Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Chocolate No Bake Cookies are a classic recipe that is made with simple ingredients like quick cook oats, cocoa and peanut butter. Easy to make and so delicious, they are the perfect indulgent snack.

Chocolate No Bake Cookies, stacked on a plate

When you’re craving chocolate and there’s nothing chocolate in your house…these are the cookies you turn to. They have a fudge like quality in an easy to make, totally indulgent no bake cookie. I’ll even bet you five dollars that you have all seven ingredients already in your pantry!

  • Cocoa powder
  • Peanut butter
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Quick Cook Oats (not the old fashioned or instant – this is important!)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla

Did I win??

What I love about these cookies is they are similar in taste and texture to a peanut butter fudge. They hold together and don’t melt in your fingers and have a nice, hearty texture. Plus they take hardly any time at all – just try to keep yourself from eating the batter straight out of the pan; it’s hot. Not that I would know anything about that…

Chocolate No Bake Cookies stacked on a plate with one cookie split in half

So how do you make No Bake Cookies?

These Chocolate No Bake Cookies couldn’t be simpler. Now I don’t claim this recipe to be my own; it’s been around for ages and I don’t know it’s origin. However I have learned a few tricks to making the process go smoothly so I’m going to share those with you today.

  1. Measure out all the ingredients before hand. The batter is made pretty quickly, so to simplify the process, it’s good to have everything on hand and ready to go.
  2. Pay close attention when the sugar and butter are coming to a boil, once at the boil stage it goes fast and can burn quickly if you don’t. While it’s boiling, stir constantly.
  3. Only use Quick Cooking Oats. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make with these cookies. The instant oats will immediately turn to mush and old fashioned oats will not soften enough to be edible. The quick cook oats will soften as they stand for several minutes in the hot chocolate mixture and once cooling on the baking sheet. They will hold their sheet but have a pleasant texture.
  4. Use a good quality nonstick pan (aff) for the sugar/cocoa/butter mixture. I have found that this works much better than stainless, which tends to burn quickly.

Chocolate No Bake Cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet

When dropping the no bake cookies on the cookie sheet I will almost always use a large cookie scoop (aff) for nice, big cookies. It will make about 15-16 cookies this way. If you want more cookies, try a small scoop, and for a more rustic look, just scoop with a spoon.

Chocolate No Bake Cookies spread out on a plate

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A stack of chocolate oat cookies

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Chocolate No Bake Cookies are a simple, classic dessert recipe that takes hardly any time at all!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 15 cookies
Calories 251kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3/4 cups quick-cook oats

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and pinch of salt until smooth.
  • Stir in quick-cook oats. *Do not use regular oats or instant, only quick-cook oats.
  • Let stand for a few minutes for the oats to absorb, then drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

  1. *Pro Tip: Pre-measure all of the ingredients and have them standing by. The cooking process moves quickly so it helps to have everything ready to go.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 121mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 236IUCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg

Here’s another delicious no bake recipe that we love:

No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

This No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Pie is fast, easy, and filled with chocolate chips and mint candies. It's the perfect summer night treat!

And be sure to try these other delicious no bake treats:

No Bake S’mores Pie

No Bake Almond Joy Pound Cake

No Bake Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake

Chocolate No Bake Cookies stacked on a plate (title image)

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. thank you for your help today it will make someone’s Valentine’s Day very special as I hope yours is a special one to

  2. My first time making the no bake cookie…They came out really chocolatey and slightly fudgie just as you said. Perfectly easy recipe with great results.