No Bake Cookies

by insanelygood

No need for the oven! These Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies are a classic favorite with just 7 ingredients. Almost all of which can be found in your pantry.

Quick. Easy. And deliciously addictive.

These No Bakes are one of the very first cookies I made growing up and they’re still one of my all-time favorites. No oven needed. Just 7 simple ingredients. And ready to eat in just 15 minutes.

Perfect for those nighttime munchies. An after-school snack. Or pretty much anytime you’re craving something simple and sweet.

You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter 🙂

Want to save this recipe? Download the Recipe for No-Bake Cookies + Cooking Tips!
Classic No Bake Cookies
Pin This Recipe

Ingredients:

Quick Oats. The oats give this classic cookie that chewy texture that makes this recipe oh so good. I recommend quick oats, but you can also use old-fashioned. Just keep in mind it will create a chewier, thicker texture.

Crunchy Peanut Butter. You can use crunchy or creamy. But I think the crunchy creates a perfect texture. A little crunch in every bite. But again, let your taste buds (and personal preference) lead the way!

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. This gives the cookies that delicious chocolate flavor.

Sugar. This recipe uses white sugar. But you can also change it up by using half white sugar and half brown sugar. In fact, for a completely new twist I also really like just using all brown sugar. Takes this cookie to a whole new level.

Milk. I use and recommend whole milk for these classic no-bakes. But you can also use 2% milk, skim milk, or even almond milk. Again, mix and match for your personal taste buds (or dietary needs).

Butter. I recommend that you use salted butter. But if you only have unsalted in the refrigerator, simply add 1/4 teaspoon of salt in with the butter.

Vanilla Extract. This seems to be a requirement in nearly every dessert. The same is true for this one. You can never go wrong with a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

How to Make No-Bake Cookies

Before you get started, I recommend that you gather all your ingredients and measure them out. This makes the entire recipe super smooth and simple. Just a few minutes of prep work can make all the difference in the kitchen.

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the cocoa, sugar, milk and butter to a boil over medium heat. It’s important to bring these to a boil verrrrry slowly. Once they reach the boiling point, boil for 60 seconds.
  2. Pull the saucepan off the heat after boiling. Add in the oats, peanut butter and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool for 1 minute and then drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper.
  4. Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks For The Best No-Bake Cookies

  • Patience is key: do not spoon the mixture onto the wax paper while hot! Allow it to cool so the cookies will be easier to form.
  • You may also refrigerate for 10 minutes to speed up the cooling process.
  • Stick to real butter for this recipe and do not use margarine! Margarine will leave your cookies tasting strange.
  • This tip may seem strange, but it’s 100% legit: do not make these cookies when it’s raining! The pressure in the atmosphere prevents the cookies from setting properly.
  • You can lessen the sugar by up to half if you don’t want it to be too sweet.
  • You may use almond extract instead of vanilla for an even more interesting flavor.
  • Give your cookies more crunch by adding chopped nuts.
  • While the recipe calls for rolled oats, you may also use quick oats. Quick oats will yield to tender cookies, while rolled oats will give a nice chewy texture.  
  • Stir the mixture constantly as you cook.
  • Make sure the mixture reaches a full rolling boil before removing it from the stove. This will ensure that the cookies will set properly.
  • Do not overcook the mixture – doing so will cause dry cookies.
  • Give your cookies a little twist by adding some shredded coconut. A unique flavor that goes well with oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate!
  • Use creamy peanut butter for… well… creamier cookies!
  • Looking for a healthier version? Use coconut oil instead of butter and agave instead of sugar. Your cookies will taste like Almond Joy.
  • A pinch of salt can also enhance the flavor of your cookies.
  • The great thing about these no-bake cookies is that they’re easy to experiment with. For instance, if you don’t have butter, try using cream cheese instead. These will give your cookies a nice and creamy flavor.
  • Add some raisins to give your cookies extra chewiness.
Want to save this recipe? Download the Recipe for No-Bake Cookies + Cooking Tips!
Classic No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Easy No-Bake cookies without turning on the oven. Desserts No Bake Cookies European Print This
Serves: 12 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 348 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.8/5 ( 778 voted )

Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

1. In a medium saucepan, bring the cocoa, sugar, milk and butter to a boil over medium heat. It's important to bring these to a boil verrrrry slowly. Once they reach a rolling boil, boil for 60 seconds. Use a timer!

2. Pull the saucepan off the heat after boiling. Add in the oats, peanut butter and vanilla. Mix well.

3. Allow the mixture to cool for 1 minute and then drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Once cookies are placed on wax paper, allow them to cool until hardened.

4. Enjoy!

No Bake Cookies

How Long Do No-Bake Cookies Last?

No-Bake cookies will last for about a week when stored at room temperature. No need to refrigerate. But I do recommend putting them in an airtight container.

If you prefer to refrigerate them, you certainly can! In fact, I love my cookies right out of the freezer. Which leads us to our next question.

Can You Freeze No-Bake Cookies?

Absolutely. In fact, these cookies will last up to 3 months in the freezer.

I put mine in a couple small ziploc bags and pull them out whenever I want a little treat.

Can You Use Old-Fashioned Oats Instead of Instant Oats?

Yes. You can use either. I prefer the quick oats because they have a great texture. But it all comes down to personal preference.

The old-fashioned oats are a bit chewier and thicker. But if you only have old-fashioned on hand – you’ll be fine!

Why Are My Cookies Dry and Crumbly?

If your cookies turned out dry and/or crumbly it’s most likely because they boiled for too long or the heat was too high while cooking.

It’s very important to bring these to a boil slowly. I know it can be tempting, but keep these at medium heat. I’ve been guilty of turning the temp up on recipes to get things boiling faster, but that can quickly ruin these cookies.

Patience is important during the boiling process. I promise it’s worth the wait.

Why Did My No-Bake Cookies Not Set Up?

If your cookies did not firm up, most likely they did not boil long enough.

The humidity can also affect how the cookies turn out. For example, if you make these on a humid day, you might need to boil them a little longer.

But here’s a quick trick. If your cookies did not set properly (or they seem a little too wet after you’ve let them cool for 20 – 30 minutes) place them in the refrigerator. This should help them firm up.

Want to save this recipe? Download the Recipe for No-Bake Cookies + Cooking Tips!
Plate of No-Bake Cookies

Did you like the recipe?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating / 5. Vote count:

Thanks!

Share on social media:

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Related Posts

16 comments

Linda Arrington January 2, 2020 - 10:55 am

I can’t wait 2 try some of these

Reply
Nita Sumrall January 2, 2020 - 11:49 am

Can I give this 10 stars? My Grandmother made these for me when I was little and it’s one of the first recipes I learned to make. Still love these.

Reply
Melissa C January 2, 2020 - 3:21 pm

one of my favorite cookies, I just made some peanut butter no bakes yesterday! Great recipe

Reply
Donna L Holder January 2, 2020 - 4:41 pm

grew up on these. love them

Reply
Ashley January 6, 2020 - 12:56 pm

Ummmm, so yummy! A go to when we need something for an event.

Reply
Geraldine S. January 7, 2020 - 7:09 am

These cookie look so yummy and I can hardly wait to try them.

Reply
Patricia Hebert March 28, 2020 - 10:00 pm

My mother was making these when i was 6 years old . I am now 66 .

Reply
Gina G March 29, 2020 - 2:48 am

We called them “cow patties” growing up and added raisins to them! Yummy!.😊

Reply
Damon Murray March 29, 2020 - 1:05 pm

Another variation of this cookie for those who do not like chocolate, just leave to cocoa out. Boil the sugar, milk, and butter for the 60 seconds, then add the peanut butter and oats and vanilla. You end up with a delicious peanut butter no bake instead!

Reply
Carol Andrew March 30, 2020 - 7:43 am

I have made these for years, and I leave the peanut butter out due to allergies that I developed. They are as good if not better..

Reply
Jan Wood March 31, 2020 - 1:31 pm

My mother made them with evaporated milk instead of whole milk. Delish!!

Reply
Jennifer R Reed April 6, 2020 - 6:08 pm

These are soooooo good and went soooooo fast!
I’m going to try rice krispies next time 🙂

Reply
Stacy March 31, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Omg I love them

Reply
Nicolle March 31, 2020 - 6:47 pm

I’ve just swapped the peanut butter for lotus biscoff spread waiting for them to cool now can’t wait to try them!

Reply
Lisa April 1, 2020 - 3:36 pm

These are very good! I just made a vegan batch. So delicious! I had to use vegan margarine tho, instead of butter, and they turned out fine. Using the almond flavour instead of vanilla was a great idea. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Reply
Holly B April 3, 2020 - 3:36 am

These were so tasty! I’ve been needing a good chocolate fix since I went dairy free. I just subbed with rice milk and Earth Balance, and they were awesome. Next time I want to try using almond extract instead of vanilla like some have suggested!

Reply

Leave a Comment