No Bake Chocolate Cookies

This time of year when the weather is hot, I try to avoid turning on the oven. We still enjoy having desserts and cookies though. This recipe works great for times like that.

I know there are many versions of no bake cookies out there. These are my favorite. We made it often when I was a kid. I think it was the first cookie recipe I learned to make. It is a great recipe for kids to try because it does not use the oven, just the stove top.

I enjoy having a quick, easy, and good cookie recipe that does not heat up the house by turning on the oven. When it is 90 plus degrees out the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and add more heat to the house.

This recipe also does not cost much to make since it contains simple ingredients that I usually have in my pantry.

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  1. Kirstin says:

    Oh, I love these things…but again, like the peanut butter fudge, I have no self control.

  2. Melanie says:

    I LOOOOOOVE these cookies! My grandmother’s recipe called for sweetened condensed milk instead of regular, but all the recipes are basically the same. They are soooo good, aren’t they!

    • Kim Gaveston says:

      I use a recipe I got from a friend that also calls for sweetened condensed milk. I have tried the recipe with 2% milk, but the cookies are poor cousins compared to the kind made with canned milk. I worked with Barbara at the Virginia Tech university library. The recipe came from her “Granny” who lived way out in the ‘sticks’ of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Granny called her recipe “Preacher Cookies” because if she saw the Reverend in his old Ford pick-up coming up the dirt road on a hot summer day, she quickly got out her ingredients and had the cookies and lemonade waiting for him as he pulled up to her front porch.
      When I first made these delicious cookies, I thought to myself –
      “I don’t have any preacher who visits me at my suburban home. However, my brother and sister occasionally brought their rambunctious kids for an unexpected “howdy do.” By the time the ‘darlings’ were tired of running around in the yard, I was ready to refresh them with low-calorie drinks and cookies made using Barbara’s recipe.
      Sometimes my nieces and nephews played ‘Monster’ make-believe games at my home. In their honor, I renamed the recipe to “Creature Candy Patty-Cakes.” (or ‘creature candies’ for short).
      I think they would reject these treats if I told them that the main ingredient was oatmeal, something they all seemed to hate. Their parents said none of their children would touch hot oatmeal when it was prepared for the adults’ breakfast. However, these kids unknowingly enjoyed the Creature Candies based on wholesome oatmeal and other delicious ingredients. Even as young adults, they still love to eat my ‘famous’ Creature Candies.

      • I love recipes that have been handed down like that and that have stories behind them. Thanks for taking the time to share that!

        • Kim Gaveston says:

          Your website and its many delicious recipes are GR8 !!!
          Thank you for the kind words about my earlier reply.
          Best wishes to you and yours out in “OK-land where I assume you see buggies with fringes on them traveling the dusty roads.” *** 😉 *** LOL –> Your fan in “Hokie-land” (Hokie is Va. Tech’s mascot).

  3. Donna(mom24boyz) says:

    My family loves these cookies. I make them probably 3 times a month. A batch never sits long at our house!

  4. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for this recipe, you guys in the US certainly know how to bake cookies. I am glad I have some cup measuring spoons :-) We have a little date night planned tonight so I might just rustle these up for my husband later. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I LOVE these cookies…and find it best if I don’t make them very often (for MY sake!). I had forgotten about them actually and haven’t made them for a while. I should have the boys work on some…they’d love it!

  6. These are so good! The first time I made them I was in middle school and used them for a project on Pioneer baking or something silly :-)

  7. Can you use regular oatmeal (my canister says “old fashioned oatmeal)?

  8. Melanie, I use the quick cooking oatmeal for it. I have seen recipes for basically the same thing that use the old fashioned oatmeal. I think the texture will just be a little different. I think I might let the mixture sit a few minutes before dropping them onto baking sheets. This might help the texture by letting it soften the oats. Or you could chop the old fashioned ones in the blender or food processor to have the oats be finer. I think overall it would work. Let me know how it works if you try it.

  9. We call these Preacher Cookies. They are the best. We love these here.
    God bless
    Renee in VA

  10. I know this is an old post but I wanted to let you know I added this and your No Bake Bars to my Walgreens deal for Oatmeal. I thought what better way to convince people to get free oatmeal than some yummy easy no bake oatmeal goodness! 😉

  11. I just made these for the first time and they came out DELICIOUS! The only thing I changed was the oatmeal. I wanted to make these gluten-free, so I used brown rice cereal instead, which created a nice texture.

  12. I used to make these years ago and they turned out fine the last few times I’ve made them they don’t get hard so you can pick them up – do you have any idea what I’m doing wrong? (they taste ok just not hard)

    • I am not sure why that would be happening. I would maybe try a few more oats and/or refrigerating them. If they are cold, they should firm up for you so it might be worth giving that a try.

      • Made them again today and still they will not get hard – put them in the refrigerator and they got firmer but were really chewy and still not where you could pick them up – again they taste good but you can’t really pick them up. I’ve heard humidity might be a factor but I made them in Oklahoma when we lived there and now in Illinois and still same results maybe one of your readers will have a tip.

        • Just an update – after sitting over night they did become hard (never had them take that long) but glad they finally got hard!! After reading lots on the internet several said do not fix on a rainy day – it was sunny out when I fixed them but it had rained for about 20 minutes earlier in the day (don’t know if that matter or not?)

          • Humidity makes a difference. If it’s raining or just finished raining you have to increase the boiling time by a few seconds. This will combat the extra moisture in the air allowing the cookies to set.


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