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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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!


No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • 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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  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

  11. We love no bake cookies. I want to run in my kitchen & whip some up asap.

  12. Aren’t the recipes that get passed down the best! I love flipping through my mom’s recipe box and finding little treasures! Love that these are no bake!

  13. These are my husbands favorite. i’ve never made them for him but I now have no excuse. Thanks!

  14. susie grimshaw :

    There is a cake that my mother in law had every X-mas I have tried to find recipe but to no avail. Chocolate cake on bottom,a layer of mouse, a layer of can’t think if what that other kind of chocolate is called then whipped cream it’s the best cake in the world. Do you know of this kind d of cake

    • Hi Susie – I don’t know what kind of cake that is (although it sounds delicious!). I did do a Google search for ‘layered chocolate mousse cake’ and found a few options – although not with that 4th layer! I’m sorry I’m not more help to you!