  • 1/2 cup honey graham cracker crumbs

  • 18 oz. jar crunchy peanut butter

  • 2 sticks butter, softened at room temperature

  • 1 lb. box sifted powdered sugar

  • 1 (7 oz. can or bag*) fine grated coconut

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together, thoroughly.

Chill mixture in refrigerator at least 2 hours until it is easy to shape with the hands into large marble size balls.

Chill in refrigerator again for a few hours for easy dipping.

*I no longer see 7 oz. cans of coconut in the grocery store.

I see 14 oz. packages.

You can use 1/2 of a 14 oz. package or preferably 1 cup of freshly grated coconut, if a fresh coconut is available at your store.

Freshly grated coconut takes the taste of this No Bake Cookie Recipe to the top level.


No Bake Cookie Coating

  • 2 packages chocolate chip or butterscotch morsels

  • 1/2 block (2 oz.) household wax*

Melt wax and morsels together in top of a double boiler.

With fork or candy dipping spoon, dip each golf ball into coating.

Place a wire rack on a cookie sheet to catch drippings.

Place dipped balls on rack until the coating has stopped dripping and cooled.

Place cooled dripped coating back into the pot for reuse.

*Household wax is usually found in the canning supplies section of the grocery store.

No Bake Oatmeal Cookie

No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Recipe makes old fashioned stove-top cookies with oatmeal, peanut butter, cocoa and pecans in less than 5 minutes.

This recipe has been in our family many years.

Originally, we called these Stove Top Cookies.

I do not remember that first recipe containing any nuts.

They were so easy to make that my then 10 year old daughter made them often and sold them to earn money.

That was her first 4-H Club project and I was very proud of her then as I am today.

She added nuts to the recipe and we have made them that way ever since.

No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 stick butter

  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk

  • 1/3 cup cocoa

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

  • 3 cups quick rolled oats (not instant oatmeal)

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

In a large saucepan add sugar, butter, milk, cocoa, and vanilla.

Bring to a boil on low heat and boil one minute.

Start counting when you see the first bubble.

Turn off heat and quickly stir in peanut butter, oatmeal, and pecans, mixing thoroughly.

Drop by tablespoonful onto cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.


Chill the cookies in the refrigerator several hours or overnight to set them up firmly before you serve them.

History Of No Bake Cookies

A recipe for No Bake Cookies first appeared in American cook books during the Great Depression of 1929 to 1939. 

The cookie mixture was put into a square pan and cut into square shapes instead of the round shapes or balls we know today.

The No Bake Cookies idea could have developed because so many housewives, including my Mama, did not have a cook stove that had an oven to bake the cookies way back then in the depression era.

I remember Mama's first cooking stove that had an oven.

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