Holiday Recipe: Dream Cookies (No-Bakes)

Home for the Holidays Series: This year, local reporters and editors are using Thanksgiving week to share our favorite holiday traditions and recipes with you, our readers.

Dream cookies
Dream cookies

While the origin of this recipe remains a bit up-in-the-air, it's always been my favorite of the Bondie Family Christmas Cookie Extravaganza. You might recognize them as no-bakes, but in our family, we call them Dream Cookies — as written on paper by my Great Aunt Marilyn.


  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1/2 cup milk (whole)

  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick, salted)

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 cups Quaker oats or 4 cups Rice Krispies


  • Mix sugar, milk and cocoa powder in a large pot.

  • Add butter. Heat and stir until butter is fully melted.

  • Bring to a rolling boil. Leave it there for one minute.

  • Pull quickly off heat and add oats (or Rice Krispies), vanilla extract and peanut butter.

  • Stir thoroughly. Scoop cookies onto wax paper (I recommend putting towels underneath to avoid rings on your table/counter).

  • Let cool for at least an hour before you dig in.

Makes about 20 cookies, depending on scoop.

— Contact editor Cassandra Lybrink (née Bondie) at Follow her on Twitter @CassLybrink.

This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Holiday Recipe: Dream Cookies (No-Bakes)