No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Cookies

No Bake chocolate oatmeal Cookies

Diana Rattray

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 0 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 20 cookies (20 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
223 Calories
13g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20 cookies (20 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 223
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 27mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cooks in the ancient Middle East were the first to make no-bake cookies says the website Food Timeline, a font of historical food information. These cooks from a millennium ago made their cookies from nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and sweetener. The recipes were first seen in American cookbooks in the Great Depression of the 1930s. These Depression-era recipes called for similar ingredients—dried fruits and/or nuts bound together with peanut butter, butter/margarine, or cream cheese. Honey or white corn syrup often acted as the sweetener. The next resurgence of no-bake recipes came in the 1950s. Besides similar ingredients, there is one defining aspect of no-bake cookies: They never contain eggs or flour.

This no-bake oatmeal chocolate fudge cookie recipe was popular in the mid-20th century and remains a classic. No-bake cookies are an especially good choice in the summer when turning on the oven is not appealing. If you need cookies in a rush, these fit the bill. Plus even though they are filled with decadent chocolate, they also include healthy oatmeal. They're also a good idea if you have little cooks around your kitchen who can't wait to mix up some goodies. They're easy and provide nearly immediate gratification, but you'll need to supervise the stovetop action.


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons​ cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon​ vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick oats

Steps to Make It

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and milk, cooking until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.

  3. Stir in the peanut butter and oats.

  4. Drop by the spoonful onto a sheet of waxed or parchment paper or aluminum foil. Allow to cool until firm before serving. Refrigerate if you wish.

Other No-Bake Cookies

Some examples of different no-bake cookies that are characteristic of their era (as reported by Food Timeline) include date balls in the 1930s with dates, pecans, and powdered sugar; fruit cookies in the 1940s with raisins, dates, figs, prunes, nuts, graham crackers, and honey; honey bars with raisins, mixed nuts, and honey in the 1950s; cookie balls in the 1960s with chocolate, walnuts, instant coffee, and crushed vanilla wafers typical of the decade; and holiday apricot balls with apricots, coconut, condensed milk, and nuts. All these recipes share characteristic ingredients, namely nuts, dried fruit, and sweetener.