Chocolate & Coffee No-Bake Cookies

rich no bake cookies on parchment paper

Do you remember eating no-bake cookies as a kid? I sure do. My brothers and I routinely begged my mother to let us make cookies. She usually indulged us by agreeing to make no-bake cookies. No chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies—just no-bake cookies. She was busy raising three kids and running her own business, so I can’t blame her for wanting to minimize mess and baking time.

how to make no bake cookies

Granted, we were in for a treat every time we gathered around the stove to watch the cocoa, butter and peanut butter boil. Since childhood, I’ve tried various homemade versions and they tend to disappoint. They’re either too dry or bland for my more mature taste buds. I pulled out my favorite old recipe from The Muffin Lady and made half batches until I found the perfect ratio of oatmeal, cocoa, peanut butter and extra flavor.

First off, I almost doubled the amount of cocoa powder so the cookies are sufficiently rich. I also wanted to add espresso powder to intensify the flavor of the chocolate, but I couldn’t find any at local stores. I had a packet of Starbucks VIA instant coffee, so I poured that in at the end. Eureka! I substituted turbinado sugar, a less refined sugar, for a more moist cookie with better flavor. And for texture, I chose extra thick rolled oats instead of the instant variety. End result? A grown-up, decadent no-bake cookie, ready to eat in less than twenty minutes flat.

healthy no bake cookie with milk

Chocolate & Coffee No-Bake Cookies
3.0 from 2 reviews
Recipe type: Cookie
  • 2 cups turbinado sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package Starbucks Columbia VIA
  1. Pour sugar, milk, cocoa and butter in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a rolling boil for 1 minute and 30 seconds, stirring often.
  2. Remove from heat and quickly mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Drop spoonfuls on wax paper or parchment paper.

How do you feel about no-bake cookies? What were your favorite cookies as a kid?


  1. says

    Ha! I’ve been thinking about making no-bake cookies for about a week now so clearly this is a sign that I need to stop thinking and start making!

    I love the addition of the coffee- yum!

  2. says

    I love no bake anything because I tend to mess up sweets once they go in the oven. I made some no bake chocolate peanut butter bars on my blog and they were so easy and delish. As a kid it was good ol chocolate chip (especially the dough). Yours look so pretty and that glass of milk really ties it all together!

  3. says

    I’ve never had no bake cookies but these look absolutely yummy (and I don’t even like peanut butter)! Perfect with a tall glass of milk! My favorite cookies growing up were these Chrusciki’s and Anise Biscotti my grandma would make around the holidays. Thanks for sharing Kate! These photos are beautiful :)

  4. Laurita P says

    omg, my mouth is seriously watering. those looks and sound so good. i loved eating cookie dough as a kid but never had real no-bake cookies…

  5. says

    I love a good no-bake cookie! I love a big spoonful right when they’re done, so it’s all warm and practically melts in your mouth! Yummy. What a great idea adding espresso powder – I have never seen anyone do that in this type of cookie. Sounds great.

  6. whoever says

    I replace the peanut butter with almond butter and
    I replace half the butter with coconut oil.
    Very Good

  7. says

    I just made these tonight for a dinner party. I feel that mine turned out much more chocolatey than pictured! Also, the coffee was a bit strong.

    Great reception, though. I was crunched for time, so these were perfect.

    Thanks Kate. : )

  8. Colin says

    Thanks for the coffee idea. I actually searched “coffee no bakes” to make sure someone else had tried this, in case it was a no-go, LOL… I trusted your judgment, and they turned out to be delicious! :-)

      • Rosario says

        I loved the idea! But I don’t have any package of Starbucks Columbia VIA. Can I replace it with any instant coffe?

        • says

          Yes, I believe that will work just fine. A tablespoon or two might do it. I’m not sure if the instant coffee will retain its texture or melt into the chocolate, but I think the cookies will be great regardless!

          • says

            It’s the unflavored Starbucks VIA instant coffee. I bet you could just add a 1/2 teaspoon ground coffee instead, if that’s easier for you.

  9. abt says

    whoa, where did I go wrong… just tried to make these and absolutely failed. After about 6 minutes at medium heat (it came to a boil very quickly so I didn’t turn it up any further) with constant stirring, the chocolate mixture started BURNING all at once. I finished mixing everything together but I ended up with very dry, hard, burnt tasting rocks. I just re-read the recipe and ingredients and I’m sure I’ve followed everything as directed!

    • Joe says

      This is a incompetent review. I don’t get why you would rate something based on your accomplishment of burning the chocolate mix. Lets think before we post.

    • says

      ABT, I’m sorry, I must have missed your comment when you posted it. The recipe says to boil the chocolate mixture for 1 and 1/2 minutes, so I’m afraid you misread the numbers. I can see how that would happen, and I’m sorry!

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