No-Bake Cookies are a tried and true chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies made with oats. Everything is done on the stove so you don’t need to turn on your oven for this dessert

No-Bake Cookies


These cookies can probably be traced back to Eve. My mom made these growing up and I always made them in college. There are many versions but this is actually my old roommate Lisa’s recipe.

John made me promise years ago that I would only make these once a year since he can’t help himself from eating the whole batch. I’m always surprised when I find people who have never heard of them. If you’ve never heard of them, you are the LAST person to not have this recipe. No worries. Now you do!

In this last HOT month of summer I’ve had a lot of requests for No-Bake recipes so I added a label on the left for all of the recipes that don’t require you to turn your house into an oven. But between you and me, I’m not against using my oven even in these melting hot temperatures.

My husband keeps our house at Arctic cold temperatures so the only way I can get a little warmth in my bones without blatantly turning up the thermostat is to turn on the oven. Shhh…it’s a secret.

No-Bake Cookies


  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Cocoa
  • Oats
  • Peanut butter
  • Vanilla

No-Bake Cookies


In this step the sugar mixture is boiled. The mixture should be brought to a boil and then timed for one minute. 

Two things to avoid:

  • If you don’t boil it long enough, the cookies will not set up.
  • If you boil it too long the cookies will be dry and crumbly.

No-Bake Cookies

Stir in the oats, peanut butter, and vanilla.

No-Bake CookiesUsing a ccokie scooper helps to make these all uniform in size.

No-Bake Cookies


No-Bake Cookies

No-Bake Cookies

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No-Bake Cookies are a tried and true chocolate peanut butter cookies made with oats. Everything is done on the stove so you don't need to turn on your oven. 

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 18 cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 cups old-fashioned or quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Bring butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa to a boil for one minute. To make sure cookies set up properly wait until mixture comes to a complete FULL boil and then start the timer for one minute. Remove from heat.
  • Add peanut butter, vanilla, and oats. Stir well and drop spoonfuls onto waxed paper or parchment paper. Let them set up and cool.


Source: Lisa Pouslen
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
No-Bake Cookies