Easy No Bake Cookies

No bake cookies

These easy no-bake cookies are the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter and are sure to please!

Easy, no-bake, chocolate, AND peanut butter?!?! What’s not to love about these tasty little treats? When Ryan hinted that it’s been a while since I’ve made a dessert in this house (side note: I’ve REALLY been slacking lately in the cooking and baking department, hence the lack of new recipes here!) I decided it probably was time for try a new recipe. My only problem? My oven has decided not to work properly, and I’ve been slacking off calling someone to take a look.

Easy no bake cookies with chocolate, peanut butter and otameal

I’d heard of no-bake cookies before, but for some reason, no-bake cookies just didn’t sound like something that would be good. When I think of fresh baked cookies, I think warm and tasty. Not cold and… well…. not baked! But because my oven is on the fritz, I decided to take a risk and try these no-bake cookies. Guess what? They did not disappoint!

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The method is simple, you combine sugar, cocoa powder (dutch process if you have it!), butter, and milk in a sauce pan. Once it comes to a boil, and I mean a real good rolling boil, you take it off the heat and add in peanut butter, vanilla, a little salt and some oatmeal. Spoonfuls of the mixture get plopped onto waxed paper and put in the fridge until they’re set (about 30 minutes). Before you know it, you’ve got super easy, and delicious no-bake treats just waiting to be eaten!

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When I shared some of these delicious no-bake cookies with my friends, I was blown away that most of them didn’t know such a thing existed! I figured everybody knew about them, but as it turns out, that’s not the case. Everybody needs no-bake cookies in their repertoire! 

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* Note: You’ll get about 3-4 dozen cookies from one batch.

Easy No Bake Cookies

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Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 10mn
Total Time: 15mn


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons dutch process cocoa powder (or regular unsweetened cocoa powder if you can’t find dutch process)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick oats


  1. In a saucepan, bring sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk to a full rolling boil.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and oats. Stir well.
  3. Line cookie sheets with wax paper. Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto cookie sheets. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes, or until the cookies are firm. Remove from fridge and store in an air-tight container.

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  1. This is exactly the kind of cookie my boyfriend loves! =)

  2. Love the no bake thing especially in summer. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Do u have to put in fridge

  4. What kind of quick oats are we talking here?

  5. How much does this recipe make?

  6. my moms been making these for over 20 years or more. they are so good and easy to make.

  7. Irene Herrera Violette

    These are also known as “Fudgies” no bake cookies. My husband’s mother used to make them all the time. And he is in his mid 50s!

  8. I’ve made this every Christmas for years. My husbands mother sent these in care packages to him in Vietnam .

  9. Gerri Vannoy Mitchell

    My recipe differs slightly, but love these…a quick “go-to” cookie when you need something sweet….and chocolate.

  10. My mom has been making these since I was a little girl, with one addition, shredded coconut! Oh, so good! A favorite of my children nowadays!

  11. oatmeal in cookies means they are fat free ;) — I have a bar version of these that is killer!

  12. Love these and I make them a lot and my mother made them all the years I was growing up

  13. Samantha Valeria Edmonds Saunders

    This bakery in Williamsburg called them preacher cookies. They said it was because if the preacher stopped by unannounced you could whip up a batch in a hurry. You always had the ingredients on hand.

  14. I am from West Virginia and we have been doing these for years now…shocked that you just now found them!

  15. You can do the same but leave out the chocolate ( cocoa) and have just peanut butter ones.

  16. I made these the first time for my best friend ‘s bridal shower in 1974. We were 20 years old. Wow, 40 years ago. I had them on wax paper from one end of the living room through dinning room (ranch style home). They went crazy for them.

  17. Well there is the name ……Super Easy No Bake cookies …..LOL

  18. Melissa Deel Munko Seavers

    As children we would call these “reindeer turds” cause momma only made them for christmas

  19. If the mixture doesn’t boil the exact time 3-4 minutes it wont set. I have made this mistake many times

  20. We Love These these Childhood We called them Cow Patties!.LOL

  21. I started making these in my classroom because a hot plate could be used and the whole working with measurements idea was awesome. PLus I make them to ship places because they do not melt… tastes like fudge cookies

  22. my wife makes something similar called “haystacks” and they are good. perhaps i will try this recipe and compare them

  23. Cathi McDougal Johnson

    That’s what the recipe I got from my mom’s recipe box when I got married 38 years ago is called. No Bake Cookies.

  24. These look fantastic! Thanks for the great recipe. I can make 2 simple substitutions for a vegan recipe. Yummy!!!

    • Fantastic! I’m glad it can easily be made into a vegan option!

    • Just wondering how you make them vegan? I have a friend who doesn’t eat dairy so I wondered if I could swap the butter for coconut oil or if that would affect how they set?

      • Unfortunately I’m not too familiar with swapping in coconut oil for the butter, so I can’t offer a suggestion here. So sorry!

      • Sounds good & also TASTY, in theory… especially for the ‘coconut instead of peanut butter’ version!

        I don’t care about dairy, but I’m ready for all the coconut flavor I can get!
        I grew up in Hawaii, with all the fresh coconut we could eat & I’ve loved it (even the lousy bagged/boxed stuff we get here, on ‘The Mainland’) ever since.

        If you try the experiment, PLEASE keep us posted!

  25. I just made some last night!!! They are my hubby’s favorite,, well right along with chocolate chip, P~nut butter, oatmeal,, well you get the picture! LOL

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