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No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

These no bake cookies don’t require an oven to make them. The batter is prepared on the stove for an easy cookie recipe that can be easily customized to create different flavors like Nutella, chocolate peanut butter and more.
photo of a stack of cookies with a glass of milk

I recently made these No Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies which is a slight twist on the classic no bake cookies usually made with peanut butter.

This recipe is an easy cookie recipe when you don’t have an oven or don’t want to use one.

No Bake Cookies

Classic no bake cookies are made with butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, oats and peanut butter. The first few ingredients are brought to a boil on the stovetop and the oats and peanut butter are then stirred in. The cookie batter is then placed onto a cookie sheet to set and firm up.

Nut Butters

While traditional no-bake cookies are made with peanut butter, you can also make it with almond butter, Nutella or any similar kind of nut butter spread.

My family loves anything with Nutella and the Nutella spread adds an extra dose of chocolate to these cookies.
overhead photo of no bake cookies on a baking rack

Type of Oats to Use

You will want to use quick oats for this recipe. Quick oats are also sometimes called instant oats. They are pre-cooked and thinly rolled so that they do not require very long to cook. For this recipe, the oats are added at the very end and are not cooked on the stovetop which is why you need quick oats for the recipe to work.
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More Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

Following a keto diet? You might like to try my no bake keto cookies!

photo of a stack of no bake oatmeal cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Servings: 19 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These no bake cookies are cooked on the stovetop. They are an easy cookie recipe when you don't want to use an oven.
5 from 2 votes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 3 cups quick oats


  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Add butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder to a medium saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. Let it boil for exactly 1 minute. (I recommend setting a timer.)
  • Remove saucepan from heat and add in Nutella and oats. Stir until everything is evenly and well combined.
  • Scoop up a heaping 1.5 tbsp of batter and place onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  • Using the back of a spoon, flatten cookie dough balls into rounds that are about 1/4 inch thick and look like a finished cookie. Let cookies set for 1 hour.


  • Nutella spread can be replaced with peanut butter, almond butter or other similar nut butter spreads. If you do use a different nut butter, you may need to increase the sugar. Since Nutella is already very sweet, I used less sugar in the recipe.
  • I measured out a little more than 1.5 tbsp of cookie dough for each dough ball so that the final outcome is regular cookie size. You can make smaller cookies as well.
  • You can use any milk, I used low fat.
  • Make sure to boil the mixture for exactly 1 minute. Use a timer so you don't go over.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 179kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 8mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 15g, NET CARBS: 23

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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20 comments on “No Bake Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. For this recipe could I substitute cocoa powder for choc chips?

  2. Looks good I will definitely try it

  3. Like these recipes But I’m Prediabetic. Would like paleo or keto recipes please! I don’t eat grains or sugar. Love almond or coconut flours too. Thank you for all your help!

  4. The classic version of these cookies is chocolate, omitting the peanut butter, making them perfect for people with nut allergiesThey are delicious!

  5. Easy and quick to prepare . A recipe for all ocassions.

  6. Is there anything I can substitute for the cocoa? Don’t care for chocolate and would like to try these very much. Would appreciate a reply.

    Thank you.

  7. I love your Oatmeal creations. I’ve made them and shared at work and got rave reviews!
    I tired peanut butter and the, on top, I spread some melted chocolate chips.

  8. My granddaughter’s birthday is coming up. She is a Nutella Nut! She and I will be trying these for her special day. Thank you so much for the recipe

  9. Thanks for all the different oatmeal recipes, looking forward to trying something different….I make these too, but never used Nutella…..may try it….