Canadian Cottage Cookies: No Bake

I was very excited to find this Canadian Cottage Cookie recipe in Grandma R’s recipe box. They looked like a fancy version of the classic no bake cookies I grew up with!

Of course I’m always happy to find gluten free dessert recipes for me. Between these and 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies I can satisfy my sweet tooth.

These are perfect any time of year but not needing the oven is a huge perk for the summer months.

I’m surprised how many of these old recipes are typed!

Canadian Cottage Cookies: Recipe


  • 2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 2 1/4 C quick oatmeal
  • 1 C shredded coconut
  • 1/2 C nuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Boil sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter for 5 minutes. Start timing once at a full boil. Stir in oatmeal, coconut, nuts, and vanilla. Drop on waxed paper.


As usual I skipped nuts and added 1/2 C more coconut. Also used old fashioned oats because that’s what I had on hand. They were delicious!

If there is too much of the chocolate sauce sprinkle in and mix small amounts of oatmeal. It should not be dry but also not soupy.

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4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: Gluten Free

These are the easiest to make peanut butter cookies I’ve ever made. Only 4 ingredients! Heck you could skip the vanilla and make it 3 if you wanted. Stop what you are doing and make a batch now! You won’t be sorry.

When searching through my recipe boxes I came across this peanut butter cookie recipe. Much to my surprise it doesn’t call for any flour. I was worried it was written wrong so I asked my Facebook page what they thought.

The response was quick and overwhelmingly yes, no flour needed. So many people had made and loved them for years! Phew! I’d had a disaster following a pumpkin bar recipe that grandma forgot to put down flour! So now I’m extra cautious. 

Taulara said “These are what my Grandma always made and we still make them. They remind me of being little and visiting my grandparents”.

Brandan suggested rolling them in sugar and then when almost finished pushing a Hershey kiss in the middle.

After such a positive response I was even more excited to try them. Who doesn’t love a good tried and true recipe? I especially love peanut butter cookies so I was ready to get baking.

This is a classic peanut butter cookie recipe that just so happens to be gluten free. Not one of those terrible recipes where they took something yummy, tried to make it healthy, and ruined it. Be sure to share this recipe with your gluten free or celiac friends. They will love you for it! It’s not often something is this good and doesn’t have gluten. 

Look how pretty they are! I played a bit with the baking time doing 9 minutes, 12 minutes, and 15 minutes. The ones baked at 9 minutes were my favorite.

The dough is very sticky so don’t worry so much about rolling in to balls. Scoop them into a round shape, roll in the sugar, and put them on the baking sheet. Once they are pressed and baked they look just fine! Even if they were ugly no one cares if cookies look bad as long as they taste good.

A Facebook user suggested leaving them on the pan for a couple minutes before moving them. It was good advice because they want to fall apart if moved too soon.


History of peanut butter in cookies a fun quick read! The first peanut butter cookies were made in 1902! Who knew!



4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Servings: 12-15
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Easy and tasty Peanut Butter Cookies. This classic recipe will soon be a favorite.

If you would like roll the cookie balls in sugar before placing on the baking sheet. This is my favorite way to make them.


  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. In a medium bowl mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
  2. Shape into 1-2 inch balls. Roll in sugar if desired.
  3. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press two ways with a fork to flatten slightly.
  4. Bake at 350 .
  5. 8-9 minutes for a soft cookie 12-14 minutes for a crunchy cookie

    Let cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before moving.


You will definitely want to check out my other cookie recipes.

  • Soft and fluffy this Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe is one of my favorites! I love cinnamon and sugar.
  • Potato Chip Cookies are an old fashioned favorite. The little bit of salty goes perfect with the sweet cookie. A perfect way to use up the last of your potato chips. Or an excuse to buy a bag!
  • Canadian Cottage Cookies are a different take on classic no bake cookies.

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#1 Requested Recipe: Dream Bars

I posted a picture on Your Everyday Heirlooms Face Book page of a “Cookie Recipe”. That recipe turned out to be for no bakes! You know those chocolate oatmeal treats you grew up with.

Vintage No Bake Recipe

I had no idea that they were not an 80s kid thing but actually had been around for quite a long time. Commenters chimed in having had them in the 70s, 60s, and even the 40s! Wow!

A Bite from the Past shares that they are a depression era recipe.

I had several requests for the recipe peeking out behind. Dream Bars are apparently a much loved favorite! 

Dream Bars I found this recipe in the box I bought at an estate sale. The recipe is in two parts.

First Part

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C sifted flour
  • 1/2 C brown sugar (firmly packed)

Mix well – press mixture evenly and firmly into bottom of an ungreased shallow baking pan (9×13). Bake 15 minutes or until delicately browned. 350 degrees.

Second Part

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 C shredded coconut
  • 1 C corn flakes
  • 1 C chopped nut meats

Beat eggs well, add brown sugar and beat. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Drop by spoonful into the bakes crust. Spread evenly.

Bake 25 minutes or until done. 350 degrees. Cut into bars while warm.

I finally made them! And boy oh boy they are delicious! I did skip the nuts and add in white chocolate chips. These will be a regular treat here.