Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

by Wendy Copley on August 2, 2011

Chocolate No-Bake cookies

If I were to pick one iconic cookie from my childhood, it would have to be chocolate no-bake cookies. This was one of the first recipes I learned to make by myself and it seemed like we always had some around. My mom taught my big brother to make them and then he taught me a few years later. (By the way, the unnamed witness in this story was my big brother. He’s such a good guy — and not just because he taught me to make these!)

Chocolate No-Bake cookies

When I moved into my first apartment and had to cook for myself, I asked my parents to send me this recipe right off. My diet in those early years of young adulthood consisted of grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, Noodle-roni, bean soup and these cookies. Healthy, no? Oh and gin and tonics too.

I actually forgot about this recipe for years and years, and then just the other day I saw a variation of it on Pinterest and I suddenly had to make it again.

Chocolate No-Bake cookies

This recipe is so straightforward that we had all the ingredients in the house. You’ll need:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

Chocolate No-Bake cookies

Start by putting a saucepan over medium high heat. Plonk in the butter, let it melt for a bit and then add in the milk, sugar and cocoa. Mix well and heat the mixture to boiling.

Chocolate No-Bake cookies

Once it’s at a full, rolling boil stir it frequently and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. This is my favorite part because it looks so cool. My brother and I used to call it “chocolate lava” when it was in this state which is pretty accurate.

Chocolate No-Bake cookies

After the 2-3 minutes of boiling, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and oatmeal.

Chocolate No-Bake cookies

Drop by spoonfuls onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper.

Chocolate No-Bake cookies

Make sure you save the last little bit aside in a bowl. Once it’s no longer molten, you can eat it with a spoon. It’s chocolatey and gooey and delicious. This is the second best part.

Chocolate No-Bake cookies

Try to eat these up the same day you make them before they harden completely and they’re still a little chewy. Once they sit overnight, the sugar crystallizes and they’re not nearly as good.

Is there a food that sends you right back to childhood?

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  • Wendy, this is perfect timing. We’re about to head to our cabin in Alaska, where there’s no oven and so . . . no baking. I’m printing this to take along.

  • Maggie

    Wendy, thanks for sharing the recipe and recollections of your childhood. I can’t wait to make these cookies. And you (and your readers) should know you make delicious apricot chicken. I still use the deceptively simple recipe you wrote down for me in college!

  • Pappy

    Deed, Somewhere around here I have a video of Lance making these when he was about 8 or 9 years old. A long time ago I know. So long ago, the state of the art video was 1/2″ open reel black and white. You could “insert” edit though and that made all the difference. One big problem though was I misthreaded the tape around one of the capstans. Every three or four seconds a diagonal of snow washed accross.

  • Pappy

    Hey! The comment field clipped my entry. What is this, Twitter? Anyway, the snow washed across the screen. Can anyone even find a 1/2″ open reel tape deck? Maybe it has gone the way of my 8″ floppy disks.

  • Pappy

    You should be using Quaker Oats too. And if you lay them out on the counter, you should move the wax paper from time to time or it will melt a little underneath and stick to the counter. They are still good when they start to crystalize. These notes are appearing in reverse order, just so you know.

  • Jen

    I LOVE these!!

  • Maggie, I totally remember that dish, but I don’t remember the recipe. Was it equal parts apricot jam and dijon mustard? Can you share it again?

  • Maggie, I totally remember that dish, but I don’t remember the recipe. Was it equal parts apricot jam and dijon mustard? Can you share it again?

  • Your notes look OK to me, Dad! I’d love to see that movie, with or without the snow. Didn’t you do that as part of a school project?

  • Anonymous

    Omigosh, I TOTALLY remember these from when I was a kid. I do think I will be needing to make a batch very soon. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Omigosh, I TOTALLY remember these from when I was a kid. I do think I will be needing to make a batch very soon. 🙂

  • mlreed

    my 50 yr. old recipe for these also has peanut butter in it. Really nice with crunch peanut butter.

  • Kelly-red

    This is an old family favorite of mine too but ours included coconut added at the end with the oatmeal. I’ve never found anyone else that has ever heard of these let alone made them! Must be an Iowa thing! Think I’ll have to make a batch this weekend.

  • Pat E.

    We used to make those , too ! Love them ! I think one food that sends me back to childhood is the dreaded Green Bean Casserole – but not in a warm and fuzzy kind of way ! Oh, the horror!
     

  • Bethany

    I completely forgot about these! I grew up in Ohio and LOVED these. They sometimes gave them with lunch at my high school cafeteria and I would buy a few extra on those days (for 10 cents each!) and store them in my locker and eat them between classes. I’m totally making them this weekend. Thank you!

  • Bubu

    you know i think my mom made something like these but with corn flakes instead – how random is that? These are probably a bit healthier.  BTW – you inspired me to try the Little House series with my 7 year old and we’ve been reading it together – thanks!  I never got into the series as a kid, and was so surprised my boy would like them ,but he does  and I do too – they are just beautifully written and a real kid’s-eye view into life in “olden times.”  We read the Big Woods, now on to Little House on the Prairie.

  • Monika Fiszer

    I love those cookies, my mum used to make them when in Poland in 80′ there were no sweets in shops. I really do love them!!!

    Monika
    http://www.bentopopolsku.blogspot.com

  • When I was a kid my mother made these all the time, but haven’t had any in years since leaving home…after reading this I was inspired to make a batch…they were soooo yummy 🙂

  • When I was a kid my mother made these all the time, but haven’t had any in years since leaving home…after reading this I was inspired to make a batch…they were soooo yummy 🙂

  • Allison Kern

    I know this is a simple recipe, but I want a printable version… 🙂  

    Love, Al

  • Yay!  This is the recipe that I remember from my childhood.  Something went wrong along the way and we had heaps of batches fail and had to stop trying, but now with your version I am going to give it another go.  Thanks.

  • Sarah @ all seasons

    I love no-bake cookies and so do my kids! Recently, I tried a variation of the classic recipe and added a pinch of curry powder and cinnamon. It was not enough to make you say “wow, curry” but enough to give the recipe a hint of warmth. I posted the recipe over at my blog http://homemaker4allseasons.blogspot.com/2013/03/awesome-no-bake-cookies-with-surprise.html

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