No Bake Cookies

No bake cookies are one of the easiest cookie recipes you can make. They’re a blend of 7 simple ingredients and no flour or eggs are needed! Just boil everything in a pot, scoop it out into portions on a baking sheet, and let it cool. That’s it!

No bake cookies on a marble counter top.

With Christmas just around the corner, dessert season is officially in full swing. In previous years, I would always bake a cake such as my flourless chocolate cake, paleo chocolate cake, or vegan caramel cheesecake. But this year, I decided to partake in the Christmas cookie tradition and whip up no bake cookies!

No bake cookies are a classic and while they should be easy and foolproof, it seems many still run into issues when making them (i.e. too soft and gooey or too hard and crumbly). So today I’m not only sharing my delicious recipe, I’m sharing heaps of tips so that your cookies are NO FAIL and turn out perfectly. Let’s dive in!

What’s In These Classic No Bake Cookies?

Just 7 basic ingredients! But keep on reading for a few variations – the recipe is quite adaptable!

  • Butter: I’m using unsalted butter, but you can also use ghee or vegan butter.
  • Milk: I’m using my homemade almond milk, but feel free to use any type of milk, dairy or dairy-free.
  • Sugar: Coconut sugar is my favorite for dessert recipes, but you could use any granulated sugar. Just don’t use honey or maple syrup.
  • Cacao Powder: I always use raw cacao powder, but you can use unsweetened cocoa powder as well.
  • Almond Butter: I only stock my pantry with almond butter (due to my nephew’s peanut allergy), but any nut butter will work.
  • Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla extract adds that sweet depth of flavor.
  • Oats: You can use old fashioned rolled oats or quick cooking oats (see more in the tips below). Just don’t use steel cuts oats.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

No bake cookies stacked on top of each other on a plate.

Why Use Coconut Sugar?

While most no bake cookie recipes use white granulated sugar, I personally like to use coconut sugar (as I do in many of my dessert recipes) for a few reasons.

First, it’s an unprocessed sugar made naturally from coconut palm sap. There’s no bleaching or chemicals involved. Once the liquid sap is collected from the palm, it’s left out to dry. The result is the granulated brown coconut sugar you see in the market.

And second, coconut sugar has a butterscotch, almost caramel-like taste to it. On the sweetness scale, it actually tastes less sweet that cane sugar, but has more depth. This gives the cookies a richer, more delectable flavor.

No bake cookie ingredients in a saucepan on the stove.
Making no bake cookies on the stove and dolloping them onto parchment paper.

How To Make Easy, No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Yes, this recipe only takes 10 minutes to make. And while it’s easy, it always helps to watch a quick tutorial video. So make sure to watch the video below! 

  • Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add the butter, milk, coconut sugar, and cacao powder to a saucepan on medium heat. Stir it all together and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for 2 minutes then remove from the heat.
  • Add in the almond butter, oats, and vanilla and stir until everything is mixed together.
  • Scoop the cookies onto the baking sheets using a medium sized cookie scooper. Slightly flatten the cookies using a spoon to desired thickness.
  • Let the cookies cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or you can pop them in the fridge to cool for about 20 minutes.
No bake cookie half eaten and held in hand.

A Few Tips…

After making this recipe numerous times with fails and successes, I’ve learned a few tricks. Let me share some tips:

  • Use old-fashioned rolled oats or quick cooking oats. When it comes to these cookies, it’s all about which texture you prefer. Old fashioned rolled oats will produce a thicker, heartier cookie. And quick cooking oats will produce a finer textured, chewier cookie. Either works! Or do what I do and use a 50/50 mix of both!
  • Watch your boiling time. To get the perfect consistency, you’ll need to keep an eye on your butter and sugar mixture. Once the mixture starts to fully boil (not just simmer on the edges), let it boil for 2 minutes. Set a timer! This will allow the sugar to get close to 230°F (just below the soft ball stage), allowing them to set-up properly when cooled.
  • Cookies too soft or too hard? Most recipes online say to cook for 1 minute, but this always produced overly soft, sticky, gooey cookies for me that never firmed up. You really need to cook the sugar mixture at least 2 minutes. Humidity can also affect the boil time. So, if your cookies are too soft, boil the sugar an extra 15-20 seconds next time. And if they’re too hard (almost like candy) and crumbly, boil the sugar for less time.
  • Still too soft? The cookies will be naturally softer with quick cooking oats. Old fashioned rolled oats will absorb a little more moisture and help them firm up. That’s why I love to use a 50/50 combination of quick cooking and rolled oats. It makes for the perfect texture.
  • Still too soft? Let the cookies sit out overnight uncovered. They’ll naturally firm up as the moisture inside the cookies evaporates.

Get Creative With Flavors!

  • Switch up the nut butters: Feel free to use any other nut-butters such as peanut, cashew, macadamia or even sunflower seed butter.
  • Add shredded coconut: If you want to add extra coconut flavoring and texture, reduce the almond butter to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup shredded coconut.
  • Add chocolate chips: If you want it extra chocolatey, add 1/4 cup chocolate chips. They’ll melt when you stir them in and help to harden the cookies when cooled.
  • Add espresso powder: Espresso powder always amplifies chocolate desserts, just add 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Add sea salt: For a sweet and salty combo, just sprinkle flaked sea salt on top when they’re drying.

How To Store No Bake Cookies

The best part about these cookies is that they can last for quite awhile – up to 2 weeks. If stored in the freezer, they’ll be good for 2 months (perfect for keeping a post-holiday stash).

Just make sure to store them in airtight containers or stasher bags. You can also use parchment paper to divide the layers so that the cookies don’t stick to each other.

No Bake Cookies Recipe Video

See how easy these no bake cookies are to whip up in the video below!

Cookies are always a good idea, no matter the season. Here’s a few more delicious recipes to try next time!

These no bake cookies get devoured fast during the holidays. So if I were you, I’d make an extra batch (or two). Once you do, let me know how they turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

No bake cookies on a marble counter top.

No Bake Cookies Recipe (Foolproof!)

4.92 from 36 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Resting Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 20 cookies
Author: Lisa Bryan
No bake cookies are one of the easiest cookie recipes you can make. They're a blend of 7 simple ingredients and no flour or eggs are needed! Just boil everything in a pot, scoop it out onto a baking sheet, and let it cool.


No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

  • ½ cup butter, unsalted
  • ½ cup milk, dairy or dairy-free
  • 2 cups coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup cacao powder, or cocoa powder
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick cooking or rolled oats


  • Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the milk, sugar, and cacao powder and stir until it starts to boil. Set a timer and let the mixture boil for 2 minutes. Then, turn off the heat.
  • Add in the vanilla, almond butter, and oats, and stir until everything is combined.
  • Using a medium sized cookie scooper, scoop the cookies onto the baking sheet. Then flatten the cookies using a spoon to desired thickness.
  • Let the cookies cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes until firm.

Lisa’s Tips

  • If you’re gluten-free, make sure to use gluten-free certified oats.
  • The cookies will need the full 30 minutes to set, so be patient.
  • Make sure to boil for 2 minutes so that the sugar starts to caramelize. If you don’t boil the mixture enough, the cookies will stay soft, and if you over-boil, they might turn out too crumbly.
  • And if you want to make your life easy, buy these pre-cut parchment paper sheets (I’m obsessed).


Calories: 171kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 68mg, Potassium: 115mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 152IU, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake cookies, no bake cookies recipe
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127 comments on “No Bake Cookies”

  1. I have a question. Is it possible to use sugar substitute? Which one would you recommend for this recipe? Thank you.

  2. These are amazing! My mother made them also when I was a girl 5 stars

  3. This is an amazing recipe! I’ve only made them once so far but am very impressed and pleased that they turned out so well on the first try. They held together well and came out deliciously chewy but not too soft. Also I’m not the biggest fan of the taste of almonds and decided that I’d use almond butter on the first go, just as the recipe says, and they turned out so that I didn’t taste almond at all. I felt extra good, knowing that there was the protein and other nutritional benefits in them from the almond butter. I used gluten-free quick oats. Next time half and half. Love experimenting and so grateful to you, Lisa, for helping give me the confidence to do that. These were definitely worth making again. I’m thinking they might be good with coconut in them too but will try one change at a time.5 stars

  4. Yum! I grew up eating these classic cookies , can’t wait to get my son involved in learning to make them . Thank you for the tips ! Where did you get your parchment sheets ? Smart 😊👍

  5. What if you can’t have any nuts?

  6. I really enjoyed these, and the precise timing advice really helped. I made two batches, one with rolled oats and one with the quick oats to see the texture difference. I prefer the quick oats texture but both were yummy.

  7. I will definitely make this sweet for my children

  8. thanks. I am looking for this info is useful

  9. It was great. I like this sweet model very much

  10. Can you use wax paper? I’m out of parchment

  11. Wondering if there is a difference in boiling time if using regular sugar vs coconut sugar? Where does one find coconut sugar for purchase? (Sounds yummy)

    • You can use any other granulated sugar for this recipe if you don’t have coconut sugar. But, you should be able to find coconut sugar at any market!

  12. These are amazing!

  13. Your training and tips on baking pastries were great. Thank you

  14. nice job i like this one5 stars

  15. tastes great and pretty easy5 stars

  16. Keep doing your awesome work. Keep doing your awesome work