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No-Bake Cookies | Learn


These cookies never even see the inside of the oven. Cooked in a saucepan on the stove, these cookies start with bringing the wet ingredients and sugar to a boil, then adding the dry, crunchy ingredients to the pan. Then you simply drop the batter into individual cookies onto a cookie sheet and they harden as they cool. These are particularly handy in the summer, when it’s just too stinking hot to turn on the oven- but they’re irresistible any time of the year.

Difficulty: Easy

What you need to know:

No-bake cookies are an easy cookie recipe that comes together really quickly. (Easy and quick?! Now that’s a rare and winning combination!) That said, there is one caveat. As soon as the cookie dough is fully mixed inside the saucepan, it is urgent that the dough gets portioned out onto your cookie sheet before it hardens. If you don’t work quickly enough, the batter will harden in the saucepan. Which will ultimately leave you with tasty (but ugly) looking cookies… and a pan that’s impossible to clean. So please, for the sake of my mental health (as well as your own sanity), get the cookies onto the pan before they set.

Now my family’s classic no-bake cookie recipe features cocoa powder, old fashioned oats, and peanut butter. It’s a mouthwatering recipe- which should come as no surprise, thanks to the classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate. But if chocolate isn’t a flavor that excites you, don’t despair: no-bake cookies come in a wide variety of different flavors. While some recipes use strictly peanut butter (omitting the chocolate cocoa powder), others add mint or raspberries. Further still, some no-bake cookies entirely change the texture of the cookie by using chow mein noodles or even cornflake cereal to satiate the much needed crunch factor.

When it comes to boiling the wet ingredients on your stove, do NOT let the mixture splatter onto your arms. It’s boiling hot and it will sting… a lot! And remember that as soon as your wet ingredients achieve a rolling boil, that’s when you should set your timer. (A rolling boil means that the mixture’s bubbling rapidly. If there are only a few bubbles around the edges of your saucepan, then it’s only at a simmer. Give the mixture another minute of constant supervision and it should reach a rolling boil.) Also, be aware that when you’re spooning the finished cookie batter onto your cookie sheet, you need to drop it in the EXACT size that you want your finished cookies to be. Because these are literally your finished cookies!

Think you’ve got it? Go make my family’s Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie recipe and find out! As previously mentioned, this recipe should only take between 5-10 minutes to whip together and is an irresistible blend of chocolate, peanut butter, and oats. And of course, if you’re at all nervous about it, just follow the recipe video and we’ll get through it together.