Classic No Bake Cookies

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

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!

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
  • 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.

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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No Bake Cookies

These no bake cookies are full of chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal flavors. They're easier to make than cookies in the oven, but just as good!
4.60 from 47 votes


  • 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


  • 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. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 days on the counter or in the fridge.


Serving: 24g, Calories: 173kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 89mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 126IU, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg
Keywords easy cookie recipes, no bake oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter no bake cookies

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    1. I think that would be one of those things we’re youd have to make a small batch to try it. 

    2. I use coconut oil all the time with them- works great- I also like Crunchy peanut butter and less sugar. 

  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.

  2. Is it possible to use less sugar? That is, I’d be fine with it less sweet, but will everything still stick together?

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

  3. 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.

  4. 5 stars
    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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 5 stars
    Made these twice now and they are perfect! My mother got me hooked on these and now I can make these on my own ☺️

    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:)

  10. 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!

  11. 5 stars
    We’ve been using almond butter instead of peanut butter for a change, and they are AMAZING!!!

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

  13. 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

  14. 5 stars
    This recipe looks really great and delicious, with a lot of vitamins, and I think the kids will love it.

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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.

    1. I haven’t tried Rice Krispies, but I bet they would be good, just a different texture. A mix could be fun too!

  18. 5 stars
    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

  19. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. Mine didn’t either.. delish but never firmed all the way. I even watched it boil for a minute.

  20. 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

    1. 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.

  21. 5 stars 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.

  22. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 5 stars
      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!!!

  23. 3 stars
    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.

  24. Delicious…I substituted honey for sugar. And used fairlife milk for regular milk. Loved them

  25. 5 stars
    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)!

  26. 5 stars
    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!!!

  27. 5 stars
    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

  28. 2 stars
    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.

    1. 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.

  29. 5 stars
    Delicious. I cut the sugar down quite a bit to 1 and 1/4 cups. It was great!! I use unsweetened peanutbutter too.

  30. 2 stars
    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

  31. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 5 stars
    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!

  34. 5 stars
    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.

  35. 5 stars
    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!

  36. 5 stars
    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!!

  37. 5 stars
    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.

  38. 2 stars
    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.

    1. 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.

  39. 5 stars
    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!

  40. 5 stars
    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!

  41. 5 stars
    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.

  42. I always had trouble making these until I followed your directions exactly. These turned out amazing !!
    Thank you!!

  43. 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.