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.

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!

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. // 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.

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

Chocolate No Bake Cookies | ©addapinch.com
Yield: 36
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate no bake cookies, chocolate no bake cookies recipe, easy no bake cookies, no bake cookies, no bake cookies recipe, the best no bake cookies recipe

Chocolate No Bake Cookies Recipe

Total Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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.
4.77 from 13 votes
Did you make this recipe?

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

Directions

  1. 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 Facts
Chocolate No Bake Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Potassium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Sugars 10g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Calcium 1%
Iron 2.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

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.

196 comments on “Chocolate No Bake Cookies Recipe”

  1. Can you substitute a non diary milk ?

  2. Do you have to add PEANUT BUTTER

    • My mom made these easy cookies when I was little (in the 50s and 60s). In fact, when I connected on Facebook with a former childhood neighbor a few years ago, one of the first things she did was to ask for the recipe so that she could make it for her grandkids. This is such a good one to make with young kids.

  3. Omg amazing! Turned out perfect! Thank you!

  4. 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?

  5. So easy & yummy even if they look like lil’ ???? pies! This recipe is a keeper – thx????

  6. 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.

    • 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

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

  7. 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!)

  8. 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.

    • 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!

  9. 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!!

  10. Can you use margarine instead of butter?

  11. Love love the flavor. But for some reason after an hour they have not harden at all. What did I do wrong?

  12. Just made these. They are absolutely the easiest and best so far. Turned out perfect. 

  13. 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!

  14. 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. 

  15. 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.

  16. So good 👍

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Yummy!! turned out well.

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *