Best No Bake Cookies

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The best chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies! They’re easy to make in 5 minutes with 8 ingredients, and are fudgy with a rich chocolate peanut butter flavor.

front view of a stack of 6 no bake cookies


These are the best no bake cookies ever. One bite of these classic chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies transports me to to my childhood and makes me nostalgic for simpler times.

This recipe only takes 5 minutes to make, and then all you have to do is let them set. They are rich and fudgy with a big chocolate peanut butter flavor, and they’re naturally gluten-free!

They are a perfect warm weather treat because you don’t need to tun on your oven. And they also make a great addition to any Christmas cookie tray (like these cut-out sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, peanut butter blossoms, etc.) because they are so simple and delicious.

up close photo of a no bake cookie surrounded by 6 others

No-Bake Cookies: Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this no bake cookies recipe
  • Granulated sugar. White sugar or organic cane sugar both work well in this recipe.
  • Salted Butter. Unsalted butter can be used in place of salted butter. Also vegan butter, ghee or coconut oil.
  • Whole milk. 2% milk or half and half can be used in place of whole milk. 
  • Peanut Butter. If you have a peanut allergy in your home, any nut or seed butter works well in this no bake cookie recipe.
  • Quick-cooking oatmeal. If you only have old-fashioned oats on hand, simply put them in a blender or food processor and pulse once or twice. This will give them the texture of quick-cooking oats. 
a stack of 6 no bake cookies

Equipment

stack of four no bake cookies, top one has a bite taken out of it

How to Make No Bake Cookies

This no bake cookie recipe only takes 5 minutes to make. This is a fast-paced recipe and it’s important to lay our all the equipment and ingredients you’ll need before starting. 

Start by lining a large baking sheet with wax paper, and set it aside. Then find a small cookie scoop or 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon to use to portion out the cookies. 

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat combine butter, milk, sugar and cocoa powder.

how to make no bake cookies - ingredients in a saucepan

Whisk or stir continuously to combine until the butter is melted.

how to make no bake cookies - ingredients melted in a saucepan

Bring mixture to a boil and boil for 1 minute.

how to make no bake cookies - ingredients boiling in a saucepan

After 1 minute, turn off the heat but leave the pan on the warm burner. Next, add peanut butter and vanilla and whisk to combine until the peanut butter is melted.

two photos showing how to make no bake cookies - adding peanut butter, vanilla and oats

Lastly, add quick-cooking oatmeal and sea salt. Stir until combined.  You need to work quickly during this step because the mixture begins to harden as it cools. 

finished no bake cookies mixture in a saucepan

Then, use a small cookie scoop or 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop the no bake cookies onto prepared baking sheet.

a cookie scoop measuring no bake cookies

Let the no bake oatmeal cookies sit at room temperature for 30-60 minutes, or until hardened. You can put them in the refrigerator to hasten the hardening process. 

7 chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies

Serve 

Serve these chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies with a tall glass of milk as an afternoon snack or holiday treat! Everyone will love them!

a stack of 6 no bake cookies

Store

Store these no bake cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. 

Freeze

Freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Transfer them to the refrigerator or the counter at room temperature to thaw slowly. Do not warm in the oven or microwave.

front view of 6 no bake cookies

No Bake Cookies FAQs

Why did my no bake cookies not set up?

The main reason no bake cookies don’t set up is not boiling the mixture long enough. Be sure to wait until the mixture is boiling, then set the timer for 1 minute! 

How do you fix no bake cookies that won’t harden?

If you wind up with gooey no bake cookies, simply store them in the refrigerator or freezer and eat them cold. As I tested this recipe this happened many times, my kids still gobbled up the chilled cookies, no problem. They taste like fudge! Then remember to boil the mixture longer next time. 

How long will no bake cookies stay fresh?

These chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies stay fresh for up to 5 days at room temperature. 

up close photo of a no bake cookie with a bite taken out, stacked on three other no bake cookies

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Best No Bake Cookies Recipe

Laura
The best chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies! They're easy to make in 5 minutes with 8 ingredients, and are fudgy with a rich chocolate peanut butter flavor. They make a great after school treat or addition to your holiday cookie tray!
5 from 9 votes
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 183
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Cooling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 7 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Line a large baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, over medium heat combine butter, milk, sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk continuously to combine until the butter is melted.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Boil mixture for 1 minute (set a timer).
  • After 1 minute, remove pan from heat.
  • Add peanut butter and vanilla and whisk to combine until the peanut butter is melted.
  • Add quick-cooking oatmeal and sea salt. Stir until combined.
  • Use a cookie scoop or 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop cookies onto prepared baking sheet.
  • Let sit at room temperature for 30-60 minutes, or until hardened.

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Notes

Ingredient Substitutions
  • Granulated sugar. White sugar or organic cane sugar both work well in this recipe.
  • Salted Butter. Unsalted butter can be used in place of salted butter. Also vegan butter, ghee or coconut oil.
  • Whole milk. 2% milk or half and half can be used in place of whole milk.
  • Peanut Butter. If you have a peanut allergy in your home, any nut or seed butter works well in this no bake cookie recipe.
  • Quick-cooking oatmeal. If you only have old-fashioned oats on hand, simply put them in a blender or food processor and pulse once or twice. This will give them the texture of quick-cooking oats. 
Store/Freeze
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

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

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  1. This recipe is a variation of chocolate burrs that my family has made for years. Ours has no peanut butter and adds shredded coconut when adding oats. Will have to try yours as we also love peanut butter

  2. 5 stars
    These no bake cookies are seriously SO good!! I’ve made them several times and we eat them up in no time. I have many dietary restrictions so I love making these for me and my mom to enjoy; she also reminisces about her childhood because these were her favorite cookies that her mom used to make. Thank you for such delicious, wholesome recipes! 😊 ♥️

  3. 5 stars
    Amazing! I missed the part about what to do with old fashioned oats so I put them whole… but the flavor is still great!