Chocolate Oatmeal Delights Recipe

| May 3, 2020 | 17 Comments

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to learn how to make these super simple Chocolate Oatmeal Delight cookies. Printable recipe included.


Chocolate Oatmeal, enjoy!
These are so easy to make. The hard part is waiting for them to cool enough so you can pick them up. This is a great recipe to get the kids in the kitchen to help you with. And, they’re delicious too.


Chocolate Oatmeal, slider.

This cookie was very popular in my younger days. It’s still an old favorite today, and it’s really quick and easy to make. Get the kids in the kitchen to help you and make some good memories with them.

This particular recipe is adapted from one my Aunt Lena placed in our “Stewart Family Favorites Cookbook” that our family reunion put together many years ago. The book was a collection of favorite recipes from various members of my Mother’s side of the family. They sold it to help raise funds to put on the family reunions each year.

I did make a couple of adaptations to the recipe. Aunt Lena’s version called for cooking it 5 minutes, but I found that to be a bit too long. I’ve cut the cooking time back to 1 minute once the mixture reaches the rolling boil stage.

If you can wait the hour or two that it takes for these cookies to firm up, you’ll be good to go. Smile.

Years back, Mama made these ever so often. They were often made to be sold at bake sales put on by our local church or even at school bazaars. They also make good inexpensive gifts that can be served in cookie tins or small bags. Lots of possibilities with this little cookie. Chocolate is pretty much always a winner.

Aunt Lena called these Chocolate Oatmeal Delights, but most folks probably just know them as Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. What did you call them?

Ready to give our cookies a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Chocolate Oatmeal, ingredients.
No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Delight Cookies – You’ll need these ingredients.


Chocolate Oatmeal, add sugar.
Place 2 cups of granulated Sugar in a medium sized sauce pot.


Chocolate Oatmeal, add cocoa powder.
Add the 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder.


Chocolate Oatmeal, mix well.
Grab a whisk and mix the sugar and cocoa powder together until fully combined.


Chocolate Oatmeal, add butter.
Add 1 stick of Butter.


Chocolate Oatmeal, add milk.
Add 1/2 cup of Milk. Preferably whole milk.

Place this over Medium-High heat on your stove top. Stir constantly until the butter has melted.


Chocolate Oatmeal, boil one minute.
After the butter melts and everything is stirred together, let the mixture come to a rolling boil. You do not need to stir during this time unless it looks like it’s going to boil over the pot.



Chocolate Oatmeal, add the peanut butter.
Add the 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter.


Chocolate Oatmeal, add a dash of salt.
Add the dash of Salt. That’s about one or two shakes of your salt shaker. Smile.


Chocolate Oatmeal, add the vanilla flavoring
Add 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Flavoring.


Chocolate Oatmeal, mix well.
Using a large spoon, quickly mix everything together.


Chocolate Oatmeal, gradually add the oats.
Gradually add the 2-1/2 cups of Old Fashioned Oatmeal.

Start out by adding just one cup, then stir that until the oats are fully coated. Continue to gradually add the remaining oats. The mixture should start to thicken as you stir and it begins to cool. If the mixture still appears to be runny, you can add a few more of the oats.

Stir well, fully coating all the oats with the chocolate mixture.


Chocolate Oatmeal, drop by spoon.
When the mixture starts to thicken up, drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper, or a lightly greased baking sheet.

You can make these as large as you’d like. If the mixture is still a bit runny, they will spread out and be thinner. If it’s thick, you may have to spread them out a bit with the spoon. You’ll get the hang of it.

Now comes the hard part. You have to let them cool until they are firm.


Chocolate Oatmeal, let cool.
If you have them on a baking sheet, you can speed up the process by placing your pan in the refrigerator for awhile. Mine were pretty thin, but took several hours just sitting out on the counter top before they were firm enough to pick them up without them breaking. Patience my dear, patience.


Chocolate Oatmeal, enjoy!

I got 15 fairly large cookies out of this batch. Once they are cooled, you can place them in a container or jar and leave them out for several days, if they last that long. Or, cover them and store them in the refrigerator.


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Chocolate Oatmeal, printbox.

Chocolate Oatmeal Delights Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes with wait time.
  • Yield: 12-15 cookies 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


These are an old favorite from my youth. Chocolate Oatmeal Delights are quick and easy to make, but you do have to wait for them to cool and firm up before you can enjoy them. That’s the only thing hard about this recipe. They’re delicious though.



2 cups Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 stick Butter
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
Dash of Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla Flavoring
21/2 cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal


Place sugar in a medium sized sauce pot.
Add the cocoa powder. Whisk together until well mixed.
Add the butter.
Add the milk.
Place over Medium-High heat on stove top.
Stir until butter is fully melted.
Let mixture come to a rolling boil and boil for ONE MINUTE.
Remove from heat.
Add the peanut butter.
Add dash of salt.
Add vanilla flavoring.
Stir well to dissolve peanut butter.
Gradually add the oatmeal, stirring as you go to fully coat.
If mixture seems runny, add a few more of the oats until mixture is slightly thick.
Drop by large spoonful’s on parchment paper or lightly greased baking sheet.
Let cool completely until firm.


Once firm, cookies can be stored in a container or jar on the counter top. Or, cover them securely and store them in your refrigerator.

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  1. Ashleigh says:

    These cookies were so good! I was just wondering how many calories were in it? I can’t seem to find that anywhere. :p

  2. Julie says:

    My family love these cookies! One of my sons lives almost 900 miles away in a warm climate and he begs me to make him a bunch of them and send them to him, but I fear they would be one big melted block of chocolate and oats by the time he received them. I’ve told him they’re so easy he could make them himself, but he’s convinced they wouldn’t turn out as good as these. These are obviously a huge favorite!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Julie, We all know that no matter how hard we try, nothing ever turns out as good as what Mama makes. Smile. He won’t even care if they do turn into a big block of melted chocolate and oats. Make him happy. Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate your visit. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  3. Gwynette in NWArkansas says:

    I know I’m late to the party with my comment, but my family calls these Boiled Cookies. Hard to leave them alone until they are all gone!! I’m a new subscriber and love reading through your recipes. Had me a ‘mater sandwich yesterday and I’m putting some bacon on it today. God bless you and yours!

  4. Elizabeth White says:

    HI! Do you know how to make these without the peanut butter? My Grandma made these for me all the time but no peanut butter. I found a recipe on Hershy’s website a couple years ago and they were perfect. But I didn’t print it right then and it disappeared. I am so sad. Grandma has memory issues and can’t seem to make them anymore. I would love to make them for her. Thanks. All your recipes are delicious

  5. Kathleen says:

    Ive made these many times and we call them Preacher Cookies because they’re something you could mix up quickly if you had an unexpected visit from your pastor
    At least that’s what I heard about the origin of the name.

    Many thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  6. Jim Hall says:

    The cookies look delicious!
    I love pepper jelly & order or buy whenever I run across it! Haven’t heard of not tried Peggy’s & am eager to do so!

  7. RobbieAnn Montgomery says:

    I’ve also been making these cookies for years. My children even at 46,44,40 will hover over the cookie sheet and eat their first one with a spoon!
    So, why don’t you publish your family cookbook? The recipes you have shared are all good.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi RobbieAnn, Many folks have asked about the cookbook. It’s no longer available I’m afraid. I’ve posted a good number of the recipes on Taste of Southern, but many have also failed in my attempts to make them. I don’t know how much care went into getting all the ingredients and instructions right in the book. Thank you for asking though. I do appreciate your visits and support. I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  8. Kay Burns says:

    The only thing my friends at work and I say differently about these cookies, is the name. Haha. Friends, family, my children all enjoy eating these during the Christmas season especially. Thank you so much for posting a favorite. We love your recipes.

  9. judy pleshe says:

    These are great, been making them for 40 years.

  10. Cheryl Ann says:

    We call these No-Bake Cookies! I have made at least 7 batches of these darn things in the last couple of months-both for my quarantined son and out of town daughter. These 2 grown children would rather have no-bake cookies than anything! In fact my son was giving me the ‘look’ just last night, I took him to my kitchen and showed him the empty sugar container And I pointed to the clock–nearly 11:00PM! Truth be told, I would have relented if I had the ingredients–So, I know beyond doubt he will come home from work tonight with the needed supplies! Funny, though, as a kid, my Grandmother Never made these but we had them at school occasionally. Oh how I loved our lunch ladies-what great cooks they were, actual Meals. The stuff they serve today is so poor by comparison! Thank you for the post. Have a wonderful day!

  11. Gigi says:

    Forgot the star rating! Sorry

  12. Gigi says:

    We call those, ‘No Bakes’, with a few changes. 3 Cups of oats, 1 cup of peanut butter & 3 TBLs cocoa and we don’t flatten them. Usually get about 16 – 20 cookies. And we only have to wait 30 minutes for them to firm up on the tray in the fridge. No storage necessary, they never last that long. lol

  13. Karen Miller says:

    Sounds like a good recipe to try, but I can’t have anything with peanut butter. Don’t know if it would work with almond butter since it has a different texture.
    I always look forward to Monday morning for what you have to say and your recipe to share. Thanks!

  14. Kathy H. says:

    Oh my goodness! The memories! We called them peanutbutter oatmeal no bakes. Mom made them often, sometimes with chunky peanutbutter, so good! First recipe I ever made, growing up in West Virginia. BTW, love the website,always look forward to Mondays!

  15. Lori Dom says:

    Look delicious and similar to a recipe that I make. After seeing these I will have to make a batch or crave them all week, I think that I will make some. Would love to have a copy of your families cookbook, do they still sell them? Have a great day and God Bless

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