If you love cookies but don't have an oven or don't want to use them, then no-bake cookies are the perfect solution for you. These delicious treats are easy to make and require no baking, which means you can enjoy them quickly. I am going to show you how to make no-bake cookies and will share some tips and tricks to help you make the best ones possible.
No-bake cookies are a type of cookie that is made without baking them in the oven. Instead, they are made by combining ingredients in a pot on the stove, shaping them into cookies, and letting them cool until they set. These cookies are easy to make, require no special equipment, and are perfect for those who don't have an oven or want to avoid using it.
WHAT’S IN THESE CLASSIC NO-BAKE COOKIES?
As far as ingredients are concerned, I will show you some usual and important ones. But, you can use multiple toppings and items to make the dessert more loving. Here are some important ingredients:
- Milk (My choice is almond milk, any milk of your own taste can be used)
- Coconut Sugar
- Butter (In this recipe I will use unsalted butter but you can use any kind of ghee as well)
- Vanilla Extract
- Almond Butter
- Cacao Powder
WHY USE COCONUT SUGAR?
Coconut sugar is a popular ingredient in no-bake cookies for a few reasons.
Firstly, it adds a natural sweetness that is similar in taste to brown sugar, but with a lower glycemic index. This means that it won't cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels like regular sugar would.
Secondly, coconut sugar has a rich, caramel-like flavor that can enhance the taste of the cookies. This flavor goes particularly well with chocolate and peanut butter, which are common ingredients in no-bake cookies.
Lastly, coconut sugar is often considered a more natural and healthier option compared to refined sugar. It contains minerals like potassium, zinc, and iron, as well as antioxidants. Overall, using coconut sugar in no-bake cookies can provide a healthier and tastier alternative to traditional sugar.
HOW TO MAKE EASY, NO-BAKE OATMEAL COOKIES
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make no-bake cookies:
- In a medium-sized pot, combine butter, milk, and sugar over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and stir constantly for one minute.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add in oats, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and peanut butter.
- Mix all ingredients until well combined.
- Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto wax paper and let them cool and set.
A FEW TIPS
To make the best no-bake cookies, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- The first tip from me is that always use fresh ingredients because old or rotten items may result in faulty cookies or a bitter taste as well.
- Secondly, be precise with measurements.
- Third thing, make sure the mixture comes to a full boil before adding the other ingredients.
- Moreover, use a timer and don't overcook the mixture.
- Lastly, let the cookies cool and set completely before serving or storing them.
GET CREATIVE WITH FLAVORS!
- No-bake cookies are a great treat to get creative with flavors. Here are some ways you can mix and match ingredients to make your no-bake cookies more interesting:
- Instead of using peanut butter, try almond butter, cashew butter, or even sunflower seed butter for different flavor profiles.
- Vanilla extract is a classic addition, but you can also use almond, mint, coconut, or any other flavor extract that you like.
- Dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, apricots, or cherries can add a sweet and chewy texture to your cookies.
- Who doesn't love a little chocolate in their cookies? You can use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate chips for a variety of flavors.
- Toasted or regular shredded coconut can add a nice crunch and some tropical flavor to your cookies.
HOW TO STORE NO BAKE COOKIES
No-bake cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week. They can also be frozen for up to three months.
NO BAKE COOKIES RECIPE (FOOLPROOF!)
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.
- 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).