No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

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These cookies may also be called penuche oatmeal drops. 

Penuche describes the original flavor of fudge.  It’s what fudge was before someone brilliant decided to add chocolate. They are very simple cookies. However, if you don’t like the texture of oats in your cookies, they will not be a good fit for you.

They are very soft if your house is very warm. Keep this in mind.

It’ll be hard to wait for these goodies to cool enough to handle.  You may speed up the process in the refrigerator. 

These cookies can be left in their rustic drop shapes or you can round them using the technique in this gif:

Yield: 46

Oatmeal No Bake Cookies/Penuche Oatmeal Drops

Oatmeal No Bake Cookies/Penuche Oatmeal Drops

Simple, sweet, chewy cookies with the contrasting crunch of walnuts

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optionaL) you could also try it with peacans for variety
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan, and stir in the sugar, milk and vanilla.
  2. Bring just to a boil, stirring often.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the oats and chopped nuts. 
  4. Pour the sugar and butter over the oats and stir until they are thoroughly coated. 
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto wax paper.
  6. Attempt to let the cookies rest undisturbed until they have cooled completely.


If your home is warmer than 75°F, you may want to opt for the refrigerator option, regardless.

Try toasting the nuts for extra flavor

Really, stop snitching bites, I saw that.


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11 thoughts on “No Bake Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. Do you have recipes for Diabetics? any sugar free cookie recipes? I try to make sugar-free cookies without using any artificial sweetners and it’s harder than it looks most of the time. I have a few recipes that I do, but I am always on the lookout for more Thanks

  2. Oh. My. Word. These are soooooooo good. I made a batch to give away in some homemade Christmas gift-boxes and they were snarfed up in no time. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. Oh… and for Becky and Ivy… I have done a few sugar-free desserts (I am diabetic) so if you need some ideas do let me know. I’m afraid I haven’t got all of them tagged as ‘sugar-free’ on my blog… I will be updating that this weekend.

  4. I grew up on these cookies…they're amazing. My mom always added peanut butter to them, though… (She adds peanut butter to everything- boxed brownies, rice krispy treats, pancakes… she'd put peanut butter on peanut butter, if she could.) Anyway, nice recipe. I enjoy this site very much.

  5. can you find or know of a recipe that my grandmother made that was amazing and just consisted of rolled oats soaked in oil and then combined with brown sugar. i remember the oats soaked up all the oil (don't know quantities of ingredients) overnight and one simply formed rounds. chewy, rich, flavorful and NOTHING cooked…. thanks

  6. Recipe: Sugar-Free No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
    Ingredients for Sugar-free no bake cookies:
    ■1 stick butter (try Smart Balance sticks for a healthy alternative)

    ■1/2 cup skim milk

    ■2 C. Splenda (or equivalent sweetener)

    ■3 c. quick cooking oats

    ■1 tsp. vanilla extract

    ■6 T. cocoa 1/2 cup peanut butter
    Directions for Sugar-free no bake cookies:
    1.Melt butter, milk and Splenda in a large saucepan over low heat; stirring frequently.

    2.After mixture is thoroughly melted and blended, bring to a boil for 1 minute.

    3.Remove from heat and immediately add quick cooking oats, vanilla, cocoa, and peanut butter.

    4.Mix well and drop by tablespoons onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet.

    5.Gently press mixture down with back of spoon. Let cool, then put in storage container or cover.



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