No Bake Cookies Recipe – These simple chocolate no bake cookies make a perfect sweet treat. Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oats, these no bake cookies are always a favorite.

No Bake Cookies Recipe - These simple chocolate no bake cookies make a perfect sweet treat. Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oats, these no bake cookies are always a favorite. // addapinch.com

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!

No Bake Cookies Recipe

No Bake Cookies Recipe - These simple chocolate no bake cookies make a perfect sweet treat. Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oats, these no bake cookies are always a favorite. // addapinch.com

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!

No Bake Cookies Recipe - These simple chocolate no bake cookies make a perfect sweet treat. Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oats, these no bake cookies are always a favorite. // addapinch.com

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.

How to Make Chocolate No Bake Cookies Recipe

Making no bake cookies is one of the simplest cookie recipes to make and one that I started making as a child and one that my own son started making early as well. There are just a few tricks to making sure that they come out perfect every time.

  • Add your sugar and cocoa powder to a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Add milk and butter and cook over medium-high heat. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. This rolling boil and boiling for 1 minute is the key! Otherwise, your cookies will not set properly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats.
  • Drop cookies by tablespoons onto parchment paper.
  • Allow to dry for about 10-15 minutes until the no bake cookies have become firm.

How to Store this Recipe

Store no bake cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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

No Bake Cookies Recipe – These simple chocolate no bake cookies make a perfect sweet treat. Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oats, these no bake cookies are always a favorite.
4.69 from 57 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 36
Course Dessert
Calories: 109kcal
Serving Size 1g
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone

Ingredients

  • cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons butter cut into large pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats

Instructions

  • Add sugar and cocoa powder to a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Add milk and butter and cook over medium-high heat. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats. Drop cookies by tablespoons onto parchment paper. Allow to dry for about 10-15 minutes until the no bake cookies have become firm.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

No Bake Cookies Recipe - These simple chocolate no bake cookies make a perfect sweet treat. Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oats, these no bake cookies are always a favorite. // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2012.

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213 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. These are a fudge lover’s dream – you can claim they are healthy because of the oatmeal! My all-time favorite cookie, and a Christmas must have even though they don’t look like Christmas! You are allowed to be “bad” at Christmas, right?

  2. As a diabetic, I cannot indulge in these wonderful cookies. However, I do make them regularly for my other half. It is the only way I can get him to eat oats. He loves them so much I have to hide half the recipe or he’d be eating them for breakfast, lunch & supper. I add one extra ingredient to mine….a teaspoon of instant coffee. It seems to enrigh the chocolate flavor without adding a coffee taste to the cookies. I know others who use a quarter teaspoon of espresso powder, but it can be expensive.

    1. I’m sure the espresso powder would really enrich the chocolate flavor even more! These are one of my very favorite cookies too, Debbie! Thanks so much for your comment! xo

    2. Debbie, if you use xylitol instead of sugar, you’d only have to be concerned with the peanut butter and oats.

  3. Best recipe I have tried for these cookies. My niece and I enjoy making them and my husband REALLY enjoys eating them (well, so do my niece and I!)

  4. I’ve made these cookies many times before using other recipes. Unfortunately, this recipe turned out to be more like soft fudge – – never drying or forming up although I followed the recipe exactly as given.  I think next time I’ll go back to using old-fashioned oats. Maybe that will make a cookie that will hold together.

    1. I’m sorry yours didn’t turn out this time, Nana. I’ve not a problem with them not forming as they should – they are some of my family’s favorites so I make them often. Thanks!

  5. Is there a way to substitute the amount of sugar used with another ingredient? I have currently don’t have the option to run to the store to get another bag of sugar so I only have about 1/2 cup … do you have any suggestions that might help? We adore these cookies in our house!!

  6. Yes, I made these cookies and also doubled the recipe. They turned out beautiful and so very good. I think this recipe will be the only one I need to use from now on. Nothing but great!

  7. If the cookies don’t  then they need to be cooked longer. It is a little tricky as to how long to cook. If you cook them too long they get crumbly. I think the humidity might have something to do with the length of Ike to cook. So the optimum cooking time is somewhere between one and two minutes after they come to a rolling boil. 

    1. I agree regarding the humidity. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but in the past if the humidity is high the cookies didn’t seem to do as well..Looking forward to trying this recipe for my Christmas get togethers.

  8. These are the BEST no bake cookies I have ever made. All other recipes have been thrown out. This is the only one I use.

  9. Over the years I have made a LOT of these. Occasionally the oatmeal gets swapped out for an equal amount of either shredded coconut or crunchy chow mein noodles. To add a ‘festive’ touch quickly press one or two dried cranberries atop each cookie as they are formed. Yummylicious.

  10. Instructions are easy to follow. The ingredients are commonly found in anyones cupboard. Yes, a great starter recipe for any skill set in the kitchen. The one minute boil very important. They came out perfect for me.

  11. So glad I stumbled onto your website! The key I had been missing from my grandmother’s recipe for this, which said COOK for 1 minute, clearly must have meant BOIL for one minute. So thrilled to have this finally figured out!

  12. These are a childhood favorite of mine too! As easy as they are, I still ask my mom to make them for me when I visit (and I’m 51! Ha!) So many memories of making these with my mom, when I was a little girl. My favorite part was watching the butter melt. I’ve been craving them for a few days, so thanks for posting the recipe! I’m going to attempt with almond milk, so wish me luck!

  13. I still have the original recipe card in my handwriting when I was in middle school and made them in Home Economics class. They are certainly delicious and easy to make.

  14. Leaving out the cocoa to make a peanut butter cookie only, would that work? Anybody ever try it? I make these a lot and they are very good. Just wondering about leaving out the cocoa.

  15. The original recipe I have said margarine but I use butter. It also says to add walnuts or coconut. I always use coconut but my mother uses walnuts- I think is is 1/2 cup but I have to look for my recipe to recheck.

  16. Do the oats actually get cooked ?? It says boil & remove from heat add remaining items then drop so I wondered about the oats cooking. Thanks, Jim

  17. My mom always made these cookies and they were my all time favorite growing up.  When she passed, I was devastated that I did not have her recipe.  What a Christmas treasure to find it here on your website!!! They turned out perfect and delicious!? Blessings to all and Merry Christmas!! 
    ❤️🙏🎄

  18. I always had my idea of a rolling boil until this elder lady ,whom was an awesome cook ,ask me my definition of a rolling boil. I was wrong. She had told me a rolling boil is when it’s boiling real good and you can’t stir your bubbles out. I have went by this judement of. Rolling boil in jelly’s and things and I have to say I have been successful.

  19. Can I use almond milk in the recipe instead of the milk? Before asking the question I checked the other comments. Didnt see it.

  20. I have a problem with the cookies turning out dry rather than shiny and moist and chocolatey. Have you got a solution for that?

    1. Hi Nancy,
      I’m really not sure what happened. The only reasons I can think these would be dry are if they cooked too long, old fashioned oats were used instead of quick cooking oats, or if too much oats were added. Make sure you let the mixture come to a full rolling boil and then time it for exactly 1 minute, no longer. Hope this helps. Thanks

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