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The BEST No Bake Cookie Recipe

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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 Cookies: Peanut butter and oatmeal

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies?

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  • 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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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.

Add in creamy or crunchy peanut butter for chocolate no bake oatmeal cookies

Step 5: Add the Oats

Pour in 3 cups of oats and stir until combined.

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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.

No bake chocolate oatmeal and peanut butter cookies - set on aluminum foil

Step 7: Rest for 20 minutes

Let the cookies rest for at least 20 minutes to harden.

Let the no bake cookies rest until hardened

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.

No bake peanut butter, oatmeal cookies

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The BEST No Bake Cookies

Jessica Burgess
No Bake Cookies Recipe with Chocolate Oatmeal and Peanut Butter: The classic recipe that uses milk, butter, sugar, cocoa, peanut butter and oats!
4.29 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Resting Time 20 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 245 kcal


  • 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.



TIP: Spread out a piece of aluminum foil on to the counter before you start making the cookies so it will be ready and you can quickly spoon out the cookies.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 80mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 190IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “The BEST No Bake Cookie Recipe

  1. Jayne says:

    Did you forget the vanilla? I have the identical recipe that’s 50 years old from my mom…it calls for 1tsp vanilla! They’re amazing:)

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Jayne! I didn’t forget the vanilla. We actually never use it for these, but I’ve never had a bad recipe using vanilla so I’m sure it is amazing!

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