These classic No Bake Cookies are jam-packed with chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal, and are surprisingly easy to make. You don’t even have to turn on the oven! They are a family favorite!
I love cookies. Who doesn’t? They are fun to make and eat, but sometimes I just need a super EASY cookie recipe. That is when I turn to my favorite No Bake Cookie recipe!
They have all the benefits of traditional cookies, but they’re quicker and easier … which means you can satisfy your cookie craving that much faster!
These aren’t raw cookies, as the dough gets cooked on the stovetop. That helps create a richer flavor, and a more authentic cookie texture, while still being a lot more convenient than using the oven.
The cookies are made with peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and oats, this no bake dessert recipe is full of all your favorite cookie flavors. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate! Seriously, the BEST combo!
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I also love this cookie recipe because the ingredients are simple. You probably have the ingredients in your pantry and fridge right now.
Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the article to see the specific quantities for each ingredient.
- Unsalted butter– I like to use unsalted butter so I can control the amount of salt in the recipe.
- Granulated sugar
- Milk – You can use dairy-free milk if you prefer, just make sure that it’s unsweetened and unflavored.
- Cocoa powder – Make sure that this is unsweetened.
- Creamy peanut butter– I prefer creamy peanut butter, but crunchy will work too if you want a little crunch to your cookie.
- Vanilla extract – Be sure to only use 100% pure vanilla extract.
- Kosher salt
- Quick oats
Can You Use Old Fashioned Oats?
This recipe calls for quick oats, which barely take any time to cook. And because they’re smaller than traditional oats, they help hold the cookies together. If you substitute them with old fashioned oats, you’ll have raw oats in your no bake cookies, and that’s an unpleasant flavor and texture. However, you can pulse old fashioned oats in a food processor for a few seconds, and end up with something similar to quick oats.
How to Make No Bake Cookies
This recipe is a lot of fun to make, and it comes together very quickly. Here’s how to make the cookies.
- Prep. Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
- Heat the mixture. Put the milk, butter, sugar, and cocoa powder in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir occasionally, and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it reaches a rolling boil, cook for 1 minute, then remove from the heat.
- Finish the dough. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt, and mix until the cookie dough is smooth. Then stir in the oats.
- Make the cookies. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Let the cookies sit at room temperature until they firm up, which should take 20-30 minutes.
Tips for Success
Here are some ways to make sure that your no bake cookies are perfect.
- Set a timer. The minute of boiling the cookie dough is vital. To ensure that your cookies are a good texture, set a timer so that you boil the mixture for exactly 1 minute. If you boil it much longer than that, the cookies will be dry and crumbly. If you boil it for less than that, they’ll be wet and won’t set up correctly.
- Scoop the dough immediately. Once you’ve finished making the dough, it will begin to set up. Because of that, you have limited time to make the cookies. Make sure you have everything in place before you start cooking, so that you can scoop the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets as soon as the dough is finished.
- Use a scoop. If you have a cookie scoop, use it when scooping the cookies. That way your cookies will be nice circles, and they’ll all be a consistent size.
Here are a few changes and additions that you can make to these no bake cookies if you want to try something new.
- Use chunky butter. This recipe calls for creamy peanut butter, which makes for a smooth cookie. However, if you like some different textures in your cookies, chunky peanut butter is a good way to add some crunch.
- Try a different nut butter. Peanut butter is a pretty traditional cookie flavor, but you can also use other nut butters in this recipe. Swap out the peanut butter in favor of almond butter or cashew butter and you’ll have a very different – but equally tasty – no bake cookie.
- Add dried fruit. These cookies aren’t lacking for flavor, but you can dial it up a notch by adding some dried fruit when you add the oats. I think these cookies taste amazing with dried cherries.
- Sea Salt– sprinkle the cookies with a little flaky sea salt!
How to Store No Bake Cookies
These cookies will last for 3 days at room temperature, or for 7 days in the fridge. Just make sure that you store them in an airtight container or bag, and don’t leave them in direct sunlight.
Can This Recipe Be Frozen?
You can absolutely freeze these cookies. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months. For best results, individually wrap them in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.
More Cookie Recipes
If you enjoyed eating these chewy no bake cookies, then check out some of my other favorite cookie recipes to try.
- Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Monster Cookies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Find all of my cookie recipes HERE! There are LOTS to choose from!
No Bake Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups quick oats
- Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- Place the butter, granulated sugar, milk, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture is at a rolling boil, boiling around the edges and in the middle, boil for one minute.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir until peanut butter is melted and smooth. Stir in the oats.
- Drop spoonfuls of the mixture (about 2 tablespoons per cookie) onto the prepared baking sheets, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 20 to 30 minutes.
Have you tried this recipe?
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These look amazing and so easy! Do you think replacing the butter with coconut oil would be ok?
I think that would be one of those things we’re youd have to make a small batch to try it.
I use coconut oil all the time with them- works great- I also like Crunchy peanut butter and less sugar.
Great tips! Thanks!
These are seriously one of my all time favorite cookies! We’ll have to make them for family night tonight!
No baking means less time waiting to eat them—I’m ALWAYS for that!!
These cookies look really delicious!
I will definetely try to make those, too.
You will be hooked
No bake cookies are my favorite! Chocolate, PB and oats…perfection! 🙂
I love no bake cookies! Thank you for this recipe. I used Hershey’s extra dark cocoa and they turned out extra chocolatey! Yum! Thanks again.
Is it possible to use less sugar? That is, I’d be fine with it less sweet, but will everything still stick together?
I tried cutting the sugar in half and adding two tablespoons of ground flaxseed. They were good, but we definitely missed the sweetness.
These have been my favorite cookie FOREVER! Whole family love them! So easy and SO delicious!
Hi, These are seriously one of my all time favorite cookies! These cookies look really delicious! I will definitely try to make those, too. Thank you for this recipe.
Can I use rolled oats?
Can they be made without peanut butter? Or is it a must?
How do these freeze? Wanting to add them to my Christmas baking list!
Looks sooooooo EASY and yummy too. Already prepared all to make it at work for lunch dessert. Thank you so much for the quick great recipe!
God bless you for all you do.
Would like to ask: can the granulated sugar be replaced with dates for those who would wanna stay off sugar.
When you’re making no-heat cookies and you have to boil sugar and butter to begin with make sure you boil that long in such a case that you don’t they’ll never Harden. Also, in the event that you have boiled it long enough, to get them to harden quicker I always put them in the refrigerator or some cool place for around 30 minutes ideally this helps thanks.
These might just be the ultimate fall cookie!
Do they freeze ok?
Yes, you can freeze them!
Really good! Perfect! Just like old school flavor I remember from school
Has always been a favorite from childhood through till adulthood.. so easy and growing up we didn’t always have the best of things but this was something we always had all the ingredients for.. So yummy!
The classic biscuit you shared was delicious. A snack to make.
Love these cookies but haven’t made them in ages because of nut allergies in the family. Recently I decided to make them using WOW BUTTER. ( I get it at WalMart) It’s made with soy nuts. They turned out amazing. The last time I made them I used the Ghirardelli Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder. Will be using that a lot more. Thanks for the recipe. With just those 2 tweeks, my daughter can now enjoy the No Bake Cookies.
Made these twice now and they are perfect! My mother got me hooked on these and now I can make these on my own ☺️
For a chocolate intolerance could you simply leave out the cocoa or would it need to be replaced with something else?
I haven’t tried them without cocoa.
You can. They’ll just be pnut butter no-bakes.
Mine turned out too dry. What did I do wrong?
You prob boiled them too long. One min. No more. Promise!
First time using Peanut Butter and they came out gummy even after being refrigerated and now in the freezer.
I did everything according to the recipe.
Can I add coconut to your recipe?
Yes, coconut would be a great addition!
how make cook bisuit.
Would old fashioned oats work for this recipe?
Sure, the texture will be a little different. You can pulse them in the food processor, just a little bit if you want, but if that is too much trouble just use them, knowing the texture will be a little different:)
They are really good but a bit to sweet for my taste, if I keep a cup of sugar out will it change the consistency significatly? Thinking of doing it next time…
They are sweet cookies:) I haven’t tried reducing the sugar, but let me know if it works!
Brown sugar. Taste bud orgasm.
Quarantine city over here. Can I use instant oatmeal and drop the amount of sugar? Thanks
Yes, to instant oatmeal. I haven’t tried less sugar.
Can you use regular butter and not add salt to this ?
We’ve been using almond butter instead of peanut butter for a change, and they are AMAZING!!!
Yay! Glad you love them!
Cookies, Yummy. Gonna give it a try. Can we add coconut on it?
Sure! You can add coconut!
peanut drives into rivers of sugar. Looks stunning.
Just made, delicious! I might try just a quarter cup less sugar. What is the serving size? Our batch made 42 cookies! Thanks.
They were good but the only thing I would change is the oats because I added 3 cups of oats and it got really dry and crumbly so instead of 3 cups I would use 2 cups or 2 and a half cups
This recipe looks really great and delicious, with a lot of vitamins, and I think the kids will love it.
I replace half the granulated sugar with brown sugar. I’ve also made these with Nutella. Both yummy. Thanks for reminding me of my favorite childhood cookie!
Didn’t change a thing. Delicious just like I remember growing up and so so simple! Thank you!!
I have made these cookies sense I was in high school in home ec class. I am now 71 years old. That give you idea as to how old this recipe is.
One time I was out of Coco powder so I used nesles chocolate drank mix. Everyone liked them better that way and I’ve made them way sense
They are the best no bake cookie ever. And if you must you can think they are healthy because of the oatmeal and peanut butter
Thanks for bringing back happy memories
You are welcome! They are one of my favorites!
I love this kind of recipe, it’s great with milk and juice, I want to try it right away. Your site is so great, thank you.
Can I use Rice Krispies instead of oats? Or can I use both?
I haven’t tried Rice Krispies, but I bet they would be good, just a different texture. A mix could be fun too!
I don’t have whole milk. Would skim milk ruin the consistency? Or should I just use my can of coconut milk?
You can use skim milk.
Looks delicious and w sprinkles whipcream
Can these be made non dairy?
You can use almond milk and vegan butter or coconut oil.
Is the serving size generally one cookie? It says 24g
Yes, one cookie.
Instead of using milk use buttermilk instead makes the Cookies creamier and taste even better.
I did try this and it turned out great! For some reason I trusted you and then I found out why.. You said to lick the pan and spatula. LOL
I just tried making the oatmeal cookie recipe, first time making it and it turned out great, and it is
so good. My children just love it. I will be making it again soon.
Thanks for this good recipe.
Could I use salted butter? And can I use regular salt in place of kosher salt?
Yes to both questions. If you are using salted butter you may want to reduce the small a little, it just depends if you want a salty kick.
I followed the recipe to a T but the cookies didn’t set up
Mine didn’t either.. delish but never firmed all the way. I even watched it boil for a minute.
I’m not much of a baker, but my mom use to make the best butter cookies, do you have a good recipe, unfortunately I don’t have here, thanks
My cookies don’t set well either. I think it may be the elevation I’m at. Because my mother’s no bake cookies always set up where she lives north of town. Mine never do and I live south of town. I think we are at a different elevation. Because it’s always hotter here in the summer than at my Mom’s. I have tried halving the butter in the recipe and that worked fine.
Thank.you for the recipe.My kids are grown now and I had forgotten how much of what was needed to make these cookies.I made so many of these when my children were at home.I like the peanut butter ones the best.
Has anyone ever heard, espicially from the older generation, that if it’s raining, has recently rained, or about to rain, the cookies won’t set up? Because I did a couple years ago. Since then I’ve noticed on 12 different occasions my cookie didn’t form properly, all were on days it was raining. Mind blown.
For some reason they do not set if its rainy out!! Found t his to be true many years ago. Just make them on sunny days!!!
Never make if it is raining.
This recipe calls for way to much sugar for mine and my families liking. The 2nd time around I added 3/4 cup less sugar than the recipe called for, 1 cup and 1/4 cup and the cookies had the perfect amount of sweetness. Add less sugar if you don’t like your sweets extremely sweet.
You have the best recipes Maria
This is a wonderful recipe! Very quick, easy and taste great Thank you!!!!
Delicious…I substituted honey for sugar. And used fairlife milk for regular milk. Loved them
I’ve tried to make no-bakes before and they didn’t set up. These did! They were my favorites that my mom made late at night. I could smell them from my room and would happily get up to have one (or more)!
So happy you loved our recipe!
For some reason they do not set if its rainy out!! Found t his to be true many years ago. Just make them on sunny days!!!
What can I do if I cook it to long ,its very dry
I use 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup granulated. Also I add some espresso powder.
Worked very well… we work 12 hour days, nice to grab a healthy snack in the middle!
Great recipe! My family loved them!
would this work using shredded coconut instead of oats? I follow Keto so oats is a no no.
Super good!! I added powdered peanut butter in place of the cocoa since I didn’t have any this time, then added some mini chocolate chips last minute so they wouldn’t melt into it. Just as delicious as when I make the original! YUM
Need 1 cup peanut butter, not 1/2 cup. People need to know that you have to use butter, not margarine , or they will never set up.
I disagree I use margarin every time and it sets up perfect for me every time, I also like to pre melt my peanut butter in the microwave so it mixes in easier and so I can measure it more exactly. I think people having trouble with it setting up are probably not using enough oats or not instant oats.
Delicious. I cut the sugar down quite a bit to 1 and 1/4 cups. It was great!! I use unsweetened peanutbutter too.
Can I use almond milk? I don’t have regular milk
Can I use almond milk?
Easy but to sweet, not enough cocoa, im thinking candy with this recipe. 6 tblspoons cocoa heaping, and I’ll keep trying till I find the perfect sweetness, im wanting chocolate and peanut butter, not sugar
Warm peanut butter in microwave for 30sec. Editor blend & get out of pitcher. You don’t need a cookie scoop, spoon and butter knife works fine. Just scoop and push off spoon with knife. This also let’s you make smaller bite size cookies.
I have been making these cookies for thirty years. here’s what I do…instead of scooping or using the spoon and knife trick, I simply pour the whole thing onto the cookie sheet. once it sets I use a sharp knife to cut into any size I desire. works great and you don’t have those funky shaped cookies from the batter setting up before you get all the cookies laid out.
What can u do if I don’t have vanilla extract ? Is that vital for the sweetness of the cookies? If so what might I be able to put in place of the vanilla?
You can leave it out if you don’t have it.
I made a keto-ish diabetic version, substituting erythritol for sugar, using half & half + almond milk instead of regular milk. The mixture was a little on the soft side, (I poured in too much milk) so instead of making individual cookies, I used a glass baking dish that I lined with coconut oil & turned these into bars. Mine needed to go into the fridge, as they didn’t set up on their own.
Final result? DELISH!!! Especially with Smucker’s sugar-free caramel ice cream topping drizzled over the top. Made all the special-dieters in my family very happy!
I like to omit the vanilla and cocoa substituting peppermint extract to replace the vanilla so it has a peppermint flavor to it what can I say I like to experiment a lot.
I made this recipe as instructions stated and they came out perfect, just as I remember.. my house burned down a few years ago and it was a total loss. I love it when people like you post these older recipes that I have lost, I’m very grateful to be able to find some of these old recipes that I lost.. Thank you!
Can you make these without butter?
Super easy and soooo delicious!
This was my first time making these with kosher salt…they taste wonderful! I saw a few people mention their cookies not setting up. I didn’t have any issues, just be sure you follow that rolling boil rule to a T. Thanks for sharing!!
I have tried other no bake cookie recipes and they never set. Followed this recipe to a T & they turned out perfect! Thank you for sharing.
I put coconut and raisins in a batch! Yummo.
I followed the recipe exactly and mine turned out so dry that by the time I finished spooning them out on paper, they were nothing but crumbles To the trash this batch goes.
I am sorry you struggled with the recipe. It sounds like you overcooked the mixture, which made the cookies dry. Try cooking for a little less time. It could be a climate factor too.
Bring to boil and only let boil 1 minute – remove from heat add PB & vanilla stir y till melted then add oatmeal
This is my first time using your recipe- mine did not harden there still gooey. What did I do? Could I add some flour or something? And then bake them? Any suggestions
These cookies just weren’t enjoyable to me. Love so many other things from your site!
Simple and tasty!
When I was a child, we called these cookies ” Preacher cookies.” Still the same great cookie I recall from over 60 years ago! Taste great. Freeze great. I love them!
They were delicious! I have also heard them called “cow patties “.
I have never made no bake cookies. Amazing as I have baked cookies all of my life. These were not only easy, but delicious. They set up nicely. I got 2 dozen plus 2 cookies. Thank you for a great recipe!
Great recipe! I added pb candies and the fam loves them!
I think I messed up and did one cup peanut butter
I always add about a cup of pb .. they never fail!
My picky granddaughter gives her thumbs up! The last few when scooping were a little crumbly but 99% set up easily. Maybe I didn’t mix it up enough or I’m slow at scooping lol. These were Super easy and fast to make. Taste great.
Can you use old fashioned oats?
I always had trouble making these until I followed your directions exactly. These turned out amazing !!
So happy you loved the cookies.
The method and result is great. Quick, and a nice form Cookie once it’s cooled. However I feel like they’re too sweet, without much of a peanut butter taste, for my preference.
These cookies are delicious! Not sure how someone said that they are dry, definitely must have boiled them too long. Very easy to make too. Thanks!
They are the best! Glad you like them too!
Does the type of peanut butter matter? Can you use natural peanut butter or need to use Skippy or Jif brands?
I usually use Skippy but if you want to use a natural peanut butter make sure you stir the peanut butter really well before using.
Love this recipe! Can I freeze them?
Yes! You can freeze them after they set up and cool.
These turned out great! We haven’t made these in years! Merry Christmas!
Can I do 1 cup of butter without doubling the recipe?
This is the exact same recipe as in my mothers cook book from over 40 years ago and it’s perfect!
I tried the dried fruit variation and I would do it all over again! so delicious and fun to make. Kids loved it.
Can I substitute 1 cup brown sugar to 2 cups granulated sugar?
Can you add flaxseed or chia seed or any extra little hidden healthy gems? When would you add that? Thanks.
Sure, you can try it! Add with the oats.
Works well with almond milk! All we had on hand today!
Thanks for sharing!