Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

What could be better than an indulgent dessert made from ingredients you have sitting in your pantry and that never needs to go into the[ oven? These cookies take just minutes of work; most of the time is spent waiting for them to harden into the rich, nutty, chocolaty delights that they are.]

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
about 60 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Large pinch kosher salt
Directions
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment.

  • Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, then let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.

  • Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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This is what I used to make. Lost the recipe book.  Thanks!<div><br /></div><div>TIP: DO NOT  use the butter or margarine in a plastic container.  The oil that makes the stuff stay soft will NOT let the cookie mixture properly set and you will be left with gooey masses of what looks like cow pies.  Not good.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
So yummy! This has been a favorite of mine for at least 5 years. Highly recommend! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are SO yummy!! My recommendation is to prepare these no-bake cookies exactly as the recipe states. Our family enjoyed them immensely. We even made a second batch, at 1AM on a school night, the following week...because we couldn't stop thinking of how delicious they were...and we wanted more, more, more!!! hee hee  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this recipe but the cookies were too sweet and I absolutely love sweets. They also had too much of a vanilla flavor. So I would suggest to use less sugar and vanilla than the recipe calls for.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Taste is okay but it did not set properly. Maybe less milk and boil a bit longer.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love! They were super sweet though and I only used one cup of sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and delicious. Big hit with the kids.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the best no bake recipes I have ever made.  I do think I could have used 1\4 cup less sugar and been fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
<div>Any chance you could use water instead of milk? We never have all of the ingredients when we want to make something good. -_<br /></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing cookies! I've made this recipe several times, and they always turn out tasting so good. They are also very easy to make for kids/teens! The only thing to keep in mind, is that this recipe never produces 60 cookies... I think the most that I have ever been able to make with the measurements in this recipe, are 20-25 very small cookies. Other than that, by far the best no-bakes I've ever had! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love making these cookies. Personally, I think they are better after they've set out for thirty minutes and then in the refrigerator for several hours. I don't see what's wrong with the peanut butter amount. Mine always taste more chocolate-y.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely perfect just like grandma used to make. My double batch didn't sit around long enough to even finish setting :-) very happy family item not reviewed by moderator and published
<span>I've tried this recipe twice now and both times it's turned out absolutely perfectly.  I made NO changes to the ingredients and I made NO changes to the instructions.</span><br /><br /><span>Here's some advice for people getting runny results:  Be sure to use a FULL ROLLING BOIL when you start your countdown.  This takes high heat and constant stirring to avoid scalding the bottom.  This type of boil is essential for making fudge, which is essentially what these are.  If you start counting down when bubbles are just barely breaking the surface then you've started WAY too early and you're going to end up with nasty runny goop.</span><br /><br /><span>Hope this helps!</span><br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly and the results were inedible for me personally. The texture was great but there was waaaaaaaaay to much peanut. So much peanut in fact that I couldn't taste the chocolate even after adding an extra half cup of coco and had to throw the batch out. This recipe will be great if you want essentially a peanut butter cookie but if not I suggest using only a half cup peanut butter.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for my husband today. They came out so amazing :-) this is a great recipe for somebody with a sweet tooth... quick and easy :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can I use quick cook oats in this recipe?  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly. The cookies are yummy and set up just fine, but they were a little too sweet for me. I'll use less sugar next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Two problems with the directions. 1st, let the butter melt before adding any ingredients, 2nd, let the sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa boil for at least 2.5 minutes, I even go as far as 3 minutes.  Only letting it boil for 1 minute is why it's not setting.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor is fantastic but they never set up properly. I'm going to try less peanut butter and boil 2 minutes instead of 1. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe is not correct as written.  <div>1 cup peanut butter is too much and they don't set up.  They also have a weird texture.</div><div>I was disappointed as I wasted my ingredients.  I couldn't figure out what I had done to ruin no bake cookies.  I finally found a handwritten copy of the recipe I always used.  Only 1/3 cup of peanut butter.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
To those who had their cookies turn out runny, the trick is not to over stir   item not reviewed by moderator and published
Let it boil for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes so it'll harden better, I also don't use salt, other than that I follow the recipe and it turns out perfect  item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Use 2 cups of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (instead of the 3 cups this recipe calls for), otherwise you will have hard clumps and they crumble to pieces.  The flavor is very good and I prefer pure vanilla extract and Jif creamy peanut butter. Be careful not to use more than a pinch of salt, since mine turned out a bit too salty when I used too much salt. This recipe is great when you are in a hurry for a sweet treat or something for a potluck. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Followed the recipe exactly and these cookies turned out perfect. So easy...had to give most of them away so i wouldn't eat them all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Add 3 and half cups of oats to 4 cups. And peanut butter about a cup and a half mine are already setting up. We love no bake cookies they are easy and delicious  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just used this recipe with some variations.  I added the vanilla to the liquids and 1 cup of Hershey's Dark Chocolate semi-sweet chips.  Only 1 1/4 cups of sugar was used and I felt guilty using that much.  Last, I used 5 cups of oats and it came out beautiful.  *Tasty Treats* item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is not correct.  The cookies never set and was still soft after 3 hours. Had to find another recipe that worked better.   Something is off in this recipe, so good luck to whoever tried to make them item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe does not work as written.  I finally found a reviewer who said boil till 225 on a candy thermometer.  I will try next time.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Worked great!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! I made 6 batches with no problems  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used to use my grandma's recipe, which called for boiling the mixture for 1 minute, stirring, so it wouldn't stick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make.  I'm adding raisins to this recipe.  And I subbed almond vanilla milk for the regular milk.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
A lot of other recipes exactly like this and they all said to leave it on there until it boils item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make. These are one of my family's favorite treats. I used gluten-free oats so everyone in my family may enjoy them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were excellent. Super sweet. Curious if they'd be fine with less sugar. I must've made by teaspoon drops huge bcuz each batch made 30 not 60 as recipe states! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First batch was no good came out runny after following the recipe however second batch I used a thermometer brought the mixture up to 230° taking 5 minutes not the 1 minute the recipe calls for  item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so good  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love love love these!<div><br /></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
♡♡ it  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did just as the recipe directed and we ate chocolate oatmeal out of a bowl! It was runny and a lighter brown than usual. I think I'll stick with my other recipe from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect consultancy. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer 90 seconds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Been making these for 20+yrs &amp; Are my Favorite cookie of All time!!!!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love them great to do with the kids  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this recipe with my daughter and it came out so delicious. We all loved them. Very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great cookies ! Your need to try them.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Stupid recipe. No one knows how to make no bake item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make in no time and delicious!!  I had never made no bake cookie's before and everyone loved them,  will use this recipe again.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mine seem too runny and I followed every step of the recipe.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used 1/2 cup peanut butter and splenda granulalated mix.  We had these lots at grade school I don't remember tasting pb just cocoa.  Mine turned out great. Maybe will add a touch more cocoa next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I decided to give this a shot. Butter, sugar (1 1/2 cup), almond milk and cocoa on medium heat. Once the stick is gone. I tossed in peanut butter until it blended with the rest using wisk. A capful of vanilla. Off the heat. Placed 3 1/2 cup of oats while eating some oats out of the container which is old fashioned. Place back on burner. As soon as it started to low boil then turned off the burner. Stirred every other 15 seconds for two minutes. Spoon dropped it on buttered bottom cookie sheet and threw it in the freezer. Checked five minutes later still soft. I figured it should be ready within 20-25 minutes. The chocolate lave stuff tasted good. I can't wait to taste the cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I know nothing of baking or in this case not baking, but does anyone know if they will still be sweet with only 1 cup of sugar?  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this recipe is waaaay to sweet!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did my cookies as directed <div>Left them out for an hour. Never got hard disappointed </div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
they taste amazing, are easy and quick to make, and don't take long to make. :)<div><br /></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these per recipe and they turned out GREAT!! Everyone loved them, even my husband who doesn't typically like no bake cookies. This recipe is a keeper!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious. took other reviewers suggestions and put in 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups quick oats and 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats.   item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've tried this recipe 3 times and they still end up mushy. Anyone have the same problem? Help! I've eaten these cookies hard in the past and I love them!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Use quick oats. I like mine a little dryer so I boiled for 2min. Either way don't start the timer till its at a full boil. Only used 1/2 cup peanut butter. Also only used about 1-2tsp vanilla and the vanilla must be added last after everything is stirred in. Add last few ingredients fast and stir fast.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
This way too sweets. My guests would only eat half a cookie. I had to put in the fridge to set up. Will not make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe calls for way to much oatmeal!  You'll end up with a crumbly mess if you use 3 cups! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i use my stand mixer to add peanut butter and hot cocoa mis  (slow speed) works well i also use splenda granulated instead of sugar...also works well item not reviewed by moderator and published
3 cups of oats or oatmeal? They're different!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Way too sweet, bleck. I will be searching for a different recipe with less sugar.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like many other folks here I have been making these for many years. A number of ingredients can be tweaked for individual preference. I think the reason so many folks have problems getting them to set up properly is this recipe calls for too much peanut butter and too much vanilla. I have always used 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and they turn out fine. I also prefer half and half quick oats and old-fashioned. To my taste, if I use all old-fashioned they are too dry, with all quick oats they are too mushy. You do have to work quickly and add the oats, peanut butter and vanilla (pre-measured) as soon as they come off the stove, then drop in large spoonfulls onto pre-buttered foil or similar non-stick surface. item not reviewed by moderator and published
loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these for 40 years. Recipe has two mistakes 1) one teaspoon of vanilla, not one tablespoon. Also, if you want your cookies less "runny" you need to boil for 2 minutes, not one minute. Hope this helps! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did this recipe ended up having to add another 2/3rds cup of Oatmeal for it to be solid in the bowel before placing. Made 12 larger sized cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
absolutely perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made half the recipe and it made just over 2 dozen cookies. The vanilla should be teaspoon, not tablespoon. I did add a bit more unsweetened coca and less oatmeal (1 C for half recipe) and a dash of salt. You need a heavy pot and keep stirring while boiling for ONE minute. Remove from heat, fully melt peanut butter in hot mixture, add vanilla and oats. Drop on waxed paper quickly because the pot is still hot and drying it out. Leave alone to set up completely. Rolled oats makes it a little more crunch, quick oats is softer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these taste great as long as you use a gluten and soy free butter, and peanut butter free of oils and soy free. Mine came out perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love no bake cookies. But for some reason they didn't turn out. This is the first time I've used this recipe. Why does this recipe call for 1 tablespoon of vanilla and the others call for 1 teaspoon? item not reviewed by moderator and published
They taste okay, not something I would want to eat very often. They won't thicken and set the way that my normal recipe does. They are sticky and messy, but they are edible. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Decided to try this recipe over my trusted favorite because I couldn't find my recipe card. BIG MISTAKE. Followed directions but the cookies will not set. I have a bunch of sloppy soggy cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom uses this exact recipes for ages (20+ years) now, it like you took it straight from her brain. Best cookies ever! She also made them with granola as well, works almost the same. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Probably one of the best no bake recipes I have made. Here are some trouble shooting tips for those who are having issues. For those who are having problems with DRY cookies: Do not use quick cooking/instant oatmeal. That's most likely your problem. It has to be the long cooking oats. For those who are having soupy/flimsy cookies: Cook the sugar/butter/milk mixture at least 2 minutes AFTER it starts to boil. Add in the peanut butter and incorporate fully. THEN add in the oats. I usually just spread on a cookie sheet instead of dropping them onto waxed paper. Personal preference because it saves time. If you like it a little more chocolatey, add another TBSP of cocoa powder. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After reading the reviews, I kept the mixture boiling as I added the peanut butter and oatmeal and left it boiling for 1 more minute. The cookies came out dense and the oatmeal tastes soft (cooked). Next time I will only use 2 1/2 cups of oatmeal though, they seem a little thick, not at all like the picture. Very yummy though!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this recipe but I put 2 and 1/2 cups of oatmeal. 3 is a little much to me and makes it too dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There's no way that recipe should set up. I've been making no bake cookies for over 35 years. I bring all the ingredients to a boil, except peanut btr, oats, and vanilla, and boil for about 4 minutes, add the peanut butter. when that is melted I remove it from the heat and add the vanilla, and then the oats...works every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
my family has made these for years but one suggestion is to scoop the mix into mini muffin tins and let them set up in those makes them so much nicer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well,after reading the directions and then watching the video,the woman didn't concentrate on the it was written.She spent more time talking.She didn't mention about letting the mixture come to a boil for a minute before adding the peanut butter and oats.She was so busy talking that she added the vanilla too soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made these in my culinary arts class and they were ok I didn't like how the oats tasted. They were really hard, however some of my friends made them using rice krispies and they were A LOT better! She also added marshmallows if you like them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these and they looked like they were not going to set up, so I put them in the freezer...They are more of a candy than cookie, but they sure are good...Used 1 cup of half sugar and half Stevia...Plus, 1/3 cup coconut... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is NOT recommended for high humidity climates. Not recommended anywhere, honestly, as is, unless you're going to eat it straight out of the bowl. Made exactly as directed...it was a soupy mess. Added one more cup of oatmeal. That seemed to tighten it up, but it did NOT harden. Tried the fridge...hardened to a manageable "bendable" and then returned to a goopy mess. Tried to freeze them, they re-softened to a goopy mess after about 20 minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was good I alterd it and didnt put in vanilla and used nestle milk chocolate coco and my family liked it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
O-M-G!!!! Awesome.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE no bakes! My mother had me making these when I was in grade school. I use 1/2 cup cocoa and 1/2 cup peanut butter (I prefer chunky, but either chunky or smooth will do), and I boil (1 stick margarine, cocoa, sugar and milk) for 3 minutes at medium heat then add peanutbutter, quick cooking oats (or the oatmeal won't have time too cook) and vanilla (vanilla bean paste makes it even better!). item not reviewed by moderator and published
As written the recipe is too sweet. I reduced the sugar to one cup and used 1/2 cup brown sugar. I used quick cooking gluten free oats and added chopped peanuts on top. Cook the mixture for 3 minutes before adding the oats. They have to be refrigerated to set up. Great gluten free recipe for a nice fudge- y cookie. Next time I will try with one cup of brown sugar only. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are gross- I threw them away. I should have known better when looking over the ingredients.. If you like rich, sugary candy- then these are for you. I would much rather take an extra three steps to make real cookies. Also-I had to put them in the refridgerator for an hour for them to harden- so they actually took longer then regular cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these for years! They are SO much better with unsweetened baking chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Cocoa doesn't give them the right, rich taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I listened to the reviews, reduced the sugar, added a tad more cocoa, let it boil longer and used a little bit more oats (quaker old). It's a hit, they love them. It's also simple enough that I can tweek and add different things later to experiment. Yay! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The peanut butter flavor wasn't overpowering which was nice. It's a great recipe to make if you want a to make a treat without heating up your house. A little too dense. But the flavor was great especially if you garnish with a couple dark chocolate chips on top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing. Perfect. Just how I remember them from childhood. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves No Bake Cookies! I made 2 batches tonight. I left the chocolate out of one batch for Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies. Both were devoured by my teenage sons and their friends! (I also add a little bit more oatmeal 3 1/2 cups? maybe a little more?) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I do not like this recipe. There seems to be way too much oatmeal in them and they do not stick together very well item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love no bake cookies! My only comment is that she recommends letting children practice cutting with plastic knives because it may be safer, well just FYI you CAN just yourself with a plastic knife. I know by experience, and funny enough by trying to cut a bagel. Just keep an eye on the little ones ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
For years i made no bakes from my mom recipe and never turned out. tonight i made it from this recipe and it was best no bakes i have ever tasted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mine name is lance and I like this and they are good for me and you have to item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an amazing recipe. i use this everytime i make No Bake cookies. Great recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did so far so good<div><br /></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Old fashioned rolled oats are quick oats item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used 1 cup sugar and doubled the cocoa and mine came out fine. I never get 60 cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made one batch with stick butter and they were perfect!<div>Made the second batch with stick margarine, and it formed into little gooey puddles... :-( </div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I suppose I would remain anonymous too, if I were that rude. Maybe you have problems with following instructions, or perhaps your just challenged with reading measuring cups. I think it's a good recipe and would like to thank who ever posted it. It was very easy to make and turned out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sometimes if it is humid they won't set up, but after 20 + years that has only happened a few times.  Give them another shot, i know you will love them.  :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made 2 batches one was perfect with stick butter, the second batch was a complete fail, made with stick margarine :-(  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why don't you just follow the recipe.  They come out perfect every time.  The recipe does not offer or suggest substitutions.   item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use 1 1/2 cups sugar with no changes in outcome. Just a little less sweet. Much better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It depends on the humidity if there is high humidity in the atmosphere where you are located that day they will never harden only make these on a low humidity day item not reviewed by moderator and published
Make sure to boil the mixture for one full minute before removing from the burner. It has to reach a certain temperature to harden. If you boil over one minute...they come out dry and crumbly. If you boil for less than a minute...they come out mushy. Also, be sure to use quick oats instead of regular. Hope this helps :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never get them to set right for some reason. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always use 3 cups &amp; they are perfect... never a crumbly mess. If  it boils for too long, that can make them crumble. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No crumbly mess.  Just follow recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Or just use less sugar<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Will they still be sweet if i only use 1 cup of sugar?  item not reviewed by moderator and published
hahaha. best laugh I have had all day. Solid in the bowel. I love when spellcheck helps us. I do colonoscopies for a living. Solid in the bowel. :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
hahaha. best laugh I have had all day. Solid in the bowel. I love when spellcheck helps us. I do colonoscopies for a living. Solid in the bowel. :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This i will try thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Also - I watched the video AFTER I made them since I have made these for years. She didn't let the mixture boil. She said herself she never had made them before. Perhaps she needed to test the recipe PRIOR to "Cooking Live". Ha! And I wouldn't recommend kids to help in the kitchen when making these. The sugar is too hot and will burn them. You also don't roll them. You just drop them onto a cookie sheet or spread in a pan. Trip down memory lane! I forgot about that show!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
FYI - This option did not work for me. I did exactly as you stated but the batter became curdled. I kept stirring the mixture on the stove to make sure it did not burn. Not sure why it did not turn out? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Chocolate is sensitive to temperature so it can burn even if you're stirring it also even something as small as a drop of water left in the pan after washing can cause it to curdle. Chocolate does not like water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Try cooking the chocolate mixture until soft ball stage. Helps mine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sounds like our family. I learned about these no bake cookies from someone at church. We have made them into brownie like squares before... item not reviewed by moderator and published
How much chocolate? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree. These are the kind of cookies you can customize. It is different than baking, where you have to have the patience and skill of a chemist. This is a fun way to have a quick cookie that is relatively inexpensive. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You over-cooked them. Done right, these are addictive! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cook it for about 1 min 45 sec once the mixture is boiling. You have to use quick oats oatmeal (can not use old fashion). Also found that Jif peanut butter works the best. A very creamy peanut butter like Peter Pan does not work well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Lol, my son did the same thing with an orange..right after I warned him! :) honestly though we haven't had an incident yet and that was 8yrs ago. It was an easy lesson anyway ahaha item not reviewed by moderator and published
Weird. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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