These Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake Cookies are a childhood favorite of mine. These easy no-bake cookies are made with no flour and no eggs and only a 15 minute prep!
Easy No Bake Cookies
This is by far the BEST No-Bake Cookies recipe and only requires a few simple ingredients Loaded with peanut butter, oats, and cocoa powder, these cookies are perfect for a super simple dessert!
Ingredients You Will Need:
- Oats: The texture is way better using quick oats compared to old fashioned oats. However, you can use either one.
- Butter: I normally use unsalted butter in recipes, but in this one I use salted butter. If you do not have salted butter on hand, you can use unsalted and then add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
- Milk: Whole milk or 2% is recommended.
- Peanut Butter: You can use crunchy or cream for this recipe. However, I do not recommend using natural peanut butter.
- Sugar: Granulated
- Cocoa Powder
- Vanilla Extract
How To Make No Bake Cookies
To start, you’ll melt the butter with sugar, milk, and cocoa powder. Once the mixture is melted down, you’ll bring it to a boil and allow it to boil for one minute.
This is VERY IMPORTANT, set a timer for exactly 60 seconds once the mixture starts to boil. If you boil too long, the no-bake cookies will turn out too dry and if you don’t boil it long enough they won’t set well.
Once the 60 seconds is up, you’ll stir in the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and quick oats.
Drop by two Tablespoons of the mixture onto parchment or wax paper to let set.
Can You Use Old Fashioned Oats Instead Of Instant Oats?
Yes! You can use either one and it’s fine. However, the texture is not as good with old fashioned oats.
Can You Freeze No Bake Cookies?
Yes!Place the cooled cookies in a freezer bag, seal out the air, and store in the freezer. Allow to thaw…or eat them frozen.
Tips For The Best No Bake Cookie Recipe:
- Make sure the mixture comes to a complete boil before counting down your minute of cook time on the stove.
- Quick oats are much better in this recipe. If you use old fashioned oats, the cookies aren’t as soft and they won’t set the same.
- Cream peanut butter works the best. If you only have crunchy, add a couple of tablespoons more.
- Natural peanut butter is not the best to use in this recipe. Too much oil.
- Use real butter.
No Bake Cookies
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups quick oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pull out 2 sheets of parchment or wax paper and set aside.
- Combine butter, milk, sugar, and cocoa powder in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until butter is completely melted.
- Increase heat to medium and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Continue to stir the mixture for several seconds.
- Add peanut butter and vanilla extract, stirring until peanut butter is completely melted and combined. Add the quick oats and stir until fully coated.
- Drop the no bake cookie mixture by approximately -2 Tablespoons onto the parchment paper. Allow to cool and set (approximately 20-30 minutes) before serving.
- Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.