No Bake Fudge Cookies are stove-top recipe made with butter, cocoa powder, sugar, and peanut butter, oatmeal, and coconut. This fudge like cookie is basically a chocolate peanut butter fudge that has other goodies stirred in!
These no bake cookies are a family favorite that will satisfy the sweet tooth! They are great for Saturday night popcorn night. Just serve a couple of these fudge cookies with a bowl of popcorn for a yummy movie snack.
Making No Bake Cookies
While for some people (and I am one of those people), making no bakes can be a little challenging. A few simple steps and tips will help you be able to make these cookies and have them turn out as perfect as I did!
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What you need to make these cookies
You can make the cookies successfully. You just need a few things to help you out.
Large Heavy Bottom Saucepan: this will help the chocolate fudge to heat evenly.
Candy Thermometer: I find I have the best success when I use a candy thermometer. This is the one I use.
Cocoa Powder: Be sure to use a good quality cocoa powder.
Oatmeal: Regular oats (not quick oats).
Peanut Butter: Do not use all natural peanut butter. I always use this brand, and it works perfectly.
Milk of your choice: Almond, coconut milk, or cows milk,
Tips for a successful no bake fudge cookie recipe
- Make these without distraction. These no bake fudge cookies an overcook quickly.
- Have all your ingredients ready to add when it’s time to add them. Oatmeal, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and coconut should all be measured out and at ready when it’s time.
- Be patient. Cook the syrup slowly and watching it carefully. Test for the softball stage often if you do not have a candy thermometer. If you do have a candy thermometer, I suggest cooking to between 230-235 degree Fahrenheit.
- If the fudge starts to harden, soften with a tablespoon of milk, If you need a little more, add another ½ tablespoon. Too much milk will put you back to the stage where your fudge is not going to firm up.
How to test the syrup without a candy thermometer
If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can test your syrup by dripping a little bit of syrup into a dish with a small amount of cold water. The fudge should easily form a soft ball. If it doesn’t come together, its not at that stage yet and if it quickly hardens, your probably overcooked.
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No Bake Fudge Cookies
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- Mix sugar, butter, salt, cocoa and almond milk in large saucepan.
- Bring to a slow boil and cook for 10-15 minutes over medium-low heat or until temperature is at a soft ball stage. Once the syrup has reached a soft ball stage, remove from heat.
- Quickly stir in vanilla, peanut butter, oatmeal and coconut. The no bake cookies should have a still glossy look.
- Spoon by tablespoonful onto a foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Allow to cool and harden.
- Store cookies in a container on the shelf (do not refrigerate).