Creamy and chewy Nutella No Bake Cookies! Packed with chocolatey oatmeal and creamy Nutella in a quick and easy cookie! This no bake recipe is one of my kiddos favorites.
Who doesn't love Nutella?! Seriously, I don't know anyone who doesn't. I can't keep a jar of this stuff in my house for long. I have to hide it just so I have some to bake with!
This delicious cookie has that wonderful chocolate and hazelnut flavor we all love and is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Personally, when I'm feeling that craving come up it's a spoonful of half peanut butter and half Nutella that I love.
No-bake cookies are some of my favorite recipes! They're so easy and everyone loves them, especially these Traditional Chocolate No-Bake Cookies. For that sweet and salty craving try these Easy Butterscotch No-Bake Cookies.
Important Ingredients with Substitutions
- White granulated sugar – A coconut sugar or a monk fruit sweetener can replace white granulated sugar 1:1 if you need to go that route.
- Unsalted Butter – Unsalted butter or salted butter will work fine. Salted butter may add an extra layer of flavor.
- Cocoa powder – Any cocoa powder you have on hand will work fine. I love this cocoa powder for just about everything! Hershey's cocoa powder will work also. An unsweetened cocoa powder is ideal.
- Milk – Your milk preference will work. Try almond milk for an added nutty flavor!
- Vanilla extract – A pure vanilla extract will yield the best vanilla flavor. Using a vanilla paste will work also.
- Nutella - A delicious chocolate hazelnut spread loved by many! Depending on the local stores around you, they may have their own version of this hazelnut spread, that option will also work just as well.
- Quick Cooking Oats – Be sure to use quick oats and not old-fashioned rolled oats. Using steel-cut or old-fashioned rolled oats will result in a dryer cookie. Quick oats will absorb that moisture and make for a melt-in-the-mouth cookie.
- Chopped nuts – 100% optional in this recipe. Just a personal preference of mine to opt for no nuts, but you can add chopped walnuts or pecans.
See the recipe below for the full list of ingredients and quantities.
Instructions for no bake nutella cookies
Step 1: Add sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and milk to a dutch oven or medium sized saucepan.
Step 2: On medium heat, stir the sugar mixture until it reaches a rolling boil. Let the mixture reaches a full rolling boil for exactly 2 minutes. Set a timer!
Step 3: Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract, Nutella, quick-cooking oats, and nuts. Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula until the mixture is completely mixed together.
Step 4: Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop out the cookie dough and drop the Nutella cookies onto a sheet of parchment paper or Silpat on a large baking sheet so they can set up.
Step 5: Let no-bake cookies set to cool completely before eating.
Store No-Bake Nutella cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.
Store No-Bake cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Separate each cookie with parchment paper so they don’t stick to each other.
Can I freeze Nutella cookies? Freeze No-Bake Nutella cookies in a freezer safe sealed container, separated by parchment paper or waxed paper then wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 3 weeks.
Level Up With Expert Tips & Tricks
These oatmeal cookies come together fairly quickly, so don’t take your eyes off of your pan.
You should easily be able to double or triple the recipe if using a dutch oven. They’re typically large enough to handle the extra cookie ingredients.
Make sure your mixture reaches a boil over medium heat for exactly 2 minutes to ensure your drop cookies are set properly.
Use quick oats! Old-fashioned oats, while delicious, won’t absorb the melted sugar well enough and could result in a drier cookie. If all you have is old fashioned oats, then you can pulse them in a food processor to break them down further. I have not tried this method, however.
Enjoy these Nutella cookies with a mug of creamy milk or a bowl of french vanilla ice cream.
Nutella Hot Chocolate! Boom! Sure you can easily just toss that empty Nutella jar in the trash. The jar may appear empty but trust me, there is just enough for another Nutella treat!
Gently heat milk in a saucepan or a microwave-safe mug. Carefully pour the warmed milk into the empty Nutella jar. Place the lid on securely and give the jar a good few shakes. The warmed milk will melt whatever leftover Nutella is left on the inside of the jar. Once it's all mixed together, pour it back out into a mug.
If your chocolate no-bake cookies do not harden, then it is likely that the butter/sugar mixture did not boil long enough. The recipe requires 2 minutes exactly of a boil.
The sugar needs to reach that “soft ball” stage so when the cookies are left to cool, the sugar will harden some and hold the cookie together.
If your cookies appear grainy after setting it is likely one of two things. The sugar mixture wasn’t cooked long enough, or it was cooked too long.
If cooked too long, the cookie will end up dry and crumbly. If not cooked long enough, they won't set.
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- ½ cup butter
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups quick oats
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ cup Nutella
- Add sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and milk to a dutch oven or medium saucepan.
- On medium heat, stir the sugar mixture until it reaches a rolling boil. Let the mixture reaches a full rolling boil for exactly 2 minutes. Set a timer!
- Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract, Nutella, quick-cooking oats, and nuts *optional.
- Stir with a rubber spatula until the mixture is completely mixed together.
- Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop out the cookie dough and drop Nutella cookies onto a sheet of parchment paper or Silpat on a large baking sheet.
- Using a large cookie scoop will result in larger cookies, but fewer of them.
- Let no-bake cookies set to cool completely before eating.