Grandma’s No-Bake Boiled Cookies are the perfect no-bake treat for summer! The chocolate and oat cookies are loaded with mini marshmallows, coconut, and walnuts. They take just 10 minutes to make and don’t heat up the house on a warm day!
Here in Chicago, we’ve skipped from a chilly spring to a hot summer in the span of about one week. I used to love a blast of heat when opening the patio door. But I’m expecting a baby later this month, so I’m merely tolerating the heat this year. Hot weather = swollen feet!
I’ve moved the cooking outdoors to the grill these past few weeks, making dishes like Chicken Souvlaki, grilled salmon, and lots of burgers. Desserts present a different challenge, though I recently made these Grilled Peaches and also this Grilled Pound Cake with Berries and Whipped Cream. I’m all about grilling when the weather is right for it?
For these No-Bake Boiled Cookies, I’m happy to say that the oven isn’t needed. All you need is a stove, a saucepan, and a big bowl for mixing the cookies.
Here’s how I made them:
Start the No-Bake Boiled Cookies by bringing sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder to a boil.
Bring to a boil for two minutes, whisking occasionally.
While the liquid mixture is cooking, toss together the oats, peanut butter, vanilla, miniature marshmallows, coconut, and walnuts. No big deal if the peanut butter doesn’t incorporate—the heat from the liquid mixture will melt it enough so that you can easily stir it in.
Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture, and stir to combine. The heat from the liquid mixture will melt the marshmallows a bit. I ended up adding an extra couple handfuls of marshmallows because I wanted to see bits of gooey marshmallows in there!
Then drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto parchment paper. You could make them large or small. I did approximately two tablespoons each and got 24 cookies out of this batch. They are very sweet cookies so keep that in mind as you determine size!
This recipe for No-Bake Boiled Cookies came from my grandma. Grandma Verie was my mom’s mom, and I snagged a few of her handwritten recipes before a flood in my parents’ basement wiped out the rest. This is one of them. Apparently the recipe came from Cecile H.! 🙂
Grandma Verie must have been a big fan of coconut and walnuts. This recipe calls for them, as does her recipe for Zucchini Muffins. I love the crunch and texture that they add.
While these aren’t the prettiest cookies you’ve ever seen, they sure do taste good. Fans of a chocolate and peanut butter combination (which really should be everyone, right?) will love these, especially!
Grandma's No-Bake Boiled Cookies
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup butter 1 stick
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 3 cups quick oatmeal
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup miniature marshmallows I added a full 1 cup
- ½ cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Place the milk, butter, sugar, and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, peanut butter, vanilla, mini marshmallows, coconut, and walnuts. Pour the liquid mixture over the top and stir to combine.
- Drop 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto parchment paper. Repeat with remaining mixture to create approximately 24 cookies.
- Let cool for 1 hour before serving.