Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

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Make perfectly soft and chewy no bake oatmeal cookies every time with this classic chocolate peanut butter no bake cookie recipe.

The easy no-bake cookies are filled with rich chocolate peanut butter flavor. Plus, they are super easy to make in 15 minutes with just a few simple pantry ingredients such as quick-cooking oats, peanut butter, and cocoa powder.

For more easy cookie recipes try our no-bake cornflake cookies, 3-ingredient lemon cookies, Nutella no-bake cookies, or funfetti cake mix cookies.

Chocolate oatmeal cookies piled on a white plate with a white napkin with grey stripe under it on a light wood table

I have another vintage dessert recipe to share with you today!

Also referred to as chocolate oaties, preacher cookies, peanut butter fudgies, cow patties, and fudge cookies, these old-fashioned chocolate peanut butter no bakes are a true classic cookie recipe. Just like the recipe that grandma made when you were little.

Unlike classic peanut butter cookies, there is no need to turn on the oven for these chocolatey, thick cookies; simply combine the ingredients on the stovetop, scoop, and allow to set.

Make a batch of these cookies as an after-school snack for the kids, as an easy dessert, for the holidays, as a quick treat, or just because.

Side-view of 6 thick chocolate oatmeal cookies stacked one on top of another on a white plate.

So grab some ingredients from your pantry and give this easy chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookie recipe a try. I just know you are going to love the easy no bake cookies as much as we do! I hope that they become a family favorite in your home as well.

For another no-bake chocolate peanut butter treat try our peanut butter balls with rice krispies.

Ingredients

This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

You will need:

  • sugar
  • butter— real butter is a must so save the margarine for another day.
  • milk— whole milk is best, but any milk will work.
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • peanut butter— Use creamy peanut butter rather than crunchy peanut butter to get the proper chewy texture. Natural peanut butter can be used as well, just stir it up well before using. 
  • vanilla— Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor. 
  • quick cooking oats

Substitutions and variations

unsalted butter: Only have unsalted butter? No worries, just add a pinch of salt to the recipe.

old-fashioned oats: While quick oats result in perfectly tender cookies, you can also use old-fashioned rolled oats. Your cookies will just be a bit chewier and less tender.

nut-free: Use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter for a nut-free no bake cookie.

Chocolate no bake cookies piled on a white plate with a white napkin with grey stripe under it on a light wood table

Tips for the Best No Bake Cookies

Prep ahead – Measure out your ingredients before you begin making the no bake treats. This will allow you to work quickly to add the ingredients when you remove the mixture from the stove.

Use a timer – When boiling be sure to set a timer for 1 minute. Under-cooking can cause the no-bakes to not set up properly. Over-cooking can make your no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies dry and crumbly.

Wait for a full boil – Don’t start your 60-second timer until the mixture has reached a full, rolling boil. This means that it is bubbling up in the middle of the pot, not just around the edges.

Work quickly – Once you remove the pot from the stove work quickly to stir in the rest of the ingredients and get your cookies scooped out while they are still hot. If you wait too long it will start setting before you are finished!

Five thick chocolate oatmeal cookies stacked one on top of another on a white plate.

No Bake Cookie Recipe FAQ

Why did my no bake cookies not set?

The most common cause of no-bake cookies not setting is that they didn’t boil long enough. Be sure to wait until the mixture has reached a rolling boil then boil for a 60 seconds. Another cause could be the weather. Yes, the weather! Very humid or rainy weather can mess with the setting process. If you find this is an issue, I suggest placing the cookies in the fridge to help them harden.

Do no bake cookies have to be refrigerated?

No, the yummy cookies do not need to be refrigerated, although you can refrigerate them if you like. No bake cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Can no-bake cookies be frozen?

Yes! Freeze set and cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw to room temperature before serving.

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Chocolate oatmeal cookies piled on a white plate with a white napkin with grey stripe under it on a light wood table
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4.76 from 145 votes

Classic No Bake Cookies

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Setting Time 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
These classic chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies are soft, chewy, and filled with rich chocolate peanut butter flavor.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick-cook oats

Instructions

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper and set aside.
  • Bring sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa powder to a rolling boil in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Once it has reached a full boil allow it to boil for 60 seconds, stirring frequently.
  • Remove the sugar mixture from heat and immediately stir in the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and oats until well combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls (I like to use this cookie scoop) onto prepared baking sheets and allow to set at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes.

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Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
For long-term storage, freeze the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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46 Comments

  1. Make these all the time except I use Almond Butter instead of Peanut Butter child highly allergic to peanuts. They always turn out fantastic. Thanks

  2. Tried this version of no bake cookies lost my original but this is easy to make and fixed for family funeral and kids to adults loved and asked for recipe next time add powered sugar last step putting to paper sheet looks like snow add no peanut M&M for Christmas decorations for eyes or make as tree I have done all this is great fast and easy to use taste great thank you for sharing

    1. Yes!!! Me too, mine are runny & wont set & I followed the recipe perfectly 🤷🏼‍♀️
      What happened?

      1. A common cause of no-bake cookies not setting up properly is that they didn’t boil long enough. Try reading through the recipe tips and FAQ in the blog post for helpful tips.

      2. Make sure you use quick oats! And make sure it comes to the foil boil and it let it do the full 1 minute boil before you add your the peanut butter, vanilla and oats.
        That’s the trick

    2. my niece couldn’t make them work either. I could put that she was using tub butter instead of regular stick butter. tub butter has too much water. is that what happened?

  3. Great recipe. Followed every step exactly and they are wonderful. Making for my class of students.

  4. I was wondering if these cookies would work if coconut could be used too maybe, half oatmeal and half coconut.

    1. I like this idea. Coconut would be a delicious addition. I would try adding 1/2 cup of shredded coconut and dropping the oats to 2 and 1/2 cups. Please come back to let us know how they come out if you do decide to try them with coconut.

  5. Great recipe but the long cooking oats work just fine also for this recipe.
    And yes boiling the one minute after the mixture comes to a rolling boil is very important.

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