No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

HeatherHeather says:

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.

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



* 2 cups light brown sugar
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter
* 1/2 cup milk
* 3/4 cup chopped nuts
* 3 cups rolled oats
* 1 teaspoon vanilla


Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan, stir in the sugar and milk.  Bring to a boil, stirring often.

In another bowl stir together the oats,  nuts, and vanilla.

Pour the sugar and butter over the oats and stir until they are thoroughly coated.  Drop by rounded tablespoon onto wax paper.

Attempt to let the cookies rest undisturbed until they have cooled completely.  Really, stop snitching bites, I saw that.



  1. Phyllis on February 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    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.


    • HeatherSolos on February 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      Phyllis, that was very kind of you to share your recipe. Thank you.

  2. dcrmom on December 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Just printed this out. Can't WAIT to make it.

  3. Joelle Danielson on December 31, 2009 at 11:39 am

    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

  4. Jen on October 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    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. Bev on January 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Can you give me the nutritional value of the no bake oatmeal cookies? God Bless!

  6. Mrs.W on January 5, 2008 at 1:44 am

    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.

  7. Mrs.W on January 5, 2008 at 1:38 am

    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.

  8. Badbadivy on December 21, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Becky- I’ve been looking for them too as my dad’s recently been diagnosed a diabetic. I’ll be sure to post anything I find that’s good. 🙂

  9. Becky on December 21, 2007 at 2:34 am

    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

  10. Kathy T. on December 21, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Have I told you lately how much I love this site? 🙂