No bake cookies are a popular recipe for chefs short on time or in need of a fast and easy cookie recipe. Children can make no bake cookies with little supervision from adults because there is no baking required. If you choose to use the stovetop version of the recipe, children should receive help from adults during the cooking process. Most of the ingredients used in no bake cookies are things you already have on hand, so you can whip up a batch in an emergency or on a rainy afternoon when the kids are bored and hungry.
Ingredients for No Bake Cookies
For a batch of three dozen traditional no bake cookies, you will need two cups of granulated sugar, a half cup of low-fat milk, one stick of butter, a third cup of baking cocoa, and three cups of rolled oats. Quaker or Bob’s Red Mill plain quick cooking oats work best. You will also need wax paper, a tablespoon, a large saucepan, and a cookie jar for your finished cookies. Sometimes no bake cookies need to cool in order to set, so make room in your refrigerator before you begin assembling the cookies.
Let the butter sit at room temperature until it is soft, so it is easier to work with if you are using the no-cook method for assembling the cookies. Mix the sugar, milk, cocoa, and butter in the large saucepan. Some people heat the mixture on the stove, but others simply use the softened butter and mix the ingredients without heating. There are no eggs or other harmful raw ingredients in the mixture, so heating or not heating your cookies is a matter of preference. If you choose to heat the cookie batter, place the saucepan over medium heat on the stove until it boils. Stir the mixture continuously while you wait for it to boil. Continuing to stir, let it boil for three minutes and then remove it from the heat.
Combining Wet and Dry Ingredients
Add the rolled oats to the mixture and stir. If you did not heat your cookies, you can add the oats as soon as the wet ingredients and cocoa are mixed. Once mixed, use the spoon to drop about a tablespoon of batter onto the wax paper. The cookies will harden in a short time. Be sure they are firm and dry before putting them into the cookie jar. If the weather is particularly warm, store the cookies in the refrigerator. You might also need to use the refrigerator to get the cookies to set and harden.
For variety, you can add other ingredients when you add the oats to the cookies. Some people like their no bake cookies with nuts, chocolate chips, chunks of peppermint candy, or coconut flakes. You can also substitute peanut butter for regular butter and create chocolate-peanut butter no bake cookies, or use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar for fluffier cookies. The great thing about this cookie recipe is that it allows you to experiment and try different ingredients easily because it is so simple. You can also reduce the ingredients to make smaller batches.