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!

Chocolate No Bake Cookies | ©

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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      I’ve found that regular oats cause the cookies to not set as well. They end up more of a mess than as a firm cookie. I’d recommend waiting for the quick-cooking version. Sorry, but they are so worth the wait!

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      Ms. Mayo Lambert says

      My mom always used regular Quaker Oats – and NO peanut butter! Also we have made these since the 1950’s with the boy scouts.

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      Lauren says

      We have always used regular oats. The trick is that you only boil the chocolate mixture for 1 minute. Longer and as you mentioned they do not hold together. Boiling for only 1 minute also ensures that the dry cookies have a beautiful glossy appearance.

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      Elaine says

      The only difference between old-fashioned and quick cooking is that the oats in quick cooking have been chopped finer. You can do this with a couple of whirls in a food processor.

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    This has been one of our family’s go-to quick (the ingredients are always on hand) candy recipes since 1976! Every other year I make these for Christmas goodies! (Did I just date myself??)

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    Georgette Pearce says

    World’s best cookies – actually more like fudge with oatmeal inside!! Amazingly easy – just be prepared to work fast in dropping the cookies onto the paper because the mixture dries fairly quickly! You might want to have a couple of feet of paper spread out because the recipe makes a lot.

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    Molly S says

    My mother made these cookies for my sister and I as well. Always a favorite! I made them for my kids and now, they make them in their own the homes. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Char Riippi says

    These have been my favorite (and my whole family) as long as I can remember! And so easy to put together! Matter a fact, I think I need
    to make a batch tonight…thanks for reminding me!

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    Pam McG says

    I’ve made these for 50 years but my recipe as passed down from my mom did not include peanut butter and that”s how I still make them as I have a granddaughter allergic to nuts. These are delicious cookies and so easy to make!

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    Shelly Weaver says

    I love No Bake Cookies. I have been looking for a No Bake recipe with peanut butter, cocoa, oatmeal and coconut. Do you have one? I have been looking forever for this. My mom used to make them but I can not find her recipe. Can anyone help me? Thank you in advance.

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      Hi Shelly,
      I would think you could easily add coconut to this recipe. You might want to reduce the oats just a touch when you add the coconut. Let me know if it works for you! Actually, I think I might get to work making them soon! They sound fabulous! :)

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    Brooke Skelton says

    Dear Robyn,

    How were the no bake cookies with coconut? I am making no bakes for school and the coconut sounds delicious. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Brooke Skelton

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    NeNe Beck says

    These no-bake cookies always make me remember making them with my mom and then my kids as they were growing up and now my grandchildren. They always love to help make fresh cookies when they come to play. Great Memories!!!!

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    Tammy says

    when you say 8 tbsp of butter, isnt there a different measurement for that?…would that be a 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup? butter in chunks is not easy to measure accurately.

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    Faleen F. says

    In your directions you say to use a large scoop… you mean the size that one would use to make an ice cream cone with? Thank you in advance

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    EDS says

    I have had the same recipe for about 25 years, however, it was called Peanut Butter Quickies. It’s kind of like a macaroon. I also prefer to put some sweetened flaked coconut in them.

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    David Deeley says

    Thanx alot for this recipe, mine came out great a little crumbly but oh well they taste amazing, you made this look so easy lol. Would like to find out how to make these become alot more solid next time thanx

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    Manda says

    does anyone know if there is. Way to make these without peanut butter?? They look sooo yummy but I’m allergic to peanuts :(

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      Tracey says

      You can use sunflower seed butter anywhere peanut butter is indicated- the texture is the same and it tastes great! Most health food stores carry it.

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    Terry says

    Can these cookies be put in the freezer? I like to bake ahead for the holidays….& usually bake huge batches of cookies & put them in the freezer…just wondering how these would work in the freezer.

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    Mary Ellen Granruth says

    I use this recipe frequently. We love them and I like to add a few dried cranberries to the mix. They have worked well as reindeer poop at Christmas and without the cranberries I’ve called them lumps of coal. With a cute topper 3 little cookies are a nice treat.

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    aurel says

    Omg best recipe ever! I always mess these up either too hard or dont set not this recipe!! Came out perfect its a keeper thank u so much!! :)

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    Michelle says

    I’ve made 2 batches of these cookies and both have not set right. Not a happy cookie camper right lol. What am I doing wrong? :(

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      Hi Michelle,
      Make sure that they are at a full boil for the time specified. If that hasn’t been working for you, you might need to increase that time by a minute or two for your climate. I hope that helps!

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    amber says

    I have been looking for a recipe that was just like my grandma use to make and have been threw a lot of them in the last 3 years and this one is perfect!!! Thank you so much my kids and I have been in heaven since I found this one..

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    Launi Lewis says

    I am 56 and this is what my dad made on regular basis. He passed when I was 12 but it is still my favorite. I have changed the recipe back when I was in early 20s to 2 C sugar, 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup milk whole milk is best, 1 top vanilla, 1 cup chocolate chips and peanut butter, 3 cups oatmeal. Boil first 3 for 1 min, add van, chips, peanut butter stir well then oats. For variations use butterscotch chips or add raisins. Give it a try

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    Looking at the photo, I’m craving and wanted to have it immediately. What I love it is it is no bake and easy to do. Thank you for sharing this recipe, bookmarked it already.


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