Classic No Bake Cookies

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Classic No Bake Cookies are made with staple ingredients and only take a few minutes to make on the stovetop, you don’t even have to turn on the oven. These easy peanut butter no bake cookies are a family favorite!

No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies, A Childhood Favorite

No bake cookies are one of my all-time favorite cookies. They remind me of my childhood because my brother, sister, and I used to always make these cookies…with supervision at first, but by the time we were teenagers we knew this recipe by heart. We loved making no bake oatmeal cookies because we were very impatient kids. When we wanted cookies, we wanted them NOW! The cookies are SO easy to make, you don’t even have to turn on the oven.

I was craving no bake cookies a few weeks ago so I whipped up a batch for me and the boys. I have made them my pretzel no bake cookies, but not the classic no bake cookies. It was time to introduce them to the old fashioned, traditional no-bake cookies! These were a childhood favorite of mine and I wanted to share my favorite no bake cookies with them! They always love helping me bake cookies and this time there was no baking, just lots of help measuring and eating:)

No Bake Cookie Recipe

No Bake Cookie Recipe, No Oven Needed!

These cookies don’t need to be baked in an oven and that is one of the reasons I love them so much. They are almost too easy to make! You make the cookies on the stovetop so there is a little cooking involved, but no baking. Give your oven a break and get out a pan and spatula. You will be in cookie heaven in no time!

No Bake Cookie Ingredients

I also love these cookies because we always have the ingredients on hand. No fancy ingredients required, just staple ingredients that you always have in your kitchen. For this no bake cookie recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • quick oats
  • peanut butter
  • cocoa powder
  • butter
  • sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • salt

No Bake Cookie Tips

  • Before you get started, make sure you have all of your ingredients measured and ready to go. This will make the cookie process a lot smoother.
  • Also, make sure you line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat before you start making the cookies. You will want these ready to go because as soon as the cookies come together you want to put them onto the prepared baking sheets to set up.
  • Make sure you use quick cooking oats for this recipe. If you only have old fashioned oats you can pulse them briefly in a food processor. The smaller oats help the cookies hold together. If you need the cookies to be gluten-free, you can use gluten-free oats.
  • I like to use creamy peanut butter for these no bake oatmeal cookies, but crunchy will work too. If you have a peanut allergy, you can use almond butter or sunflower seed butter. Peanut butter is my favorite for this recipe because peanut butter and chocolate are a dream combo in my book!
  • You can use regular milk, almond milk, or soy milk.
  • Use unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Make sure you boil the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder for one full minute. You want the boiling to be a rolling boil before you start timing the minute. I always set a timer to make sure the timing is exact. Remove the pan from the heat when the timer goes off.
  • I like to use a cookie scoop to scoop the cookie mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. The cookies should start to set up rather quickly, so don’t wait to scoop them onto the sheets. You want to do this as soon as you stir in the oats.
  • Pro tip-don’t forget to lick the pan and spatula, this is the best part of making no bake cookies:)
  • The cookies should take 20 to 30 minutes set up at room temperature. If your house is super hot or humid, you can put the cookies in the fridge to set up.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. If it is hot, I recommend keeping them in the fridge.

The Perfect Cookie

No bake cookies are a good cookie for anytime of the year. You can never go wrong with chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal cookies, especially when they are SO easy!

No bakes are the perfect summertime cookie because you don’t have to heat up the house. They are also a great cookie to make during the holidays because they are so easy. While your ovens are baking other cookies, you can make no bake cookies! They are a great addition to any cookie platter! They are also perfect for an easy after school treat or weeknight dessert. Everyone loves classic no bake cookies!

Cure your cookie craving NOW and make No Bake Cookies!!

How to Make No Bake Cookies

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Classic No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies with chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal! These classic no bake cookies are an all-time favorite cookie and they are so easy to make!
4.8 from 20 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes
24 cookies


  • ½ cup unsalted butter cut into tablespoon pieces
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups quick oats


  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 days on the counter or in the fridge.
Nutrition Facts
Classic No Bake Cookies
Amount Per Serving (24 g)
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    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.

    1. I tried cutting the sugar in half and adding two tablespoons of ground flaxseed. They were good, but we definitely missed the sweetness. 

  2. 3 stars
    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.

  3. 5 stars
    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!

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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:)

  5. 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…

    1. They are sweet cookies:) I haven’t tried reducing the sugar, but let me know if it works!

  6. Just made, delicious! I might try just a quarter cup less sugar. What is the serving size? Our batch made 42 cookies! Thanks.

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 5 stars
    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.

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