No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies

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Perfect for those moments when you are desperately craving something sweet and chocolatey, but don’t have a lot of time (or patience) to make a full-blown batch of cookies. I must really live under a rock sometimes (I know, I said this when I made the coconut macaroons, but I swear it’s true!) because although I had heard of no-bake cookies from my time spent surfing food blogs, I had never had them before! Well, now I might be in trouble. These mounds of sugary, peanut buttery, chocolate goodness are incredibly addicting. They take only minutes to make and if you’re really desperate and don’t want to wait for them to set, you can eat the mixture straight from the bowl – no raw eggs to worry about! These mark my third installment of cookies that you all voted for me to make in the poll I held following the cookbook giveaway. Thanks to everyone for helping to broaden my cookie horizons!

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As soon as I took my first bite of these I immediately thought that they tasted like the icing for the Texas Sheet Cake that I love so much. After thinking about it, the ingredients are very similar – butter, sugar and cocoa that are boiled together. The peanut butter and oats help to cut the sweetness and add great flavor and texture.

These really are as easy as they sound, and a great recipe to make with kids if you have any little hands eager to help in the kitchen. I’m sure they’ll love eating the “dough” straight from the bowl! The only suggestion I have is when you drop the dough onto the wax paper-lined sheets, they will pretty much set in whatever shape they are already in, with minimal spreading. After I realized this I used the back of the spoon to smooth them out and flatten them a bit to give them more of a “cookie” shape.

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Cookies from the Top 10 I have made:
Almond Macarons filled with Nutella
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Thick & Chewy)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Sugar Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peanut Butter Blossoms

No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 2 to 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooling Time: 30 minutes

½ cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats

1. Add the first four ingredients (through the cocoa powder) to a 4-quart saucepan.

2. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 1 minute.

3. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats.

5. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto wax paper-lined baking sheets.

6. Let cool until set.

(Recipe adapted from Ezra Pound Cake)

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  1. ashley on June 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    i love these cookies! for some reason i only ever make them at christmas but i love using them for gifts at work cause they’re so easy and quick and i don’t have to deal with the stove all day!

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    • Rachel on March 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am

      WHOO HOO! I am SO EXCITED! I have looked EVERYWHERE for this recipe. All the other recipes I found either had no picture (so I couldn’t be sure it was really them) or the picture looked gross. YOURS LOOKS So yummy I wanna grab it right off the screen! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! YOU ARE AWESOME! I’m off to check out your other recipes. Those pictures of yours are mouth watering! WOW! Great Blog!

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    • Alison Lyne on December 12th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      We used to make these all the time when I was a kid and we called them Boiled cookies :)

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      • fuzzyswife on December 19th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

        question about cookies.. how long will they stay fresh ?

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        • Michelle on December 20th, 2011 at 12:45 am

          Probably a week or so in an airtight container.

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      • Karla on January 30th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

        We also made them and called them Boiled Cookies. Since we did not have air conditioning, we could never make these on a humid day because all the sugar would rise to the top of the cookie.

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  2. Kathy Apple on June 30, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    These are so wonderful – a huge childhood memory. One time, my brother and I made some and forgot to put the peanut butter in. Needless to say, they didn’t harden up, but that was totally fine! We just at it with a spoon!

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    • Nea on August 6th, 2012 at 5:53 am

      I am allergic to peanuts:( Can I leave them out or do I have to substitute them with something else? Any sugestions are welcome:D

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      • Ann on August 8th, 2012 at 10:19 am

        You can use sunbutter which is from sunflower seeds and is not a member of the legume/peanut family. It has a similar texture and taste.

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        • Michelle on August 9th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

          Ditto.

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          • Helena on August 11th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

            I would think Nutella would work very well.

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  3. Mireya on June 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    These look amazing…and dangerous!

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  4. Valerina on June 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    These would be good to make on those hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven. The pictures alone are enough to make me want to go but some peanut butter. :)

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  5. Tee on June 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I found these a few years ago on the Quaker Oats website… the kids Loved them!

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  6. Junglewife on June 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Mmmmm…. when I was growing up we called these “monkey meat.” Don’t ask me why, I have no idea!

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    • Carrrie on February 23rd, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Better than my family, we call them dog-poop cookies lol.

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  7. Erin on June 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I made this exact recipe not too long ago, but just haven’t psted it yet. They are fabulous!

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  8. Tracey on June 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    No bake cookies are the best! So simple and delicious! Yours look tasty.

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  9. Mara on June 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I have to say that I have never done a no bake recipe. I always wondered if they tasted as good as a true baked recipes. But you have shown they absolutely look good. Next would be to try them out. I did try your peanut butter cookies today. I have to say that Jr. Chef almost didn’t allow the dough to make it to the sheet. It was that good. Thanks!

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  10. Katie on June 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    So simple! I’ll have to try this soon!

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  11. Michelle on June 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Mara,

    I have to be honest – I don’t think that these are as good as a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie (what is?), but they are very tasty and a great quick recipe! So glad to hear you enjoyed the peanut butter cookies today!

    -Michelle

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  12. shelly on July 1, 2009 at 8:33 am

    You know, these look great! I have never tried a no bake cookie recipe because for whatever reason they never appealed to me…until NOW…these look really great…I am definitely going to try these!

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  13. Liz Brooks on July 1, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I love these-but I’ve never made them! Time to give it a try I say:)

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  14. Eliana on July 1, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I’m coming across s many great no-bake recipes. This one looks amazing and I will have to try it soon.

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    • Neya on August 6th, 2012 at 6:00 am

      Does anyone have a no-bake cracker recipe? Though thesse were excruciatingly delicious ( We ate them before they cooled all the way) We must lay off the chocolate for a bitD:

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  15. Julie on July 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I love these… in my part of the world most people call them Preacher cookies. I’m not sure why, but that’s just what they’re always called. I think they’re delicious!

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  16. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on July 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I too have never tasted a no-bake cookie! Your picture makes me want to try one soon!!

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  17. Katerina on July 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I make something similar which is delicious but instead of peanut butter has coconut!

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  18. Eileen on July 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Michelle,
    HOw many cookies does this recipe make? Just curious! I may make these for a 4th of July party this weekend. They look amazing!

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    • Chris Louie on September 9th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Oh my….these look like trouble….I am going to make these for my boys…may have to have one myself.

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  19. Michelle on July 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Eileen,

    My apologies, I just realized this morning I forgot to put the yield in here and went to edit it and then got sidetracked! Depending on size you will get anywhere from 2-3 dozen. I hope you enjoy them!

    -Michelle

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  20. Risa on July 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    These seem so perfect for the hot days of summer.

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  21. Pam Striker on July 2, 2009 at 11:35 am
  22. Teri on July 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    My grandaughter taught me to take the mixture off when it JUST came to a full boil (and not boil them for 1 minute). I must say she’s right. They were much creamier and not dry like they can be. So just in case you have that problem.. this will fix it. I do think these are marvelous gems!

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  23. Toby on July 3, 2009 at 7:40 am

    These are my favorite! First time I had them was in the 70’s at my Grandmother’s. She called them “mud cookies” but when we started making them the name “no-bakes” seemed to win out.

    When I make them now I just pour them into a lined pan and when set cut them in rectangular pieces.

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  24. Cheryl on July 3, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    OMG I remember these from my childhood! I loved them, thanks for the reminder I must make them!

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  25. Heidi on July 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    My 4 kids and I made these yesterday. We’re in the midst of “Operation-Eat-Up-All-the-Food-in-the-Pantry” so we substituted almond butter and old fashion oats. They were great! I must admit we dug into them before they were fully set, but they were loved by all. They were gone within 24 hours. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Megan on July 12th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Mmmmm….any nut butter would be good in these. I just made some with cashew butter and they are super tasty. Also, soy milk/almond milk/etc instead of cow’s milk works just fine too. My mom has even made them with water, but they do taste a little weak that way.
      I also find this recipe super sweet. I cut the sugar in half (and use unsweetened natural nut butter) and find them plenty sweet enough!

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  26. Martha on July 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Mom use to make these no bake cookies for us when we were kids. Some recipes really stand the test of time. They are perfect for the summer months when it seems too hot to turn on the oven too!

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  27. Michelle on July 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Heidi,

    So glad you and your family enjoyed these! They’re definitely a great recipe to make with the kids. Thanks for coming back and letting me know what you thought!!

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  28. Michelle on July 5, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I love that these cookies have conjured up so many old memories of having these as children or making them with parents or grandparents. I think it’s great when recipes can trigger all sorts of good memories :)

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  29. Stephanie on July 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I made these tonight, and they were a hit! So easy and quick to make!

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  30. Christine on July 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    These look absolutely delicious – they’re so simple and I can eat them! Yum!

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  31. heavenvanw8 on July 10, 2009 at 3:38 am

    it’s a great gift idea…

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  32. Erin Brooks on July 10, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Hey Michelle I want to make these but I don’t have wax paper. Is there a substitute?

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    • Megan on July 12th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Works fine for me on a plain cookie sheet, no liner at all.

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  33. Michelle on July 10, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Erin,

    You can use anything that they would be easy to remove them from – parchment paper or a silpat baking mat would work too. Hope that helps!!

    Happy Baking :)

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    • Teri on March 4th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      You can also use foil, just put it shiny side down. We use to make these all the time when we were kids and we never had waxed paper.

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  34. Erin Brooks on July 10, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    :P Ya I don’t have a silpat either. (I know what kind of a baker am I?) Guess I can’t just use a nonstick pan with pam on it…?

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  35. Michelle on July 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Erin – Definitely try it with a nonstick pan and/or Pam. My only thought is that the cookies may slide a bit, but they should still taste great! If you go that route, please let me know how it worked out! :)

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  36. Madi on August 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I love no bakes !!!!!

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  37. Llama on August 5, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Try adding shredded coconut too.Delish!!!

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  38. melanie on August 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    speaking of these cookies triggering memories: i’m a teenager who has been going to the same camp for 6 years now. we always have no-bakes, and when i made these today it totally brought be back to camp memories. thanks for the recipe!

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  39. Kari on October 27, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I did a search for “No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies” today, and found your site, this is exactly the recipe I was looking for!!! (lost the cookbooks a few years ago, am trying to get back some of my favorites I remember)..

    Thank you, and oh, the pictures are tooooooooo much~ *lol*

    Have any recipes for German Pancakes? :D

    Loved finding this, I will refer my daughters here too!

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  40. Patty Fox on October 30, 2009 at 7:35 am

    LOVE this recipe! I made these cookies this morning and was a bit short on oatmeal so I added about a half cup of Rice Krispies. Very tasty.

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  41. Grace on November 2, 2009 at 10:06 am

    mmm…I’ve made something similar to these before and they taste amazing! Best part is no bake time…but there still is the cooling factor. Anything with peanut butter isn’t likely to go wrong!

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  42. Fn stewart on November 6, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I love this site, made these cookies and the snickerdoodles for the coast guard mechanics that I work with so that I didn’t eat them all myself haha- they loved them! Thanks again for the great site, the guys apreciate it too :)

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  43. calianne on November 11, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    These no bake cookies were great!!!!!!! i am glad i looked these up. I am going to make them for my eighth grade class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  44. jessca on November 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    i love this cookie and have been making it since i was a kid. now when i’m Craving that “sweet and salty” thing. i lay those square pretzles on the wax paper, then plop the mix on top. and they kind of set faster too!

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  45. Marlyn on November 21, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I really love you right now! =) Thanks for sharing the recipe~ This would be useful for that time of the month when you want something fresh and sweet and don’t have the patience to do the hard work! ^_^

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  46. Hiratana on November 28, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Hi!
    Grate cookies ! I’ll definitely make them ^^
    Just a quick question : How long does it take for them to harden and can I put them in the fridge after making them so that I can speed up the process or will hat ruin them? ^^

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  47. Cyndi on December 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Michelle-

    I am totally craving something like this right now, but alas…..all I have are regular oats. Do you think if I gave them a quick whiz in the food processor that I could use those instead of the instant kind?

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  48. Michelle on December 2, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Hi Hiratana,

    Mine took about an hour to set completely, but it will vary depending on the temperature and humidity in your house. You can definitely pop them in the fridge to speed up the process; no harm!

    Enjoy the cookies! :)

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  49. Michelle on December 3, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Hi Cyndi,

    I think running some regular oats through the food processor would be just fine. I think the recipe calls for quick oats since the cookies are not baked and the traditional oats are a bit larger than quick, which would make the texture a little more difficult to chew easily. Enjoy the cookies! :)

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  50. paige Myers on December 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I love no-bake cookies!! my dad loves to make them… its a family tradition!!! but how long do they sit in the fridge?

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