Missouri Cookie Recipe

This was a family recipe thought lost in the 60’s, but was recovered in the mid-80’s after years of searching.  These non-bake, no flour Missouri cookies are so good, they’ll bring tears to your eyes; they do for me.

Missouri Cookies


  • ½ Cup Peanut Butter (non-refrigerated type)
  • 1 t Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Quick Cook Oatmeal
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 T Cocoa
  • 2 T Butter
  • ½ Cup Milk


  1. Put the peanut butter, vanilla, and oatmeal in a large bowl.
  2. Place the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Let boil for 3 minutes, continuing to stir the whole time, and remove from the heat. Quickly pour this sauce over the large bowl with the peanut butter and oats. Quickly mix well and drop teaspoon size cookies onto wax paper. Let cool, and they're ready to eat.
  3. Sometimes the humidity of the day can effect the preparation of these cookies and can crumble during the final mixing. Don’t despair; the crumbled mixture is great over ice cream.

Note from the contributor of this recipe:

This was my mom’s recipe and has been in our family for many years.  My mom was an excellent cook, but never kept written recipes because she had them all in her mind.   Unfortunately, her mind was a steel trap, and when she passed away in the late 60’s, our family lost many of her recipes.

One day, while I was working at AST Computer in the 80’s just before the Christmas holidays, one of my co-workers brought in a variety plate of cookies.  I noticed right away the plate contained something that looked like my mom’s “Missouri Cookies”.  My eyes became misty and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  This woman was from the mid-west (Missouri) and grew up making these cookies.  I told her my story and we both had tears in our eyes.  This recipe is very near and dear to my heart.  These are easy to make and we always remember my mom when we make them.

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