Chocolate Macaroons (No Bake)

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Chocolate Macaroons (aka Haystacks) are a quick no-bake cookie recipe without peanut butter! They’re the perfect treat for your family or guests when you need something in a hurry.

Keep the ingredients for these chocolate coconut macaroons in your cupboard as your dessert emergency kit!

stacked No Bake Chocolate Cookies (Nut Free)

No Bake Cookies without Peanut Butter

While we’ve always called these cookies no-bake macaroons, but they go by other names too like Haystacks or even just chocolate coconut cookies.

While we do make no bake cookies, this recipe is a bit different since there is no need for peanut butter (or flour). Oats are one of those grains that are labeled so many different ways in the grocery store that it’s easy to get confused. For this recipe, you’ll want rolled oats as they will retain their texture. Quick oats will also work for no-bake macaroons if that’s all you have in your cupboard!

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How to Make Coconut Macaroons

You’ll love how easy it is to make these no bake macaroons. We start by boiling the sugar mixture which is then mixed into a few simple ingredients that you likely have on hand! Simply scoop and chill.

  1. In a large bowl combine oats, coconut and cocoa powder.
  2. Stir together sugar, butter and milk. Allow to come to a rolling boil for two minute.
    • If you cook too long, the cookies will be dry. If you cook too short, they won’t hold together.
  3. Mix with dry ingredients and drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet. Cool completely.

There are lots of great possibilities for variations here. You can make chocolate chip macaroons by adding a cup of chocolate chips on top before they set completely. Or, you could add a cup of chopped nuts, or raisins — or all three!

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Storing No Bake Cookies

How Long Do Coconut Macaroons Last? Coconut macaroons are pretty popular, so don’t expect them to stick around long! Keep them at room temperature in a sealed container for up to a week. (You can keep them longer but they tend to get dry and crumbly after a while).

Can You Freeze Coconut Macaroons? Coconut macaroons will retain their quality for up to four months in the freezer. To freeze, place the cookies in a freezer bag or container.

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Review Recipe

No Bake Chocolate Cookies (Peanut Free)

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Author Holly Nilsson
Delicious chocolatey cookies with no baking required!


  • 2 ¾ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

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  • In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, coconut & cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, combine sugar, margarine and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Let boil for 2 minutes (no longer). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Pour oat mixture into the hot margarine mixture and stir until well mixed. Drop by spoonfuls onto a pan and let cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 160, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 57mg, Potassium: 74mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 180IU, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 0.6mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword chocolate cookies, chocolate macaroons, macaroons, no bake cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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