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Easy Peasy No Bake Cookies Recipes

Updated on July 10, 2017

Boiled Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

My son's favorite cookie and dessert recipe hands down is the no bake cookies that I made while he was growing up. I will share my recipe for this yummy treat as well as several other recipes for no bake desserts.

When my son was in the military and overseas, this cookie recipe is one of the first things he started craving and asking for. It touched me very much to know that he equated my recipe with love and home.

Of course I sent him a few batches to eat and share with his comrades as did my sister. He said they were a huge hit!

My most recent batch of these was made for my son for Father's Day. That definitely put a smile on his face.

This recipe is very simple and easy to whip up. They are great for pretty much any time of the year but they are very popular for holidays, birthday gifts, pot luck meals at work, church, and family gatherings. I'll even share a few additions that my sister has experimented with to make these outrageously delicious treats even better.

Read on for the free links to other similar recipes that I found around the web and there are even some for those that have a few diet restrictions!

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No Bake Cookies
No Bake Cookies

While living in the southern part of USA we would refer to this recipe as 'Boiled Oatmeal Cookies'. Since moving to the west coast, I found that most people in the Pacific NW know it as 'No Bake Cookies'.

Regardless of what you call them, they are goooood!

I'm not sure where this recipe originated from as it has been many decades since I started making it. Most likely it was originally from a local community cook book and we have evolved the recipe over the years to suite our tastes.

One of the most appealing things about these chocolate treats is that you don't have to turn on the oven and in the summer time especially, that's always a good thing.

This is the basic cookie recipe that I've always used. At the end I've listed a few variations on this recipe that my sister has experimented with.

How many you end up with depends on how large a spoon you use to drop them from. I use a wooden spoon and just estimate the size.

I suggest reading through the recipe a few times to make sure you have everything ready before you start as the end part can go quickly.

Have fun and I would love to know if you use this family favorite recipe and how they turn out for you!

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 - 15 minutes

Total Time: About 30 minutes

Serves: Makes 24 + Cookies


  • 2 cups of White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Milk
  • 1 stick of Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
  • 2 1/2 cups of Quick Cook Oats
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons of Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Flavoring


  1. ***Before You Start To Cook***
  2. -Tear a long piece of wax paper and place on the counter to ready for the placement of your cookies.
  3. -Measure out the oats and place in a bowl that will be easy to pour from.
  4. -Measure out the chunky Peanut Butter and place in a bowl along with a rubber spatula to scoop it into the mixture quickly.
  5. -Have your measuring spoon and Vanilla ready to measure and add.
  6. -Set a hot pad on the counter to rest your hot pan on when done cooking.
  7. ***Now You Are Ready To Cook The Mixture***
  8. -In a medium to large size sauce pan, measure and add the first 4 ingredients.
  9. -The stick of butter will melt more quickly when sliced and then added to the mixture.
  10. -Stir until the ingredients are completely wet.
  11. -Place pan and mixture on the burner.
  12. -On MEDIUM heat, cook the mixture while stirring often.
  13. -Make sure to stir ALL areas of the bottom of the pan to prevent scorching.
  14. -When the mixture starts to form small bubbles in places, start stirring continuously until the mixture comes to a rolling boil.
  15. -Once the mixture comes to a full rolling boil, start timing and let boil for 3 minutes while stirring constantly and thoroughly.
  16. ***After 3 Minutes Of Boiling***
  17. **Work VERY QUICKLY as your cookies will start to harden before you get them all dropped onto the wax paper!**
  18. -When 3 minutes is up, quickly move to the counter and put the pan on the hot pad.
  19. -Add the Vanilla Flavoring and stir.
  20. -Scrape the pre-measured Chunky Peanut Butter into the mixture and stir in thoroughly until melted and well mixed.
  21. -Pour the Quick Cook Oats into the mixture and stir quickly until they are thoroughly mixed.
  22. -Start to drop onto the waxed paper using Soup Spoon size drops or the size of your choosing.
  23. -Once you have the entire batch dropped onto the paper, your cookies should already be starting to harden.
  24. -Allow to cool (if you can wait that long!).
  25. Once cookies are cooled you may stack them on a serving plate.
  26. Store in the cupboard or someplace where they will be cool.
  27. I don't advise storing them in the refrigerator as they will probably change color or consistency.
  28. ***My Sister's Variations On The Above Recipe***
  29. **Coconut No Bakes**
  30. Reduce amount of Quick Cook Oats to 2 cups.
  31. Add 1 cup of Shredded Coconut in bowl with Quick Cook Oats.
  32. **Maple No Bakes**
  33. Leave out Cocoa Powder.
  34. Increase Quick Cook Oats to 3 cups.
  35. Add 1 teaspoon of Maple Flavoring in addition to the 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Flavoring.

No Bakes are Yummy!

No Bakes are Yummy!
No Bakes are Yummy!

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No Bakes Dessert Recipe - Apricot Confection Cookie Candy Balls

Apricot Confection No Bake Dessert
Apricot Confection No Bake Dessert

These look and sound both easy and delicious! If you love apricots and love making No-Bake Desserts, take a look at this recipe for Apricot Confection.

No-Bake Cookie Bars Recipe - Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

This No-Bake Cookie Bars recipe is looking like another favorite to me! If you want to see how easy this dessert is to make, check out the Chocolate Oat Bars Recipe.

Specialty No Bake Recipes - Free Recipes Links

For those that have some restrictions on the ingredients they can have in their desserts, these recipes might help!

I would love to hear from you whether you are into no baking or not. :)

Do You Think You Will Try This No Bake Recipe?

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    • Johanna Eisler profile image

      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      Yes. This is similar to one I've tried before, but I think this one will be better. Thank you!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      That chocolate layer recipe looks awesome!

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      They sound yummy, I will definitely try them!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I love these cookies! They are so easy and very tasty! =) Best of all they don't heat up the kitchen from having the oven on so they can be made any time. Thanks for sharing!

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I like the idea of skillet cookies. Most kitchens here in China do not have an oven. It creates a problem for us Americans here who love baking.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I like this idea of No Bake! Probably because I'm not very good at baking! :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      These cookies look super easy and delicious. I will have to try them! Thanks for the variations of these no bake cookies, too!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I bookmarked this page for making them soon! Thank you!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Absolutely! I do plan to try your recipe. We called these no bake cookies "Oaties" or "Odies" when I was growing up. Since I have all of the necessary ingredients on hand, I just may whip up a batch later today. Thanks!

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      I know my children would love to make these!

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      Oh My they all look so tasty! I love the no bake cookies recipe. The boys are going to love this

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      those granola bars look yummy - great lens on no bake cookies I will definitely be trying these

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      fivee05 lm 5 years ago

      I will definitely try it. I do like baking new recipes.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Never heard of no bake cookies before but I am eager to try them.

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      I'm going to have to try making some no bake cookies. They look yummy.

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      I must have made a zillion of these cookies when the kids were little. They were perfect for a hot day when you didn't want to use the oven! :) It's been a while! I think that I should give them another try!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      I did try this recipe way back when I was a kid, however I forgot about it.. until I saw this lens! Thank you for sharing this lens about no bake cookies! I am going to make some maybe tomorrow!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This recipe and the others you've shared sound like winners to me! Blessed!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I could definitely see trying these. Especially when it's really hot out but when we still want a treat. Nice idea! :)

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      FOR SURE!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Oh yes, I will definitely try the peanut butter and oatmeal recipe. YUM

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Great sounding recipe. I will try it!

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      mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

      why not? I'll get cookies at the end! mmmm

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cookies are one of my favorite basic food groups - ice cream and pizza are the others. I like these these recipes and now I won't have to wait for my cookies to bake....but, isn't the aroma of cookies in the oven part of their allure?

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I am definitely going to give it a try

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @Judy Filarecki: Please let me know how they turn out for you! I would love to know how you modify them for diabetic needs. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @queenofduvetcover: Hope you do make them and love them as much as we do! :)

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Absolutely. I might have to modify them a bit being diabetic but I'm used to doing that, so I'm ready to go.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      I love baking but I don't mind making no bake cookies! Thanks for sharing. =)