Nutella No-Bake Cookies

One of my favorite recipes of all time are my mom’s Gorilla Poops (a.k.a. No-Bake cookies). Even though the name sounds disgusting, they are absolutely divine. I know that everyone has their favorite recipe for them, but I really think that hers are the best. :)
I have recently discovered the deliciousness of Nutella . . . and I am totally hooked! When I saw this recipe for Nutella No-Bake cookies over at Baking with Basil, I had to put them to the test to see if I loved them as much as my mom’s no-bake cookies. I am totally a peanut butter and chocolate junkie, but these cookies are a close second!

Nutella No-Bake Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup Nutella
3 cups quick cooking oats

In a saucepan, combine butter, milk, sugar, and cocoa powder and heat over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for one minute. Remove your saucepan from the heat.
Add Nutella and vanilla to hot mixture and stir until combined. Add oats and stir until completely incorporated.
Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheets lined with wax paper. Let cool (or you can eat them all warm and gooey- that’s yummy too!).

*Sometimes, this recipe turns out more runny or more dry . . . I really think that it depends on weather, altitude, and how long it boils. I would start out by adding only 2 cups of oats and if it’s runny, add a little more oats. I vary from 2 1/2 cups to 3 1/2 cups of oats each time I make these.

Recipe source: Baking with Basil

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  1. says

    I tried this over the weekend, it’s really yummy, it’s more like a truffle than a cookie :) it’s too sweet for my taste though, even after using just 1 1/2c of sugar. I’ll lessen it next time. Do you think it will be as delicious and gooey if there is no nutella?


  2. Michelle K says

    Made these for the first time the other night and they were a HUGE hit with colleagues at work (as well as with hubby’s colleagues). My 4 year-old and 16 month-old really liked them too. So easy!

  3. Tracey says

    Thank you! We love Gorilla poops (I have never heard that name, but I love it!) but now that we have a peanut allergy we don’t make them anymore. This will be a wonderful replacement.

  4. Megan says

    I didn’t have milk at home and currently only have a stove top, but I wanted to make something for a birthday treat. I had a can of Coconut milk in the cupboard, so I exchanged the milk for coconut milk.. Turned out good! A bit richer than regular, but still delicious! I hope they are a hit tomorrow with my fellow teachers!

  5. says

    Found your recipe through Pinterest.

    Planning to make them for pot luck at work on Friday. Have made the regular No-Bake cookies since I was a kid…. can’t wait to try the Nutella version!

    I’ve found that Nutella in buttercream is fantastic!!! Nutella when cooked seems to lose all its wonderful flavor for me.

    I’ll be interested to see how this ‘stirring in’ will do with the Nutella flavor.

  6. Leah says

    Just made these last night. While they’ were good, they didn’t taste like nutella. I think the cocoa powder covers it up. Next time I make no bakes, I think I’m going to sub the peanut butter/nutella for hazelnut butter and see how that tastes. The cocoa and hazelnut should hopefully make them taste like nutella!

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