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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies - A super simple recipe that is absolutely delicious!

With the heat of summer still on – these No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect thing to make when you want something sweet, but it’s just too hot to turn on the oven!

This is another recipe we found in my mother’s old recipe box – and like all of the other recipes we’ve tried from her collection, these No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are really fantastic!

We’re sharing this recipe today exactly as my mother wrote it down. These No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies take just 15 minutes to prepare – cocoa powder, sugar, milk, butter, quick oats, coconut and walnuts plus some salt and vanilla are mixed together in a sauce pan on top of the stove. Then the mixture is scooped into balls and placed on a cookie sheet, flattened and chilled for about an hour until firm.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies - A super simple recipe that is absolutely delicious!

Sweet and chewy – and you’d never guess that they weren’t baked in an oven!  Enjoy!

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen


  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped


  1. Prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper but leave the oven off.
  2. In a medium to large sauce pan, add cocoa powder, sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil and stir to make sure sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in oats. Add vanilla, coconut and nuts and stir again. (Vanilla should not be added when liquid is cooking as it makes mixture foam, add it after the oats as indicated).
  3. Let mixture sit on stove off heat for ten minutes then stir again.
  4. Scoop warm mixture onto parchment lined cookie sheets, 12 per pan. I used a small ice cream scoop.
  5. Wet your fingers in a little bowl of water and flatten the scoops of mixture down to cookie size, tucking in and smoothing sides with your fingers.
  6. Refrigerate for an hour to set and enjoy. Keep refrigerated or serve immediately.

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies - A super simple recipe that is absolutely delicious!

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  • Susan wrote:

    I have never tried no-bake cookies but all that chocolatey and oaty goodness make these seem like real winners!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    I love old family recipes! My mom used to make something like this! It’s going to be in the 90’s next week so I need this no-bake treat!

  • Lana | NeverEnoughThyme wrote:

    If there is a perfect time of year for a no-bake dessert, it’s August! Far too hot to have the oven on, but you still want a little something sweet. This lovely recipe is ideal for that!

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    I think these cookies would be perfect packed in a lunch box for the kids (not that I have any little kids anymore). OR, tossed in with my husbands lunch (he brown bags it). I love all the ingredients and especially like that they’re no-bake and filled with fiber.

  • Gagie wrote:

    It seems a healthy and sweet break from hunger with this one. For me oats is the best food to add into my routine breakfast.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Gagie!

  • Jessica (Savory Experiments) wrote:

    Anything no-cook this time of the year is right up my alley! Looks fabulous, Martha!

  • claire @the realistic nutritionist wrote:

    How incredible that you have an old recipe box from your mom!! My mom has SO many recipes that I can’t wait to get from her when we visit together. I love the no -bake, you totally hit the nail on the head – IT’S TOO HOT for the oven!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    No bake recipes are perfect for our hot weather in Az. and I love that this is an old family recipe aren’t they just the best!

  • Tracy wrote:

    Yea! No peanut butter! All the other recipes call for peanut butter and doesn’t make my Hubby happy ?. Trying these tonight for him. Thanks so much!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you both enjoy the recipe Tracy!

  • Leo Sigh wrote:

    Wow, my mother used to make something similar but without the chocolate. They were amazing. Will have to ask her for the recipe, and then try yours with the chocolate too. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy the recipe Leo!

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