Caramel no bake cookies are a winner any time. These easy no bake preacher cookies with old fashioned oats have a caramel twist that everyone loves.
These caramel no bake cookies are a sweet twist on classic preacher cookies. The easy no bake cookies take the classic peanut butter, chocolate, and oatmeal flavors of no bake preacher cookies and adds a shot of caramel to make them even more delicious.
Caramel No Bake Cookies
These Caramel No Bake Cookies are the best. Anytime I don’t have to turn on my oven, it’s a win. If you’re looking for a sweet treat with minimal ingredients, these are certain to be a hit each and every time. (just make certain to hide a few for yourself because they’re going to go quickly!)
These no bake preacher cookies are some of the easiest and tastiest I’ve ever eaten or made.. The caramel is gooey, and the cookies are so chocolaty, and it just melts in your mouth. These are so simple to make, and you can have them done quickly. Everyone will love these, so make sure to keep this one in your favorites!
I’ve been eating no bake cookies since I was a kid, and while there tends to be a ton of different recipes, these no-bake cookies with caramel are some of my favorites.
The texture is the perfect combination of crumbly and moist – if that’s even possible. (and trust me, it is!)
The added oats create a lasting flavor that pairs up perfectly with the chocolate and caramel. I also love that these cookies are literally super fast and don’t melt.
Even when they’re made with chocolate, they hold their shape quite well. The added flavor of caramel is just an extra bonus.
Two Important Pieces to the Caramel No Bake Cookies Story
These no bake preacher cookies are just phenomenal. They’re so good and so easy, they’ve become one of my favorite cookie recipes to make. But were it not for cookies, and then later, the preacher cookie variation, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy these delicious treats. So let’s take a quick look at the history of both.
History of Cookies
The predecessors of cookies were small, hard wafers, and they’ve been around for as long as baking has been documented. This was due largely in part to their ability to travel without spoiling. However, these first wafers weren’t sweet enough to be cookies by modern standards.
Most food historians agree that cookies have their origin in 7th century Persia. They first appeared not long after sugar became common in the region. From there, cookies spread to Europe via the Muslim conquest of Spain. By the 14th century, they could be found everywhere in Europe from high-end royal confections to basic street vendor fair.
As global travel became more widespread, so too did cookies. Again, their ability to be carried long distances without spoilage was a major reason for this. The first cookie to see great popularity from travelers and those who lived in the places to which travelers ventured were made from nuts, sweeteners, and water.
Around the late 1620s, the Dutch brought cookies to America. The word cookie is actually a derivative of the Dutch word koekje. The earliest mention of cookies in America actually references both the Dutch and the word cookie, where it was written that the Dutch in New York provided 800 cookies at a funeral.
It wasn’t until the 18th century that the modern element of creaming together butter and sugar for the cookie base became commonplace. Fast forward to the present, and cookies are available in a vast array of shapes, sizes, and flavors, one of which is the preacher cookie, which we’ll talk about next.
History of Preacher Cookies
It’s tough to say exactly when preacher cookies first came on the scene, but we know that they arrived well before cars and mass transit. According to popular legend, preacher cookies got their name from how easy they were to make.
Long before cars and the like, preachers would frequently visit their parishioners. Housewives in the mountains could look out of their windows and see their preacher riding his horse toward their home from a relatively far distance.
The simple ingredients and ease of making these cookies made them easy for the wives to whip up a batch of these no bake cookies and greet the preacher with them when he arrived.
How much of that is true, we might never know. Like many foods, the history of preacher cookies is a bit murky. What we do know, however, is that these easy cookies are absolutely delicious and a great take on classic no bake preacher cookies.
Why Boil No Bake Cookies for Exactly One Minute?
You need to remember to boil your cookie mixture for exactly one minute. No more. No less. If your NO BAKE cookies don’t set and are sticky they should have been boiled longer. If cookies are dry and crumble they were boiled too long.
You MUST allow the cookie mixture to come to a full rolling boil and then set your timer to exactly 1 minute.
How long does it take for no bakes to harden?
While it can be hard to wait, you’re going to have to get this delicious oat and chocolate cookies time to harden up.
You’re going to want to give these cookies about 30 minutes or so to harden. If you don’t feel like waiting you don’t have to but just know that they’re going to be mushy.
Can I use old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats?
These caramel no bake cookies actually use old-fashioned oats! But you can use quick oats as well. I prefer a bit of chew to my no-bake cookies so I’ve found the old-fashioned oats are the best at giving me that.
Quick oats hold their texture as well but tend to cook a bit quicker and can get lost in the rest of the ingredients if you’re not careful.
But honestly, either will work for this cookie dessert.
How long are no bake cookies good for?
Believe it or not, as long as you store these cookies properly, they’re going to be good for up to 5 days! I like to store my leftover cookies in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge.
This keeps them delicious, cold, and firm.
Can you freeze no bake cookies?
For sure. In fact, eating a frozen no-bake cookie frozen is really an experience to try. I love how hard they are and then they suddenly soften up with the warmth of your mouth.
Ingredients needed to make Chocolate No Bake Cookies
This recipe literally takes just a few ingredients to get started! The best part is that you probably already have all of them in your kitchen, so it’s even simpler. Here’s what you’ll need
- Old Fashioned Oats
- Peanut Butter
- Vanilla Extract
- chocolate caramel or peanut butter chips
- coconut, flaked or shredded
See? Easy, right? The only thing you might have to buy especially for this recipe is a package of caramels. Other than that, all the ingredients in these cookies really are kitchen staples.
Tips for Making Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
Since I’ve made these cookies about a thousand times, there are a few tips that I think are important! While this is a super easy recipe, these tips will help make the process even easier and ensure that you end up with super delicious cookies with no headaches.
Make Certain to Line Your Baking Sheet
These cookies are going to be a bit sticky. Parchment paper is going to be your best friend. Without the paper, you’re looking at a sticky mess on your hands, cookies that are hard to get off your surface, or a little bit of both!
Stir the Ingredients Until Boiling
This is such an important step as this is what holds the ingredients together to create the cookie. You only need to boil for a minute, so stay close and pay attention.
You Don’t Have to Stir the Caramels
With everything else being hot, adding the caramels should be enough to let them melt. It will take about 5 minutes or so for them to melt completely but once that happens, you then need to stir to mix in that caramel flavor.
Of course, you can stir the caramels if you want to give the entire cookie more uniformity of caramel distribution, but I particularly love the way you end up with little rivers of caramel throughout the cookie when you don’t stir them.
Ways to Vary the Flavor of No Bake Cookies
Even though I think that this is the perfect cookie, there are ways that you can change up the taste and flavor. Be certain to try out new methods and see what you think.
Add in different flavors of chocolate
I’m a big fan of white chocolate that is always an option. You can also add in chunks of dark chocolate and even some fun butterscotch chips, too!
Try different flavors of oats
Flavored oatmeal is a thing and could be a super fun way to create a new and unique taste. I’ve been to the store and seen so many fun flavors. Peaches and cream? You bet.
Have fun trying different flavors and see what you like. You just might find a totally new and delicious combo!
Add in some nuts
Soft nuts like coconut, walnuts and cashews can be great additions. Or you can use chunky peanut butter and have the texture of peanuts as well.
Sprinkle on some fun toppings
We all know I LOVE toppings. Adding on some sprinkles can be great or even some shredded coconut as well. And if you really want to take the flavor over the top, drizzle on some caramel sauce, too.
The main thing to keep in make when making no bake cookies is that they’re delicious any time of the year. They’re perfect for hot and cold weather and no one is going to be able to resist.
In face, you might want to go ahead and make a double batch right from the start. They’re going to disappear quickly and you might not get one any other way!
Try These Caramel No Bake Cookies for Yourself
These delicious no bake preacher cookies are just about the easiest things you’ll ever make. A little boiling and a little dropping are all that are needed to make these easy no bake cookies. The flavors are pure heaven, and they’re always a crowd pleaser. AND they’re so easy, they’re perfect for any occasion.
Whether you serve these up for a weeknight treat, a potluck, party appetizers, or just an afternoon snack, these caramel no bake cookies are always a hit. Try this recipe for yourself, and you and your family will be in delicious no bake cookie heaven.
More Delicious Dessert Recipes
If you love these cookies, why stop here? I’ve gathered up some of my other favorite desserts that I think you’ll love as well.
You’ll find a combination of homemade cookies that are to die for and a few of my favorite caramel dessert recipes, too!
- Air Fryer Monster Cookies – Chocolate Chips and More!
- Quick Chocolate Fudge Sandwich Cookies
- Best Soft Chewy Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
- Caramel Nut Bundt Cake
- Grandma’s Old Fashioned Caramel Sticky Buns
No Bake Cookies with Old Fashioned Oats and Caramel Video
No Bake Cookies with Old Fashioned Oats and Caramel
- rimmed baking sheet
- 2 cups Sugar
- ½ cup Milk
- ½ cup Butter or 1 stick
- ¼ cup Cocoa
- 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 10 to 12 Caramels, unwrapped
- ½ cup coconut, flaked or shredded
- chocolate caramel or peanut butter chips
- Line a cookie sheet with Parchment paper, and set aside.
- In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, bring the Milk, Sugar, and Cocoa to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute, and remove from the heat. Add the Peanut Butter, and Vanilla.
- Stir to combine.
- Add the Oats, and stir until blended. Place the pan back on the warm burner, but don't turn on the heat.
- Add the Caramels, stir, and let sit for 5 minutes until Caramels are melted.
- Stir well, and drop by the teaspoonful onto the Parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Let sit for at least 45 minutes to allow cookies to set.
- Refrigerate in a air tight container. May be kept for up to 5 days, if kept refrigerated. Enjoy!