Easy No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

by Vicky
12 Cookies
15 min

The classic beloved no-bake oatmeal cookie. It’s the perfect blend of chocolate and peanut butter. Not only did I love it as a child, but now my own kids love it too! In fact it’s LittleChef1 and LittleChef4’s favorite cookie. That’s super great for me because it’s so very quick. My oven is on several times a week, no matter the season. But it’s much easier not to heat up the oven in the summer and still have a sweet treat!

I’m sure everyone has eaten this cookie before, it’s the only cookie I remember actually making during my childhood. So I know the recipe is old since I’m not a spring chicken anymore 🙂

I love that it’s gluten free so I can happily eat it with the kids, if there are any left! This is a hard to resist cookie and even harder to wait for it to cool and set up!

LittleChefTip: Use a smaller spoon or cookie scoop for smaller cookies. That way when your kid wants to eat more than one, you can just smile and say okay. They will think you’re the greatest Mom in the world and only you will know you cut the portion size in half, LOL!


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Easy No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe details
  • 12  Cookies
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats

Add the first five ingredients to a saucepan.
Bring to a rapid boil and let boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat.
Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth, then stir in the oats.
Use a Large Tablespoon or Cookie Scoop, drop onto wax paper.
Let cool until set.
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  • Mlee Mlee on Jun 09, 2021

    OMG! I remember eating these cookies in the cafeteria at school growing up! I’d buy lunch when they were on the menu no matter what else they were serving! Thanks for bringing back that memory!

  • Ethel Schuler Ethel Schuler on Jul 01, 2021

    My recipe is the same but I add coconut and chopped walnuts.

    • Lilu Lilu on Jul 01, 2022

      I do too, but I also add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, yummy!