Vanilla No-Bake Cookies

My kids have been out of school since noon on Wednesday due to the annual Minnesota Education Association conference.  But who are we kidding….is this conference so overwhelmingly attended that they have to shut down the whole state education system for two and a half days?  If I were a teacher (and I used to be me before my kids came along), I would be enjoying the extended weekend with my family.
My plan was to spend our extended weekend as the perfect mix of outdoor chores and outdoor fun.  However, mother nature decided to send us two days straight of rain.  It hasn’t rained in months, so we are grateful for the precipitation, but did it have to be this weekend?  When we are all stuck together.  Inside.  With no escape?
These cookies were my salvation this afternoon when I couldn’t take another second of “together-ness.”  No-bakes are the perfect cookie to get your kids involved in making because they are near impossible to mess up.  My little ones helped in measuring and mixing, while my 8 year old helped me at the stove.
The only downfall of this choice of cookie is that you have to wait about 45 minutes for them to cool down enough to eat them.  Hands down, the longest 45 minutes of my extended weekend.

Vanilla No-Bake Cookies
(makes about 22 cookies)
2 C sugar
3/4 C butter
2/3 C milk
3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding
3 3/4 C quick oats
1/2 tsp vanilla

1.  In a medium saucepan, mix together the sugar, butter and milk.  Bring it to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.  Remove from the heat and add the pudding, oats and vanilla.  Mix together very well and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Drop by heaping tablespoon onto wax paper and let cool before serving.


  1. says

    If your kids can eat peanut butter here is another version.

    1/2 c. butter
    2 c. white suger
    1/4 c. cocoa (if you like chocolate)
    1/2 c. milk
    bring to a boil for a minute then add
    3 -31/2 c. of oatmeal depending on how humid it is out
    1/2 c. peanut butter (crunchy will mean little pieces of peanuts) mix well and spoon out on wax patper or plastic wrap.

    you can use both the cocoa or the peanut butter or both! I’ve even added coconut!

  2. says

    Oh my! These look yummy! My kids are big on making the chocolate no-bake cookies but I’m just not a big chocolate fan, so these are definitely on my list of what to make next time the kids are in the kitchen! Thanks!

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