No Bake M&M Cookies Recipe


I've certainly never been one to turn down a wonderfully chewy chocolate chip cookie or a soft frosted sugar cookie. Baked cookies make a delicious treat whether dunked in coffee or enjoyed as a snack. The cookie I'm really craving all the time? No Bake Cookies.

Every time my mom made a batch of no-bake cookies growing up, I knew I was in for a treat. She kept it simple with a mixture of butter, sugar, boiled milk and just a touch of cocoa powder. Once the peanut butter and oats were stirred in, I knew it was only a matter of time before I grabbed one (or two).

With that nostalgic childhood love, I now have a recipe that I repeat in my home. This version has the perfect balance of creamy peanut butter and cocoa powder for a chocolate peanut butter flavor, with old-fashioned oats for a chewy texture.

They're thick and delicious, and adding M&M's to the mix makes them even more fun, bringing vibrant color to an otherwise drab-looking cookie with pops of crunchy candy in every bite.

This recipe requires no preheating and all you need is a large saucepan to make the mixture. Less dishes, less preparation, more fun!

Just Recipes / Mark Behm

Nine-Bake Cookie Tips and Tricks

  • Choose your oats: I love old-fashioned oats because I prefer their thicker, chewier texture. However, if you prefer finer oats (or that's what you have on hand), instant oats will work. Just skip the instant oats, as their texture is too fine to absorb wet ingredients.
  • Do not rush to boil: Baking the mixture properly is critical to setting the cookies and creating the proper texture. Over-boiling will result in a tough cookie, while under-boiling will result in a cookie that is too wet to set up. Once the mixture comes to a boil, set the timer and let it cook for two minutes.
  • Prepare them further: I like to add M&M's to these no-bake cookies for color and crunch, but there are so many other ways to make them your own. Drizzle over melted chocolate or white chocolate with a little food coloring. I'm dreaming of a version with Reese's Peanut Butter Cup pieces for even more chocolate peanut butter flavor.

Try cooling the cookies.

No-bake cookies will set perfectly at room temperature. However, they will set up even faster in the fridge.

My favorite way to store and enjoy these cookies is straight from the fridge or freezer. There's nothing I love more than cold chocolate, and these hit the spot. Plus, they'll last longer when stored this way.

Just Recipes / Mark Behm

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