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How to Make No Bake Cookies – Simple & Quick Recipe

How to Make No Bake Cookies – Simple & Quick Recipe

Last Updated on 24th February 2022 by

For many kids, no bake cookies are their first experience creating food on their own. I just love to see their eyes light up when they hear that they can make cookies without an oven being involved.

What Are No Bake Cookies?

These are cookies that don’t need to be put in the oven at all, though you can if you want to. They’re designed to stick together without eggs or any other type of binder that would need to bake in order to activate.

So, an ingredient like peanut butter or Nutella may be used to keep all the different components of the cookies together without any need for baking.

There are a few different ways to make no bake cookies, and I will share with you a couple different methods you can try. If the idea of putting together cookies from a few ingredients without ever using the oven intrigues you, then it’s worth it just to read through this article and see if there’s a recipe that appeals to you.

No bake cookies are also an excellent idea for when you don’t have any power in the house. When electricity goes out, you can still make tasty desserts like no bake cookies because you won’t need your oven.

For kitchens that rely on gas power rather than electric power, you should know that no bake cookies do require some heat to prepare them.

How to Make No Bake Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2/3 cup of crewel peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of quick oats
  • 1 3/4 cups of white sugar


  1. Prepare two baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. (Don’t worry- you won’t actually be using them to bake the cookies.)
  2. Mix together sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan.
  3. n medium heat, cook the ingredients in a saucepan while mixing them continuously. Let the mixture continue heating until it starts to boil and then cook for an additional 60 seconds. Don’t stir the mixture while it is boiling.
  4. After cooking, remove your mixture from the stove top and add in quick oats, vanilla, and peanut butter.
  5. Mix everything together and then drop by spoonfuls onto the baking sheets.
  6. Before serving or eating, let the cookies sit at room temperature for about 25 minutes. This allows the ingredients to set and the cookie sot harden. You can make this setting process go faster by using the refrigerator.

Be sure to store the cookies in an airtight container, and they can be kept at room temperature for several days.

How to Make Chocolate No Bake Cookies

If you like that recipe but think it could use a little more chocolate flavor in it, then you can just add 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the mixture. You’ll add this when you put together the ingredients for the initial mixture that gets boiled on the stove.

You can play around a little bit with the peanut butter and chocolate portions in this recipe. Some people like to add more, while others use less.

How to Fix No Bake Cookies That Don’t Set

Sometimes when you’re making these cookies, they won’t set properly. They’ll be gooey, runny, or just not hard enough to eat as proper cookies.

If you know how to make peanut butter no bake cookies perfectly, they should be able to be broken apart easily and able to be eaten by hand rather than with a spoon.

If they aren’t setting (hardening) and are staying gooey, that could just mean that you didn’t allow them to set long enough. Give them at least 30 minutes to fully set. You can also put them in the fridge for that amount of time to make sure they set faster.

Your problem could be that you’re not making the cookies in the right portion sizes. If you are dropping your cookie batter onto the sheets in two large portions, it may take longer to set.

Fill about a tablespoon with batter for each cookie and see if that helps with the setting process.

If you need to fix your no bake cookies because they’re too wet, you can put them back to boil for a couple more minutes. Gooey cookies are usually the result of hurrying through the boiling process.

You should give your cookies time to boil for at least a minute, but it can be as long as two minutes. Make sure you start timing that minute or two from when the mixture is boiling and not before.

How to Fix No Bake Cookies That Are Crumbly

How do you make no bake cookies that don’t crumble apart at even the most delicate of touches? Sometimes, when you’re done cooking these, they can be pretty crumbly. That doesn’t make for a very enjoyable cookie either, and that’s usually the result of boiling the cookies for too long.

If you found that the last time you made them they turned out too gooey and then you started boiling them for longer, you may be overdoing it on the boiling time.

One minute of boiling is usually perfect, but if they’re still coming out to gooey, add about 30 seconds on that. Two minutes maybe too long for some ingredient combinations. If they keep coming out crumbly, reduce your boiling duration until you get it right.

How Long Do No Bake Cookies Last?

Most people will store their no bake cookies at room temperature in an airtight container. This keeps them tasting fresh for about a week. If you want them to last longer, put them in the same airtight container and store them in the fridge.

With that storage method, they can last up to three weeks.

No bake cookies are such a delight, and kids and adults both love them. Just keep in mind that you need to use instant oats rather than old fashioned oats, and using butter rather than margarine gives them the right taste.

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Pauline Loughlin
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I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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