No Bake Cookies

Enjoy a practically effortless treat any time of year!

These no-bake cookies have a rich, chocolatey flavor with a hint of peanut butter and oats. Simmer on the stove, stir, and chill.

Perfect for a quick dessert or last-minute gatherings, they’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

stack of No Bake Cookies

Our Favorite No-Bake Cookies

  • Soft, chewy, and delicious peanut butter no-bake cookies are a quick and easy treat!
  • A favorite for kids and adults alike, these come together in minutes without having to turn on the oven!
  • Make ahead so they’re ready for last-minute get-togethers and gift-giving!
  • Just like no-bake energy balls, this no-bake cookie recipe is gluten and egg-free, making them a yummy snack anytime!

No Bake Cookies on parchment paper

No Bake Cookie Ingredients

Chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies are easy to make, no eggs, oven, or candy thermometer required!

  • Base – Sugar adds sweetness but also creates the perfect texture. Butter adds flavor and milk give the right consistency.
  • Cocoa Powder – Cocoa powder adds a rich chocolatey flavor.
  • Oatmeal – Quick cooking oats give these cookies a chewy texture and help bind the ingredients. If you have only old fashioned oats or rolled oats, give them a quick blitz in the food processor or blender.
  • Peanut Butter – Choose crunch or creamy peanut butter! Almond butter or cashew butter can be used as well. Sunflower seed butter is an excellent choice for nut-free cookies.
  • Variations – Chia seeds, coconut, semi-sweet or white chocolate chips, and chopped pieces of dried fruit make no-bake cookies extra tasty!

ingredients for No Bake Cookies on a marble board

How to Make No-Bake Cookies

  1. Bring sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Stir in oats and use a cookie scoop to drop onto a pan. Refrigerate until set.

No Bake Cookies oats and chocolate being mixed in a clear bowl

Storing No Bake Cookies

Store no bake cookies at room temperature for up to 1 week. For longer storage, keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Place them in a zippered bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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No Bake Cookies

These No-Bake Cookies are so quick & easy, no oven required!

Prep Time 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes minutes

Chill Time 30 minutes minutes

Total Time 50 minutes minutes

Author Holly Nilsson

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa powder. Bring it to a boil over medium heat. Once it is at a rolling boil, boil for 1 minute.

  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Stir in oats. Drop by spoonfuls or use a cookie scoop to drop the oat mixture on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until cookies are set.

  • Use quick-cooking oats and real butter for the best consistency.
  • Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat.
  • Allow the mixture to come to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. Start timing the mixture once it is at a full boil.
  • Avoid overcooking the mixture.
  • Cool completely before eating.

Store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or on the counter for up to 1 week. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months. 

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 174 | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Cookies, Dessert Cuisine American

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