For these no bake cookies you only need 7 ingredients and 15 minutes to make! Perfectly soft and chewy with a delicious chocolate peanut butter taste.
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Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
I love to make all types of no-bake desserts during the summer because you don’t need to turn on the oven! They’re simple, quick and no hot oven required! These no-bake oatmeal cookies are a favorite, as well as no-bake cornflake cookies, rice krispie treats and muddy buddies.
Chocolate no-bake cookies are my go-to cookie recipe when I’m in a pinch and are always a crowd favorite. They have the perfect chocolate and peanut butter combo and are super soft and chewy. So, so delicious!
The best part about these is that they only take 7 ingredients and 15 minutes to make. It doesn’t get better than that! Seriously, these are the easiest cookie recipe you will ever make! If you love these don’t miss my 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies.
Before making these easy no bake cookies it is a great idea to gather and measure out all your ingredients.
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Butter: Real butter will add the best rich taste although margarine could be used.
- Milk: Any milk works from skim milk to whole milk or even 2%. You could even use a non dairy milk such as almond milk.
- Granulated sugar: Adds a sweet taste and helps the cookies set.
- Cocoa powder: Adds the signature chocolate taste. Use natural unsweetened cocoa powder or Dutch-process cocoa powder.
- Peanut butter: Creamy peanut butter is best, crunchy peanut butter could be used but skip any natural peanut butter you have to stir.
- Vanilla extract: Adds another layer of flavor.
- Quick cooking oats: Quick-cooking oats are smaller and less chewy and preferred for this recipe.
Can You Use Old Fashioned Oats Instead of Quick Oats?
While I prefer to use QUICK 1-minute oats to make these no bake oatmeal cookies, yes you can. Old fashioned oats will not work quite as well and the cookies won’t set properly. This is because quick oats set faster once mixed with the hot mixture and are less likely to dry out.
However, I typically have Old-fashioned oats on hand. All you need to do is pulse them in a blender a few times to break them up to a similar texture of quick oats.
How to Make No Bake Cookies
Bring mixture to boil. Combine sugar, butter, milk and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook an additional 1 1/2 minutes and then immediately remove from heat.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Then add in quick oats with a pinch of salt and stir until well coated.
Drop onto baking sheet and let set. Using a spoon or cookie scoop to drop the cookie batter onto the lined baking sheet. Let cool until set.
- Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper so the cookies don’t stick.
- Before removing the pan from the burner, make sure the mixture is boiling (not simmering).
- In order to speed up the setting process, place cookies in refrigerator to harden faster.
- To store: Store at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the fridge for 5-7 days.
- To freeze: Let set completely, then add to freezer bag or airtight container. Store in freezer for 2-3 months.
Your no-bake cookies will stay soft and not harden if you did not boil your sugar and butter mixture long enough. Boil for exactly 1 1/2 minutes. Also, allow your cookies to cool for at least 30 minutes. If your cookies are still soft trying chilling them if needed.
You can but the texture of the cookies will change and be chewier. Quick oats are best to use! If you have rolled oats, simply pulse them in a blender a few times.
You must follow the boiling time exactly or your no bake cookies will turn out hard and crumbly. Make sure to not overcook them.
Yes! Cool completely then place in a freezer safe storage container or bag and store up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before enjoying.
If you love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, try my peanut butter blossoms, chocolate peanut butter fudge and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
More No-Bake Treats
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No Bake Cookie Recipe
- 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter , see notes
- ½ cup milk
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups Quick 1 minute oats , see notes
- pinch of salt
- Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
- Combine the sugar, butter, milk and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium-heat. Bring to a boil (not simmer). Once it reaches a boil, cook for an additional 1 1/2 minutes and then immediately remove from heat.
- Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla. Add in the oats and a pinch of salt. Stir until well coated.
- Drop batter by the spoonful onto the lined pan. Let cool until set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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I love this recipe. I have made this so many times and it always turns out perfect. Sometimes, I have swapped out the peanut butter for Nutella and they are incredible.
Can I reduce the sugar to half cup?
I haven’t tried, but let us know how it goes!
I love this recipe. We sometimes substitute peanut butter with cookie butter due to a peanut allergy. Tastes great! Thank you
Thanks for sharing that suggestions. I love hearing ways to make a recipe work for everyone!
Can you sub Rice Krispies?
I haven’t tried, but let me know how it goes if you give it a shot!
I have made this same recipe for years like my Mother before me. Most delicious cookies ever .( I have been known to scoop up one or two before they harden)
They are some of our faves too! Thanks Denise for your review :)
I’ve used this recipe for many years.. however, I am on strict Keto and can no longer eat the oats. Is there a much lower carb option to replace the oats? I thought about unsweetened coconut flakes…what’s your opinion?
Hmm… I haven’t tried. You could try coconut, nut not sure it would have the same effect. I would test with half the recipe (and you’ll most likely need more coconut). Let me know if you try it and how it goes!
Loved these no bake cookies! So easy to make
Absolutely easy and delicious!
So glad you loved them! :)
Can you make these chocolate oatmeal cookies without the peanut butter?
Hi Linda! Since it calls for 3/4 a cup of peanut butter, it wouldn’t work the same if you just left it out. You would need to sub another nut butter.
I love your blue pot! Can you tell me what brand it is? It’s gorgeous and my favorite color! Can’t wait to try your recipe on this!
It’s a Le creuset, I found it on sale at Home Goods a few years ago :)