Preacher Cookies


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick) or 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups rolled oats

First take out a nice 2-quart saucepan. In it combine the sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Cook and stir the mixture over medium heat until the margarine melts, and the sugar dissolves. Bring the pot to a boil, and reduce the heat slightly. Simmer the mixture for several minutes, until the chocolate forms a soft ball when dropped into a bowl of cold water. This is about 234° on a candy thermometer. Remove the pan from the heat when it reaches the soft ball stage. Add the salt, peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until the peanut butter is dissolved. Finally stir in the oatmeal. The mixture may seem a little runny, but will thicken up as it cools. Drop the mixture from a tablespoon onto a sheet of waxed paper. It should form medium sized cookies. Depending on the size of the cookie, you may end up with as few as 15 or as many as 24.

This is my favorite recipe in the whole wide world. It got it’s name because it could be prepared quickly when a housewife looked out her window and saw the preacher riding up the mountain on his horse. By the time the preacher arrived, the cookies were cooling. I remember family members making them for me as a kid, and I still have people calling me just to request this recipe over the phone. This one recipe could make the reputation of a good cook.


Quick And Easy Preacher Cookies

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Rebecca - December 16, 2009

I just finished this recipe, and it’s REALLY good..It made 22 cookies, and they are just cooling. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

    kenneth - September 6, 2010

    great recipe, had to tweek it though, wife is diabetic 2 cups splenda + 1/2 cup sugar cuts the carbs way down but still taste very good

rebecca - April 25, 2011

My 3 sons loved this when I made it. Its really good to eat for breakfast,its just a chocolate flavored oatmeal treat. on the go and no time for breakfast,works for us!

Mae - April 27, 2011

Hate to tell you what we call these cookies. Cow Patties! LOL A big favorite in my family. I love them when they are still warm.

Laura - April 27, 2011

My Mom made something very close to this called “Top of the Stove Cookies” and we loved them (I still love them).

Irene Fisher - April 27, 2011

I have heard these called “Preacher Cookies”. Many years ago the pastor would visit his congregational members weekly. When he came to call, it was customary to have coffee or tea and a refreshment such as cake, cookies, etc. They got this name because you were supposed to be able to make them as you saw the preacher coming up the sidewalk. They would be ready by the time he got to the door. :)

GrannieAnnie - April 30, 2011

I am 60 yrs old, made these since I was a teenager but never heard them called Preacher Cookie. We always called them No-bakes, but whatever the you call them they are a easy, great cookie no matter how old you are.

CarolinaGirl - January 30, 2012

I have always loved these cookies! Growing up, my family always called them Oatmeal Drop Cookies. When my husband and I first started dating, I discovered that his family called them “Preacher Cookies”. No matter what they are called, they are always delicious! And, I like to think to myself that they are healthier than other cookies because of the oatmeal! I’ll have to try to cut the sugar with Splenda and maybe I’ll feel even less guilty!

Elaine - May 6, 2013

I come from Southwest Virginia and we always called them Preacher Cookies. My kids always have loved them. When my son was in the Navy he called me from Japan once just to get the recipe!

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