Vanilla No-Bake Cookies

3 minutes
September 30, 2022
Carole Jones
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?
Vanilla No Bake Cookies
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.


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Vanilla No-Bake Cookies

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  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x


  • 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.

  • Author: Carole


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 216
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Sodium: 8mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


12 years ago

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!

12 years ago

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!

Sherline Cooper
8 years ago

I like this recipe; I’m going to try it.

8 years ago

They are a nice twist on the classic chocolate ones for sure!

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