No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Balls

3 minutes
July 27, 2021
Carole Jones
I’m headed “home.”  Ohio.  I’ve lived in Minnesota for five years now, but Ohio will always be home for me.  I grew up there and spent 10 of our 16 years of marriage there.  Now if only I could make it home without that long 15 hour drive.  I don’t mind the drive so much as the 5 kids in the back complaining about the drive.
I know everyone has great tricks for keeping your kids happy during road trips but we subscribe to the only one that works for us.  Drive at night.  Leave after dinner, the kids are awake for a couple hours and then sleep the night away.  By the time they start to wake-up, we are there!  Yes, Mom and Dad are tired but I’m willing to sacrifice a bit of sleep for a nice quiet drive.

No bake oatmeal cookie barsIf you are planning a road trip, I wouldn’t recommend bringing along these cookies.  They are really messy!  I tried this recipe for the first time about two weeks ago and made them again yesterday for the fourth time.  Soooo easy and cute!  They can be eaten without refrigeration, but I prefer them cold.  I think they taste a lot like uncooked cookie dough, which in my book, is almost better than the baked cookie!

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No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Balls

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These cookies are no bake little bites of yummy.  Oats, chocolate and peanut butter rolled into balls, which then roll into powdered sugar.

  • Yield: 18 cookies


  • 2 C whole oats

  • 3/4 C white sugar

  • 3 Tb cocoa powder

  • 1 Tb water

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 C butter, soft

  • 2 Tb peanut butter

  • 1 C powdered sugar


  1. Mix oats, white sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.  Add water, vanilla, butter and peanut butter.  With clean hands, thoroughly combine the ingredients until butters are evenly distributed.
  2. Grab a small amount of dough and squeeze it together firmly in your hand, then roll it into a ball, about 1″ in diameter.  Roll in powdered sugar until thickly coated.  Refrigerate at least 20  minutes before serving.
  • Author: Carole


  • Serving Size: 2 balls
  • Calories: 274
  • Sugar: 31g
  • Sodium: 20mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg

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.


15 years ago

These look super yummy. Have a great, safe trip. Tell your parents “Hi” for us.

Koala Green
15 years ago

Are you driving past BG? Wave Hi!!

Have a safe trip.

15 years ago

Oooo…these look great. Thanks for the driving tips. I don’t know how I’m going to get around the fact that I am a narcoleptic night driver…hmmm. Have a great visit HOME!!

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