Cowboy Cookie Cups (No-Bake)

These cookie cups are a cross between an almond butter cup and a cowboy cookie. Chewy gluten-free oats*, coconut, and crunchy nuts are dipped in silky chocolate for a no-bake dessert with no refined sugar, gluten, or dairy!

or these salted caramel chocolate cups (from Creme de la Crumb). This dish came up as a result of a hunger and an unwillingness to get out of bed on a Saturday morning. I, like most people on Pinterest, have drooled over this photo of almond butter cups (from Pinch of Yum), and

They’re dessert nirvana, carefully portioned. They’re like Reese’s peanut butter cups, but without all the stuff you can’t name, and even better since they’re handcrafted and customized to your preferences.

So, one Saturday morning, I was in my bed, surrounded by blankets and pillows, unwilling to get out since it was winter and effing chilly. I grabbed my phone and began looking through Pinterest for a breakfast meal that would entice me to leave my blanket cocoon and travel down three flights of stairs to the kitchen.

I couldn’t locate one.

But all I did discover was those two blasted photographs repeated on my feed. They summoned me. They were pleading with me to go downstairs, melt some things, and mix it all together. However, for some reason, none of them felt completely at ease. I didn’t want salted caramel, and the almond butter filling alone wasn’t enough.

I determined that what I really wanted were cookies. I wanted cookies that were packed with all sorts of goodies; no plain chocolate chip cookies for me that day. Hearty cookies with oats, almonds, coconut, and cinnamon. Cookies with a cowboy theme.

But I also wanted them to be chocolate-covered, not simply loaded with chocolate chips.

Even with the YOLO excuse, it looked like chocolate coated cowboy cookies were stretching it as a breakfast choice. So I thought, why not mix cowboy cookies with almond butter cups and make them paleo?

It is a task for which I am willing to get out of bed.

Easy to make

To be honest, it wasn’t all that difficult to make. I began with the almond butter foundation and gradually added the other ingredients until I achieved the desired texture.

I wanted them to be meaty rather than runny. I didn’t want to bite into anything that would flow out; instead, I wanted it to remain in tact so that the messiness element was kept to a minimum.

You’ll always wind up with chocolaty fingers, but that’s a badge of pride in my opinion.

Adjust accordingly

Feel free to tweak to your liking, but if you appreciate the uncertainty of not knowing whether you’ll end up wearing your meal, use more almond butter and less of the rest. You are a wild youngster.

On top, sprinkle with sea salt and chopped coconut. It helps them look nice, and the salt brings out the taste of the chocolate (its a thing).

If you want to share, bear in mind that this creates 12 cupcake-sized cups (diameter-wise, not height-wise, which would be INTENSE). I’d hate for you to undervalue yourself because you’re a wonderful person!

No-Bake Cowboy Cookie Cups

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Prep Time: 15mins
Total Time: 1hr15mins
Servings: 12cups
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These cookie cups are like an almond butter cup and a cowboy cookie had a baby. Chewy gluten free oats, coconut and crunchy pecans are coated in smooth chocolate for a no-bake, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy dessert!


  • 1 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2-4 teaspoons maple syrup (to taste) (or honey, if not vegan)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cup silky, creamy almond butter
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats* (see notes)
  • chopped cuppecans
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • I prefer Enjoy Life brand micro chocolate chips.
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • to taste, cupmaple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • chocolate powder (unsweetened)


  • Set aside a muffin tray lined with paper liners.
  • 2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2-4 teaspoons maple syrup, pinch salt
    4 cup virgin coconut oil 1
    Melt coconut oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Whisk in the cocoa powder, sweetener (to taste), and salt. Let to cool somewhat while preparing the filling.
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence, a pinch of cinnamon, 4 cup small chocolate chips
    4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 12 cup creamy, 13 cup pecans, 13 cup gluten free rolled oats* 1
    Combine almond butter, oats, pecans, coconut, mini chips, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl. To blend, stir everything together.
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup

    Stir in the sweetener to mix. To taste, add more (or less).

  • Roll a spoonful of filling between your hands and flatten it until it is slightly smaller than the width of the lining.
  • Pour a thin layer of chocolate into the bottom of each liner, then top with a disc of filling and more chocolate to cover the filling.
  • If preferred, garnish with coconut, chopped pecans, or sea salt. Chill and set in the freezer for at least an hour. Enjoy!


Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to two weeks.*Note: I am of the belief that gluten free oats are okay for paleo (as long as you’re not consuming them by the barrel), but I know some others don’t feel the same way and follow the paleo diet very strictly. If so, try substituting quinoa flakes!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg


Why didn’t my no bake cookies get firm?

Why didn’t my cookies set? The major reason why chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies do not firm up is because the mixture was not allowed to simmer long enough. After the mixture reaches a rolling boil, wait and set your timer.

Why are my no bake cookies too soft?

If your cookies are still gooey after they’ve set, try chilling them. Some of the components, such as butter, chocolate, or peanut butter, will not remain entirely set at room temperature. The longer they lie at room temperature, the looser and stickier the cookies get, much like a stick of butter.

Do no bake cookies need to be refrigerated?

Is it necessary to refrigerate no-bake cookies? Can They Be Freeze-Dried? They do not need refrigeration. After set, the cookies may be stored at room temperature, however they can be refrigerated if desired!

Why are they called cowboy cookies?

Others suggest that cowboy cookies originated in Texas, a place that is home to numerous cowboys. Some claim that the treats got their moniker from their capacity to last lengthy days in a saddlebag. Whatever its origins, the mix of oats, chocolate, nuts, and coconut is irresistible.

Why are my no bake cookies not glossy?

Wait for the first few of bubbles in the center of the pan, then set your timer for one minute. Remove from the heat as soon as the one minute is up. This will provide excellent, sparkly, set-up no bake cookies every time.

Can you put no bake cookies in the freezer to set?

No bake cookies may be frozen! Just spoon out the mixture with a cookie scoop onto a large prepared baking sheet and set the cookies in the freezer until frozen (one to two hours). Once frozen, store in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to two months.

How do you make cookies chewy and not hard?

Many cookie recipes call for 350°F as the optimal temperature, but by lowering it to 325°F, your cookies will cook more slowly and keep more moisture. Reduce Baking Time Another strategy to make your cookies chewy and delicate is to bake them for a shorter period of time.

Can no bake cookies go bad?

No bake cookies may be kept at room temperature in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for approximately a week, or in the refrigerated for two weeks. No bake cookies may be refrigerated to help them cool quicker, but this is not necessary.

How long is no bake cookies good for?

The benefit of chocolate no bake cookies is that they keep longer than baked cookies. After totally set, transfer to an airtight container with the layers divided by parchment, and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Are no bake cookies safe?

What exactly are No-Bake Cookies? This kind of cookie, as the name suggests, does not need heat to set. The raw components are safe to consume, simple to make, and never lack taste.

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