Chocolate No Bake Cookies Recipe

Simple chocolate no bake cookies make a perfect sweet treat. Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oats, these no bake cookies are a favorite.

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These classic chocolate no bake cookies have been one of my favorite sweet treats since I was a little girl. I remember standing as close as possible at the stove when Mama would make these, just so I could help in any way possible. From pouring in the oats, to carefully stirring as I got a little older. And then, when they were ready to drop onto the parchment paper, I was always eager to have that job!

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I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved that my sister gave me the recipe for these cookies along with a saucepan and rolls of parchment paper at my recipe shower before I was married. She wrote a sweet note about wondering how many rolls of parchment paper we’d been through in our lives so far making these chocolate no bake cookies with Mama and how many we’d go through making them with our own children. To tell you I cried would be one of the biggest understatements I could make. Ever.

It was a full blown, running mascara, multiple tissue, ugly sort of moment. At my bridal SHOWER for Pete’s sake! The photos of that shower weren’t pretty at all!

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I’ve not kept track of the rolls we’ve been through, but thankfully, Little Buddy carries on the tradition of helping when we make them.

Here’s the recipe for these chocolate no bake cookies. Grab some parchment paper and make them soon!

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Chocolate No Bake Cookies Recipe
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Simple chocolate no bake cookies make a perfect sweet treat. Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oats, these no bake cookies are a favorite.
Serves: 3 dozen
  • 1¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut into large pieces
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  1. Add sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder to a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil for about three minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla, salt and oats. Drop large scoops of no bake cookies onto parchment paper. Allow to dry for about 10-15 minutes until the no bake cookies have become firm.

Robyn xo


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    SANDY says

    I had a craving for these “way back when” cookies suddenly pop into my head this afternoon and I had to find a recipe! I decided to sub with some homemade granola that I had made from America’s Test Kitchen recipe when I found myself out of oats…. Cuz that craving was not going anywhere…perfect sub!

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    Gwen says

    This is a traditional cookie in our family too! My mom would make huge batches for Christmas parties and they’d all be gone at the end of the night. This recipe I got from my mom and ended up sharing it with the family I used to nanny for (before there was Internet or email). They loved how you can taste the peanut butter ever so slightly. I too use whole oats but after making the chocolate liquid, I pour the hot sauce over the oatmeal and peanut butter in a large bowl. The heat from the sauce melts the peanut butter, making the taste more evident and mixed evenly throughout. I also find that if you put them in the fridge after they set, they’ll last longer. Not that they ever last too long in our house! Thanks for sharing the recipe. It needs to be out there to make this world a happier, chocolatier (it’s a word now) place.


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