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Stack of no bake cookies on a wood cutting board with spoon of peanut butter below cookies

The BEST No Bake Cookies Recipe

These are the Classic No Bake Cookies of your childhood! They taste like a peanut butter cup and are no bake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Setting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 171kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $8


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter diced
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats


  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • It’s very important that all your ingredients are measured and ready to go before you start and make sure you’ve read the directions before making these cookies. The process goes fast!
  • Melt the butter in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, milk, and cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth then bring to a boil and cook for about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring occasionally. NOTE: you MUST boil them long enough or they will not set. To be sure of this, boil the mixture until it reaches 230°F on a candy or instant read thermometer. If you do not have a thermometer, this will take about 1 1/2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, salt, vanilla, and oats.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop 2 tablespoon size balls of cookie mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Let sit to set or chill to harden quicker.



Source: Adapted from Allrecipes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg