No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies! Such a classic after-school (or work) snack! Cocoa powder, peanut butter, oats, sugar, butter, and milk.

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Photography Credit: Cindy Rahe

No bake cookies will always and forever remind me of my mom, who made tons of them when my brother and I were teenagers — probably because they were super easy, could be made with pantry staples, and were perfect for that time between extra-curriculars and dinner.

Plus, they included both cocoa and peanut butter, which is basically one of the best combinations ever.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake CookiesJust like the cookies of my youth, the ones I’m sharing today are easy to make with just a few ingredients.

They’re full of oats, and have a flavor almost like peanut butter brownies but with a texture that’s more like pecan sandies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake CookiesThe recipe is similar to the one my mom used, but with a little less sugar and a little more cocoa. I suggest using your favorite brands of cocoa and peanut butter in these – these ingredients give the most flavor to the cookies, so using something you like will make the difference!

Lastly, because I can’t help myself, I drizzle these cookies with some extra peanut butter at the end.

No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 3 minutes
  • Chilling time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 to 20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)

For the peanut butter drizzle (optional):

  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

Special equipment:

Method

1 Line a baking sheet with parchment and set to the side.

2 Make and mix the cookie base: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa powder. Cook until the sugar and butter are melted, stirring to combine.

Bring the mixture to a boil, and then continue to boil for 1 minute.

Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the rolled oats.

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3 Scoop the cookies: Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop and place the cookie dough on the lined parchment baking sheet. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, use a tablespoon measure and scoop well-mounded tablespoons of dough for each cookie.

You can either leave them the shape of the scoop or shape them by gently rolling and flattening between your palms.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

4 Make the peanut butter drizzle (optional): If you'd like to add the peanut butter drizzle, melt the peanut butter and coconut oil together in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir to combine, then drizzle over the cookies using a spoon.

Skip this drizzle if you're planning to pack up the cookies for eating on the go; the drizzle softens a little when the cookies are at room temperature, which can make them a little messy when eating on the go.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

5 Refrigerate for 20 minutes to firm up the cookies and set the drizzle. Transfer to an airtight container.

Cookies will keep for about a week at room temperature, or a month if refrigerated. If you added the peanut butter drizzle, keep refrigerated so the drizzle stays firm.

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Cindy Rahe

Cindy Rahe is the recipe maker and picture taker behind Hungry Girl por Vida. She loves to bake from scratch and make things that taste as good as they look. Cindy was born near Seoul but grew up in California and Nevada. She believes strongly in homemade birthday cakes, creamy coffee, and making room for dessert.

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6 Comments

  1. Cathey Cook

    I enjoyed reading your recipe. I make a similar one but use only 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup fewer oats. I do also decease the milk by about 2 Tbsp. and they firm up nicely. Thank you so much for posting.

  2. Dee

    Could you leave out the cocoa for those of us who don’t care for chocolate? Would I need to sub in another dry ingredient? Thanks!

    • Cindy

      Hi Dee! Cindy here, I have not tested this recipe with anything other than cocoa powder. That said, I don’t have a good recommendation for an alternative. I’m so sorry! Does anyone else have a suggestion??

  3. 2pots2cook

    Now this was made for my son and me. It is 102 F out here and this no bake is what I call Perfect Timing dear ! Thank you so much !

  4. Leslie

    I am drooling right now! These look SO good and fairly simple to make. I am going to pin them to give em’ a try.

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