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These No Bake Cookie Bars are so simple to make and even more delicious to eat! Made of oats, chocolate, peanut butter, these no bake cookie bars are a favorite!
One of my favorite memories growing up was making no bake cookies with Mama and my sister. They were always a special treat that we looked forward to making together and one that now I love making with my own family. For some time now, I’ve also loved giving those little cookies a little twist and turning them into these amazing no bake cookie bars.
No matter how many times I make them and serve them, they are always raved over, gobbled up and the recipe requested. They are delicious like that. And if you are like me, then those are the kinds of treats you want to make and share with friends and family. Anything else would be a waste of time! Right?
And now that we are kicking of the Christmas season that is surely filled with parties, get togethers, and more goings on that your calendar can handle, an easy recipe that you can make to bring along to a party or slice up and wrap a few as a homemade gift for friends is a definite winner in my book, too!
To make these cookie bars, it begins very much like those no bake cookies my family loves so much. But, I toss in a few more things just to give them a deeper flavor and a little different kick. Of course, if you prefer that old family favorite, just use that recipe and make into bars. Everyone will adore it, too!
Or… here’s an idea, make them both! That way, you have that favorite as well as the newer twist on the classic!
Here’s my recipe for my No Bake Cookie Bars recipe. I hope you love them as much as we do!
No Bake Cookie Bars Recipe
- 1¾ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 8 tablespoons butter cut into large pieces
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup Nutella or creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Spray an 8×8 pan with nonstick cooking spray or coat lightly with coconut oil.
- Add sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder to a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil for about three minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Nutella or peanut butter, vanilla, salt, oats and coconut. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Allow to dry for about 15 – 20 minutes until firm.
- Slice into 16 individual bars.
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I enjoy your blog and recipes, ideas. This bar recipe I would love to try but may I ask what are coconut flakes. Is this regular or something special. Thank you so much for all your work and love in your post.t
Oops! Did you notice the picture for these no-bake bars is the pic of the pretty acorn squash? No matter…can’t wait to make the bars anyway! Thanks!!
Easy No Bake Cookie Bars Recipe
Love this recipe. I have been making it every time the drop by spoon fails. I add pecans. My husbands favorite
WE make something similar, they just can’t get any better.
Looks good and easy I,m going to try
These are fabulous, and so easy! Since I used Nutella and sweetened coconut, I decreased the sugar by 1/4 cup and it was the perfect sweetness for us.
Thank you so much for a gem of a recipe!
Made it, loved it!
Perfect, quick sweet that will travel well in the field ????
So glad you enjoyed them too, Luanne! Thanks! xo
Can I substitute old fashioned oats in place of the quick? Thank you!
I think the old fashioned oats may taste a little chewy in the recipe. Thanks!
I use online recipes all the time, and no matter how good they are I never comment. This recipe gave me absolutely flawless results. The first time it has ever tasted like home. I do think it’s important to use a good cocoa powder as that is where much of the flavor is coming from, so keep that in mind no-bakers! I’m not advertising what brand I use, but try to find something better than the Hershey stuff if you can (tons of varieties online!).
Thank you so much for posting this recipe. Bookmarked and passed around.
Thanks so much C!