Easy No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

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The classic beloved no-bake oatmeal cookie.  It’s the perfect blend of chocolate and peanut butter.  Not only did I love it as a child, but now my own kids love it too!  In fact it’s LittleChef1 and LittleChef4’s favorite cookie.  That’s super great for me because it’s so very quick.  My oven is on several times a week, no matter the season.  But it’s much easier not to heat up the oven in the summer and still have a sweet treat!

I’m sure everyone has eaten this cookie before, it’s the only cookie I remember actually making during my childhood. So I know the recipe is old since I’m not a spring chicken anymore 🙂

I love that it’s gluten free so I can happily eat it with the kids, if there are any left!  This is a hard to resist cookie and even harder to wait for it to cool and set up!

LittleChefTip: Use a smaller spoon or cookie scoop for smaller cookies.  That way when your kid wants to eat more than one, you can just smile and say okay.  They will think you’re the greatest Mom in the world and only you will know you cut the portion size in half, LOL!

Easy No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

5 from 1 vote


  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats


  • Add the first five ingredients to a saucepan.
  • Bring to a rapid boil and let boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth, then stir in the oats.
  • Use a Large Tablespoon or Cookie Scoop, drop onto wax paper.
  • Let cool until set.
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  1. My favorite thing is licking the bowl with these cookies love these before they cool

  2. Your No Bake Cookies look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today. Have a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. My Mom got the recipe for these cookies at a PTA meeting/dessert potluck in 1952. That recipe stated that the oats were put in a 9×13 baking dish in a 350 oven for 20-25 minutes. Instead of cocoa powder it was 2 squares of baking chocolate, melted. The liquid was poured over the oats, mixed well and spooned onto a sheet if waxed paper. They are the easiest, best cookies I have ever made. We ate them so often I didn’t need the recipe any more. It brings back lots of good memories. Thanks

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