Mud Cookies or No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

Since I have been blogging on subjects beyond cooking and housekeeping over at The Family Dance, I have taken a few walks down memory lane to revisit my childhood days. In the post That's Just the Way I Like It, I recently recalled some stories I had heard of my mother's lack of cooking knowledge when she was a new bride. That got me to thinking of my own first experiences with cooking. Fortunately, my mother put me to work in the kitchen learning to cook when I was very young. Mud Cookies were probably the first cookies that I made when I was a little girl, and I remember making them pretty regularly. I decided to pull out that old recipe today and make up a retro batch of Mud Cookies. I felt like a kid again; my taste buds remembered everything.

Mud Cookies or Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup peanut butter (can use either smooth or crunchy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups quick cooking oats

Line two large sheet pans with wax paper; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, melt butter. Add milk, sugar, and cocoa; stir until combined. Bring to a boil, then cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and immediately stir in peanut butter, vanilla extract, and oats. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared pans. Allow cookies to cool before removing from pans.

These cookies are flavored with cocoa powder and peanut butter, and they even have oats thrown into the mix for some extra goodness.  

Drop the cookies by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper and allow to cool.

With all the nostalgia going on, I think Desert Rose would be the appropriate serving piece for these Mud Cookies.


  1. We used to make these when we were kids....such a great recipe!

  2. Oh goodness, I love these cookies! They are easy and delicious! Your pictures make me want to make some again real soon. :) Thanks for sharing such a good recipe!

  3. Hi Anita...I have been so wanting to catch up with you! It seems I get ahead in one thing and "behinder" in everything else...so sorry I haven't been by. Those cookies look good! Some of the "no bake" cookies can be a bit too much for me but with the peanut butter and chocolate and oats...well, it's almost health food! LOL! I think I have one of those Desert Rose plates...I didn't know the name I just picked one up at the thrift store because it was so pretty! It cracks me up that some of the things I still use around here are now antiques or vintage collectables...hmmm...what does that say about me?

  4. Hi Anita, I used to make these all the time when my kids were around. They sure satisfy the sweet tooth, don't they?

  5. My aunt used to make these for her kids, but I haven't had them in years. Funny how foods from our past bring back such wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing a bit about your past with us!

  6. I love these cookies!!! They used to sell these at my school when I was younger. What a memory. They were delicious! I haven't made these with my kids yet. We need to get with it! Thanks for the memory!

  7. Hi Anita,
    These Mud Cookies look like a wonderful treat. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Made these last night, big hit with friends and family.