No. Bake. Cookies!
Ah, yes. Every child’s favorite treat, and every adult’s guilty pleasure.
Let’s admit that at some point in our lives, we’ve all convinced ourselves that we would stop eating after ‘one last cookie’, but then ended up devouring no fewer than 5 of them in one sitting, if not the whole batch…
I’ve always loved eating cookies while drinking milk. It just brings me an indescribable joy. That buttery cookie with a sweet scent of cocoa and rich peanut butter, dipped in milk, creates a perfect harmony that just melts in your mouth. If you’re looking for something quick and easy to bring to a party and wow everyone, these no-bake cookies are exactly what you need. I guarantee that everyone at the party will be blown away by these little devils.
If you have never made no-bake cookies before, I reckon you might have a few questions about these sweet treats.
How Can You Make Cookies Without An Oven?
The answer is simple: Make no-bake cookies. (￣▽￣)
There are many types of cookies: wafers, sandwich cookies, digestive biscuits, macarons, shortbreads, snickerdoodles, ginger snap, etc. And then there are no-bake cookies.
Back when I was just a child, I was completely shocked when my mom first introduced me to the concept of ‘no-bake cookies’. Before that, I had always enjoyed baking with my mom, and my favorite had always been peanut butter cookies. That’s why I was so skeptical when I first heard about no-bake cookies, and remained doubtful until I saw how they turned out. To be honest, they were not exactly aesthetically pleasing for cookies. But the taste was phenomenal!
What Are ‘No-Bake Cookies’?
Well, they are cookies that aren’t baked. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
The traditional cookies that we all know and love are made by baking them in an oven. No-bake cookies, on the other hand, require no oven and no baking. All you need is a stove to melt some butter, a pot, a mixing bowl and a few simple ingredients:
- Quick-cooking oats
- White sugar
- Cocoa powder
- Peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
As you can see, there is no egg, flour or leavening agents, which are the key ingredients that give traditional cookies their signature chewy yet soft and spongy texture. Along with butter, these ingredients create a chain of chemical reactions that transform blobs of dough into delicious cookies.
Now you might be wondering, ‘What about no-bake cookies? They aren’t baked, how do they form into shapes?’
Here is where binders come in. Binders are what hold the dry ingredients of the cookies together and keep them intact. In this recipe, butter and peanut butter, along with milk, are going to be our binders. The moisture inside these wet ingredients will soak into the dry ingredients, which are, in our case, quick-cooking oats and cocoa powder, and harden up as they cool down, giving you chewy little cookies.
Can You Use Old-Fashioned Oats In No-Bake Cookies?
For this recipe, we’re using quick-cooking oats like I mentioned above.
But yes, you can substitute quick-cooking oats with old-fashioned oats.
The difference between these 2 types of oats is that quick-cooking oats are processed into smaller pieces than the old-fashioned ones. Consequently, they will cook faster, but have a slightly less chewy texture.
However, since we are not going to cook the oats in this recipe, there’s no need to worry about cooking time. Therefore you can use either kind of oats: Use old-fashioned oats if you prefer your cookies to be chewy, or choose quick-cooking oats if you want them soft and tender.
How To Make No-Bake Cookies
Easy No-Bake Cookies Recipe
- 1 3/4 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 3 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a pot, combine sugar, milk, butter and cocoa powder. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cook it for 90 seconds only.
- Remove the pot from the heat and stir in your chunky peanut butter, oats, and vanilla extract. Mix until everything is fully incorporated.
- Use a teaspoon to scoop small dollops of the mixture out and drop them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You should have 36 cookies. Leave them to cool and harden.