No-bake treats are the best thing for summer. They’re quick and easy so kids can make them on their own and they don’t heat up the house on warm days.
Summers seemed to be filled with frogs and toads when I was little. We’d find toads in the yard and as we traipsed through the woods, and we’d catch frogs and pollywogs down by the brook.
Summer was filled with other kinds of frogs too – chocolate oatmeal frog cookies.
My mom had a few different recipes for no–bake cereal squares and other treats. A recipe I recently rediscovered is for no-bake cookies that we called “frogs”. Made with cocoa, rolled oats, milk, butter and not much else, they’re the quickest way I know to make a cookie when you’re craving something sweet.
Chocolate oatmeal frog cookies take less than 10 minutes to make and they’re extra easy so kids can make them on their own.
And the bonus is that they’re gluten free, so if you have friends who avoid wheat this is an easy treat to share.
Chocolate Oatmeal Frog Cookies
Makes 26-28 cookies
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 ¾ cups quick oats (GF if desired)
- 2 Tbsp. ground flax
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup butter
- 1 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- In a large bowl combine cocoa powder, rolled oats and ground flax.
- Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment.
- In a medium pot, combine the sugar, milk, molasses and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for two and a half minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and pour over the rolled oats mixture.
- Stir to combine and quick drop by the spoonful (or a medium cookie scoop) onto prepared pan.
- Let cool then store in a covered container, between layers of waxed paper or parchment.
This recipe is easy enough for kids to make on their own.