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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • In a large saucepan, combine the first 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 3 minutes.
  • 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.

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 substitute almond butter for the peanut butter. Better yet, check out our other no-bake cookie variations!
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 139 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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