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EASY No Bake Cookies

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 cookiesrice 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.

Recipe Ingredients

Before making these easy no bake cookies it is a great idea to gather and measure out all your ingredients.

No bake cookie ingredients on counter.

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

Showing how to make no bake cookies in a 4 step collage.

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.

No bake cookies on the counter.

Cooking Tips

  • 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.

FAQs

Why are my no bake cookies not setting?

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.

Can I use old fashioned rolled oats instead?

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.

Why did my cookies get dry and hard?

You must follow the boiling time exactly or your no bake cookies will turn out hard and crumbly. Make sure to not overcook them.

Can I freeze these cookies?

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.

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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.

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No Bake Cookie Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Only 7 ingredients and 15 minutes to make these easy no bake cookies! Perfectly soft and chewy with a delicious chocolate peanut butter taste. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Set Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • 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.

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Notes

Oats: While I prefer quick oats, 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.
Butter: I typically use salted butter. If you use unsalted butter add in 1/4 teaspoon salt. 
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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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