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Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

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 I fell hard for these Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies while babysitting decades ago. They’re so easy to make, with no oven needed. Plus, they’re a speedy way to get your chocolate peanut butter fix!

Despite having 3 younger sisters, I’m not so sure I was the world’s greatest babysitter. I remember being hired by a family around the block. The little guy was in a deep sleep before I arrived. So what’s a girl to do. This was before there were baby monitors, so I didn’t want to have the TV on. Or at least not on very loud. I roamed the house and found a pot sitting on the stovetop full of classic no-bake cookie batter. Since I knew it was meant for me, and I felt obligated to sample. Instantly smitten, my first taste of No Bake Oatmeal Cookies sold me.

Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies in a white bowl with two cookies in the foreground

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Over the years, I’ve had different varieties of no-bake cookies—some with coconut, some without peanut butter, and I happen to enjoy them all. They are super sweet and always conjure up memories of those tween-ager years when I could load up on sugar and burn it off in an instant! These No-Bake Oatmeal  Cookies are enhanced by both peanut butter and chocolate!

Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies in a white ceramic bowl with a lid in the background

Tips for Making the Best No-Bake Cookie Recipe

Totally made in a saucepan, these chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies are quick and easy. I used quick oats, but old fashioned rolled oats could work, too. It all depends on the texture you prefer. The sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa are brought to a boil in a large saucepan.

PRO-Tip: Essential to success is to wait until this mixture comes to a full, rolling boil, and let it boil for a full minute.

If you’re a bit uncertain, this is when a Candy Thermometer comes in handy. The goal temperature is 228° even though using a thermometer complicates what is a very simple recipe! After the minute is up, remove from the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.

For equally portioned cookies, I use a Medium Cookie Scoop and scoop rounds of this chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookie batter onto a parchment-lined Half Sheet Pan.

If your no-bake oatmeal cookies look more like amoebas than circles, tap the sides with a spatula while the mixture is still warm. That’s a super trick for any misshapen cookie that is fresh out of the oven.

Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies on a round white plate with a bowl of cookies in the background

More Easy Cookie Recipes:

These Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies will be the speediest dessert you’ll ever make, but here are a few more easy cookie recipes.

Ingredients for Your  Classic No Bake Cookie Recipe Shopping List:

  • Kitchen Staples: Sugar, Milk, Butter, Vanilla Extract
  • Quick Oats (not Old-Fashioned Oatmeal)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

A super easy cookie recipe with that fabulous pairing of chocolate and peanut butter.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Yield 3 dozen


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups quick oats, NOT old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup peanut butter, smooth
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture is boiling, let it boil for one full minute, then remove from heat.
  3. Add the oatmeal, peanut butter, and vanilla and stir until well combined.
  4. Using a medium cookie disher/scoop, scoop out tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Let rest at room temperature until cool.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g


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65 comments on “Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies”

  1. I love fuss free recipes. These cookies look fantastic and cool video too, Liz.

  2. I’ve seen these cookies before but have never tried them… I think it’s time:@)

  3. What a funny story about your first experience with these cookies. And I am the oldest of 4 myself–so always was hired out to baby-sit.

  4. oh yes a great childhood memory mom always made these yours look perfect!

  5. These look awesome Liz. JT loves PB and chocolate and having the oats makes them feel a little healthy! You always have such great tips, thanks!

  6. Perfect for the road ! Thank you !

  7. OMG these are one of my favorite cookies EVER! My sister and I were absolutely obsessed with them growing up. Forget chocolate chip, these were all we ever asked for 🙂

  8. Love No Bake Cookies! They’re perfect for when unexpected guests show and you need a sweet treat!

  9. These look so yummy! Love no-bake cookies!

  10. Fast, yummy, delish and involves chocolate and peanut butter! YES! And let’s not forget oatmeal–I love to use oatmeal in everything! 😀 Definitely a classic everyone loves!

  11. This is the perfect way to get my chocolate PB fix! Love these bites!

  12. These look yummy. I love that they are a no-bake cookie.

  13. Can’t believe I’ve never made these no bake cookies. That’s about to change – they look wonderful!

  14. Chocolate AND nobake? You are speaking my language!

  15. I love that you learned this during your babysitting days, Liz! I’m going to make these with my daughter!

  16. Wow, I just know we will love these!! Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my crew’s favorite things! IYum!

  17. You just can’t beat peanut butter + chocolate!

  18. We made these when I was growing up, they were called “Charlie Brown’s”. We love these. Glad to have this recipe. I still have my original one, I got while in school as a kid.

  19. These are so easy and delicious! My favorite combination!

  20. Did this recipe every bring back memories. A friend here in Aspen used to make these as part of her “Christmas Cookie Box” to hand out to her friends over the holidays. Michael and I waited for that box to arrive at our doorstep. Being the selfish person I am, I separated these chocolate peanut butter drops out for myself (there were enough other varieties in the box to please my hubby). Eventually her list got too long, she couldn’t keep up with the demand and she stopped doing it. We’ve both lost our husbands now but not the memories so think I’ll make a batch or two of these and she and I will relive good times. Memo to Liz: I was a lousy babysitter. Only did it once.

  21. Looks like I need to dig out my candy thermometer!

  22. Can I omit the peanut butter and would I need to add more oats?

    • Hi, Cj,
      I just checked out another no-bake cookie recipe without peanut butter. The ingredients were all the same except for only 3 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. I haven’t tested it, but it might work for you!

  23. no bake cookies are one of my favorites! They look amazinggggg!

  24. Liz, my husband doesn’t like peanutbutter, what could I use in place of it? Could I do without and still have it come together and form cookie?

    • Karen, I answered this same question for another reader. Here’s what I wrote: I just checked out another no-bake cookie recipe without peanut butter. The ingredients were all the same except for only 3 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. I haven’t tested it, but it might work for you!

  25. Why do they sometimes come out very chewy/sticky and sometimes they set up perfectly?
    I’ve been making these for years and it’s hit or miss for me on how they will set up.
    Thanks for any suggestions.

    • Hi, Allen,
      I’m no expert, but it could be anything from the temperature in your kitchen to the boiling time of the batter. First I’d make sure your mixture is at a good boil for a full minute (that’s what most of the recipes recommend to make sure they set up). If that doesn’t work, get a candy thermometer and make sure the mixture gets to the proper temperature (listed in my recipe). Hope that helps!

  26. Of course, the chocolate-peanut combo is irresistible, and we’re definitely trying these out dear Liz, especially now that’s autumn and our sugar cravings are quite strong:):)
    Thanx for (another) super yummy recipe!

  27. I have trouble with milk, can I use almond milk or coconut milk?

  28. Cookie are sticky, not hard up. What my problem

    • Russ, from my research, it’s important that the mixture is at a full boil for 1 minute. It’s possible the batter did not get up to the proper temperature. Good luck!

  29. LOVE no bakes! I used half the butter and half the peanut butter, and replaced milk with almond milk for a teensy bit healthier recipe. Boil for 3mins. Good stuff!

  30. I grew up making these with mom. First no bake ever cookie treat! love them great nostalgia thanks for memories

  31. I’ve never tried a “No bake” before. Looks yummy!!

  32. These were my all-time favorite cookies when I was a kid and I probably made them more than any other cookie! They are so yummy and such a tasty treat! Love that you shared this recipe!

  33. Those are brilliant! I had not tried no-bake cookies in the past but I love the idea especially when it’s too hot to turn on the oven.

  34. No bake is perfect for me. I have a tiny kitchen in a small apartment and turning on the oven really heats things up (which I don’t need in Miami.) I love that this uses cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate chips, too.

  35. WOW!!!
    These were such a hit with my boys and their friends.
    I packed a box up to take to the park as a snack and I didn’t have any to bring home!
    Great recipe 😀

  36. These cookies are always a hit!

  37. I LOVED these as a kid! Thanks for posting! I’m so inspired to make them now! 

  38. Oops, my rating didn’t post the first time! 

  39. Anything chocolate and peanut butter is a winner in my book! I may just have to make these tonight since I actually have the ingredients…

  40. These are my favorite cookies to have on hand at all times!

  41. This may just be my favourite kind of cookie! 

  42. I love keeping these no bake cookies in my house, especially in the summer when it’s too hot to put the oven on!

  43. I just made these again for my kids’ lunch boxes!

  44. My sister in law just made these and brought them over and now I can’t wait to make them! I love no bake cookies!

  45. I am so happy I found this recipe! I made it with almond butter and they didn’t last very long! 🙂

  46. We all LOVED these no-bakes (kids and adults)!! We’ve been making them for years and years, but this is the first recipe I’ve found that calls for a Tablespoon of vanilla vs a teaspoon. I’m convinced that made the difference! The consistency was perfect, and they tasted fabulous! We devoured them! Definitely will return to this recipe for our next go at no-bakes! Thanks for sharing!

  47. Hey Liz, This brought back so many memories. My mother and grandmother made these for us. For a treat, they would serve it warm over ice cream. Oh my.

  48. I heard the sugar could be substituted for honey. Do you know how much honey equals to 2 cups of sugar

    • Hi, Mildred, generally you can replace the 2 cups of sugar for 1 to 1 1/3 cup honey. (1 cup sugar = 1/2 to 2/3 cups honey). BUT, I’m not sure how that will work with no bake cookies. Like whether they will set up as well once they are cool. If you do try the substitution, let me know how it works!

  49. This is my go to cookie recipe in the hot summer months! My kids LOVE these and I love how easy they are to make. Thanks Liz for a great recipe!

  50. This are delicious! So easy to make and my girls loved helping with the “baking” (and the eating).

  51. sweet treat didn’t take very long to make it was very good and it’s going to be the hit of the party I’m really appreciative to the recipe thank you again it is going to be delicious peanut butter chocolate it’s all good thank you very much again

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