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No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

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No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are simple stovetop cookies that are made with oats, cocoa, butter, sugar and other simple ingredients. Theses no bake cookies are perfect for a simple dessert, after school treat or afternoon snack. No bake chocolate cookies are ready in less than 10 minutes, to quickly satisfy that sweet tooth.

Looking for other simple dessert ideas? Check out my recipes for Rolo Pretzel Turtles, Peanut Butter Rice Krispies, Magic Cookie Bars or Homemade Kettle Corn.

chocolate oatmeal cookies on a plate

If you have never made No Bake Oatmeal Cookies, where have you been? These no-bake peanut butter cookies are a regular in the treat rotation at our house.

We love these easy no bake cookies because they are quick to make, use simple ingredients, and my favorite; and the best part is, my kids are getting pretty good at making these all by themselves.

All you need are 7 ingredients to make these simple cookies, and they are perfect for hot summer days, because they can be made right on the stovetop—no need to turn on the oven and heat up the house to make these delicious chocolate cookies.

no bake chocolate cookie with oatmeal broken in half


It truly is so quick and easy to make these peanut butter no bake cookies at home and you most likely have all of these ingredients already on hand. Here is what you will need to make this recipe:

  • Butter: All good cookies start with butter. It doesn’t matter for this recipe if your butter is cold or at room temperature. You can use salted or unsalted.
  • Sugar: adds all the sweetness that makes us all crave these cookies
  • Cocoa Powder: You can use a basic cocoa or go with a stronger Dutch chocolate for a richer taste.
  • Milk: This helps bring all the flavors together as they cook and dissolve in the pan.
  • Peanut Butter: A good, solid creamy, or crunchy peanut butter works best. I don’t suggest using natural peanut butter because of the extra oil, the cookies don’t set up as well.
  • Vanilla: True vanilla not vanilla extra will add the best flavor
  • Oats: Regular, whole oats give these cookies the best texture

How to Make No Bake Cookies

The process of making this recipe for no-bake cookies is so easy. Follow my quick steps and instructions and you will have treats on your tongue in no time.

  1. Start on the Stovetop: In a saucepan over medium heat combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk. Bring this mixture to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the Remaining Ingredients: Take the pot from the stove and stir in the peanut butter, vanilla, and oats.
  3. Form the Cookies: Scoop the cookies out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Two spoons can be used to scoop the cookie dough and drop it onto the baking sheet, or use a cookie scoop.
  4. Cool the Cookies: Allow the cookies to cool on the pan, or make the process quicker and place the pan in the freezer.

Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Now that you have got the cookies scooped and on the baking sheet, sit back and put your feet up. All you have to do now is wait until the cookies cool and the chocolate sets. Depending on the temperature in your home, this can take as little as 10 minutes.

Quick Tip

To speed up the process and get those cookies in your belly faster, the sheet pan can be placed in either the refrigerator or the freezer until the chocolate hardens and is set.

Cookie Storage

Store these cookies in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 3 days. These can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

If you want to keep them around longer, throw them into the freezer for up to 3 months, these are so good frozen!!

chocolate cookies made with oatmeal and peanut butter on a white plate

More No Bake Dessert Recipes

Why heat up the whole house for a simple treat when you can use one pan to make a tasty dessert? Here are some of our other favorite no bake treats:

  • Smores Bars– all the chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallow flavors without the campfire
  • Graham Cracker Toffee– this treat is so easy to make and it is so addictive! We love this!
  • No Bake Peanut Butter Bars– if you are a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, you’ve got to try these!

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No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are with 7 simple ingredients and are ready in just 10 minutes. Satisfy that sweet tooth!!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Cooling Time7 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 107kcal


  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups regular oats


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add in the sugar, cocoa powder and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients. Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes, until cooled and set.



Optional mix ins for No Bake Cookies
  • 1/2 c shredded coconut
  • 1/4 c chopped nuts
  • 1/4 c dried fruit


Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: After School Snack, Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Cookies, Dessert
Keyword: No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are made with 7 simple ingredients and are ready in just 10 minutes. Satisfy that sweet tooth!!

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