Chocolate No Bake Cookies Recipe

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

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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 to the stove when Mama would make these so that 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!

BEST No Bake Cookies Recipe

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy recipe. This cookie recipe is so easy to make and perfect for beginning cooks.
  • Delicious cookies. The perfect blend of chocolate and peanut butter in every bite!
  • No bake easy! There is no need to heat the oven with this favorite, easy cookie recipe.
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For these cookies, you’ll need sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, butter, vanilla extract, salt, creamy peanut butter, and quick-cooking oats.

How to Make the Best No Bake Cookies Recipe

Making no-bake cookies is one of the simplest cookie recipes to make. There are just a few tricks to ensure they are perfect every time.

  • Boil for 1 minute. 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.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Add Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, peanut butter, and oats.
  • Spoon cookies onto parchment. Drop cookies by tablespoons onto parchment paper.
  • Allow cookies to dry. Allow to dry for about 10-15 minutes until the no bake cookies have become firm.

How to Store No Bake Cookies

To store. Place cookies in an airtight container and store 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!

Chocolate No Bake Cookies Recipe

4.97 from 65 votes
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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 36

Ingredients 

  • cups (346.5 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (15.75 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (113.5 g) milk
  • 8 tablespoons (113 g) butter, cut into large pieces
  • 1 teaspoon (4.7 g) vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.65 g) kosher salt
  • ½ cup (135 g) peanut butter
  • 3 cups (267 g) 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

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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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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273 Comments

  1. Paula marie Shields says:

    I made this recipe exactly as written I waited 1 minute after it was in a rolling boil I did everything and they did not set up this cookie gives me trouble every time

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Paula Marie, I’m sorry these cookies did not set up for you as you wanted. Make sure you are using quick cooking (one minute oats) and not instant oats. Once the mixture comes to a full rolling boil, make sure to maintain a continous rolling boil for a full minute. Are you using a full fat butter and whole milk? Is your peanut butter a full fat peanut butter and does not have visible oil? If your mixture is still thin after you add the peanut butter, oats, and vanilla, continue to stir it until it starts to thicken but not so thick it is hard to stir. Leave on the parchment paper until they have become firm. I hope this helps.

  2. Kat says:

    hey there I was wondering could I do 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup light brown sugar???
    and maybe stir in a little bit of fresh coconut without demonizing the recipe?? I’m making these TONIGHT

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Kat, I have not made this with adding any brown sugar but many people add flaked coconut to this recipe.

  3. Cynthia Schoenly says:

    5 stars
    These are so tasty, I added some toasted coconut in mine…so good!
    Thanks for such great recipes!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Cynthia. I’m sure these cookies were delicious with the added coconut.

  4. Judie Mikesell says:

    can you leave the peanutbutter out without altering the recipe?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Judie, I haven’t made these without the peanut butter but others have said they add coconut or add more oatmeal instead.

  5. Audrey Furedi says:

    Robyn, I just absolutely love your recipes!!!! Each one turns out soooo good!!! Have a Very Happy Christmas and a great New Year to you and your family!!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you, Audrey. I’m always thrilled to hear when people love these recipes. Hope you and you family have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, as well.

  6. Sandra says:

    Can I make these without the peanut butter?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Sandra, I haven’t made these without the peanut butter but others have said they add coconut or add more oatmeal instead.

  7. Sharon says:

    So good

  8. Shirley says:

    Love your recipe’s l can’t wait to make them Thank you so much for sharing

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you, Shirley.

  9. jeanna says:

    would xylitol work in this recipe ?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Jeanna, I have never tried making this with xylitol so I can’t tell you how it would work.

    2. Lisa says:

      I tried it with monk fruit sugar they’re fantastic