You’ll love how easy and tasty these preacher cookies are. They’re a no-bake delight! When you need to whip up something quick, these are the go-to cookie.
These cookies are an old recipe of the South. It’s said that these might have been named “Preacher Cookies” because you can fix a batch quickly, so if the preacher were to drop by for a visit, he could be served right away.
The recipe does require boiling some of the ingredients, so you’ll need a stovetop. But you won’t need to bake these cookies at any point.
Other Names for These Cookies
So… these look familiar, but you don’t call them preacher cookies? This dessert goes by a few different names.
My family has always called them “no-bakes”. That’s probably the most common name for these cookies.
Preacher cookies are also known as “cow plops” and “cow pie cookies”. Maybe you can guess why! If you want to pretty up these cookies a bit, leave out the cocoa and drizzle melted chocolate on them instead. Or, add dried cranberries to the tops after forming the batter into balls.
Substitutions and Additions to Preacher Cookies
There are many more ways to spice up these cookies; here are a few ideas to pick from:
Try adding butterscotch morsels to this recipe, or use them in lieu of the cocoa. Stir them in after the boiling step.
Drizzle melted caramel and sea salt on top.
Shredded coconut is a tasty addition; stir a quarter cup (or more per your liking) into the batter.
Substitute crunchy peanut butter for the creamy peanut butter if you’d like some extra crunch.
M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces can be stirred gently into the cookie batter.
Double up the chocolate flavor by stirring in white, milk, or dark chocolate chips after the boiling step.
Other Tips for Preacher Cookies
Brown sugar can’t be used as a substitute in this recipe, or your cookies aren’t going to properly set. Sticking close to the recipe should give you the best results. I haven’t tried this recipe with other types of nut butter. If you try it out with almond butter, which is usually thinner than peanut butter, you may need to use less.
For the boiling step, boil for exactly one minute. No more, no less. Timing this step accurately will help your cookies set perfectly.
Be sure to use quick cooking oats or instant oats. Old fashioned rolled oats won’t work well for this recipe. The Spruce Eats has a great guide to the different oat types.
Once you’re done, pop the cookie sheet into the fridge if you want to hasten the setting process.
Try our other cookies as well!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies – so many yummy ingredients that you’ll find in the Preacher Cookies are in this easy baked cookie recipe.
Carrot Cake Cookies – if you love carrot cake, these will be your new favorite cookies!
We hope you’ll enjoy our Preacher Cookies recipe!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1.5 cups white granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder regular or dark
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 2.5 cups quick oats
- On your stovetop, melt the butter, milk, sugar, cocoa, and salt together at medium heat.
- Turn up the heat to bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for one minute. Remove from heat.
- Stir in the vanilla. Then mix in the peanut butter until completely mixed in. Lastly, mix in the quick oats.
- Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Let set for an hour, or until completely set.