Written by Anza Goodbar (last updated August 16, 2021)
When my kids were little, we went to a potluck dinner. One of the desserts served that day was no-bake cookies. I'd never heard of them and had no idea how easy they were to make. One of my best friends hated to cook, so this was her answer to giving her kids homemade cookies. Our family adopted it as one of our favorites too.
This is a great recipe to share with kids. They can help measure out the ingredients. If they are tall enough, they can help stir on the stovetop, too. Once the mixture is cooked, it can be transferred to a Tupperware bowl and younger kids can help spoon out the cookies onto waxed paper.
I especially love this recipe in the summer. They make a sweet treat that doesn't require keeping the oven on. (This means the house stays cooler.) These cookies also freeze well. Once cooked, you can place them in Tupperware containers or gallon-sized zip-locked bags and store until needed.
These cookies can be made in bite-sized drops or into larger, more substantial cookies. For a twist, I like to add toasted coconut. The coconut gives added texture and body to the cookie and provides an interesting flavor. A teaspoon of hazelnut extract instead of vanilla will also add nice flavor and variety to the recipe.
I use creamy peanut butter, but you can use crunchy if you prefer. It doesn't change the flavor or consistency of the cookie. Instant or long-cooking oatmeal can be used. The texture is firmer with long-cooking oatmeal, so this is my favorite. My kids prefer the softer texture of instant oatmeal. Maybe they like it better because it cooks faster!
These cookies melt to the touch of your hand. If you have small children, keep them at the table and wipe their hands after eating to prevent chocolaty fingerprints.
If you're looking for a variation on a traditional sugar cookie, snicker doodles may be a great choice for a holiday ...Discover More
Want a great dessert treat that's appropriate for any occasion? Try a cookie dough log for a change of pace.Discover More
Now that you've made some amazing cookies, you need to keep them fresh. Find out what you need to do after they come out ...Discover More