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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are filled with crunchy oats, creamy peanut butter and satisfying sweetness. You don’t even need to turn on the oven to make these easy homemade cookies.

Looking for a different flavor of no bake cookie? These No-Bake Oatmeal Scotchies are another reader favorite! OR give our avalanche cookies a try.

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

What are No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies are cookies that don’t require any baking in the oven.

They’re made with a combination of ingredients that stick together and hold their shape, without the traditional flour and egg in most baked cookies.

Today’s recipe is a classic No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie, one of the most popular no-bake cookie varieties.

  • Delicious chocolate-peanut butter flavor
  • Chewy oatmeal cookie texture
  • No oven required

If you’re looking for the perfect recipe to make with your kids, give these cookies a shot! It comes together easily and doesn’t involve the hazard of a hot oven, making it a stress-free option for families to make together.

Enjoy these no bake cookies with a big glass of milk. Or be like me and pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee!

Ingredient Notes

Cocoa powder – This is the prominent flavor of these chocolate oatmeal no-bakes, so we recommend a good quality brand here.

Peanut butter – The sticky nut butter holds the ingredients together so the cookies keep their shape. We recommend creamy peanut butter over crunchy for no bake cookies.

Quick oats – These are a more finely chopped version of rolled oats. The finer texture allows them to absorb more of the liquid in this recipe and makes the cookies soft and chewy.

Unsalted Butter – You’ll melt this with milk, sugar and the cocoa powder to give the cookies their richness and moisture. Salted butter can also be used, just don’t skip the added salt called for in the recipe.

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

Easy Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Immediately remove from heat and add in the vanilla extract, salt, peanut butter, and oats. Stir until combined.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!

Tips and Tricks

  • Enjoy chilled: Store your no bake cookies in the fridge for a refreshing chocolate treat on a hot summer day. We love the flavor even more when they’re cold.
  • Storing: You can also store these cookies at room temperature! They keep well at room temperature for about 5 days or up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Mine never last that long because we eat them within a day or two!
  • Do not overboil. Set a timer and keep it to one minute. Over cooking the sugars results in crumbly cookies.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use rolled oats instead of quick oats?

Rolled oats can be used but the consistency of the cookies will not be the same. Because the oat grains are larger, they do not absorb the liquid as well and will not be as soft and chewy.

Why do my no bake cookies fall apart?

If your no bake cookies are consistently falling apart, you may be overboiling the sugar, milk and butter mixture. Over cooked sugar turns no bake cookies into a crumbly mess.

Why are my no bake cookies runny?

On the opposite side of the spectrum, under cooking your butter and sugar will cause the cookies to have too much liquid. Similar to making homemade fudge, the temperature has to be just right for perfect cookie texture!

Will natural peanut butter work in no-bake cookie recipes?

We have made this recipe with both natural peanut butter (the kind you have to stir) and regular peanut butter like Jif and Skippy. It works well with both kinds, so feel free to use whatever you have.

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

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick cook oats

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • Enjoy chilled: Store your no bake cookies in the fridge for a refreshing chocolate treat on a hot summer day. We love the flavor even more when they're cold.
  • Storing: You can also store these cookies at room temperature! They keep well at room temperature for about 5 days or up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Mine never last that long because we eat them within a day or two!
  • Do not overboil. Set a timer and keep it to one minute. Over cooking the sugars results in crumbly cookies.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    60

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 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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    Posted on May 2, 2018

    Comments & Reviews

    1. Would Almond butter work as a replacement for peanut butter? For my daughter who’s allergic to peanut butter?

    2. Im 69 and have been making these since I was 10. My best friends sister taught me how and she was 10 years older.We called them CACA Cookies because of the way they looked on the wax paper.My family love the. I can never show up to a party without them lol..I do use crunchy peanut butter instead though. There the best !

      1. I agree. I made them last year and found that they were a bit too sweet. Making them again this year with about 25% less sugar.

    3. Back when the cafeteria lunch ladies actually made good food for children. How I wish we could have that again for our children today!

    4. I made these exactly as recipe called for and they turned out perfect! Boiling for 1 minute is key. Delicious!

    5. 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 🙂

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

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