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No Bake Cookies

no bake cookies on white parchment paper

These No-Bake Cookies have been passed down my husband’s family for 50 years! One pot and 10 minutes later, you have a beloved sweet treat!

If you have been looking for that perfect No Bake Cookie recipe that incorporates chocolate, peanut butter, and oats, you’ve found it! This is a well-loved cookie recipe in my family that is easy, fast, and most of all delicious.

stack of no bake cookies on grey plate

Ingredients for No Bake Cookies

You only need 7 ingredients to make these easy no bake cookies. Chances are you already have them too! Here’s what you need:

  • Butter – I usually use salted butter for its flavor! Butter helps all of the other fats (milk and peanut butter) combine.
  • Milk – adds creaminess and helps dissolve the dry ingredients.
  • Sugar – to sweeten and create a sticky-sweet sauce.
  • Rolled Oats – for best results use rolled oats. You can also use quick-cooking oats however, you’ll need to reduce the amount used for 1/4 cup.
  • Cocoa Powder – unsweetened cocoa powder to be exact. And for a richer flavor, use dark chocolate cocoa powder.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – I would recommend staying away from natural peanut butter for this recipe. Stick to Jif or Skippy.
  • Vanilla Extract – to flavor!

Tips and Tricks

To make the best no bake cookies ever follow these tips and tricks! Trust me, after 50 years of making these cookies, they have been perfected.

  • Pre-Measure Ingredients: this recipe is a quick one, so I would recommend pre-measuring your ingredients to have them ready to go! This would be a great activity to do with your kids.
  • Use Real Butter: aka don’t use margarine, the flavor and contents of margarine are too different from butter to work in this recipe.
  • Boiling: be sure to bring the mixture to a full boil, not simmering! This is so important for the sugar to dissolve so the no bake cookies set correctly.
  • Set a Timer: once that mixture is boiling, set a timer for exactly a minute! No more no less. One minute is the magic number.
no bake cookies setting on baking pan

How to Make No Bake Cookies

This is a quick and easy no bake cookies recipe that is made in one pot, so have your ingredients measured and ready! For full details see the recipe card down below.

  1. Line two baking sheets with wax paper or silicone mats (this is where the hot cookie “dough” will cool. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, add butter, milk, and sugar over heat. Bring to a boil, then stir while cooking for a minute.
  3. Remove mixture from heat and immediately mix in all other ingredients.
  4. Once thoroughly mixed, scoop hot mixture into cookies onto the prepared baking sheets. Cool until set, then enjoy!
bite taken out of no bake cookie on white parchment paper with milk

More Cookie Recipes to Try!

There you go folks! Perfect No Bake Cookies in no time flat.

The printable recipe card is below, enjoy 🙂

stack of no bake cookies on grey plate

No Bake Cookies

These No-Bake Cookies have been passed down my husband’s family for 50 years! One pot and 10 minutes later, you have a beloved sweet treat!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Cool Time 10 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 176 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder or dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Line two baking sheets with wax paper or silicone mats (this is where the hot cookie “dough” will cool. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, add butter, milk, and sugar over heat. Bring to a boil, then stir while cooking for one minute.
  • Remove mixture from heat and immediately mix in all other ingredients.
  • Once thoroughly mixed, scoop hot mixture into cookies onto the prepared baking sheets. Cool until set, then enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 177IUCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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1 Comment

  • Teresa
    September 24, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Remove the peanut butter and you have a very sweet and yummy cookie.

    Reply

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