EASY No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Easy recipe for No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies! The peanut butter with chocolate and oats gives these cookies so much flavor!

Easy recipe for No Bake Chocolate Cookies! The peanut butter with chocolate and oats gives these cookies so much flavor!

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For as often as I make these No Bake Chocolate Cookies, I’m shocked that I don’t have the recipe on the blog already. I mean, sure I have a nutella version, an espresso flavor, and no bake oatmeal scotchies….but no classic to be found.

As my kids are getting older, I’m trying to make sure that they can handle life on their own. You know, do laundry, dishes, and cook for themselves. And while some of my kids are better in the kitchen than others, I have one child (hi Tessa) who no matter what she attempts, it doesn’t work out.

Easy recipe for No Bake Chocolate Cookies! The peanut butter with chocolate and oats gives these cookies so much flavor!

Take these No Bake Chocolate Cookies for example. She burned them. Yes. BURNED them.

The first time she attempted to make them on her own, she overcooked the mixture on the stove. Smoke detectors were going off. The burnt smell of chocolate lingered. And there were no cookies to be eaten that day.

She can make a mean bowl of Ramen and a spot on PB&J sandwich, so I guess she’s ready for college life one day, haha!!

I have a few years to help her master some kitchen skills, and one day she will master these NO BAKE cookies too. Stay tuned!

How to make no bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies:

  • First, have all your ingredients measured and ready. This comes to a boil quickly, and sets up quickly. Also, lay out your parchment paper on your counter before beginning.
  • Next, over medium heat, you’ll combine the sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. You’ll bring that to a full boil. Boil for only ONE MINUTE.
  • Immediately remove from heat and add in the vanilla, salt, peanut butter, and oats. Stir until combined.
  • Working quickly, drop by large tablespoon onto your parchment paper (I use two spoons). Allow to set, about 20 minutes. Try to not EAT it all as it sets, haha!
  • Store in airtight container at room temperature. ENJOY.

PRO TIP: You can even make No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies without the chocolate. They’re quite tasty, especially if you toss in the Reese’s Pieces!

Easy recipe for No Bake Chocolate Cookies! The peanut butter with chocolate and oats gives these cookies so much flavor!

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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies



Yield: about 60 cookies

No Bake Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Easy recipe for No Bake Chocolate Cookies! The peanut butter with chocolate and oats gives these cookies so much flavor!


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cup quick oats


  1. Over medium heat, cook sugar, cocoa, milk and butter. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, salt, peanut butter, and oats. Stir until combined.
  3. Drop by tablespoon on parchment paper and cool. Allow to set about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Easy recipe for No Bake Chocolate Cookies! The peanut butter with chocolate and oats gives these cookies so much flavor!

Today’s recipe for No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies was originally published September 26, 2016.

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect summer dessert recipe. Whip up a batch in minutes!


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Comments & Reviews

  1. I made this no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with 6 cups of finely crumbled up brownies that had good flavor, but they didn’t hold together. So rather than throw it out, I figured I’d combine it with your recipe to see how they turn out. I had to make a double batch of your no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe in order to incorporate it with my crumble brownie mix. I fell short 1 and 1/2 cups of oatmeal for a double batch, but I think it will work. I might add some chopped walnuts. Could these cookies be baked even though it says no bake?

    1. I don’t think you can bake them. That said, I would take the 6 cups of brownies and add it to fudge, or freeze it and top ice cream with it 🙂

  2. These were sold in the cafeteria of my elementary school. 1968-ish. We would dig thru couches for 10¢ to buy one. ?

  3. Omg! I have not eaten or made these in years. I’m in tears because my Momma used to make these when I was a kid and this recipe took me back to the 70s and her with these everywhere cooling lol. Momma passed last year and it’s amazing how many things bring her to mind. I made a batch but they didn’t set. Oh well still nice I’ll nail it next time.

  4. I like to make cookies for my co-workers. These were easy and they loved them. I’ll continue trying out your recipes on them.

  5. I made up a quick batch of these delightful cookies before my kids came home from school the other day and they were gobbled up in almost no time. Wonderful recipe!

  6. I would love to print this recipe, but unless I have missed it the first six times I have looked, I can’t find it. Is it printable? I find I am more likely to make something if it is printed rather than going back to find a pin.

  7. Gotta tell you…these no bakes are called “Preacher Cookies” and here’s why: Many years ago when preachers would visit his members, he would often be invited to stay for a meal. These cookies could be made in just a few minutes and be a perfect dessert to have later after the meal or give him to take with him. Or that’s how the story goes…. in our area (Virginia) they were unheard of until a preacher came to our church from Missouri. The preacher’s wife made them for the youth group (and we LOVED them) and said they were the preacher’s favorite. So, after every mom in the congregation had to get the recipe, we called them Preacher Cookies. Either way, they are always good if they set up! LOL!!!

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  8. Your cookies look shiny in the picture. Is it because you use regular milk instead of evaporated milk or do you have another secret? My MIL always makes these at Christmas and hers are dull after they set.

  9. I’ve always loved these no-bake cookies and haven’t had them in years!  Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

  10. These have been my family’s all time favorite cookie for as long as I can remember!!
    Their so easy and so addicting!! I love to sneak one….or two?….while they are still warm.
    Now that we are talking about them, I have such a craving for one!

  11. Love no bake cookies!!! Oh and your butterscotch no bake cookies are a family favorite over at my house!! I make them all the time!

  12. I love these cookies! They were the first recipe I learned to make when I was little and the first recipe I memorized. So I have remembered the recipe for over 30 years. I am from a big family and this was one of the treats we made often. I prefer them right from the freezer, but I will take them from the fridge, at room temperature or a hot spoonful straight from the pan. My youngest loves them, but my oldest and husband won’t touch them. More for us. Lol!

    1. A lot, haha!! These are so hard to count because it really depends on how big of a spoonful. Let’s just go with dozens.

  13. I haven’t made this classic in such a long time and they always went over well at get togethers! Funny how when a person starts a blog the automatically think everything has to be made “better” than the original but sometimes a classic just can’t be beat!

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