These Gluten-Free, Nut-Free No-Bake Cookies are easy to make, sticky, chocolaty and loaded with wholesome heart healthy rolled oats! Oh boy, they’re so good! John was craving some no-bake cookies that he loved when he was younger and his mother used to make. So, he looked in her old cookbook (image below) and was excited to find it! We made a batch and after looking at the recipe carefully, I realized if I leave out the walnuts these are delicious Gluten-Free and Nut-Free No-Bake Cookies.
Most no-bake cookie recipes call for peanut butter or nuts, but these are perfect for the people in your life that have gluten and nut sensitivities. Along with leaving out the nuts we also added a dash of salt, which really enhances the flavors in these yummy cookies.
My Mother-in-law’s cookbook is pretty worn and taped up but it’s full of some of her favorite recipes, so we love having it in our kitchen!
I can’t believe Amazon still sells this vintage Betty Crocker cookbook. What a fun gift this would make for the cooks or bakers in your life!
I’ve had the above Betty Crocker cookbook for many years. As a matter of fact it was a wedding gift from almost 33 years ago and I love it! It’s my favorite cookbook and I refer to it when I need a good old classic recipe to work with!
Amazon carries all kinds of awesome cookbooks, you really should check them out. Don’t you just love Amazon?!
In a small saucepan combine the sugar, butter, cocoa powder, milk and salt.
Cook over medium high heat until the mixture comes to a boil.
Continue to cook and stir gently three (3) minutes, or until the mixture comes to 225 degrees F on a candy thermometer (almost to the soft ball stage).
Remove from heat, add the vanilla and stir to combine.
Add the rolled oats and stir until the oats are coated. Oh, we’re getting close to some awesome chocolatey deliciousness!
I also cut the recipe in half, because I found that making a full batch of no-bake cookies the last few cookies seem difficult to scoop, because the batter dries out pretty quickly.
Plus, it’s just the two of us, so a small batch is perfect.
Working quickly, use a one (1) ounce cookie scooper and place small cookie balls on a non-stick mat.
Continue scooping this yummy, sticky goodness until all of the batter is out of the pan.
Keep the cookies right there on their awesome little non-stick silicone mat and allow them to cool before storing them in an airtight container. But, it’s ok if you pop one in your mouth before they set, because trust me, their great warm and sticky too!
These Gluten-Free, Nut-Free No-Bake Cookies are deliciously soft and chewy and loaded with wholesome heart healthy rolled oats.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup milk
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- In a small saucepan combine the sugar, butter, cocoa powder, milk and salt. Cook over medium high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook and stir gently three (3) minutes, or until the mixture comes to 225 degrees F on a candy thermometer (almost to the soft ball stage).
- Remove from heat, add the vanilla and stir to combine.
- Add the rolled oats and stir until the oats are coated.
- Working quickly, use a one (1) ounce cookie scooper and place small cookie balls on a non-stick mat.
- Allow the cookies to cool and then store in an airtight container.
Scoop the cookies quickly to get them all done before the mixture starts to set in the pan.
If you like your no-bake cookies fudgier (a little drier), add an additional 1-2 tablespoons rolled oats. If you like them a little stickier, decrease the rolled oats by 1-2 tablespoons.
Recipe adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook 1961 – first edition, sixth printing.
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Does your family and friends love no-bake cookies? Or, do you know someone that has special dietary restrictions for gluten-free or nut-free recipes? Then these Gluten-Free, Nut-Free No-Bake Cookies are a recipe you’ll want to try and I think everyone will really love them as much as we do!