My Favorite No-Bake Cookie Recipe

My favorite no bake cookie recipe (click through for recipe)I’m making good on a promise today. A few readers requested I share my no-bake cookie recipe on the blog sometime. Which, of course, gives me an opportunity to make and eat more cookies, so I promised I would. 

My favorite no bake cookie recipe (click through for recipe) I really can’t claim this is entirely MY recipe. It’s really my mom’s. She makes the best no-bake cookies, as it was a childhood staple because we would not turn on the oven during the hot summer months. But we still needed cookies (needed? Okay, maybe just really wanted), so no-bake cookies it was.

There have been a couple times this summer I’ve made a batch of these and posted a photo on Instagram. I loved seeing all the comments because it turns out these cookies go by all sorts of names. Some people call them “cow patty cookies.” Which, growing up visiting my grandfather’s cattle farm often, I can see what they are saying. 🙂 

And on that appetizing thought, let’s make cookies!

How to make no bake cookiesNo-Bake Cookies, makes about one dozen.

1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon coarse grain sea salt (optional)

I like to already have my peanut butter and oats measured out in separate bowls or containers. It’s good to have them ready to go because once it’s time for them, you better have them ready.

Best no bake cookie recipeIn a medium pot, begin melting the butter over medium heat. Just before it’s all melted, add in the milk, sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon if using. Stir this together so it’s well combined. Now turn up the heat. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, begin a timer (I used my phone). Allow the mixture to cook a full two minutes. While you wait make sure everything is ready as you want to work very quickly after these two minutes as the mixture will then begin to harden up (as it should) soon after.

Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and peanut butter. Once the peanut butter is mixed in, stir in the oats. Quickly plop the mixture into small mounds on wax paper, topping with a little sea salt if using.

My favorite no bake cookie recipe (click through for recipe) If your batter seems too runny, before plopping the cookies onto the wax paper, add another handful (or two) of oats and stir those in. It’s better for the mixture to be a little too runny than too dry, but once you’ve made these once or twice you’ll get the hang of it. They are so easy, fast, and addictive. Enjoy! xo. Emma

P.S. To change up the flavor, you can add a handful of chopped coconut flakes or nuts. (Can you tell I’ve made these a lot?)

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No-Bake Cookies

Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon coarse grain sea salt optional

Instructions

  1. I like to already have my peanut butter and oats measured out in separate bowls or containers. It's good to have them ready to go because once it's time for them, you better have them ready.
  2. In a medium pot, begin melting the butter over medium heat. Just before it's all melted, add in the milk, sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon if using. Stir this together so it's well combined. Now turn up the heat. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, begin a timer (I used my phone). Allow the mixture to cook a full two minutes.

  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and peanut butter. Once the peanut butter is mixed in, stir in the oats. Quickly plop the mixture into small mounds on wax paper, topping with a little sea salt if using.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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  • I made these today and good gracious I need to make them all the time! Like, seriously, I need them in my house at all times. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • This is the same recipe that I’ve been using for years. The first time I made them by myself was for a speech class in high school. A teacher down the hall was allergic to peanuts and had to go home because of this recipe.
    For the past year or so I’ve been making these vegan by subbing coconut butter and oat milk and they taste just as good. Also, I’ll sometimes add a tiny amount of Cayenne pepper for a bit of heat.

  • No wheat flour + no bake cookies = all round yay! With a wheat allergy, it’s hard to come across no-bake recipes that also don’t taste a bit like dust. can’t wait to give this a try with a big batch! I’m definitely throwing in some shredded coconut for extra yum, because peanut butter and coconut … how can you not?
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  • Why is there a bottle of syrup next to the ingredients there?? Secret ingredient possibly?? What’s the scoop?

  • no bake cookies are my favourite – not only are they so easy, they’re nostalgic and therefore so comforting!
    xx

  • O I love these cookies! My mom, sis, and I would make these all the time. We always used coconut. Haven’t tried e peanut butter before…so going to have to! Thanks!

    Kelli
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  • YUMMY! This sounds so delicious. I definitely want to try these. I want to make them now but first I need to go get the ingredients. Haha!

  • Wow, this looks too good to be no-bake! Definitely trying this out soon, thanks for the recipe 🙂

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  • Those seem like they’d be amazing! And really good for whipping up something quickly, on account of the no-baking feature! Very cool. Pinned!

  • These cookies are some of my favorite! I haven’t thought about them for a while. I’m so glad for the reminder cause now I really want some

  • I have been making a version of these for Christmas for years I love them. Do you think it would be possible to make pumpkin flavored ones?

  • I tried these but they did not harden at all, batter was too thick and very dry at first so I tried adding some milk but I must have added too much, and it was very runny, tried adding oats like the recipe suggested but it didn’t change much. So I added some apples and am making a strudel, its in the oven and it smells fantastic, am really looking forward to it. Gonna try them again soon though, might have not let it thicken long enough/too long.

  • “No-Bake” recipe is my favorite as it’s easier for beginner like me 😉 i hope ABM post more about it 😀 Thank You.

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  • Or almond butter? My husband isn’t a big fan of peanuts, but these cookies take me back to my childhood and I just want to make some RIGHT now! 🙂

    <3 dani

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  • The recipe is so straightforward that it makes me want to have a go! I’m usually not one for cooking otherwise 😛
    Seeing these has made me hungry, they look delicious!!

    Ayesha xxx
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  • I make these sometimes too, their great. It’s true that once you get the hang of it it’s so easy to make modifications adding other ingredients like nuts or raisins.. I have to try it with some coconut, I hadn’t thought of that!

  • I had to laugh when I saw this because I am eating these right now. I make at least 3 batches of these a week because I (we) love them so much!!

  • I’m not positive, as I’ve never tried it. BUT, I have a hunch it may work as the peanut butter is added after all the “cooking” is done, so it’s more adding flavor and a little more thickness to the batter, which I think sunflower butter would likely be able to do just as well.

    If you try it please let us know how it went. Thanks!

    -Emma

  • Such a great recipe! LOVE the no-bake option! It may be September, but it’s still hot!

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  • Yum! Summer is just hitting us here in Australia, so these have come at the right time! Thanks! 🙂

  • No-bake cookies are awesome, especially when they’re straight from the freezer!

  • Yum! These look delicious. I’m thinking about making something similar to this soon!

  • This sounds amazing! I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter, so I was thinking about substituting it for Nutella instead. Nutella makes pretty much everything better 🙂

    Cat
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  • These look so delicious and I love two things about them “no bake” and “peanut butter”!!! definitely going to try them this week! I think I might have 80% of the ingredients at home already 🙂

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  • This is basically my favorite no-bake recipe too (sans cinnamon)!!
    My college dining hall usually had something like these for lunch a few times a week, so when my friends and I moved out of the dorms, I looked up a recipe and started making these from time to time because no-bake peanut butter and chocolate cookies were the one thing we really missed. These really couldn’t be any easier/tastier! Glad the masses now know about this recipe too 😉
    -E

  • My best friend’s mom used to make cookies just like these all the time when we were growing up! They’re easy to make and soooo delicious. These are nostalgia in cookie form for me. 🙂

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  • Those cookies look so yummy! I think that I’m going to make them because they look so delicious.

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    XOXO, Susy

  • My mom has a similar recipe, minus the peanut butter, and it was a godsend to me, being a frequent baker, and living in Fiji with no oven. Once, I replaced all the cocoa powder with cinnamon and it was magical.

  • No bake anything is seriously the best! These look amazing!

  • Wondering if you can substitute PB with sunflower butter for peanut allergies, thoughts?

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