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No Bake Cookies

April 9, 2018

These chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies only take a few minutes to make, and are chewy and dreamy! They are made of oats, cocoa powder, and peanut butter for the ultimate flavor and texture.

No Bake Cookies

Feel like you need a cookie, like, right now? I feel the same 99% of the time. While many of my recipes are easy and quick to make, it doesn’t get any easier than this  recipe. So whenever you feel lazy and craving something sweet, make these chocolate no bake cookies. They have a cookie shape, but they’re more like a snack with a chewy gooey texture and flavors of peanut butter and chocolate – all the good stuff. It’s dangerous to have them around, especially if you work from home.

Rolled Oats or Quick Oats?

I’ve tries these no bake oatmeal cookies both with old-fashioned/rolled oats and quick oats, and I highly recommend using quick oats. They are smaller and finer and give the cookies the best texture. Rolled oats are ok to use but the cookies will be crunchy and harder to chew. If rolled oats is all you have on hand, you can easily make quick oats by processing them in the food processor a few pulses, until coarsely (not finely) ground. Make sure not use instant oats for this recipe.

How to Make No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies are very simple, quick, an easy to make. All you need to do is mix a few ingredients together in a saucepan, and let it boil for a minute or two, then remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla extract. In another bowl place the oats, and then pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the oats, and mix to combine. If the mixture is soft at this point, the cookies will be flat. If you prefer them thick, leave the mixture at room temperature for several minutes until it thickens slightly, and shape them as you like. The mixture will be super shiny at first but it will start to lose that shine once the cookies firm up.

Keep the Cookies in the Fridge

The cookies will be too soft at room temperature so keep them in the fridge for up to a week. Eat them straight out of the fridge, or, if you prefer them softer, leave at room temperature for several minutes.

No Bake Cookies

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5 from 2 votes
No Bake Cookies
No Bake Cookie Recipe
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
YIELD: 24 cookies

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk ,whole or skim
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/115 g) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (170 g) creamy peanut butter (not natural)
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats (for gf version use gf oats)
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, milk, butter, cocoa powder, and salt, over medium heat, until butter has melted. Bring to a boil, and allow it boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and peanut butter, and mix until combined. Place oats in a large bowl, and pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats, then stir until combined.
  3. Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop (I use this size for most of my cookies), drop cookies onto the prepared baking sheets. If the cookies are flat and you prefer them thick, let the mixture cool slightly. Flatten or shape into cookies if you like. Refrigerate until firm. Store cookies in the fridge for up to a week.
The BEST no bake cookies recipe with peanut butter, chocolate, and oats. They only take a few minutes to make!
The BEST no bake cookies recipe with peanut butter, chocolate, and oats. They only take a few minutes to make!

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    November 4, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Hi made them a few hours ago and put them into the fridge but they are still super soft , they are not setting and still shiny , did I do something wrong?
    Thanks a mill

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      November 7, 2018 at 5:28 am

      It’s ok if they’re a little soft, but not super soft. It’s hard to tell what went wrong without being there.

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      Jennifer Roman
      June 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      You can use my friend’s mom’s version. Increase the peanut butter to a cup and sugar to 2 cups. They’ve never failed me.

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      jennifer bragg
      January 20, 2021 at 1:49 am

      okay, so i have tried making no bakes for years and years. I never knew if id get firm cookies. So it was a let down when they wouldnt harden. BUTTTTT I HAVE GOT IT ALL FIGURED OUT LADIES!!!
      a candy thermometer!!! you must boil mixure to soft ball temp! which is 230 ‘F and thats it. that has been the issue for years. i have made no bakes about 50 times since this discovery and i havnt had an issue with them not hardening.

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    December 15, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    I have made this recipe and people love them but I have one question is it possible to make these with out the cocoa? Will they still turn out the same?

    • Reply
      December 20, 2020 at 5:08 am

      Yes, it’s possible 🙂

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