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Video:Tips on Making No-Bake Cookies

with Valarie Johnson

Why waste time waiting for cookies to bake when you can make easy, delicious no-bake cookies? Here are some tips on making no-bake cookies.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips on Making No-Bake Cookies

Hi, I'm Valarie Johnson for About.com. Here's an easy, no-bake cookie recipe that you can make in less than 15 minutes! We're going to give you some tips on the best ingredients to use, preparation guidelines and some variations on the recipe.

No-Bake Cookie Ingredients

Here are the ingredients that you'll need for your basic no-bake cookies recipe:
  • 1 stick of butter – Choose butter over margarine; butter is a lot more flavorful, whereas margarine tends to separate and become watery.
  • 1/2 cup milk – If you're looking to cut calories, here's one place you can do it; choose low-fat, fat free or soy milk.
  • 2 cups sugar – Or try brown sugar for a more nutty taste
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips – Butterscotch chips are another great option
  • 3 cups quick oatmeal – Be sure to avoid instant. Quick oats offer more texture. Your oats are the "meat" of this recipe. The oats will absorb all the other ingredients and act as the clay that holds everything together.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – You can also try other flavored extracts, like hazelnut.

No-Bake Cookie Variations

Before we blend everything together, consider some other variations to this basic no-bake cookie recipe. We're adding peanut butter to our mix – about 3-4 tablespoons full. Almond butter is also a great option. Try melted caramel. Just pop some in your microwave for 30 seconds until gooey. Here are some other ideas that you may want to use with butterscotch chips instead of chocolate – or combine them together! Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of some or all of the following: shredded coconut, sliced almonds, raisins and colorful sprinkles. For our recipe, we're using chocolate chips and peanut butter.

Making No-Bake Cookies

In a large mixing bowl, add chocolate chips, oats, vanilla extract and peanut butter and blend together thoroughly. Allow the oats to sit in the mixture for about 5 minutes so that they soften. In a medium size saucepan, combine the butter – be careful to heat butter up at a low temperature because it'll burn easily. Then add milk and sugar. Bring your sauce to a full boil for one minute. While the mixture is still hot, add the warm sauce to your oatmeal/chocolate chip mixture and blend well. Use a tablespoon to form the balls. The batter is quite sticky so use clean hands to help drop the cookies on parchment paper. Dip the spoon into warm water in between each cookie, to make it easier to form the next ball. Wipe sticky hands a warm wet towel. Let the cookies cool completely, then store them in an airtight plastic container and keep them in the refrigerator. If you're making the cookies for a party, chilling them in the fridge first will make transportation a lot easier.

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