Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
There are a gazillion versions of this recipe floating around on the internet, so I know I’m not publishing anything novel here, but these sweet treats hold a special place in my heart and memory, so I figure they deserve a place on my blog. In fact, these cookies have been a part of my life for probably longer than I can remember them being a part of my life.
After I posted a photo of them on Instagram yesterday, my cousin Lori commented “Seems like Aunt Nell had these waiting for me every day after kindergarten! They were the best!”
When Lori was in kindergarten, I was a wee babe. Actually, it’s likely that I wasn’t even eating solid foods yet. It’s also very likely that this may have been the first dessert (besides fruit) I ever ate. Just speculating of course….
I do know they are one of the few foods that I vividly remember from my childhood. I’ll never forget the smell of the chocolate as it bubbled in the saucepan on the stove. Or how I burned my tongue more than a few times because I was overeager to get the hot, buttery mixture into my mouth. I can still recall the vision of my mom dropping the gooey masses onto the wax paper on the counter. And I definitely remember how happy they made me.
Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
2 cups granulated white sugar
6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in saucepan, bring to a boil. Add vanilla extract.
Remove from heat and add oats (and other optional ingredients). Stir well.
Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment or wax paper and allow to cool.
You’ll notice I’ve got a couple of “optional” ingredients in my recipe. My mom never added these – she’s a purist. But her daughter is a little more adventurous, so sometimes I give them a little twist. Peanut Butter can also be added (1/2 cup will do).
Oh this brings back so many memories! I have a similar recipe of course and I need to get it on my blog as well. Loved these as a kid and it seemed to take forever waiting for them to cool on the wax paper. Now as an adult, my mom and I make 1/4 a recipe and eat it hot with a spoon right out of the saucepan. ;)
Added ingrdients into oatmeal to fast. Turned to soft wouldn’t set, fixed up added 2tab butter. powdered sugar 2T of flour. Coconut. Then rolled in powdered sugar. Finally set. Boy were they. Delicios. So good have to repeat only measure
Yup, we used to make these, the peanut butter version! So delicious, so simple, + such a taste of childhood. =)
My grandma always made these! No coconut though. :)
This recipe is what my mom always made us with coconut and pecan pieces, but I gotta try the cayenne pepper!!! I always loved that this doesn’t have peanut butter, every other recipe out there calls for peanut butter and these are so much better!!! But the coconut for our family is a must, the pecans are good for some and others prefer it without, male and female cookies is how I describe them!! Great post!!! I really hope more people would try it with the coconut!!!
I haven’t ever put nuts in them, but did almost add pecans on this latest batch…but wanted my little one to be able to eat them, and he’s not allowed to have nuts yet. Will do so when I make an ‘adult only’ batch!
We make these about once a month. So good. We do make the peanut butter version, but our secret ingredient is instant coffee or very finely ground fresh beans. Just a tsp takes it to a whole ‘nother level. We also like to swap out brown sugar for white to make them taste super dark chocolately. So many options! The cayenne will make it into our next batch for sure. Thanks for sharing!
Love the idea of putting coffee in them!
I actually used brown sugar for this latest batch because I didn’t have even a tsp of white sugar in the house! Guess I should have mentioned that in the post too :-)
My sister always made these (she was the resident baker in our house, I almost never baked). She would leave out some for the rest of us, then hoard the remaining for her! And she is the one the introduced me to the rule that you can’t eat the last cookie, as whoever baked them gets dibs on it. LOL!! Can you tell she was my OLDER sister, or what?
Yay! I also grew up on these cookies (with the coconut!), and I was just looking for my mom’s recipe but couldn’t find it. Most recipes for these cookies have peanut butter in them, but my mom never put it in b/c my brother and I were allergic. I’m so happy to find a pb-free version! :)
My mom sent these to school for snacks for the class (25) in an empty waxed paper box! They fit perfect sideways and I’m so happy you shared this recipe!!
I was looking for a no-peanut butter version so was glad to find yours. I learned to make these in Girl Scouts. When camping there isn’t an oven nearby and we all want dessert.. S’mores are great for one meal but the next night it’s fun to have something different. We dropped them on a strip of wax paper and when cool everyone got to peel off one or two. So sweet they reminded me of fudge.
Now we have a family member who needs to eat wheat ( gluten ) free so I was trying to think of something to make that didn’t require having the oven on since we’re in the middle of a heat wave. I’ll add coconut to some.
Thanks Nancy for the great tip on putting the cookies in an empty waxed paper box.
Yummy , I love them
Not bad! I added cinnamon, nutmeg and peppermint… super dank!
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I have been looking for this recipe,I told my grandkids that we use to get these in school..anyway made my first batch tonight…yum. Thank you, I’m pleased!
Hi Rita, so glad to hear that you enjoyed! Our school cafeteria used to make these too, but instead of coconut, they would have peanut butter in them– and they were always a favorite of mine!
I am really looking forward to trying this, but I’m not so hot on the refined sugar. Have you ever replaced the refined sugar with anything else?
Sorry, I haven’t. But if you do try to sub, please report back on how it works out!
ive used tin foil and they did not set very good why what I the difference please tell me
I suspect the tin foil holds the heat in and doesn’t allowing for quick cooling
yes ive made thee cookies and love them and why I did not have wax paper so I used tin foial and they did not set too well whats the difference can you please tell me between wax paper and tin foial?
I used to make these and put raw peanuts in them. They were delicious.
Never used coconut. Everyone liked the nutty taste. It’s an old recipe and after 50 + years of baking, find older recipes are much better at times.
I put a few pieces of dark chocolate in with the recipe this time since I’m a chocoholic. They turned out great. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Yes cookies are delicious! I made them with brown sugar this time and omg!!! They are fabulous!!!
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Well i did it! I am a 63yr old man tryin’ to make what my grandma made us. Your recipe was just like grandma’s!! Thanks!!
Oh, one question…just wondering how many carbs and calories are in the cookies?
These are my all time favorite, I use unsweetened chocolate and I spoon them into a mini muffin pan. When made correctly these are very hard to share.
Yum. So addictive!
Back in the ’60s the boys would be rounded up for a week of “home ec” in junior high to learn basic cooking skills—day one these cookies
These are the go-to treats at my house, and my 18 year old asks me to make them at least once a week. Here’s what I’ve learned through trial and error…
1) You can use brown sugar substitute IF it has the texture of sugar, the Splenda white substitute had a terrible aftertaste and is so fine textured that the cookies didn’t set correctly. 2) If you cut the sugar down by 1/2 c or more you’ll have to lengthen the cooking time to ensure the cookie isn’t a sticky mess that won’t set up. Trial and error: cook 3 minutes will cause a mighty hard treat. Believe me. 3) I use 3 tbsp cocoa instead of 6, tastes great. I love adding orange extract instead of or in addition to the vanilla. It’s heaven for me!
I didn’t have milk, so I used a 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk & a little water.
Good in a pinch!! ✨?✨
I just made these using Splenda instead of sugar (I’m diabetic) and no peanut butter. They are delicious! Even my husband likes them so guess I’ll have to share ;)
i actually love oatmeal! thank you fro sharing this and i hope you’ll continue to post healthy recipe like this in the long-run!