Steno Pad Recipes: Millie’s Chocolate Oatmeal Drop Cookies

January 29th, 2014

My mother-in-law, Millie, raised her family on classic Southern cooking. When she died in 1998, I inherited her wedding dress, her cast iron skillet and a steno pad of recipes my husband grew up with. Some of these have become our own children’s favorites. Others, I’ve never gotten around to making, so I’ve decided to blog my way through them all, building a digital record of her recipe pad. A printable recipe link can be found at the bottom of this post, with her ingredients and directions transcribed exactly as written. My adaptations are in brackets. Feel free to repin, test, tweak, and share. Millie would be pleased. 

chocolate oatmeal drop cookies

A lot of people know these chocolate oatmeal drop cookies as “no bake-ums.” I’ve been making Millie’s recipe for years, and everyone in the house gets excited when they see the cocoa box and oatmeal canister out on the counter together. They’ve got a ton of sugar, so I won’t go so far as to call them healthy, but they’re healthier than lots of other sweets, and they have raw oats and peanut butter to cushion some of the impact of all that white sugar. We love them for after-school snacks and lunchbox treats.

Also, they dirty exactly one pan (if you line the cookie sheet). What’s not to love?

making cookies


Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 1 stick butter
  3. 1.2 cup milk
  4. 1 T corn syrup
  5. 3 cups oats (rolled, old-fashioned)
  6. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  7. 4 T cocoa
  8. 1 tsp vanilla
Boil 1 minute
  1. 2 C sugar
  2. 1 stick butter
  3. 1/2 C milk
  4. 1 T corn syrup
  5. 3 C oats
  6. 1/2 C peanut butter
  7. 4 T cocoa
  8. 1 tsp vanilla
  9. Stir well and drop by spoonsful on waxed paper.
Adapted from Millie's Steno Pad
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2 Responses to “Steno Pad Recipes: Millie’s Chocolate Oatmeal Drop Cookies”

  1. Kath Hale says:

    Thanks, Kyran! I’m going to mix up a batch of these tomorrow!

  2. lomagirl says:

    We call these No Bakes, and made them in the jungle over a wood fire when we had no stove but craved goodies. Ours didn’t have peanut butter, though.

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