Saturday, November 13, 2010

Super-Quick No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

I love me some oatmeal at least every other day. I don't usually prepare it the traditional sweet-porridge way, but as a savory sludge, with salt and every now and then, also a small green chilli. Although oatmeal is only a recent addition to the Indian diet, it's been prolific enough to find itself in everyday dishes such as upma (savory semolina porridge), idli (steamed rice cakes) and dosa (savory rice crepes).

Quick-cooking oats is definitely my favorite, and recently I picked up a HUGE box of it from Costco. Or at least, I thought it was a box of quick-cooking oats. In fact, it turned out to be a HUGE box of Old Fashioned Oats! I tried making my usual concoction, but found it a tad hard to down too much of it. So, I decided the rest would have to find itself in other dishes.

Cookies, I thought. I would start with cookies. So, I made my way to the Quaker Oats site, hoping to get some inspiration there. I found something better than inspiration - a No-Bake cookie recipe! It calls for all of 4 ingredients not counting the oats, and needs only about 5 minutes of prep! It was a no-brainer. I had to try this recipe.

And, so I give you the Super-Quick No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie recipe. The oats worked well in this cookie, and gave it the right amount of chewiness one would expect to have in an oatmeal cookie. I have tweaked the recipe just a tad, and have mentioned in what way in my notes.

Super-Quick No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

  • Light Brown Granulated Sugar                      1 1/2 cups
  • Vegan Butter or Margarine                           6 tbsp or 3/4 stick
  • Vegan milk                                                1/2 cup
  • Cocoa Powder                                           1/3 cup
  • Uncooked Quick or Old Fashioned Oats         3 cups
  1. Combine the sugar, vegan marge/butter, vegan milk, and cocoa powder in a saucepan, and bring to boil over medium heat. Stir frequently, and continue to boil for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Remove the saucepan from heat, and stir in the oats. If you are using old fashioned oats, allow the mixture to stand for 5 minutes before getting to the next step. If not, proceed.
  3. On waxed paper, drop tablespoons of the mixture, and allow to stand till completely cooled and set.
  4. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.
  1. The original recipe called for 2 cups of sugar. I used that amount and found it to be sickly sweet.
  2. The original recipe called for 1 stick or 8 tbsp of butter or marge. The cookies were a little greasy till they set, and the taste of the fat was very prominent. Strangely, with such a high quantity of fat, the website touted this as a 'Low Fat' recipe. I guess they meant each serving is low in fat. But who's going to stop at just one cookie!
  3. I had to leave the cookies to cool overnight before they were completely set.
I am sending this post in as an entry for 'The Chocolate Fest' Cook Curry Nook's First Anniversary Event!! Cook Curry Nook, authored by the charming Madhuri, is one of my favorite sites for super-simple, super-quick, and most importantly, super-yummy vegetarian/vegan recipes. If you haven't already visited her site, head over as soon as possible, and certainly try and send in your entry for this event.... there's a super-cool cook-book at stake!


  1. Sneh, Sneh, Sneh...why're you doing this to me girl? You had me at 'super-quick', you had me at 'no-bake', and you had me yet again, at 'chocolate'! I have to tell you how good it looks or what? You bet Im making this ASAP as possible. No, that's not a typo. That's how soon I intend to make it :P

    And thanks so much for your kind words on me and the blog. Im so charmed :) Thanks for sending this over to CCN's anniversary bash as well. Thrilled to bits! :)

  2. Heya Teach!! Glad you're so smitten by the cookies. :0D You must try it, if for no other reason, at least to see how darn simple they are to make.

    And 'bout your blog - I only speak the truth, you know that!! :0D

    Lemme know 'ASAP as possible' how th cookies turn out. :0)


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