It is true! I have mastered the art of cooking for all the non-cooks like myself.  Cooking shortcuts are my best friend! And they will be yours too when your dish is a hit at the holiday party and you know deep down it required minimal time in the kitchen.

So, recipe #2 in Keeta's Cooking for Non-Cooks Series is a classic and all time favorite.... No bake cookies! It doesn't get any easier or more delicious than this. Throw these babies on a nice holiday platter and  go to your holiday gathering with complete confidence in your cooking skills.

Here's my simple recipe:


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats

Mix all ingredients together. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow cookies to cool for at least 1 hour and Viola!!

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