No-Bake Cookies - A Classic Cookie Perfect for Camping

No-Bake Cookies are a classic and so easy to make with ingredients that you most likely have on hand at home in your pantry!

When I was growing up, we rarely had store-bought treats.  My mom always made homemade popsicles in the summer.  Nearly every week, she would make some type of snack for us to have throughout the week.  Her culinary delights varied from week to week.  But, one of our favorite treats was No-Bake Cookies.  

No-Bake Cookies - A Classic Cookie Perfect for Camping!

I am certain that we never appreciated how lucky we were to have something homemade and frowned at the lack of prepackaged snacks.  Now, I realize how much better her snacks were and how much effort she put into these little details.  I suppose it is the fact that I grew up in a home where we cooked daily that I still prefer it and make many things from scratch.  

My original recipe from my childhood cookbook.

No-Bake Cookies are the perfect cookie to take camping.  They transport well and won't last long because everyone loves them.  These cookies were a staple for us growing up, and I still make them often for my crew. 

We probably consume more peanut butter than any other item in our pantry.  So, that is the hook for me right off the bat.  Combine it with chocolate, and I'm all in.  

My childhood cookbook has all of my favorite recipes that I use often!

I wrote down this recipe in the first cookbook I ever owned.  My friend Lee Ann gave me this cookbook a "few" years ago, and I started to write down recipes in it.  This book has moved with me many times and been well-loved.   It still contains this classic recipe that I use today.

All of the ingredients mix easily in one big bowl and can be scooped out onto wax paper to cool.

I know that you can look for ways to cut calories with sugar substitutes.  I just use plain old sugar for these.  I'm sure I could shave some calories, but I'll just chance it here.  While the original recipe calls for quick-cooking oats, I typically have rolled ones on hands and just use those.  Bring the first 4 ingredients to a boil.  Add your peanut butter and vanilla before mixing with the oats and coconut.  Spoon out by the tablespoon onto wax paper and done.  You can even get your kids involved in the task.

These are perfect for taking on hikes, enjoying on the road in the car or at a picnic.  And, since they have so much oatmeal, I'm certain they are healthy!  Right?  Just let me have this moment here.  These cookies really are good.  If you are looking for something to enjoy during your next camping adventure, take a batch of No Bake Cookies.  I'd love to hear from you if you do!  If you make a batch, be sure to tag me on social media with #southernglamper!  

Until next time...happy camping!

Write recipe photo description here No-Bake Cookies
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Servings: 24 to 28 cookies 
Calories per serving: 138 calories per cookie
This classic comfort food cookie has basic staple items as ingredients making it easy to make any time.  They are delicious and travel well!

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 cups of quick-cooking oats (but I do use regular rolled oats too!)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (I used unsweetened)
  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil dissolving the sugar completely.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl combine the oats and coconut.
  4. Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the oats and mix thoroughly.
  5. Drop out by tablespoons onto wax paper and allow to cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

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