No Bake Cookies

These Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies have been a staple in my household since a friend shared the recipe with me over a decade ago. They're simple to make with just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have on hand. These cookies are made without flour and eggs.
Course Dessert, cookies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 22 cookies
Calories 195kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • ½ cup salted butter cut into Tablespoon-sized pieces (113g)
  • ½ cup whole milk (120ml)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed (200g)
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (25g)
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter (165g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups instant oats (285g


  • Prepare two cookie sheets by lining with wax paper and set aside.
  • Combine butter, milk, sugars, and cocoa powder in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat.  
  • Stir ingredients frequently until butter is completely melted (I recommend using a long wooden spoon as a metal spoon can become really hot).
  • Increase heat to medium and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil.
  • Boil, still stirring constantly, for 1 minute (I recommend using a timer, see post for more details on why it's important to not over or under-boil) then remove from heat. Continue to stir the mixture for several seconds.
  • Add peanut butter and vanilla extract, stirring until peanut butter is completely combined and melted into the mixture.
  • Add oats and stir until coated in chocolate.
  • Drop no bake cookie mixture by approximately 1 ½-2 Tablespoon-sized spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.
  • Allow to cool (approximately 20-30 minutes) before serving, the cookies will harden as they cool.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 195kcal