Mamaw McGee’s DoDo Balls – aka Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

dodo ballsI’m sure you remember these cookies from your childhood.  Mamaw McGee, Sue Patrick Richard’s grandmother, taught me how to make DoDo Balls in the 4th grade and I have never forgotten the recipe. Sue says I have this recipe down to a ‘fine art’. Anyone who has been to my home has eaten DoDo Balls. This is a family tradition!  Yes, we really call them DoDo Balls – the humor of a 4th grader – what can I say?


2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons cocoa, not heaping
1 stick of butter

Cook above ingredients in heavy sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to low boil for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Don’t start your time until mixture is boiling and be careful not to scorch! The cookies should be moist, not hard or dry.  Remove from heat, and add:

1/2 cup peanut butter (I put much more peanut butter-close to 1 cup),
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 heaping cups oatmeal (the kind that cooks in 1 minute).

Mix well and drop onto wax paper. I use a melon scoop and make small size drop cookies.



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18 responses to “Mamaw McGee’s DoDo Balls – aka Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  1. daniella h

    Thank u This is my dads fav. type cookies and he has not have any sence is mom die 😦

    • Cathy tucker

      Thank you so much for this recipe I have been searching for a while for these. Not even Quaker knew what I was asking for. My kids loved these when they were young. My Son who now is 30 wanted me to make them and I had lost my recipe.

      • Growing up my mom use to make these, we called them chocolate doo doo balls. What’s the real name? I would love to have some now, it’s been years since I had them.

      • Patti Adley Bryan

        We still make them all the time. My 10 year old granddaughter makes them all by herself now. We’re so proud of her.

      • Patti Adley Bryan

        Lynn – we make these all the time. People often call them ‘no bake cookies’ or ‘drop cookies’.

      • Patti Adley Bryan

        I love this story! My 10 year old granddaughter makes them now. I’m passing the baton to her now!

  2. Janet Northen

    Hi Patti – couldn’t find my recipe for these today – and thought I remembered you having it – Thanks!

  3. Kristie Karr Aldridge

    I remember Mrs. Patti cooking these for us when we were little. These are still my favorite. I am fixing to make a batch for my little ones, and I know they are gonna love them as much as I do.

    • Patti Adley Bryan

      Krit, you are so sweet!!! Yes, I made many a batch of Do Do Balls for you, Jon and all the neighborhood kids. Enjoy making sweet memories with your babies.
      Love you,

  4. Hayley Hill

    i luv dodo balls!!!!

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  7. eva roberts

    Oh my goodness, Patti, I remember these cookies. That was such a long time ago. I feel so old. I would love the receipe, I probably have it somewhere.


  8. Amber Colbert Montgomery

    I love these too and yes it makes me think about your house. I remember you sharing these with us when we came to visit y’all.

    • pattiadleybryan

      Thank you! Yes, you have had these cookies at my house. In fact, I made them last night.
      Great memories – please tell Mom and Dad hello from us.

  9. Pat Gill

    Wow, DoDo Balls. We used to make these all the time from a recipe in my daddy’s old KWKH cookbook. I always thought everyone called these DoDo Balls, but after having several people give me very strange looks when I call them DoDo Balls, I’ve decided it might just be a Sunset Acres name for these cookies!

  10. Christina

    Hello Patti! The pictures of all your goodies look mouthwateringly delicious, I can’t wait to try and recreate some of these recipes! All the best! your inbound buddy!

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