Mom's No Bake Cookies Recipe

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My mom used to make these all the time when my sister and I were young. She used to help her mother make them for the family when she was a kid. She made the regular version as well as a version with the addition of peanut butter. They have become my go-to sweet tooth cure as they are so easy and quick to make.

I recently made a variation of these adding chopped pecans (see picture). I've had other versions, from friends and co-workers, where they were made using melted chocolate instead of cocoa, but they weren't chewy...they were more like a chocolate candy bar consistency.

Cook time:
Servings: 16


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  • 1 ½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c. Dutch-processed cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 6 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 ½ c. shredded or flaked coconut
  • 2 c. quick oats


  1. Whisk together the sugar, cocoa and salt. Combine all ingredients together, except the coconut and oats, in a medium saucepan; start cooking the mixture over medium heat. Allow the mixture to cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the coconut; stir until blended. Add the oats; stir until well blended. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow to cool at room temperature. Once cooled, I place them in decorative muffin/cupcake papers and store them in an airtight container. *If you like a softer texture to the oatmeal, you can add it to the mixture during the last 2 minutes of cooking (Step 1).
  3. VARIATIONS: Peanut butter (add approx. 1/3 c. to mixture while cooking), raisins, cranberries or Craisins,* nuts,* other chopped dried fruits* (*You might need to decrease the amount of coconut when adding these variations).


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 57g
Recipe makes 16 servings
Calories 210  
Calories from Fat 63 30%
Total Fat 7.29g 9%
Saturated Fat 4.31g 17%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Potassium 131mg 4%
Total Carbs 33.33g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g 8%
Sugars 20.05g 13%
Protein 4.19g 7%
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  • Claudia lamascolo
    March 31, 2012
    I remember these as a kid and loved them... great recipe thanks for sharing!

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