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Top of the Stove Cookies (VRP 400)

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Dive into the simplicity and delight of making Top of the Stove Cookies, a no-bake treat that combines the richness of cocoa and peanut butter with the hearty texture of oatmeal. Perfect for those moments when you crave something sweet but don’t want to turn on the oven, these cookies are quick to prepare and even quicker to disappear!

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Top of the Stove Cookies

A Short History:

  • No-Bake Treats: The concept of no-bake cookies has been around for decades, offering a quick and easy way to make sweets without the need for an oven.
  • Popularity: These cookies gained popularity for their simplicity and the convenience of using stovetop cooking, making them a go-to recipe for busy days and hot weather.
  • Versatility: Over the years, variations of the recipe have emerged, incorporating various ingredients such as nuts, chocolate chips, and different flavors of oatmeal, showcasing the versatility of this beloved treat.


  • Mid-20th Century: No-bake cookies begin to gain popularity as quick, easy-to-make desserts.
  • 1970s-1980s: The recipe becomes a staple in home kitchens, especially appreciated during the summer months to avoid oven use.
  • Present Day: Top of the Stove Cookies remain a favorite for their convenience and delicious taste, perfect for gatherings, school events, and family treats.

Tips for Making Perfect Top of the Stove Cookies:

  • Consistent Boiling: Ensure the sugar mixture boils for exactly 1 minute to achieve the right consistency without becoming too hard or too soft.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use good-quality cocoa and peanut butter for a rich flavor.
  • Quick Oats vs. Old-Fashioned: Use quick oats for a better texture, as they absorb the liquid more readily than old-fashioned oats.
  • Immediate Shaping: Drop the mixture onto wax paper as soon as it’s mixed to prevent it from setting in the pot.
  • Storage: Keep the cookies in an airtight container to maintain their freshness and chewiness for several days.

Vintage Recipe Box 400 comes to us from Chalfont, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

It is a large white metal box that measures 12” D x 5.5” W x 4” H and has a metal tag that says “American Home Menu Maker.” According to my research, the box was sold in multiple colors for $1 and included 212 “basic recipes” for an additional $.50. (See the image below, which is an order form to purchase the box.)

At this time, we do not know anything about the history of the box.

We do show that this box came to us with another box, but at this time, we are not sure if the same person owned them or if the eBay seller grouped them.

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Vintage Recipe Box 400
The image I found on Flickr is an original ad for the recipe box.

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Top of the Stove Cookies

Top of the Stove Cookies offer a delightful blend of flavors and textures, making them a perfect quick treat for any occasion. Whether you’re making them for a casual snack or a friendly gathering, these no-bake cookies are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with minimal effort and maximum flavor. Get your ingredients ready, and let the cookie-making begin!

Top of the Stove Cookies

Top of the Stove Cookies (VRP 400)


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


    Mix butter, sugar, cocoa and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Stir in peanut butter and then add oatmeal and vanilla. Drop quickly from spoon onto wax paper. Makes 4 dozen cookies

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