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No Bake Cookies come together in a matter of minutes. With just a handful of ingredients you’ll create a quick and delicious cookie recipe the whole family will love.

Chocolate no bake cookies in a parchment-lined loaf pan on a white surface

Hi there! It’s been a few days since I’ve sat down to write a blog post and yet, I’m still staring at the crummiest weather ever. I’m pretty much convinced Ohio has decided to just skip summer.

The weather is definitely making for an interesting summer break for Elle. Because summer to a five-year-old means shorts, flip-flops, and pool days. Even when it’s hovering around 60 degrees.

We’re trying to make the best of it with crafts, playing school and lots of trips to the library, but my girl is getting bored.

One of my favorite ways to eliminate some of the summer boredom is getting her involved in the kitchen.

From whipping up our favorite banana bread and homemade strawberry lemonade to these no bake cookies, I’m keeping my little babe busy and creating some fun kitchen memories!

Chocolate no bake cookies on a white surface, one with a bite taken out of it


It’s pretty obvious that I bake a lot. You guys know this about me by now.

And although I love to step out of my comfort zone and whip up delicious things like Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches and Churro Cream Puffs, sometimes I crave the simplest of sweets, like no bake cookies.

No bake cookies on a white surface next to peanut butter and melted chocolate

When I was a kid, I remember my mom whipping up batches of these chocolate-peanut butter no bake cookies for my brother and me, and chocolate chow mein noodle cookies for my dad. We always referred to them as haystacks.

Do you remember those?

We’d gobble up that chocolate-peanut butter goodness in no time, and think Mom was the best baker ever.

Chocolate, peanut butter and oat mixture for no bake cookies in a white sauce pot with a cookie scoop

Little did we know that those no bake cookies and her rice krispie treats literally came together in minutes, without even turning on the oven. Kids are so easy to impress.

Honestly, even though I now know how simple these cookies are to make, I still adore them. I love recipes that combine chocolate and peanut butter, such as peanut butter blossoms or peanut butter pie, and these are even easier.

Scooped no bake cookies on a parchment-lined sheet pan


The great thing about no bake cookies, like so many of my no bake recipes, is that they require just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and pantry. Butter, milk, peanut butter, oats and cocoa are all you need.

I prefer creamy peanut butter, but you can definitely use crunchy for a little added texture.

Even though these cookies mix up quickly, you definitely need to make sure that you bring the cocoa mixture to a full rolling boil and then let it boil for a full 90 seconds, or the cookies won’t set up properly.

Flatted no bake cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet

They’ll still taste delicious, but you’ll be left with crumbly bits of cookie instead of actual cookies.

After that, it’s as easy as mixing in the peanut butter, vanilla and oats and using a cookie scoop to portion out the cookies.

You can leave the no bake cookies as mounds or you can flatten them with the bottom of a glass – it’s up to you!

No bake cookies arranged in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Remember these cookies the next time you’ve got a major craving for something sweet and have absolutely no desire to turn on the oven. They’ll cure any hankering you have, and you’ll only have one pot to clean.

Overhead view of chocolate, peanut butter and oat no bake cookies piled in a parchment-lined loaf pan

I call that a win-win. You’ll also look like a major culinary rock star when you take them to your next potluck. Because as it turns out, adults are just as easy to impress as kids when cookies are involved.

No bake cookies made from chocolate, peanut butter and oats arranged in a parchment-lined loaf pan


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No Bake Cookies

4.65 from 79 ratings
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
No Bake Cookies come together in a matter of minutes. With just a handful of ingredients you’ll create a quick and delicious cookie recipe the whole family will love.


  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup peanut butter smooth or crunchy
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats


  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa. Stir until the butter is melted.
  • Bring the mixture to a full boil and allow it boil for 90 seconds (I highly recommend setting a timer). Immediately remove the pan from heat.
  • Add in the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until the peanut butter is melted.
  • Add oats and stir to fully incorporate.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons), drop cookies onto prepared baking sheets. If desired, use a spoon, or the bottom of a glass to slightly flatten and shape into round cookies.
  • Allow cookies to set before serving.



  • For this recipe, I recommend using a peanut butter like Jif. Using a natural-style peanut butter will not allow the cookies to set up properly.
  • Be sure to use quick oats in this recipe. They're a bit thinner than rolled oats and will give your cookies the perfect texture.
  • You can easily make these cookies gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats.
  • Cookies can be stored in an airtight container within the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I actually love them chilled!


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 125kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 41mg, Potassium: 69mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 202IU, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Courtney says:

    Hi Jamie! For a spicy twist, I will sometimes add 1 tsp each of cayenne pepper and cinnamon. If you love Mexican chocolate, you’ll love this twist on what we in the south call “preacher cookies.” :)

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing this tip! Happy baking!

  2. Larry says:

    For a rich treat, though a bit more expensive, pick up some higher quality Cocoa, makes a huge difference! Toss in a bit of Espresso powder too if you have it on hand. YUM

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Larry! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!

  3. Phoebe Adams says:

    Love your recipes.
    I got this recipe from my mom and I have been making it for 50 years. We called this TV cookies because we made them then ate them shortly after while we watched TV.
    I always put chopped nuts and coconut in them and left them in mounds.

  4. Christi Allen says:

    I made these years ago, when I was a teen, lost the recipe, but figured no big deal, I remembered it, because it was all most all 1/ cups & 1 cups. Now I cant find the exact recipe. It was different because back then I had a hard time getting it all on the wax paper before it was no longer soft. But this recipe is still soft after a half an hour. It maybe my peanut butter, I’m going to try it again with brand new peanut butter.