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.
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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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215 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. 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!

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

      1. I don’t remember using peanut butter either. And we used quaker oats also. Do you know if it is the same recipe as this just without the peanut butter? I would live to make them for my grandbabies

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. I made them with regular oats, the only thing was that the oats were still crunchy in the cookies instead of soft like they would of been if they cooked quicker like the quick oats do.

  1. 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??)

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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!

  5. These cookies just look so divine and are perfect for this warm weather we are having so we don’t have to heat up the oven. Cheers!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

    1. 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! 🙂

      1. My Mom alays made these with coconut but she always used chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder and they are DELICIOUS

  8. 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.

    Sincerely,
    Brooke Skelton

  9. 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!!!!

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

    1. 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.

    2. I substitute Nutella when I make them for my grandson who is allergic to peanut butter. I usually decrease the amount of sugar a little bit when I do them this way.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!! 🙂

  17. 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? 🙁

    1. 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!

  18. 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..

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. I have made these for years and always loved them. Last year we moved to higher altitude about 7000 feet and now I can’t seem to get them right. They are wither way to dry or way to runny please help cause I love these cookies. 🙂

  22. Quick question. Can these be made without peanut butter. Very allergic to nuts?? If so what would you recommend for the peanut butter?

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. I made these for the first time in ages today. I needed something last minute for a bake sale. I was worried I might have a problem (I had already goofed up a different item I tried to make for the bake sale!) but they were perfect. I followed the directions exactly. I used gluten free old fashioned oats and they turned out great.

  26. For those of you asking about not using the peanut butter, we have made these forever, and my original recipe says if you leave out the peanut butter, boil for an extra 30 seconds, and add some extra oatmeal, about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup, or coconut, or nuts. Works great.

  27. Robyn, I had these made w/only peanut butter, they were delicious. Our entire Office loved them.
    Do you think if the cocoa was left out that it would require more peanu tbutter, or the same as in your recipe.

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