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No Bake Vanilla Cookies

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These easy no bake vanilla cookies might be simple to make but they’re packed with flavor and are always a hit in our house!

No bake cookies recipes are great because they’re ready quickly and you don’t have to mess with the oven. No bake recipes are also nice when you don’t have long to make a dessert to share with guests and family members.

Try out these other no bake cookie recipes too, we love No Bake Nutella Reindeer Cookies, No Bake Christmas Cookies, No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies, and No Bake Pumpkin Cookies!

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If you have never made no bake cookies with oats you are in for a treat! This recipe is simple, delicious, and loaded with flavor. Everyone loves these vanilla no bake cookies.

Of course you can make these No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies if you prefer a little peanut butter added to the mix but for true vanilla fans out there these cookies are a hit. Not all the holiday cookies have to have chocolate!

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Are these cookies gluten free?

One of my favorite reasons to make cookies with quick cooking oats is the fact that I can get them gluten free and then I don’t have to worry about choosing gluten free flour blends and more.

These cookies are naturally gluten free assuming you get quick oats that are gluten free. Some brands are, others are not, check your labels!

We’re using vanilla instant pudding to really up the flavor and texture of these delicious cookies as well.

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How many cookies does this recipe make?

That will largely depend on the size you make your cookies. You can make them large or small depending on what you like. This recipe should make about a dozen medium sized cookies.

You can easily double that to make a larger batch so you have plenty to share during the holiday season. These are tasty and always a hit so we usually make two batches so that there are some for the house and some to give away or share!

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What do I need to make vanilla pudding cookies?

This recipe uses butter, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, instant vanilla pudding, and quick cooking oats. That’s it! Just six simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand at home.

With such a simple shopping list you can easily whip up a batch of these no bake vanilla cookies at a moments notice. It’s why I love this recipe.

The texture and flavor are great. These are chewy and soft and everyone loves them! If you need something a little out of the ordinary to add to your cookie plates this year try out these no bakes!

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Kitchen essentials for tasty no bake recipes:

When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes you’ll want to have the best tools on hand.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixerspatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

I like these casserole dishes from Pyrex which are great for no bake recipes and for all your favorite dinners, brownies, cakes, and more.

You can’t go wrong with some good sharp knives and a cutting board. They will always come in handy in the kitchen for recipes of any kind, even desserts!

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How to make no bake cookies:

Line your countertop with a parchment paper sheet about 2 feet long.

Add milk, sugar and butter to a saucepan. Mix.

mixing bowl ready to start the recipe

Heat over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil that you can’t break up by stirring.

Allow it to boil for exactly one minute, then remove from heat.

Add vanilla extract and stir.

Add 1 ½ c of oats to the saucepan and stir. 

oats in a bowl

Add ½ of the instant pudding and stir.

Add the remaining pudding and mix until you can’t see the pudding mix. Break up any pudding lumps that may be in the mix.

Add in the remaining oats and mix well.

waiting cookie sheet

Drop the cookie dough onto the parchment paper by the spoonful. 

Allow to cool and dry for about 15-25 minutes before enjoying.

Store in an airtight container.

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Looking for more delicious no bake cookies and desserts?

Here are some other equally delicious recipes that require zero baking that I think you will love. Try out some of these other no bake cookies and desserts to make your holiday season merry and bright without all the muss and fuss of holiday baking.

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Printable No Bake Vanilla Cookies Recipe:

Yield: 12 Cookies

No Bake Vanilla Cookies

Featured image showing the finished no bake vanilla cookies ready to eat

These easy no bake vanilla cookies might be simple to make but they're packed with flavor and are always a hit in our house!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¾ c salted butter
  • ⅔ c milk
  • 1 ¾ c sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 ½ cups of quick cook oats

Instructions

  1. Line your countertop with a parchment paper sheet about 2 feet long.
  2. Add milk, sugar and butter to a saucepan. Mix.
  3. Heat over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil that you can’t break up by stirring.
  4. Allow it to boil for exactly one minute, then remove from heat.
  5. Add vanilla extract and stir.
  6. Add 1 ½ c of oats to the saucepan and stir.
  7. Add ½ of the instant pudding and stir.
  8. Add the remaining pudding and mix until you can’t see the pudding mix. Break up any pudding lumps that may be in the mix.
  9. Add in the remaining oats and mix well.
  10. Drop the cookie dough onto the parchment paper by the spoonful.
  11. Allow to cool and dry for about 15-25 minutes before enjoying.
  12. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 2g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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