If you've never tried no bake cookies before, drop what you're doing and make this recipe ASAP. You'll love these easy, delicious, and addictive treats.
A few weeks ago, I started craving no bake cookies. I don’t know if it was because Halloween’s right around the corner and I’m in the mood for sweets, because I had oats on my mind due to my recent porridge kick, or because peanut butter and chocolate are just so good together. Whatever the reason, I headed to the kitchen to make my first batch of no bake cookies in years.
See, I used to make no bake cookies all the time. Way back before I started Love and Lemons, they were one of my favorite treats to make for Jack and me. The no bake cookie recipe I used then is long gone (I must have clipped it from a magazine?), but this new version is equally crave-worthy, with a rich chocolate and peanut butter flavor and a chewy, oat-y texture.
If you’ve never made no bake cookies before, I have to give you fair warning: these guys are SUPER addictive and dangerously easy to make. They only require a handful of pantry ingredients and 5 minutes of prep. If you make one batch, you’ll end up with another before you know it. 🙂
No Bake Cookie Recipe Ingredients
It only takes 7 ingredients to make these peanut butter no bake cookies rich, chocolatey, and addictive. You likely have most of them in your pantry already! Here’s what you need:
- Whole rolled oats – Many no bake cookie recipes call for quick oats, but I like the yummy chewy texture of old fashioned whole rolled oats in these cookies. Use gluten free oats to make these cookies gluten free.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder – You can’t have chocolate no bake cookies without chocolate!
- Creamy peanut butter – It makes these guys super rich and packs them with delectable chocolate and peanut butter flavor.
- Almond milk – Using almond milk makes this recipe vegan, but if you keep another kind of milk on hand, feel free to swap it in. Any milk will do!
- Coconut oil – Refined or virgin coconut oil will work in this recipe, but virgin coconut oil will add a lovely light coconut flavor.
- Maple syrup – I love the bold, complex sweetness of the maple in this recipe. Plus, it makes these cookies refined sugar-free!
- Vanilla extract – The perfect finishing touch! A splash of vanilla adds depth to the rich chocolate flavor in this recipe.
How to Make No Bake Cookies
Once you’ve measured your ingredients, these no bake oatmeal cookies come together in a flash!
First, make the chocolate/peanut butter coating. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat and stir in the cocoa powder, almond milk, maple syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla. Bring to a rolling boil and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Don’t boil it longer, or the mixture will become too thick! Remove the pan from the heat.
Then, stir in the oats. Fold the oats into the chocolate mixture until they’re all thoroughly coated.
Next, shape the cookies! Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to dollop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Transfer the sheet to the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes, until the cookies are firm. Then, enjoy!
No Bake Oatmeal Cookies Tips
- Make a double batch, and freeze the extras! This recipe isn’t huge – it yields about a dozen small cookies – so feel free to double it if you’re serving a crowd. Store any leftover cookies in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for a few months!
- Make sure that your peanut butter is runny. Look for creamy peanut butter with a smooth consistency to make this recipe, not the dry, stiff peanut butter that you might find at the bottom of the jar. The richness of runny peanut butter is essential for making great no bake cookies!
- Stir in a pinch of salt. If you use unsalted peanut butter, add a pinch of salt to the chocolate mixture before you stir in the oats. It will really make the flavors in this recipe pop! If your peanut butter is already salted, skip the salt, or taste the mixture before adding any extra.
- Add extra chocolate. If you’re making this no bake cookie recipe, my guess is that you’re a fan of chocolate. To give these guys an extra chocolate boost, press a few mini chocolate chips onto the top of each cookie. Yum!!
Looking for more cookie recipes?
If you’re in the mood for baking cookies, try any of these delicious recipes:
- Sugar Cookies
- Best Peanut Butter Cookies
- Lemon Cookies
- Vegan Sugar Cookies
- Perfect Oatmeal Cookies
- Coconut Macaroons
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Orange Zest Shortbread Cookies
- or give these brownies a try!
No Bake Cookies
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter*
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cups whole rolled oats
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the maple syrup, almond milk, cocoa, peanut butter, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring often.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the oats. Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the batter onto the baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.