No Bake Preacher Cookies

Now here’s a cookie with an unusual name: Preacher Cookies. Plus they get their name from a period long past. The storyplot will go, from way-back-when, a housewife might look outside and start to see the local preacher operating from horseback. Not attempting to welcome the preacher in to the house without placing out something to eat, a housewife might whip up a batch of these simple no-bake cookies that would be set and ready before the preacher knocked on the door.
preacherPeanut butter, oats, butter, and a little bit of chocolate, and that’s just about all you need for a batch of Preacher Cookies. Scoop out a spoonful and dollop onto waxed paper to set, then drizzle chocolate over the top. We love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, and the oats help to give texture and material to the cookie. These really do whip up super quickly, and all they need is a few momemts to create, then they’re prepared to serve. No real matter what you call them, these cookies flavor great. We don’t need any reason to produce a batch, simply a hankerin’ for something sugary.
preacher preacherMany might know these cookies by another name, cow patties, which really is a slightly gross but fairly accurate explanation of what these cookies appear to be. As the idea behind these cookies is obsolete, the sense of good hospitality is not. When company involves call, we still prefer to released something for people to munch on. Although these quaint, simpler times have handed down, it’s fun to talk about these little traditions with the next generation. The kids love making the cookies, and I love a baking project that doesn’t involve turning on the stove.

Preacher Cookies

30 minutes to prepare 30-40 cookies


  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 stick + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  1. Pour oats into a big bowl and set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Note: A baking sheet isn’t “required” – a flat surface, like a countertop, works.
  2. Melt 1 stick butter in a saucepan on medium-high warmth, stirring frequently to melt butter. Bring to a boil for 1 minute, then remove from high temperature. Add peanut butter and vanilla remove and stir to mix.
  3. Pour peanut butter mix over reserved oats. Add dairy and glucose, and mix until fully included.
  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon filled with batter onto cooking sheet, pressing right down to flatten.
  5. Melt chocolate potato chips with 1 tablespoon unsalted butter in a microwave safe dish, 20 second intervals on medium high temperature, stirring after every interval, until delicious chocolate is totally melted.
  6. Work with a spoon to drizzle delicious chocolate over top of cookies. Cookies will be ready to eat once delicious chocolate has cooled and established. Or, chill in refrigerator for one hour. Transfer cookies to a portion platter, or store within an airtight container.

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