Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

So I think (fingers crossed) Spring is finally here. The weather was gorgeous today. I opened all the windows, lit my new fruity summer Yankee Candles and smiled :) I knew I had to post something today but had nothing planned or in reserves…whoops. I was going to post yesterday but the Irish Soda Bread I made was horrible. Horrible!!! I swear. It was the most vile thing I ever tasted. Not sure what I did wrong but next time I’m going to go with a different recipe. Now back to this Spring day. I wasn’t going to ruin it by slaving away in the kitchen all day so I decided to make a childhood favorite….no-bake cookies.  What is not to love about these little gems? They have an almost fudgy texture and are held together by delicious oats…yum!  Enjoy!!!


Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Yield: 2 - 3 dozen depending on size

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats


Add butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder to a 4-quart saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto wax paper-lined baking sheets. Let cool until set.

I got a picture of my cat, Bitty Boy (real name Nermal) that I thought I would share…isn’t he gorgeous!

24 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies”

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    doggybloggy — March 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I love this cookie – and what a cool looking cat!

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    Sue — March 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    These have been a family favorite since I was in Brownies! My mom always made them on our birthdays too! Sooooo good!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is — March 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Ahhh that’s a shame about your soda bread. I didn’t get any made or even get to taste any. I love these cookies!!

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    jenn (Bread + Butter) — March 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Sweet!!! A no bake cookie just for me. hehehehe… I like it.

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    Cookie Makin' Momma — March 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    These look so yummy! I bet they would be great to make with the kids. No worries about the oven and instant satisfaction cuz kids don’t like to wait.. heck I don’t like to wait! lol :)

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    Bonnie Lewis — March 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I forgot about how much I love no bake cookies!! thank you for this great reminder! Great photos here too

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    Jessie @ simplysifted — March 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    This is almost the exact recipe I make. Instead of cocoa powder I use 1 cup of chocolate chips. When you pour the hot liquid over them they melt along with the peanut butter. I’ve made a lot of different cookies and this is my favorite.

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    5 Star Foodie — March 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Excellent cookies – I love that you don’t have to bake them!

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    chocolate shavings — March 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    No bake cookies are always a plus in my book, and these look delicious!

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    julia — March 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    and with the semi warm weather right now, who wants to heat the house with an oven anyway? These are perfect!

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    Valen — March 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Yum this looks so good!

  12. #
    Faith — March 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Your cat is beautiful, and so are these cookies! No-bake cookies sound like the perfect thing to make this weekend. :)

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    katerina — March 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I am so sorry your Soda Bread didn’t turn out. I had great success last week.

    Your cookies look delicious! I make similar no bake chocolate cookies but instead of peanut butter it is coconut!

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    grace — March 20, 2010 at 5:20 am

    i was JUST ruing the fact that i had never known anyone to name their cat nermal–good for you! man, i loved that garfield cartoon.
    great cookies, by the way. :)

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    Liz@HoosierHomemade — March 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    My husband and boys love these cookies! I’m glad you included how long to boil, believe it or not, my recipe never said how long to boil, and it never fails that I boil too long, then they’re dry.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Your kitty is gorgeous! I agree!

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    Veronica — March 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Congrats on getting your photo onto Foodgawker! Now you’re sitting at the cool table–lol. I love these cookies and use the same recipe but I use a whole 1/2 cup of cocoa powder–try it–very awesome! And yes, your kitty is gorgeous!

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    Jen — March 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Cute cat and yummy cookies! I love the no bake aspect. These will be great in the summertime when I won’t want the oven on. I bet ice cream in between two of these cookies would be great!

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    Reeni — March 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try some no-bake cookie recipes. These look yummy! Nermal is gorgeous!

  19. #
    Mimi — March 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    We loved theses as kid, and we had a name for them that I won’t print. Cute pic of your cat.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — March 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Yum.. Your cookies look so tasty. I enjoy no-bake recipes once in a while!

    BTW – Your cat is so cute! Love that photo!

  21. #
    Scott — November 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Would you mind if I used your photos on my facebook page?

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    Lisa — April 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I thought I was the only one who made these! haha They are an absolute family favorite for, dare I say, 35 years! So easy, and semi-health : )

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    kate m — March 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    These sounded great, but the sugar remained grainy. Did I not wait long enough with the saucepan step?


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