About Classic No Bake Cookies
Everyone has a favorite dessert they absolutely have to have during the holiday season, and for me, that dessert is the ugly duckling of the cookie world: the classic no bake cookie.
But while these cookies might not be winning any beauty contests, there’s something still something about them that manages to be rich and delicious.
This is why I have to keep myself in check around them, because otherwise, I’ll end up eating the entire batch by myself.
And then, of course, I’ll make another batch… which I’ll probably end up eating, too.
Oh, how I miss the days when I could do things like that and not have to worry about the, ahem, “consequences.” Like, say, making sweatpants a primary component of my winter wardrobe.
The fact that I waited until just before Christmas to make these cookies was a strategic move.
We have company coming to stay with us and I’m hoping they’ll “share” these chocolate no bake cookies with me (otherwise known as save me from myself).
Because clearly my self-control just isn’t strong enough around these cookies.
Or chocolate, in general, these days.
The recipe for these cookies is something I’ve had for a while. I know I acquired it while I was in Virginia, but I couldn’t tell you whether it came from a cook book or a magazine or some other source.
But when it comes to holiday cookies, no bake cookies are about as simple as it gets, so it’s not like the recipe itself is some big secret.
It’s just a great recipe to have on hand to help cure those pesky chocolate cravings, for Christmas or Easter or any time of the year.
And as for this batch I just made? I’m taking bets on just how long they will last in my house.
I give them two days. Tops.
And this is only because I’ll have to spend a good portion of those days cleaning the house for the company that’s coming.
So here’s to keeping my hands busy! That’s the only way my mother-in-law will be able to snag a few when she gets here.
How do you make no bake cookies?
While these cookies are simple enough not to require baking, they do require a bit of prep.
Step 1 – Melt butter in an extra large mixing bowl.
Step 2 – Add sugar, milk, and cocoa powder to saucepan, then bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute.
Step 3 – Remove saucepan from heat and add vanilla and peanut butter. Stir until smooth.
Steps 4 – In a large bowl, add quick cooking oats. Pour chocolate mixture on top, then stir until the oats are coated.
Step 6 – Let cookies cool and dry for at least 30 minutes.
Step 7 – Enjoy!
Can you freeze no bake cookies?
Yes, you absolutely can freeze these cookies!
For best results, place the cookies on a plate or cookie sheet, not touching, and chill for about two hours.
Once frozen, transfer cookies to a sealed container or Ziploc bag. Cookies can be frozen for about three months.
Notes & tips for these chocolate no bake cookies
- No bake cookies have been around for a long time, so it probably comes as no surprise that there are different names for them. I’ve heard them called quick cookies, fudgies, peanut butter oatmeal cookies, and plenty of other names I can’t even remember. If you have a special name for these cookies, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
- Some readers have said they add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to this recipe. If you love coconut, give it a try and let me know what you think!
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This post was originally published on December 20th, 2014. It was updated with new information on March 3, 2018.
Classic No Bake Cookies
Line a large baking sheet with wax paper, then set nearby.
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add granulated sugar, milk, and cocoa powder to saucepan. Bring to a boil and let cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth. add in the oats and stir until completely coated. Let mixture cool for 5 minutes.
Scoop out 1 teaspoon (or up to 1 tablespoon) of cookie mix with a (I used a cookie scoop) and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat this step until all no bake cookies have been formed.
Let cookies cool at least 30 minutes before eating. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.