Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

This is a family favorite recipe and now you can make it too!

Wildly simple, no-fuss chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies! These are ready in a snap and devoured even quicker!

Here we go! Recipe #8 in my Christmas cookie palooza. And it’s legendary.

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Kevin’s favorite foods: chicken wings, green bean casserole, beer, and the Quinn family no-bake cookies. The man never really requests dessert recipes because, let’s face it, there’s plenty of sugar in our house. But the 2 times he HAS requested dessert, it’s been for his family’s no-bake cookies. And one time he even made them himself because GASP! I didn’t feel like baking. Or no-baking. You know what I mean.

My husband grew up making and eating these chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies with his family. They’re so easy, anyone can make them. And now that I’m part of the Quinn family, too– I’ve had the pleasure experiencing them. Because these cookies are SO much more than cookies. Eating one is quite the experience. There is nothing on earth quite like them. And, after one bite, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Wildly simple, no-fuss chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies! These are ready in a snap and devoured even quicker!

There are, like, a billion and a half recipes for no-bake cookies swirling around the internet and most of them call for the same ingredients as the Quinn recipe. What makes each recipe a little different is the ratio of ingredients. More butter, less sugar, more cocoa, less peanut butter. You get the idea. The Quinn recipe, in my eyes and on my tastebuds, perfects that ratio. Just enough sugar, just enough cocoa, and definitely enough peanut butter.

There’s no turning on the oven for no-bake cookies (uh, duh)– instead, the cookies firm up in the refrigerator. Which is perfect if you’re having a baking marathon day and other cookies need the oven! Or if you have dinner in the oven. Or are in a fight with your oven. Me = currently. (I should really clean the substance burning at the bottom of it.)

Making these chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies is incredibly simple, but let me show you a few pictures of the process.

Wildly simple, no-fuss chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies! These are ready in a snap and devoured even quicker!

On the stove, you’ll boil butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa together. Your kitchen will smell like a chocolate candy bar. It’s awesome. Then you’ll stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract. The mixture will be thick and beautiful.

LET ME EAT THAT SPOONFUL. ↓ ↓

Wildly simple, no-fuss chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies! These are ready in a snap and devoured even quicker!

Then, you’ll pour that completely divine chocolate peanut butter mixture over a large bowl of oats. Quick oats are the key to making these no-bake cookies. Why? Quick oats are more fine and powdery than whole oats. Because they’re cut smaller, they’ll act more as flour, binding all of the ingredients together and producing solid no-bake cookies. Cookies that won’t fall apart easily.

Here’s my secret…

I never buy quick oats. I make my own from whole, old-fashioned oats. I pulse them a few times in my food processor to cut them smaller. Voila. Quick oats.

You’ll need 3 cups of quick oats.

Wildly simple, no-fuss chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies! These are ready in a snap and devoured even quicker!

Now, shape them into cookies. I usually use about 1 Tablespoon of dough per cookie. Just drop them on a nonstick surface like parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and shape them into neat circles. OR leave them as blobs if you aren’t psycho about making cookies pretty like I am.

Wildly simple, no-fuss chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies! These are ready in a snap and devoured even quicker!

Here’s where the magic happens. And when you can kick your feet up because you don’t have to do anything. Just stick the cookies in the refrigerator to set. That’s all. That’s literally all you do. Practically effortless cookies, just how I like ’em.

This recipe is so easy, you’ll feel like you’re doing something wrong.

Wildly simple, no-fuss chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies! These are ready in a snap and devoured even quicker!

As you can see, preparing them is a snap– no more than 15 minutes tops! So little work with one giant reward: a plate of chocolate and peanut butter goodness. Oh! And the cookies aren’t dry or gritty like some no-bakes. Rather, they’re soft and chewy– and taste like hot fudge meets a peanut butter cup… or something just as fantastic. If you can stop at only one, I applaud you. Also: what’s wrong with you?

A huge thank you to mama Quinn for passing down this wildly simple, yet completely addictive gem of a recipe! No-bakes forever.

PS: If using certified gluten free oats, this recipe is gluten free.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Give the oven a break! Whip up a batch of these super simple, no-fuss chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies. They’re addictive!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups (240g) quick oats*
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick, 60g) unsalted butter*
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk (any milk works– I usually use skim or almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup (21g) natural unsweetened or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup (170g) creamy peanut butter*
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) pure vanilla extract (yes, a full Tablespoon!)

Instructions

  1. Place oats in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa together in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the butter melts, then bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 minute without whisking. Remove from heat and, using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until completely combined. Pour this mixture over the oats, then stir to combine it all. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes. This allows the oats to soak up some moisture.
  3. During the 5 minutes, line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. And make sure there is enough room in your refrigerator for the baking sheets.
  4. Using a 1-Tablespoon cookie scoop (or simply a spoon!), drop a Tablespoon of dough onto the lined baking sheets. If desired, flatten out and shape into a cookie. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  5. Refrigerate the cookies for at least 30 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and enjoy! Store leftovers covered tightly in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: You can prepare the dough through step 2. Then, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The mixture will be very firm after spending time in the refrigerator, so allow it to come to room temperature before continuing with step 3. No-bake cookies can be frozen up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Oats: Use oats labeled “quick oats.” You can buy whole oats (which are thicker cut) and pulse them in the food processor 4-5 times to make finer cut quick oats.
  3. Oil: Coconut oil works instead of butter! Coconut oil works because it solidifies.
  4. Peanut Butter: This recipe works best using a non-natural style peanut butter like Jif or Skippy. I don’t recommend an oily natural style peanut butter.

Keywords: chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies, no-bake cookies

Two more no-bake chocolate & peanut butter packed recipes to try:

Peanut Butter M&Ms Truffles

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and 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge.

The BEST Peanut Butter Fudge

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My family's favorite recipe for super easy no-bake cookies! No fuss at all and they're completely addictive!

82 Comments

  1. These look amazing! I remember making a variation in elementary school- so easy to “not” bake! Thanks for posting Sally, can’t wait to make! 

    1. PB makes the world go round! I love your quick oats tips. When I had my first baby, a friend brought over cookies similar to this (no PB though in the 🙁 and I downed the whole tin of them. Sometimes you just crave a no-bake cookie, it’s just what your tummy is telling you it wants. Thanks Sally! 

  2. Thank you Sally for another great recipe. My family has a very similar recipe called chocolate oat delights. I don’t know why I never thought of putting peanut butter in them, and I LOVE peanut butter. I can’t wait to try this one!!

  3. I’ve had some version of this before, and it’s surprisingly addictive. And now I have to try the Quinn version, especially because it must be even better and that is too tempting to resist. I’ve gotten some great recipes from my mother-in-law, too!

  4. These look so easy, but good! I usually save all my “no-bake recipes” for the middle of summer when it’s too hot to turn the oven but peanut butter and chocolate is a combination too good to wait! My family is full of peanut butter lovers and I know they’ll love these cookies too 🙂 

  5. Well, these will be happening today! I wanted to start some Christmas baking but I have a sick toddler at home. Luckily, I have all these ingredients!!

  6. Oh my GOSH! These remind me of a recipe handed down from my Great Grandma that my mom and her sister used to eat while they were growing up!! I can almost eat the whole batch myself, haha! They certainly don’t last long at our house, that’s for sure! I am anxious to try your recipe with peanut butter – my recipe doesn’t have pb in it so it will be a nice change! And I have to laugh about your oven – where does that stuff in the bottom come from exactly?? We just got a new convection oven about two weeks ago (after 18 years of the other one) and let me tell you – I am in HEAVEN! 🙂 I overflowed my monkey bread the third day of having it so it’s already been cleaned. Jeesh 😉

  7. I love these!!  My mom made them for us growing up and they are a family favorite. I make them every Christmas. Last year I tried a version without chocolate (just peanut butter) and they were amazing as well. This year I’m adding a cookie butter version to the mix  Thank you for your amazing recipes btw. I’ve made many of them all with rave reviews. 

  8. We make something similar in my family but leave out the peanut butter (gasp, I know). We call them cowpies though lol. But thanks for the recipe, I’ll have to make some soon. It’s been a long time since I’ve had any.

  9. No Bakes are my ABSOLUTE favorite! When I was in college, our dining hall did “No Bake Wednesday,” and on Wednesdays the dessert table was STACKED with no bakes. Heaven! I actually haven’t had no bakes since I was in college – I need to change that ASAP!

  10. These sound so tasty! Can’t wait to make. Can I also omit the peanut butter for one non-peanut butter loving family member?

    1. I would add another 1/4 cup of butter and another couple Tbsp of cocoa. Without the peanut butter, they won’t set up properly. But adding more of these ingredients would help for sure.

  11. My boss loves chocolate and peanut butter; I’ll have to try these. And some more gluten-free recipes for another coworker. I feel bad when I bake sometimes because she has Celiac disease, and I consistently forget to buy gluten-free flour and oats.

    I made your peanut butter buckeyes and chocolate peanut butter swirl bark for a coworker’s birthday earlier this week (and the bark actually looked like it was swirled! I’ve been trying to get that look for ages in your swirl recipes and IT FINALLY HAPPENED!), and everyone loved them. 

  12. Please can I still bake if I want to? Am not a lover of oats but Prolly baking will give me a better taste. Just asking though!!

  13. I love to use the old fashioned oat meal as it is – makes them chewier, moister and more like candy. 

    Make a batch without the chocolate – those are just as delish! For events I usually make the first batch without chocolate and a 2nd batch with chocolate (using the same pot this way!) gives variety.

  14. These are one of my all-time favorite cookies! My mom made these for Christmas, and I made them for my son. Years ago, I decided to add coconut to mine, which made these even better!

  15. Sally,  I just made these cookies. They are fantastic and so easy to make. Thanks for all the delicious recipes. Most of my Christmas cookies are your recipes. 

  16. Hi Sally- I made these last nite and they  are incredible.  Other recipes I’ve tried were chalky,
    dry and a funny after taste . But your recipe is perfect.  Every single thing I’ve tried here has been amazing.  I don’t know how on earth you do it. I’ve requested your books for Christmas.
    Let’s see if Mr. Santa (aka my hubby) will make it happen. Have a great holiday. I really enjoy your writings and I also am obsessed with baking.

  17. Nobakes are my favorite cookies to make! Have you ever had yours not turn out or set-up at the end? The majority of the time the cookies turn out perfectly but every once in a while they just won’t set-up and stay too sticky. Any theories on why this might be? I have heard that it can be related to humidity. I will try your recipe and see if I have better results. Thanks!

    1. I’ve never had these cookies not set up! they always do. That’s because there are enough quick oats to soak up the chocolate peanut butter mixture. I hope you like them.

  18. I made these for my students.  They RAVED about them! They were all saying they were the best no-bakes they have ever had. EVER.  I wish I would half been able to snag one before they ate them all up! 

  19. Well these are definitely the best no bake cookies I’ve had in a long time, but I’m afraid they’re still a little too dry for my tastes. And I would definitely love an even stronger peanut butter flavor. But still, these were delicious and I’m sure I’ll have no trouble eating them all, lol.

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