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No Bake Cookies Recipe

No Bake cookies are a universally popular sweet treat. These yummy cookies are made on your stovetop in just a few minutes. Plop them on a tray, cool and eat. Your family will beg you for more.

No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are a wonderful indulgence to have in your recipe box.

This gluten free treat is perfect for movie nights and spontaneous desserts.

Whip up a batch and pack them into your cooler for road trips, potluck parties, picnics, or the lunchbox.

Kids adore them and so does everyone else.

Just keep them at room temperature or cooler so they don’t melt.

No Bake Cookies

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No Bake Cookie Recipe:

When you don’t want to do an hour in the kitchen with mixing bowls and baking sheets, No bakes come to the rescue.

One pot, some measuring tools, your stove top and 10 minutes is about all you need to complete a batch of these chocolate cookie treats.

No Bake Cookies
The cooked chocolate sauce binds the cookie ingredients together.
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No Bake cookies are a universally popular sweet treat. These yummy cookies are made on your stovetop in just a few minutes. Plop them on a tray, cool and eat.

Cookie Tips:

  • Things to keep in mind when making these cookies. You really need to stay focused. And you need a minute timer or clock near by you can easily read from your stove.
  • These ingredients cook together at a boil. For ONE critical minute they must do a full roiling boil. Then remove the pan from the stove. The timing of the cooking is the key to success with these cookies.
  • If you undercook the chocolate sauce the cookies will not set up. They will be wet and gooey.
  • If you overcook the sauce the cookies will be dry and crumbly. It’s all in the sauce.
Cooked No Bake Cookie Chocolate Sauce
Cooked no bake cookie sauce

Ingredients:

  • granulated sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • butter
  • milk
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • vanilla extract
  • Rolled oatmeal
Cooked And Stirred No Bake Cookies
No bake chocolate oatmeal cookie dough with rolled oats

Substitutions:

I use creamy Jiffy peanut butter for this recipe. Natural peanut butter is a bit tricky to get properly set up.

  • quick oats rather than the rolled oats. Do NOT use steel cut oats.
  • Dutch Process dark cocoa powder rather than light.
  • Almond butter, biscoff spread or sunflower seed butter in place of creamy peanut butter.
  • Coconut oil can replace the butter since they both solidify.
  • any non dairy milk can replace the milk in this recipe.

If you are an old hand at this recipe and know of other substitutions that result in a stable yummy cookie please comment below for our other bakers.

Joy And Sunshine Blog has a yummy version of Healthy No Bake Cookie for this recipe. If you want to replace the sugar see how she did it.

No Bake Cookies

These cookies will last a few days in an air tight container. They do dry out if left out on the counter overnight exposed to air.

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No Bake cookies are a universally popular sweet treat. These yummy cookies are made on your stovetop in just a few minutes. Plop them on a tray, cool and eat.

Freezing:

You can freeze these cookies up to three months in an air tight freezer container. Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

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Please also watch our recipe demonstration video at the bottom of this recipe card.

No Bake Cookies On A White Plate
Yield: 24 cookies

No Bake Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
cooling time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

No Bake cookies are a delicious homemade chocolate cookie made on the stove top in just a few minutes. No baking. No batches. Just cook, stir and cool.

Ingredients

  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 stick organic butter
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups rolled oatmeal

Instructions

  1. In a 2 qt. saucepan melt butter, sugar, milk and cocoa. No Bake Cookies-Combine Ingredients In Saucepan
  2. Whisk the ingredients until completely blended and bring to a FULL ROILING boil.
  3. Let the sauce boil while stirring constantly for exactly one minute. Bring The Sauce To A Boil
  4. Remove from heat. Cooked No Bake Cookie Chocolate Sauce
  5. Immediately add the peanut butter and stir until it melts. Add in the vanilla and oats and thoroughly stir with a wooden spoon.Adding Peanut Butter,Vanilla And Oatmeal To Finish Cookies.
  6. Stir until all the ingredients are completely combined and then immediately make into cookies as follows.Cooked And Stirred No Bake Cookies
  7. Place tin foil or waxed paper on the counter and IMMEDIATELY spoon the cookie mixture onto the surface with a teaspoon.Spooning No Bake Cookies Onto Foil
  8. You will make 24 little cookie shaped globs.No Bake Cookies Cooling
  9. Let them sit on the foil or parchment until they are cooled and set.
  10. Serve.No Bake Cookies

Notes

No bake cookies are easy if you follow the instructions exactly.

TIPS:

  • You are making a form of candy when cooking the chocolate sauce. It must be EXACTLY timed to a minute boil and then removed from heat or the sauce will harden too soon and the cookies will be dry and crumbly.
  • The cooked chocolate sauce will begin to set as it cools. So quickly add the peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Stir and get the cookies shaped and on the foil immediately. Otherwise the cookie mix will harden in your pan.

Substitutions:

  • quick oats rather than the rolled oats. Do NOT use steel cut oats.
  • Dutch Process dark cocoa powder rather than light.
  • Almond butter or sunflower seed butter in place of creamy peanut butter.
  • Coconut oil can replace the butter since they both solidify.
  • any non dairy milk can replace the milk in this recipe.

If you are an old hand at this recipe and know of other substitutions that result in a stable yummy cookie please comment below for our other bakers.

These cookies will last a few days in an air tight container. They do dry out if left out on the counter overnight exposed to air.

Freezing:

You can freeze these cookies up to three months in an air tight freezer container. Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24 cookies

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 144Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 11mgSodium 59mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 2g

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No Bake cookies are a universally popular sweet treat. These yummy cookies are made on your stovetop in just a few minutes. Plop them on a tray, cool and eat.

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Nancy

Friday 23rd of April 2021

Hi,

I have been making these for years. My Mom called them Hot Rods (because they go so fast) and my husband's family called them Frogs.

We do not use peanut butter, but add 1 cup coconut to the oats.

Amazing and a family favourite - now on to the third generation!!

Diane

Friday 23rd of April 2021

Hi Nancy, Yes! These are just so easy to gobble up. Thanks so much for sharing how you make these and how much you love No bakes. Have a wonderful day!

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