Easy Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
No-Bake Cookies, Chocolate Oatmeal. Diana Rattray
    7 mins
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These popular no-bake cookies are made with oats and chocolate, along with optional peanut butter and other ingredients. These are quick and easy to prepare and cook in just a couple of minutes on the stovetop, perfect for that chocolate craving.

Here's my go-to recipe for quick no-bake cookies, along with some tasty variations including a cocoa version, one with coconut, and with chopped nuts.
 

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups quick oatmeal or rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of peanut butter, optional
  • 4 ounces butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk or regular milk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

How to Make It

  1. Place chocolate chips, oats, vanilla, and peanut butter, if using, in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine the butter with the milk and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a full rolling boil and then begin timing. Boil the mixture for 1 full minute.
  3. Combine the hot butter and sugar mixture with the oatmeal and chocolate chip mixture. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is well blended.
  4. Working quickly, drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or parchment paper.
  1. Makes about thirty 2-inch cookies or more if you make them smaller.

Variations and Substitutions

Carob No-Bake Cookies - Use carob flavored chips instead of the semisweet chocolate chips.

Made With Brown Sugar - Use brown sugar or part brown sugar in place of all or part of the granulated sugar.

Made With Nuts - Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the oat mixture.

Made With Cocoa Instead of Chocolate Chips - Omit the chocolate chips, add 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa to the saucepan with the milk, butter, and sugar. Bring to a boil and then combine add to the bowl with the oats, vanilla, and peanut butter.

Made With Cereal - Replace the oats with corn flakes, grape nuts, crispy rice cereal, or similar.

Chocolate Coconut No-Bake Cookies - Replace one cup of the oats with 1 cup of flaked coconut.

Made With Dried Fruit - Add 1 cup of raisins or chopped dried sweetened cranberries for an extra chewy texture.

Made With Crumbs - Add part graham cracker or cookie crumbs to the oat mixture for different textures and flavors.

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