Preacher Cookies

Today is my brother-in-law’s birthday, so for the second of my 25 cookies of Christmas, I’m sharing the recipe for his favorite cookies. Each year I make him a batch as part of his Christmas present.

The name of these no-bake cookies supposedly comes from the days when preachers rode the circuit, visiting their parishioners. The cook looked out the window and noticed the preacher riding toward her house from across the valley. Either because she didn’t have the right ingredients or didn’t have enough time (depending upon the version of the story you read), she whipped together this simple cookie and had them ready to serve the preacher when he got to her home.


  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Dash of Salt
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  1. Grease a 13 x 9-inch glass pan or a jelly roll pan.
  2. Combine butter, milk, cocoa, sugar and salt in a large saucepan, and boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla.
  4. Pour into a the prepared pan and allow to cool.
  5. Once completely cool, cut into 2 1/2″ to 3″ squares and enjoy.


  • Add raisins or chopped peanuts, if desired.
  • Speed up the cooling process by placing the pan in the refrigerator.
  • To store, include a piece of wax paper between the layers to keep cookies from sticking together.

Time Required: 15 minutes plus cooling time

Servings: 2 dozen

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  1. Lisa says:

    I had no idea there was a story behind those cookies – I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

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