No Bake Cookies

July 12, 2018  ·  Published June 2, 2012

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No Bake Cookies are such a nostalgic childhood favorite! This recipe has that classic chocolate peanut butter flavor combo and the perfect chewy, fudgy texture. And I’m pretty sure they’re the easiest cookies on the planet to make!

No Bake Cookies

Easy No Bake Cookies

I’ve been making no bake oatmeal cookies for as long as I can remember. It’s one of the first things I learned how to make as a kid, I’d make them for my family on the weekends because my mom didn’t care much for dessert (be sure to supervise kids when making these though!).

No Bake Cookies Video


They always filled the craving for something sweet and they were ready to eat in no time. Plus everyone in my family loved them, and me the most I’m sure.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Flavors

This is almost the exact same recipe I had when I was younger but I did add in a little bit more cocoa and peanut butter here, because why not?? It’s a flavor combo I never can resist!

No Bake Cookies

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Vanilla
  • Quick oats
  • Peanut butter

No Bake Cookies ingredients butter sugar milk cocoa powder quick oats peanut butter vanilla

How to Make No Bake Cookies

First line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or just spread a long sheet of the parchment onto the counter), or have 29 cupcake liners set out.

Then in a 2.5 – 3 quart saucepan combine sugar, butter, cocoa powder and milk.

No Bake Cookies mixing sugar cocoa powder butter and milk in saucepan

Set saucepan over medium heat (I like to use the largest burner on the stove) and begin whisking. Cook and whisk frequently until it reaches a boil, then once it reaches a full boil stop stirring and let it boil for 1 minute.

No Bake Cookies boiling sugar cocoa mixture in saucepan

Remove the mixture from heat then immediately add in vanilla, peanut butter and oatmeal. And stir to blend well.

no bake cookies mixing in oats peanut butter and vanilla

Drop mixture onto prepared parchment dropping 2 Tbsp at a time (a medium cookie scoop works well here or just use two large spoons).

Let cookies set then enjoy! If you want to speed up setting transfer to refrigerator. Store the cookies at room temp in an airtight container.

No Bake Cookies spooning mixture onto baking sheet

Tips for No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

After 20 some odd years of making these I’ve learned a few things along the way.

  • Don’t just bring the mixture to a simmer (where the edges of the mixture bubbles up) it needs to start fully boiling (bubbling up in the middle) before counting down those 60 seconds.
  • Don’t use old fashioned oats, I think quick oats are a must. The cookies won’t set up quite the same and they won’t be as tender.
  • The recipe should hopefully turn out perfect for you but if they’re a bit too wet, boil 15 seconds longer the next time, if they came out dry, boil 15 seconds under. The amount of time the liquid is boiled will determine the way the cookies set up and also determines how moist they’ll be.
  • I prefer creamy peanut butter but if you like the crunch of crunchy peanut butter you can use that here, just add an extra 1/4 cup so the consistency isn’t effected.
  • Use real butter, never margarine. It has a bad flavor which will effect the flavor of the cookies and it has added water so your end result won’t be as good.
  • Then as listed in the recipe stick with the bit of extra cocoa and peanut butter, it makes them a bit richer than you remember. I also cut back on the sugar by 1/4 cup as is listed in the recipe.

What do You Call Them?

When I was a kid we actually called these “uncooked cookies” which is funny because they are still cooked. But now I’m thinking maybe they should be called “summer cookies” because there’s just those days when we want a cookie but it’s so hot no one wants to turn the oven on, right?

Of course we’ll still stick with No Bake Cookies. But no matter what you call these decadent treats everyone will always love them!

No Bake Cookies

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No Bake Cookies


No Bake Cookies
4.96 from 146 votes

No Bake Cookies

A super fast, super easy to make cookie made with chewy oatmeal, rich cocoa and creamy peanut butter. They're perfectly fudgy and always just too good to resist! A childhood favorite that I'm still making all the time.
Servings: 29
Prep5 minutes
Cook8 minutes
Resting20 minutes
Ready in: 33 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (113g) salted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups (350g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (32g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (160g) creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups (275g) quick oats (don't use old fashioned oats)


  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or set out approximately 29 cupcake liners.
  • In a 2.5 to 3 quart medium saucepan combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk. 
  • Set over medium heat, and cook stirring frequently until it reaches a full boil. 
  • Allow mixture to boil 60 seconds without stirring. 
  • Remove from heat, immediately add in vanilla, peanut butter and quick oats. 
  • Stir mixture until well combined then, using a medium (2 Tbsp) cookie scoop or two spoons drop mixture onto lined baking sheets or into cupcake liners. 
  • Allow to rest at room temperature until set, about 20 - 30 minutes (to speed up setting refrigerate).
  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
No Bake Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 170mg5%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Susan

    Great recipe! Warning: when I adjusted my desired quantity of cookies, the measurements in cups changed, but not the measurements in GRAMS. In my first attempt increased my desired quantity of cookies. Using my kitchen scale, I weighed my sugar, cocoa powder, and oats. Unfortunately, the website did NOT increase these three items to a greater weight in grams. Ugh! They were gooey and did not firm up. I had to start from scratch using corrected weights in grams, and they turned out great!
    Please fix this technical glitch on the web site!

  • Ninanoo

    These are the best no bake cookies I have ever had! They set up really well. I think mine boiled for 1 min and 5 or 10 seconds. I added a few more oats (maybe 1/8c). I will be using this recipe from now on!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes but I think the sugar mixture just needs to be boiled a little longer.

  • Jilly Zee

    We’re coconut lovers, so I ‘ve always added about 1 cup coconut in with the oats.

  • Bob

    Well Hell, I only have old fashioned oats but I’m doing it anyway. Hopefully they will be just as good but maybe a little more on the chewy side. Thanks

  • Heiho

    Oh wait, THERE it is, sorry. 29 servings?? weird. Can you put it by the Nutrition Label? It would be more user friendly than having to flip up and down to figure it out.

      • Heiho

        I’m curious as to how you decided that was to be the yield? It’s not easy to visualize when you are portioning. Then you have to make calculations when you get more or less.

          • Samantha Pekar

            I have been making these cookies since the 19950s. It was one of the first recipes my Aunt Dot taught me to make. I am #3 of 6 siblings and we go through a batch of cookies quickly. However, No Bake Cookies are so NO FAIL & CHEAP that they are perfect for a six-pack of hungry kids.
            FYI:. I was just taught to check the chocolate fudge step using the “soft ball” mathod. Just drip a drop of the boiling chocolate fudge off the end of your wooden spoon into a saucer of ice water. Pick it up with your fingers & if it easily rolls into a soft ball, immediately move your saucepan off the hot burner.
            Complete recipe.
            JUST IN CASE….
            If you only have “Old Fashioned Long Cooking Oats or Steel Oats,” just pulse them a couple of time in your Food Processor or Blender.
            DO NOT over pulse or you will have “Oat Flour.”
            Good Luck & Happy Cooking.
            I was 8 years old when I made these for 2 older sisters; 1 younger sister & 2 younger brothers.
            Therefore… YOU CAN DO THIS!
            Use really GOOD QUALITY
            Coco Powder & REAL VANILLA & REAL BUTTER…

  • Pam

    This is by far the best no bake cookie recipe. They come out perfect every time. I really like the addition of the course salt on top to change it up… buy usually eat just as is… Thank you for sharing