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Easy No-Bake Cookies are a classic and are perfect every time! Oats, cocoa, and peanut butter whip together easily and smoothly for the perfect after-school snack or a quick fix for chocolate cravings. Easy no-bake cookies

No-bake cookies are such a delicious treat to make when you’re pressed for time or just want a little something sweet right now.

Our easy no-bake cookie recipe is made with simple pantry ingredients like creamy peanut butter and quick-cooking oats, and they come together in less than 15 minutes.

My kids love them as an after school snack with a tall glass of cold milk. My husband makes them on a lazy weekend afternoon while we play board games or watch movies.

And no cooking means you don’t need to heat the house with your oven. Just a little stir on the stove and you’re done!

Plate of eight no-bake cookies on a cloth.

Ingredients Needed for Easy No-Bake Cookies

Chances are you have all the ingredients you need to whip up a batch of our no-bake cookies right now! Here’s everything you need:

  • Butter – I like to use real, unsalted butter to reduce sodium, but you can use margarine, coconut oil, or whatever you have on hand.
  • White sugar – regular granulated sugar helps the cookies fall into place
  • Milk – skimmed or whole milk works great as a dairy option!
  • Cocoa powder – unsweetened powder or Dutch pressed cocoa
  • Vanilla extract – just a teaspoon of vanilla extract adds a rich depth of flavor to cookies
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – For more texture, you can also try crunchy peanut butter.
  • Oatmeal – Use quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • Salt – a pinch of regular or kosher salt will enhance the flavor of the chocolate mixture

How to Store No-Bake Cookies

You can store no-bake cookies at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container before they start to lose quality.

No-Bake Cookies do NOT NEED to be refrigerated, but they can be if you prefer. Fridge space is scarce in my house, so I just like to keep them on the counter in a large airtight Tupperware.

To prevent them from sticking together, place the cookies in a single layer in the container, then add a layer of wax or parchment paper on top before adding the next layer of cookies.

Can you freeze no-bake cookies?

Yes, you can freeze no-bake cookies! Simply scoop the mixture onto a large prepared baking sheet with a cookie scoop and place the cookies in the freezer until frozen (1-2 hours).

Once frozen, place them in an airtight container or Ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2 months. To thaw, simply place the cookies in a single layer on a pan at room temperature until thawed and ready to eat.

Cookie sheet of twelve cooled no-bake cookies.

Are no-bake cookies gluten-free?

These easy no-bake cookies are gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free oats.

NOT ALL rolled oats are gluten free, so BE SURE to check the package before preparing for someone who may not have gluten.

Otherwise, all other ingredients are gluten-free and you’re good to go!

  • When boiling butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa, be sure to boil long enough for the no-bake cookies to set properly, but not too long or the cookies will become dry, tough, and friable. Follow the recipe card instructions below for the perfect cooking times.
  • Try to avoid changing ingredients in our no-bake cookies. Many recipes can replace the sugar with sugar substitutes, but these cookies need the real thing to bake right. Everything in moderation, right? Enjoy a cookie and eat salad later.
  • If you want to add a little something extra, you can add chopped nuts, coconut, or even mini chocolate candies to give the no-bake cookies an extra dimension.
  • Old fashioned oats or quick oats work well in this no-bake cookie recipe. So feel free to use what you have on hand.
  • Store these cookies in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to a week. They freeze beautifully for up to three months.
  • Each no-bake cookie should be about a tablespoon. You can use a regular spoon or a cookie scoop to make perfectly sized no-bake oatmeal cookies.

Whether you’re looking to whip up something quick and easy or want to wow your guests with some gorgeous treats, we’ve got dozens of cookie recipes to choose from! Here are some of our favorites:

How to make no-bake cookies

Stack of five no-bake cookies.  Large glass of milk next to it.

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Easy no-bake cookies are delicious and melt in your mouth! Be sure to follow the recipe exactly for best results.

Instructions

  • Measure rolled oats, peanut butter and vanilla into a mixing bowl. Do not mix.

  • Combine butter, sugar, milk and cocoa in a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Remove from fire.

  • Quickly stir in rolled oats, peanut butter and vanilla.

  • Return the pan to the heat and, while stirring, cook over low heat for 1 minute more.

  • Drop by spoonfuls or cookie scoop onto waxed paper or aluminum foil as quickly as possible. Cool to set.

Nutrition information

calories: 144caloriesCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gBig: 6gSaturated fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 49mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 100UICalcium: 13mgThe iron: 0.6mg

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