Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Dec. 01, 2023
These chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies bring back fond memories of my mom. They were her favorite, and she always made a batch when she knew company was coming. —Jacquie McTaggart, Independence, Iowa
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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, cubed
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter and vanilla until blended. Stir in oats. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set. Store in airtight containers.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookie Tips

Why won’t my no-bake cookies harden?

If you don't boil the ingredients or if you shorten the cooking time, you may get a softer result. Be sure to bring the sugar, butter, milk, cocoa and salt mixture to a boil and then cook and stir for 3 minutes as instructed. Make sure you follow our other cookie tips in our cookie baking guide, too. If your cookies still turn out gooey, it’s possible they were not left in the refrigerator long enough to fully firm up. Next time, let your cookies harden in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.

Can you use old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats in cookies?

Yes, you can use old-fashioned oats instead. However, the texture of your cookie will be different. Old-fashioned oats are flatter and larger and yield a hearty, chewy texture to your cookies. Quick oats are smaller and cut into pieces, producing cookies that are softer. Learn more about the different types of oats.

What else can you add to this no-bake cookie recipe?

Try adding different kinds of cereals (like Cheerios or Chex Mix) or toss in a small handful of chopped peanuts, toffee bits, peanut butter chips or mini chocolate chips when you stir in the oats. To switch up the flavor, swap in almond extract instead of vanilla. If you like a little more crunch, use chunky peanut butter instead of creamy. Just be sure to use a regular brand of peanut butter, because natural peanut butter or other nut butters that have oil separation may not yield the same result. Check out our other no-bake cookies.

How long do no-bake cookies last?

No-bake cookies should last about 1 week when properly stored: between layers of wax paper in a covered, airtight container. Here are more tips on how to store cookies and keep them fresh. No-bake cookies are the perfect treat because they require little effort and yield delicious results. You don’t even have to turn on your oven! Learn about other types of cookies.

Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 139 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.