I know I’ve been quiet around here.  Life has been really busy though and I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging.  I barely feel like turning my computer on after working all day….and a lot of the time I don’t!  Most of my Facebook communication comes from using my iPhone, and even that has become sparse lately.  Suffice it to say, we are still in the midst of a lot of things here and hopefully all will calm down soon.

I happened to be home this afternoon because I had some work done at the hospital that made me unable to “operate heavy equipment”.  I guess that means driving my car.  😉  It sure didn’t mean I couldn’t make something yummy today though!  I have been thinking about my chocolate coconut no bake cookies for a while now.  It has been a long time since I have made them.  It’s more like candy than cookie, though, and when I do make them, it is really hard to leave them be.  Then I started thinking about the no bake cookies we buy back at home from Cindy’s Cake Shop.  Grumpy loves the Peanut Butter No Bakes – with no chocolate whatsoever in them.  They are pretty darn good, and I decided that I needed to try my hand at making some of these.  I make them smaller – I use my small cookie scoop to spoon them out onto the wax paper.  Smaller is better when you are eating a concentrated amount of sugar in my opinion.  What I love about these is they taste so much like peanut butter fudge on a health kick.  The healthy whole oats make me feel a lot better about downing more than one of these.  The peanut butter flavor is great with a whole cup of peanut butter in the mixture.  These will be a small treat for Grumpy’s lunch box this week.  Oh heck, they will probably make it into mine too!

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies


  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup (or 4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 3 cups Whole Oats
Mix sugar, butter, milk, and salt in heavy saucepan.  Bring to a slow boil and cook until temperature reads 230 degrees (soft boil stage).  Immediately remove from heat an add peanut butter and vanilla.  Stir until almost smooth (do not stir too long after it starts to smooth out or it will start to harden up like fudge!).  Add oats and quickly drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper.  Cool.  Store in airtight container.Note that cook time is approximate, go by the candy thermometer or use the cold water soft ball test by dripping some of the syrup mixture into cold water.  If you can form a soft ball with your finger, the mixture is done.  I prefer a candy thermometer as it works best for me!

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 7 mins Total time: 12 mins Yield: 2 dozen