Start to finish: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 dozen cookies
Difficulty level: Beginner

A no-bake recipe is the answer if you have instant oatmeal packets instead of the quick or longer-cooking old-fashioned oatmeal varieties, and you have a sudden need to make oatmeal cookies. These no-bake cookies require a little liquid and just a few minutes in a sauce pan. Use plain instant oatmeal or whatever you have on hand, such as maple and brown sugar, to make this chewy favorite inspired by a Quaker Oats recipe.


  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 instant oatmeal packets (about 2 cups)


Place a large sauce pan on the stove and set the burner to medium heat.

Place the softened butter in the large saucepan and, after the butter begins to melt, add the milk, vanilla extract, granulated sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir or whisk to mix well.

Bring the mixture to a boil as you stir the contents to prevent settling.

Allow the mixture to boil for 2 minutes as you continue to stir.

Turn off the burner, remove the sauce pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Add the instant oatmeal to the sauce pan, stirring until all liquid is absorbed. Let the mixture sit for about 1 minute.

Lay out one or two sheets of waxed paper — long enough to hold about 24 small cookies — on a counter or a cookie sheets.

Use a tablespoon to scoop and drop cookie dough onto the waxed paper, and allow the cookies to sit at room temperature for 2 to 3 minutes as they cool and become firmer.

Serve the oatmeal cookies while they are still a little warm and chewy.


  • Add the surprise of chocolate flavor to your oatmeal cookie by substituting ¼ cup cocoa for the brown sugar.

  • Substitute 1 mashed or pureed banana for the butter to lower the recipe’s fat content. Use low-fat or skim milk to lower the fat content more.

  • Enhance the texture and intensify the flavor with 1/3 cup of raisins, cranberries or chopped nuts.


  • Store the cookies in an airtight container to keep them fresh and chewy.

  • The no-bake cookie is a good recipe for experimenting with ingredients that don't require cooking such as peanut butter, orange pulp, honey or shredded carrot.

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