Deliciously chewy No Bake Cookies are made in minutes! These simple, yummy cookies will become a go-to treat.
No Bake for the win!
We love to make cookies all year long! One of our favorite recipes to make, especially in the summer, is our classic No Bake Cookie recipe, along with our Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies! They’re simple, quick and I don’t have to turn on the oven.
Whenever we are looking for a quick treat, the kids like to join me in the kitchen to whip up a batch of these easy No Bake Cookies (trust me when I say they are beyond easy!)
They take less than 10 minutes to make (start to finish). The result is a super delicious and simple treat, perfect for an after-school snack, a party, or even an upcoming cookie exchange.
If you’ve had these oatmeal no bakes before, you know that they’re easy and quite addicting!
How to Make No Bake Cookies
The ingredients for the best No Bake Cookies are ones we usually always have on hand – no flour or eggs required! We hope you have them on hand too, because you’ll love how simple these chocolate peanut butter goodies are. All you need:
- unsalted butter
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- peanut butter
- quick oats
BOIL. Add butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder to a saucepan. Bring to a boil for 1 minute over medium heat.
MIX. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Add the oats and stir.
SCOOP. Use a cookie scoop to drop heaps of the mixture onto wax paper or parchment paper.
COOL. Let cool. Try not to eat a dozen of these guys!
This No Bake Cookies recipe is very accommodating when other ingredients are used. However, keep in mind that results may vary a little more with each substitution.
- Butter can be replaced with an equal amount of margarine or coconut oil.
- 2% Milk. Skim, whole milk, or even almond milk works.
- Cocoa powder. Use natural cocoa powder, cacao powder, or Dutch processed cocoa. Just be sure that it is unsweetened.
- Peanut Butter. Creamy peanut butter makes for the best consistency (in my humble opinion). If you use crunchy pb, add an extra ¼-½, c or the cookies can turn out dry. I’ve never used natural peanut butter, but if you do, make sure it’s well-stirred and not oily.
- Oats. Quick cooking oats are smaller and absorb the liquid easier, which makes the cookies softer and chewier. With old fashioned oats, the cookies will have a less chewy, oat-y texture. For a gluten-free cookie be sure that you buy gluten-free oats.
Soft No Bake Cookies. If your cookies are too soft, be sure that you brought the mixture to a full boil for 1 minute.
Another factor is the temperature of the kitchen. If there’s any humidity, these cookies can take up to an hour to set. Try putting them in the fridge or freezer to see if the cold helps them set. This usually does the trick!
Use a timer. Keep a timer on hand. Start the 1-minute countdown as soon as the mixture comes to a FULL boil. This will help insure you get the mixture off the stove within that “perfect consistency” window. If it doesn’t cook long enough, the cookies won’t set. If they cook too long, they will be a crumbly mess.
Candy thermometer. If you’re worried about over or undercooking the liquid mixture, use a candy thermometer. The mixture is done when it reaches 235-240°F.
Ice water test. Another method is the classic “ice water test”. Once you’ve cooked the mixture for a minute, drop a small spoonful into the ice water. If it forms a small, squishy ball as it cools, it’s done.
Dry crumbly Cookies. Dry crumbly cookies can be a result of boiling the mixture too long. You really need to reach the perfect temperature. The liquid mixture may seem like it can handle extra oats, but it will only yield a drier cookie.
more no bakeS + STORING TIPS
No Bake Cookies are especially nice to have on hand in the summer months when you want a nice, homemade treat that doesn’t require turning on the oven. Here are some more of our favorites:
- Avalanche Cookies
- Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chews
- Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
STORE at room temperature, in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Storing them in the fridge will make them last longer, but is not required.
FREEZE. No bake cookies can also be frozen. Unlike baked cookies that can last for several weeks in the freezer, these no bake cookies will only last for 3-4 weeks.
For more no bake treats, check out:
- No Bake Strawberry Shortcake
- No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
- No Bake Cheesecake Bars
- Snickers No Bake Cheesecake
- No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
No Bake Cookies Recipe
- Add butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder to a saucepan and bring to a boil for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Stir in your oats.
- Drop heaping tablespoons onto wax paper (and spread a little bit if wanted). Let cool and set up before eating.