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No Bake Cookies

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These Easy No Bake Cookies are a tasty treat for those days you don’t want to heat up the house with baking or the oven is otherwise occupied!

Chewy, chocolatey, and with just a hint of peanut butter, these no bake cookies are sure to become a favorite in your home, just like they have in mine! 


main image for no bake cookie recipe of hand holding a cookie with bite out of it.


What makes these the BEST no bake cookies is the perfect blend of chocolate and peanut butter, with the hearty consistency of old fashioned oats. I submit that there is no better cookie than peanut butter no bake cookies! Peanut butter and chocolate go together even more beautifully than peanut butter and jelly. 

Whether your oven is full of other baking treasures or dinner or you just don’t want to heat the house again, these oatmeal cookies are just for you! 


butter, sugar, cocoa added to a pot


What are no bake cookies?

No bake cookies are exactly what they sound like: cookies you do not have to bake! That being said, they do require stove-top preparation.

So while you’re not using the oven to actually bake the cookie, you are preparing the “batter” or binding portion of the cookie on the stove. 

A typical no bake cookie dough contains most of your usual cookie recipe ingredients except there are no eggs and oats are used instead of flour. 


peanut butter, and vanilla added to melted butter.


What do you need to make these chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies? 

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 

  • White sugar – white sugar provides all the sweetening for your cookie. 
  • Cocoa powder – chocolate is the standard flavor! This recipe also includes a delightful touch of peanut butter. 
  • Milk – the liquid milk assists in hydrating the oats that form the substance of your cookies. 
  • Butter – Butter provides richness and flavor to your cookies. 
  • Oatmeal – You can use either regular or quick oats.  These cookies taste great with both options!
  • Creamy peanut butter – what better combination is there than peanut butter and chocolate? It’s like a hearty, cookie version of a Reese’s. Mmmm. 
  • Vanilla – gives additional flavor to your chocolate no bake cookies. 
  • Salt – salt is a flavor enhancer and allows the individual ingredients to “sing” their flavors just a little louder. 


oatmeal added to pot and mixed in.


How to make no bake cookies:

There are three simple steps to creating the perfect cookie!

  1.  Cook the cookies!  Do not over cook them or they’ll be dry and powdery.  A glossy cookie is a sign of a perfectly cooked cookie!
  2. Scoop – use a cookie scoop or spoon but scoop these out to harden.
  3. Enjoy – once these are firm enough to pick up, then they are ready to eat!  Try to eat just one – I bet you can’t do it!


cookies scooped out of pot and laid out to cool on marble counter.


Can you use old fashioned oats in no bake cookies?

Old fashioned oats are the best type to use in no bake cookies. If you don’t like the large pieces in old fashioned oats, you can pulse them a little in a food processor; however, this will give the cookies a different texture.

Quick oats can be used, and are often used in this recipe.  We prefer the old fashioned oat texture, however if you have quick oats on hand, then use those!

Steel cut oats are not an option for no bake cookies. They are much too hard and will not soften like old fashioned oats will. 


cooled no bake cookies stacked on top of each other.


How long do no bake cookies last?

No bake cookies have a significantly longer shelf life than their baked counterparts. These no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies will last up to 2 WEEKS in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge! 


3 no bake cookies stacked on top of each other with one cookie leaning up against the rest (a bite taken out of the leaning cookie)


Can you freeze no bake cookies?

Yes, you can also freeze these cookies! They will last up to a month in the freezer while still retaining their oh-so-yummy flavor and texture. 


A single cookie on counter with a bite taken out of it.


Are no bake cookies gluten free?

Oats are naturally gluten free, but because of transportation and processing issues, sometimes gluten-containing contaminants can be introduced. To ensure your no bake cookies are indeed gluten free, be sure to use a brand of oats you trust or that can claim gluten free processing and milling techniques. 


A plate full of no bake cookies with a single cookie next to plate. Single cookie has a bite taken out.


Are no bake cookies healthy?

Are cookies ever truly healthy? No bake cookies contain similar amounts of butter and sugar as do regular cookies. Though there are some health benefits to oats, I would not venture to say that it is enough to call these cookies a healthy alternative to traditional cookies. Cookies are a treat, and are something we love to enjoy in moderation! 


hand grabbing a cookie from a plate full of them.


Can you make no bake cookies with Nesquik?

You can make no bake cookies with Nesquick or another powdered chocolate milk mix! You’ll want to double the amount if you are using powdered chocolate milk mix. This recipe calls for ¼ cup cocoa powder, so you would use ½ cup powdered chocolate milk mix, as the latter is not nearly as strong as the cocoa powder. 


hand holding a single cookie. Bite has been taken out of cookie.


Looking for more no bake recipes?  


4 stacked up cookies with a hand holding a 5th above the rest. A bite has been taken out of the cookie being held.


Though easy no bake cookies aren’t any healthier than other cookie recipes, they certainly are delicious and have a unique texture and heartiness to them you don’t get in other cookie recipes. These are also a fool-proof method for those who need to avoid gluten. Enjoy these delicious cookies today! 


No Bake Cookies

hand holding a single cookie. Bite has been taken out of cookie.

These No Bake Cookies are a tasty treat for those days you don’t want to heat up the house with baking or the oven is otherwise occupied!

Chewy, chocolatey, and with just a hint of peanut butter, these easy no bake cookies are sure to become a favorite in your home, just like they have in mine! 


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 cube), room temperature
  • 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. In a pot, add sugar, cocoa, milk and butter.  Cook over medium heat (do not boil) until butter is melted. Mix well.
  2. Once butter is melted, bring mixture to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat and add peanut butter, vanilla and salt.  Mix well.
  4. Add oatmeal and mix well.
  5. Scoop out cookies onto wax paper. 
  6. Let dry then enjoy!


Quick oats can be substituted for regular oats.

Cookies should be shiny. Dull cookies will still taste great but is a sign of over cooking your butter mixture.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

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