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Fiddle Diddles

What are Fiddle Diddles? They are basically a no-bake cookie. If you google, you’ll find a ton of variations!

Fiddle Diddles on a wire rack.

They are easy to make and cheap, using whatever ingredients you have on hand. Try them with chocolate, butterscotch, or plain like my recipe. Fiddle Diddles are always a hit!

Fiddle Diddles

Coconut and oats add some texture and chewiness. Bet you can’t eat just one!

I love that they set up quickly. You don’t have to wait all day until you can enjoy them. Plus, they freeze well so make a bunch and freeze the extras.

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    Doing some baking over the holidays? You’ll love the simplicity of making these no-bake treats!

    What are the Best Oats for Fiddle Diddles 

    You can either use quick oats or old fashioned oats. I find that old fashioned oats offer a nice and chewy texture. Quick oats are a lot more tender and not near as chewy. 

    I have not attempted using steel cut oats, so I would suggest in texture preference go with one from above. 

    Or if you are low mix and match your oatmeal to add even more texture to the cookies. 

    A plate of fiddle diddles.

    Need a Reason to Make These Oatmeal Coconut No Bake Cookies

    • Whip up for a weeknight dessert. Great to even let little hands help with some steps. 
    • Bring as a dessert to a picnic or potluck. 
    • Bake sales! Great for an affordable and delicious easy cookie recipe. 
    • Parties! If you have a birthday or other party in the works, make these for a simple dessert. 

    You will find any and every reason to make these coconut oatmeal cookies. I love them cause they are a fantastic pantry cookie recipe. 

    You might find you have all the items on hand and ready to go. 

    A plate of fiddle diddles.

    How to Make Fiddle Diddle Cookies

    Start by melting your butter, milk and sugar in a pot on the stove. It is important to stir the mixture a lot or it can burn very easily. 

    You want to mix until your sugar is melted and you don’t hear or see the gritty texture in the mixture. If you don’t allow it to melt you will taste the crystals of the sugar. 

    Once your base is mixed you will add in the remaining ingredients, stir and spoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet or counter. 

    How Long Till Cookies Set Up 

    Depending on the liquid to oats ratio you will find that setup time varies. For the most part an hour or two is all you need. 

    If they have more oats in them and are a bit drier, you might find they take a bit longer to set.

    You can also move the cookies on a tray to the freezer. This can speed up the setup process quite a bit! Just freeze 30 minutes to an hour. 

    A stack of fiddles on a plate.

    For more no-bake desserts, try my No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks, No-Bake Butterscotch Cookies, Marshmallow Bars and Chocolate Confetti Bars. You might also like this Cream Cheese Cookie Recipe.

    How to Store Cookies

    Fiddle Diddles can be stored at room temperature on the counter for up to 5-7 days. These are best when eaten sooner than later as they will dry out as each day passes. 

    If you prefer them chilled you can place in a covered container and store in the fridge. They taste awesome cold. 

    Can You Freeze Leftover Fiddle Diddles

    Sure, if you want to store some for a later time, go ahead. Simply place your fiddle diddles in a single row with wax paper in between the layers of cookies. 

    The wax paper will help to prevent cookies from sticking together. Then toss cookies in freezer for up to 3 months. 

    Thaw on the counter when you are ready to enjoy. You could even toss in the microwave on defrost for a quicker thaw. do short increments of time, 

    If you over thaw it can burn really easy. So just be aware then warming up from frozen. 

    A plate of fiddle diddle cookies.

    Can I Double The Recipe

    You bet! Just make sure you have a large enough pan.

    This is such a fun and easy recipe I can’t wait for you to try it yourself. I have doubled this recipe many times and it always turns out fantastic! 

    If you are looking for an easy and simple dessert give this recipe a try and let me know how you enjoy it. 

    For more no-bake desserts, try my Pecan Pie Balls, Peppermint Crockpot Candy, Goldfish Drops, Rocky Road Bites, No-Bake Butterscotch Cookies, Marshmallow Bars and Chocolate Confetti Bars. You might also like this Cream Cheese Cookie Recipe.

    You’ll also like Sugar Pie and Oatmeal Cake.

    4.48 from 289 votes

    Fiddle Diddles

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 24
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    No-bake cookie alert! Oats and coconut combine in these buttery sweet treats.


    • ½ cup unsalted butter
    • ½ cup milk
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 3 cups rolled oats
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
    • pinch salt


    • Add butter, milk and sugar to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
    • Stir in oats, vanilla extract, coconut and salt. Drop by teaspoonfuls on to wax paper. Cool completely. Enjoy once firm.



    Serving: 1g | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword cookies, Fiddle Diddles, no-bake cookies

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    1. Can you add dried cherries or cranberries?

    2. Can I substitute honey for the sugar?

    3. Will 1 cup of sugar work? Those cookies curled the hair of a bald guy!

      1. They are pretty sweet! I haven’t tried them with 1 cup of sugar. I think it should be ok, but let me know if you do make them with less.

      2. Did you try less sugar? What was the outcome?

    4. 5 stars
      Really yummy. And super quick & easy to make. I cut back on the sugar based on some of the reviews. I used 1 cup of sugar & 1/2 cup of Splenda. I also added about 1/2 cup of dried cranberries. Next time I’ll add more. And I added about a cup of mini chocolate chips. Be warned that once you make them, it’s going to be very difficult to stay out of them!

    5. 3 stars
      My favorite ingredients, but mine are not hardening. They’ve been sitting on parchment paper on my counter for an hour and they’re still just as goopy as when I spooned them out. 🙁
      I followed the recipe exactly with one exception – I used half sugar and a half brown sugar. Any idea why they won’t harden?

      1. I haven’t made them with brown sugar so I’m not sure. Did you boil it? It won’t harden when I make it with the granulated sugar if it’s not hot enough.

    6. Our family has been making these for 70+ years. We make a chocolate and a maple version. We love them

    7. Jody Nicoli says:

      Our family has been making these for 70+ years. We make a chocolate and a maple version. We love them

    8. Can you leave out or substitute the coconut? My husband hates coconut.

    9. 4 stars
      Mmmmmmm good. I added walnuts cause I like them. Came together quickly for a sweet treat❤️

    10. Do you use 5 minute Quakers oats or quick cooking oats

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