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No Bake Cookies

Posted by  ·  October 6, 2010  ·  Last Updated: October 6, 2010

Yesterday my son begged for No Bake Cookies.

I love them too! Do you have a favorite recipe?  Here is ours:

Chocolate, Oatmeal and Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper


In a heavy saucepan mix  the sugar, cocoa, butter, salt and milk over medium heat until combined. Bring to a boil and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and quickly add peanut butter stir until just combined, then stir in vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls (I use a cookie scoop). Cookies will harden when cool.

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  1. Linda Bragg
    Friday, January 19th, 2018
    All the food looks great Making candy shortly. Thanks
  2. Sunday, October 15th, 2017
    I too love this recipe. Question is...My local Supermarket,
    has a Bakery & also makes one without cocoa. Is there any other
    tip I need? I've never seen the recipe for them.
    Thanks, Pam, from KC, MO.
    • Cindy
      Monday, October 16th, 2017
      So they are more blonde in color Pam?
  3. Adele
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
    I think you use 1 min. oats and not oat meal or old fashon oats any one please tell me if I was right with the one minute oats or if you use different oats please tell me.
  4. Honoria
    Monday, December 15th, 2014
    I have made these many times and they never harden up for me - always they stay gooey. I time the cook time at a rolling boil for exactly 1 minute. Maybe there too much humidity in the air here in western Oregon??
    • Tina E.
      Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
      I LOVEEEE them gooey it's how my mom used to make them. I don't know if I boil them too long, I follow the recipe and am disappointed every time. My Mom's are hard now also and so I still don't know how to do it the way she used to. She doesn't seem to recall herself! : P
  5. Mary
    Thursday, October 30th, 2014
    I let mine boil for two minutes. Turn out perfect every time. About to make a couple of batches for a Halloween party tomorrow at work. They travel very well.
  6. Lynn in MN
    Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
    These are my fav. Can I out this in a 9 x 13 pan?!
  7. Rena F
    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
    I made these. They sat for about 3 he's. They were yummy but gooy. They sat over night and were still good. I put them in the fridge but still no change. My kids still loved them, that's all that mattered. :)
  8. Nancy
    Friday, April 26th, 2013
    I have msde these for years but now my grandsonnis allergic to peanuts so i substitute pbutter with sunbutter, still good!!
  9. Diane
    Monday, January 21st, 2013
    I've been making these I think all my life, another additive thats good is raisins.
  10. Autumn
    Monday, November 19th, 2012
    Made these tonight before I read the post and thought the amount of vanilla was fine These were awesome. Good post
  11. Dianne
    Monday, September 24th, 2012
    My son has a peanut allergy and I've made these with Wow Butter...they turn out great..I've always added a cup of shredded or flaked coconut to this recipe..also, I add a cup of mini marshmallows to the boiling mixture at the end and let them melt in before pouring over the dry ingredients.
  12. Julie
    Sunday, August 26th, 2012
    I have made these for years, but I do not make them with the peanut butter in them. We also prefer them soft. The trick to keeping them soft is to add a couple of TBSP of light corn syrup. I have never measured it. I just pour some in the kettle with the rest of the ingredients. It works great!
    • Tina E.
      Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
      I just read your comments. Thank you for the tip!! I have been looking for the secret to them staying soft! I will be trying this now!!!! :D
  13. Kristin
    Thursday, June 7th, 2012
    I just made these with Sunbutter, rice milk and non-dairy margarine. They turned out fine.
  14. Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
    This was one of my favorite things my grandmother would make. She died 3 years ago, so I'm glad to see this recipe here. I made them for dessert tonight, and I can't wait to taste them again! Hopefully I made them just as well as she (and you!) did! :)
  15. Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
    We love no bake cookies here too. I have several versions on my blog, and just recently added no bake butterscotch cookies. YUM. Yours look divine!
  16. Friday, March 30th, 2012
    ALMOST the same recipe as I grew up with, but we never used peanut butter, and we add one cup of shredded coconut. We call them "poop cookies" or haystacks. I love to put them in the freezer, they don't freeze solid, but are so yummy chilled!
  17. Ciara
    Monday, March 5th, 2012
    I literaly just made theese for the first time....
    Still waiting for them to cool! Yum!
  18. Joan Peters
    Monday, February 6th, 2012
    I have made the nobake chocolate cookies for a lot of years.
    I have a question ?
    What am i doing wrong, sometimes they turn out gooey, sometimes they dry out withing an hour. we prefer the gooey ones but I don't know how to make them like that all the time.
    I try to make them the same way each time but have problems when they are spooned out.
    hope someone out there can help me.
    Thank you!
  19. Annette
    Monday, February 7th, 2011
    My family loves these, but we always eat them warm! :o)
  20. Clarissa
    Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
    I am also allergic to peanuts. We recently tried this recipe and to me, it came out wonderful. We use Soy Butter. I'm pretty sure if you try Soy Milk in the recipe, it will work out fine as well. The only way to truly know is to test is out! Good Luck..
  21. Moon
    Thursday, October 14th, 2010
    These are amazing! I don't think they'll get a chance to cool before I eat them all! :-)
  22. Courtney
    Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
    I grew up eating these, but we call them "Dinosaur Food"! I got the recipe in my kindergarten class because we made them when we were studying dinosaurs! The recipe was pretty much the same, only it read like this:

    1/8 cup dirt (cocoa)
    1/4 cup swamp water (milk)
    1 cup crushed bones (sugar)
    1/4 cup fat (butter)
    1 cup grass (uncooked oatmeal)
    1/4 cup squashed bugs (peanut butter)

    So fun!! They are delicious!!! I still make them today!!! :)
  23. Sunday, October 10th, 2010
    I have never made these type of cookies! It looks like I have a new recipe to try this week :)

  24. Sunday, October 10th, 2010
    I am so excited about these cookies! We recently moved to Mexico City and are now living at 8400ft above sea level and, well, let's just say my cookies are not baking very well. I may have to switch to no bake! This look yummy!
  25. Sunday, October 10th, 2010
    We use almond butter because the kids don't like peanuts and we watch a friend's son who has peanut and macadamia allergies but not almond.
  26. Friday, October 8th, 2010
    This is my family's favorite holiday cookie. I don't even keep track of how many dozens of these I make anymore.
  27. MrsHellbillyHero
    Thursday, October 7th, 2010
    We make these often at our house. I have my original "worksheet" recipe from 7th grade. I keep meaning to write my Jr. High Home Economics teacher to let her know I still use it. Thanks Mrs. Eichler. lol
  28. Angelic
    Thursday, October 7th, 2010
    I grew up on these cookies! My mom got her recipe from her sister and we always called them energy cookies. Sometimes we use chucky peanut butter for a little extra crunch. Watch out - their addictive!
  29. Barbara
    Thursday, October 7th, 2010
    I remember these from years ago, at bake sales. Wow I love your site, so much to taste and so much to make, it is my granddaughters heaven when she comes over and I have something new to try with her. Thanks soooo much.
  30. Debi Hubbard
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    Probably my favorite cookie! Love them while they are still warm...yum!
  31. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    Oh yes, these are the BEST! I had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy, and what I craved most was these. Needless to say, my friends knew it and as soon as baby was born I had 3 plate fulls of these gifted to me. =) YUM!
    • heymom722004
      Monday, December 18th, 2017
      This receipe also works well with artificial sweetner for diabetics. You have to add a little extra peanut butter or they turn out dry.
  32. heather
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    Thank you so much for posting these. My grandma made these for us when we were small children. I never got the recipe for them. Now my kids will be able to enjoy them too.
  33. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    These also bring back fond childhood memories for me! I'm motivated to break out this recipe and make them with my five year old this week!
  34. Rosalee
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    I just made these - my first time making no bake cookies. Absolutely delicious! And so easy! Thanks for the great recipe.
  35. luluweezie
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    I grew up eating these with a slight twist; if you're not keen on peanut butter or have allergies, you can just use the same amount of margarine instead. Also, if you want to "fancy them up" a little, you can substitute some of the oats for coconut. We used to use equal amounts of each. having said all that, I can't wait to try this new version, since I'm a big peanut butter fan!!
  36. Poppy
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    I add a 10 oz jar of maraschino cherries, drained and chopped, when I stir in the oats. Makes them extra yummy.
  37. Christina
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    I love these cookies!!! I think I will have to surprise the kids with some tomorrow!
  38. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    THESE ARE MY FAVORITE! Now I am craving some...
  39. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    Sweet deliciousness from heaven!!! What is this cookie scoop you speak of!?!? I simply *must* have one. :) My Grama used to make these cookies and they always make me think of her.
  40. Carol S-U
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    This sounds yummy!! Do you use quick-cook oats or old fashion oats in your recipe??
  41. Sara
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    My kids love these! We call them Dog Doo cookies. Yeah.
  42. Sheila
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    This use to be my stand by, even when the pantry was bare I almost always had the ingredients for these. So easy to make and so go to eat. ;)
  43. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    They look so yummy!!! And "no bake", that's right up my alley!!!
  44. Jenny Leigh
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    This is a great "go-to" cookie recipe that is always a crowd-pleaser. These are ingredients I always have on hand. For a twist, try using crunchy peanut butter.
  45. Heather Larsen
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    My son is allergic to peanuts and eggs....I make these with soynut butter (IMHealthy brand - creamy) all the time!! The proportions in my recipe are a little different, but I'm sure they'd turn out great.
  46. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    YUM...I always love these..they are quick and the hit the yearning stop! :D
  47. Jayne Norlin
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    Heida - I use soy milk for any recipe calling for cow's milk, and have never found it to make any qualitative difference. I also use fresh goat's milk when I have it - some people find it easier to tolerate than cow's milk, and it's rich and delicious! Don't know about Sun Butter or soy butter, however.
    • Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
      I also substitute soy milk with no trouble, in fact these were made with soy milk. I also use the natural peanut butter. I use regular oats normally but have also used quick oats.
  48. Karen M.
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    I have 3 kids with peanut allergies...are there any recipes without peanut butter? Thanks!
  49. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    These always remind me of elementary school because they served them alot - thanks for the recipe!
  50. Heida
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    I love these but I haven't made them since I found out my youngest is allergic to peanuts, milk, and eggs. Then almost a year ago found out my oldest has type one diabetes. This is not a pity party,I was actually posting a question. Has anyone experimented with Sun Butter, soy milk, and soy butter? Did it work out? I have yet to try.
  51. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    Oooo, I make these often. They are wickedly addictive! Sooo good! What I sometimes do when I want the taste of these, but a little more healthiness, is make regular oatmeal, then stir in a few chocolate chips and peanut butter. Gives the same basic flavors, but we can eat it for breakfast w/o guilt. :)
  52. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    These are one of my favorite no bake cookies everrrr!!!!! I make them all the time, and my children LoVe them!!!!

  53. Sarah
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    We love no-bake cookies. I made a batch of our favorite, Special K bars, last night. We'll try these next.
  54. Betsy
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    I just made a batch of these for my three kids. The only difference is that I use Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa powder. It gives them that extra kick of bittersweet chocolatey taste that it wonderful.
  55. Tiffany
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    My great aunt used to bring these to all of our family get-togethers. One of my cousins would wait for her to come because he loved them so much-his favorite "kakies"!
  56. Heidi
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    We make these as well in our family, but without the peanut butter. The experience is a rich, chocolate heaven! Thanks for giving me a new idea for the recipe. I'll be sure to surprise everyone when I make them this year!
  57. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    This is our family's favorite no bake cookie. My sons (now in their 30s) beg for these when they come home to visit!
  58. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    I am so glad you posted these.... my dear, dear mother, z'l, used to make these for us when we were little kids and I have wondered in the four years since she passed away what the recipe was... We didn't know what they were called or anything so it made looking for them hard!

    But this is it.. now I will make them for my nieces and nephew!

    Thank you sooo much
  59. Rachael
    Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    These are one of my favorite cookies! I might need to make them soon now. :)
  60. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
    My gosh! These look awesome...and gluten free, so I'm going to try them!!