No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are an easy and quick treat with simple ingredients you likely have on hand. Made with oats and cocoa, they are chewy, chocolaty, and bites of homemade goodness!

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We love oatmeal cookies whether they’re soft or crisp but sometimes we want something quick without using the oven. These no bake cookies are the answer!


The ingredients in these cookies is not long and you likely even have them on hand!

  • Butter While I prefer unsalted, you can use salted butter. It’ll give a more sweet and salty combo!
  • Sugar – This recipe calls for white sugar but brown sugar can be used for a deeper flavor. If using brown sugar, it adds moisture, so you may need an extra sprinkle of oats to balance it out!
  • Milk – Dairy-free or regular milk can be used.
  • Oats – I prefer quick-cooking oats as they will get chewier than other types of oats. Avoid steel-cut oats of course.

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How to Make Oatmeal Cookies:

These are so fast to pull together, it reminds me of making rice crispy treats, it’s that easy. Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Melt butter and mix in sugar and milk until bubbly. Stir in vanilla and salt.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients together and drop by the tablespoon onto a plate.

Let chill and that’s all there is to it! You can feel free to mix this recipe up with your favorite add-ins.

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After you mix all the ingredients, you should be able to easily shape the batter and press it into cookies or leave it into balls. After you refrigerate the cookies, they need to hold their shape when you pick one up, so you can easily bite into it.

  • Brown Sugar – remember, if you use brown sugar, it adds moisture, so you may have to add extra oats.
  • Oats – If you use old fashioned oats, you may have to add extra oats.
  • Too Crumbly – If the cookies are too dry and they crumble, impossible to shape, you can add a bit of melted coconut oil, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Too Wet – If you added all the oats you have on hand and the cookies still don’t hold their shape well, you can mix in shredded coconut flakes or graham cracker crumbs.


Counter/Fridge: These should last in an airtight container on the counter for 2-3 days, and for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Freezer: No bake oatmeal cookies can be frozen for a rainy day. Freeze them individually, between layers of wax paper in an airtight container. They should last for up to 6 months in the deep freeze if handled correctly and wrapped well.

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No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are very easy to make, without even turning on the oven!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups oatmeal
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup coconut


  • In a big pot, combine sugar, milk, and butter on medium heat. Stir and let boil for 5 mins.
  • Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla.
  • In a bowl, mix oatmeal, cocoa, and coconut together. Then stir in sugar, milk and butter mixture. Mix well.
  • Drop by the tablespoon onto a plate, chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 234 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Fixed the Garlic Butter Roast Chicken last night and the family loved it! Served it with sautéed zucchini and rolls! Yum!5 stars

    1. I prefer quick-cooking oats as they will get chewier than other types of oats but either would work.

  2. Yay! No peanut butter. It’s ubiquitous in no bake cookie recipes and I’m not fond of it. Definitely will try these. Yum! Thanks for this recipe! Happy Holidays!