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This Nutella No Bake Cookies recipe make a delicious, simple no bake cookie recipe. Perfect for cooking with kids.

Growing up my mother would make fudgy oatmeal cookies with my sister and me. We’d stand in chairs with the back turned around, pulled close to the counter to pass our mother the next ingredients needed for these magical cookies.

And as I grew older, mother would allow us to take turns stirring the cookies as they cooked. It was a major moment when I’d reached the age where mother let me stir. I felt so grown and proud of myself. I’d forgotten about it until today when making them, my son asked, “Mama, can I stir the cookies?”

And I knew this is what it’s all about. Sharing glimpses of my childhood, traditions and lessons, with my son. Building positive memories with him. One day when he has a family of his own, I hope he takes time to share the same with his children.

And now, to the cookie.

Traditionally, this cookie is made with peanut butter, but honestly, we were almost out of peanut butter in my house. But I noticed a jar of nutella peeking out at me from the pantry shelf. And a star was born.

Here’s how I make it.

The cast of characters includes cocoa, vanilla, butter, Nutella, oats, sugar, and milk.

Pour sugar into a medium size pot over low heat.

Don’t you just love a waterfall of sugar? Wow.

Toss in your cocoa.

Pour in your milk.

Whisk the ingredients together and continue to stir until it begins to reach a hard boil, about 5 minutes.

Add in nutella.

Yum, this stuff is really sinfully delicious.

And stir.

I had to get a photograph of Little Buddy as the official cookie maker! Look how precious! And there was not one photograph where he wasn’t talking. He’s a talker!

Toss in your oats and stir some more.

Add in your vanilla.

Scoop out your cookies and drop them onto parchment. I love to use my tablespoon scoop, but grew up just using two tablespoons to scoop out my cookies.

Notice those little ‘droppings’ on the parchment paper? We were always allowed to eat these little babies. You know what that means, don’t you? We had a ton more droppings than we really should have. I can’t help myself, I still do it.

Cause those little things are mighty good. I wonder if Little Buddy do the same when he gets older?

Allow to dry and then stand back and watch them disappear.

Here’s my Nutella No Bake Cookies Recipe

Nutella No Bake Cookies

Dessert โ€” 15 mins

Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 12
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
This Nutella No Bake Cookies recipe make a delicious, simple no bake cookie recipe. Perfect for cooking with kids.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-3 cups quick-cooking oats 2 cups = thinner, molten-like cookie, 3 cups = thicker, chewier cookie
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Combine sugar, cocoa and milk in a medium stockpot.
  • Cook over medium to low heat until reaches a rolling boil stage.
  • Allow to hold the boiling stage for about two minutes to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and stir in oatmeal, nutella, butter, and vanilla.
  • Whisk until it is ready to drop onto waxed paper, about three minutes.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture and drop onto waxed paper.
  • Allow to cool thoroughly.
  • The longer the cookies stand on the waxed paper to air dry, the harder they will become.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe Review


  1. Growing up, these were a staple in our house, the Nutella sounds like such an amazing twist on classic recipe.

  2. Oh dear. I’m having a friend over to watch a movie in a few weeks, and I think this is gonna’ be our dessert. They look and sound spectacular!

  3. Your cookies look easy to make, so delicious… besides Nutella makes everything better. I am def trying these soon!

  4. I really, REALLY want to make these! I’m wondering what kind of oatmeal though–quick cooking, old fashioned? Does it matter? Thanks!!

  5. Until today, I hadn’t heard of no-bake cookies. Maybe it’s because I’m a first-generation American? No one taught my mamma about these – but it’s not too late for me to get started! If using peanutbutter, will that just replace the Nutella?


    1. You are right, not too late to start! Yes, my family’s original recipe was with peanut butter. Just use equal amounts to replace if you prefer peanut butter.

  6. I just made them and it didn’t work ๐Ÿ™ They are just little circles of goo. Maybe it doesn’t work with rolled oats? Maybe it has to be quick oats? I followed your instructions exactly other than seeing that in the comments after they didn’t turn out right.

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble with the recipe. Let’s see what we can do to fix it. I went back into the kitchen and remade the recipe to see what could have caused the problems. We also have a big football game tonight, so these make great cookies for our tailgate party beforehand. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s one of my family’s favorite recipes that we make a good bit, so I had to figure out where it could be causing you problems.

      One thing that I would recommend is making sure the first step reaches a hard boil. I’m going back into the post on my blog to make that change. Another recommendation could be to increase the amount of oatmeal. My son doesn’t like too much crunch of oatmeal, so our cookies are a bit softer than if the oatmeal were increased. Not only would that harden the recipe, it should also make it thicker. My recipe runs a bit as you scoop it onto the waxed/ parchment paper. With increasing the oatmeal, it shouldn’t run as much. I’ll make that note on the post as well. Also, please note that the longer you allow the cookies to air dry on the waxed/ parchment, the harder they become.

      Your feedback on the recipe is very helpful! I really appreciate your taking the time to let me know what your experience was with the recipe as written. I hate that you had trouble with it. Please let me know if you have any other questions on this recipe or any others. I’ll do my very best to help you.

    2. I believe there is a typo in the recipe. I made these according to the directions and used 1/2 cup of cocoa. They were way to chocolatey and I could not taste the Nutella at all. It’s clear in the photo you only used 1/4 C of cocoa. :o(

      Will have to try again.

    3. Hi Kelly!
      Thanks so much for your feedback on my recipe. I hate you thought it was too chocolately for your tastes. Yes, I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to measure (it works best for my cocoa container), but I do use a 1/2 cup of cocoa in my recipe. Feel free to adjust the recipe to your tastes! The measurements included in my recipe are how we like it. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Just made them with my daughter who does not like Nutella spread on animal crackers but she loved these! We can’t stop eating them.

    1. I’m so glad she liked them, Stephanie. They are indescribably delicious, aren’t they? And oh so addictive!

  8. I’m making these bad boys right now. So far, so good. I just hope we can keep our fingers out of them while they set up. They bring back such fond memories of my childhood. I actually have a version of the classic recipe in my family cookbook. It was handwritten by my brother when he was in 3rd grade. He’s now 40.

    1. I should be ashamed at how many of these I have eaten since making them. They are irresistible.

  9. These sound great and I’d really like to make them for my brother, who is a nutella monster, for his b’day! However, I’m from England and I don’t know how cups work as measurements? Do you have oz/g equivalents?

  10. I was asked my my children to make these cookies and I realized we were out of peanut butter ๐Ÿ™ so I decided to use a jar of Nutella we had in the cabinet, I made it with the original ingredients and used the Nutella instead… and they were gone before i knew it!! … what a wonderful recipe and the natural Nutella was less sweet and much tastier ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I have just made these with my family for World Nutella Day 2012. Just divine! Rich and completely sinful …. and that was just the mixing process (I couldn’t wait!)

  12. My family loves these no bake cookies too. I found another way to do only because I was out of oats. Funny how great things can happen when your forced to improvise. I ran out of oatmeal and all I had was a box of instant maple brown sugar oatmeal. The ones that come in individual servings. I decided to try it and they were AH-mazing. I’ve never used regular oats since. I usually leave out the peanut butter, but nutella would be great because just a hint of nut. I’ve also thrown in some coconut an added one almond on top and I swear it’s just like an almond joy. YUM!

  13. These look awesome! I’ll have to hide the Nutella next time I get some so there will be some to use! (seems someone in the house goes after the jar with a spoon…)

  14. Hey Robyn! Do I have to use cooking oats or can I just use M&Ms instead ???
    And I have another question, I was wondering can I just use the coca powder of a dark chocolate sauce (creme/syrup) ????


  15. Hey Robyn! I have a question, can I use Nequick Coco Powder for this recipe? & can I use almonds instead of oats for this recipe? Please write back soon! Thanks for everything!