The BEST No Bake Cookies Recipe with Chocolate, Oatmeal and Peanut Butter: The classic recipe that uses milk, butter, sugar, cocoa, peanut butter, and oats!
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies? No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies?
Chocolate no bake cookies?
Chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies?
No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies?
No bake oatmeal cookies?
I’m not sure what you may call them… because I’ve heard them called all SORTS of different names, but we talk about them so much that we’ve just shortened it to “no bakes” around here.
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The BEST No Bake Cookies
In our house, we had staple recipes growing up and I’ve shared a lot of those recipes with you so far, like the:
But I’ve hesitated sharing this recipe for no bake cookies, because I felt like EVERYONE must already have a recipe and know what no bake cookies are. Right?!
Until I found out that wasn’t true, and actually had some that someone else made recently, and realized that the recipe of my mom’s that we’ve made FOREVER was literally the BEST no bake cookies ever.
So while making them for my dad for Father’s Day, I thought I’d just capture the process and share with you how we make them in our house.
Healthy No Bake Cookies?
We love these no bake cookies so much, that I created a healthy no bake cookie oatmeal recipe when we were looking for healthy breakfast ideas for my son, and they LOVED it!
So if you’re looking for a way to make a healthy no bake cookie recipe, using some of the ingredients I used there may work great!
How to Make No Bake Cookies
They’re really easy, and the PERFECT recipe for someone just starting out in the kitchen. (I actually think this was the very first cookie recipe I tackled as a little girl too! It’s kind of neat actually to be sharing this with you today since I had NO idea back then that this blogging “thing” would even exist, where I share my favorite recipes.)
Using everyday ingredients, that you probably already have on hand, you’ll cook them on the stovetop and they’ll air-dry on the counter. No baking required!
The full, printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: Butter, Sugar, Milk, Cocoa
Combine the following ingredients in a sauce pan on the stovetop. (Not turning the burner on just yet.)
TIP: This is a GREAT time to place a piece of aluminum foil out on the countertop, so it is ready for you when the cookies are ready to scoop out.
- Butter – You’ll be using a stick of butter, which is a half of a cup. Don’t worry about it being softened, cold right out of the refrigerator will work just fine. I also prefer to use salted butter, but unsalted works just fine too!
- Sugar – 2 cups of white granulated sugar
- Milk – I usually use 2%, but have used whole and skim before as well, so using whatever you have on hand should work just fine!
- Cocoa – 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
Step 2: Mix & Boil
Turn the burner on to medium-high heat, and begin stirring so the butter will melt.
Step 3: Boil for 1 Minute
Once the butter has melted, stop stirring to allow the mixture to come to a boil.
Once most of the chocolate mixture starts boiling, beginning timing the boil and let it boil for 1 minute. (Stirring after it starts boiling is ok!)
Remove from heat.
Step 4: Add in Peanut Butter
Once the sauce pan has been moved away from the heat, add and stir in the peanut butter until completely mixed in.
Step 5: Add the Oats
Pour in 3 cups of oats and stir until combined.
Step 6: Quickly Spoon Out Cookies
This is where you’ll want to be quick and spoon out cookies with a tablespoon, on to a sheet of aluminum foil.
Leaving them in the hot pan will allow the cookies to continue to cook and harden, resulting in a very crumbly cookie.
Step 7: Rest for 20 minutes
Let the cookies rest for at least 20 minutes to harden.
To see if the cookies have set, you should be able to pick up the cookies with your hand.
Once hardened and cooled, store in an air-tight container.
The BEST No Bake Cookies
- 1/2 cup salted butter 1 stick
- 2 cups white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup milk 2%, whole or skim
- 4 tbsp cocoa
- 1/3 cup peanut butter creamy or crunchy
- 3 cups oats quick or old-fashioned
- Place a piece of aluminum foil, approximately a foot long, out on the counter. You'll be scooping out the cookies on to this to let dry once they're finished cooking.
- In a large sauce pan place butter, sugar, milk and cocoa and turn burner on to medium-high heat.
- Stirring to combine, cook until butter has melted
- Let mixture sit and once it starts to boil, let it boil for 1 minute, stirring occasionally
- After one minute of boiling, remove from heat
- Mix in peanut butter and stir until combined
- Add in oats and stir until evenly mixed
- QUICKLY, using a spoon, scoop out a tablespoon of cookie mixture on to your prepared aluminum foil, making approximately 16-20 cookies.
- Let cookies sit for about 20 minutes or until the cookies have hardened and you can pick them up off of the aluminum foil.
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