Easy No Bake Cookies just like you remember but better. We make these easy no bake oatmeal cookies on repeat and soon you will, too.
Everyone needs a great no bake cookie recipe and this our family’s go-to recipe. They are everything you expect with chewy oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate but amped up with extra vanilla for a special touch. Plus, learn my secret for making shiny cookies that are never dry and crumbly. It might surprise you.
I have been making no bake cookies for as long as I can remember but I never published the recipe because there are just so many versions on the internet already. But, these are my family’s favorite cookies and after researching, I realized my version has a few unexpected twists.
Also, when I asked my 12-year-old daughter, Jersey, what food she thought represented our family, without hesitation she replied, “no bake cookies”. Well then, that settled it. I had to share the recipe.
Classic No Bake Cookies
These are the classic chocolate and oatmeal no bake cookies that are made with peanut butter. My husband’s dad made these for him growing up and I grew up with a version my mom’s best friend, Connie, made. I found any excuse to go to Connie’s house because her no bake cookies were always the best.
Now we make them one to two times a week. I am not kidding about that, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Jersey said it’s the food that represents us best. If we had a family crest, a no bake cookie would be the centerpiece!
After making this recipe countless times I can tell you what makes it so special. Whenever we share them with friends and family they want to know the secret – they’re that good!
The first secret is margarine. I use it instead of butter and it makes these cookies so shiny and not dried out. No bake cookies made with butter can look a little chalky – margarine solves this problem.
The second secret is vanilla and lots of it. It gives them a great flavor – we love it.
- Margarine- we like Blue Bonnet
- Cocoa powder – we like Hershey’s
- White sugar
- Milk – any kind will work
- Quick oats – we like Quaker Oats
- Creamy peanut butter – I like to do a heaping 1/2 cup! Just a smidge more than 1/2 a cup.
- Pure vanilla extract – there are two whole teaspoons in this recipe.
How to Make Them Step by Step
Measure out the ingredients so they are ready. This is an easy recipe, but it goes quick so it’s good idea to have everything ready before you start.
In a non-stick skillet, combine the sugar, cocoa, margarine, milk, and salt and bring the mixture to a rapid boil for one minute.
Add peanut butter and vanilla and stir to combine.
Once combined, immediately add the quick oats and stir them into the mixture.
Working quickly, drop oatmeal mixture by the teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper.
Leave them to cool and, once set, they are ready to serve.
The will keep for up to a week at room temperature or store them in the fridge for up to two weeks.
The key to this recipe is cooking the cookie mixture. You need to boil it for one full minute or to a temperature of 230°F. If the mixture is undercooked your cookies will be soft and won’t set properly. In my experience, bringing the mixture to a rapid boil for one minute works every time and I don’t need a thermometer to check the temperature.
It’s not necessary because it doesn’t take long for them to firm up at room temperature. Unless it’s very warm in your kitchen, you don’t need to chill them.
Yes, if that’s what you have on hand it will work. You just want to use something that is non stick.
Keep them in an airtight container and they will keep for up to a week at room temperature. Or keep them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Yes, just place them in a freezer container and they will keep for two months in the freezer.
There might be a gazillion recipes for this type of cookie, but I can promise you this no bake cookie recipe is the best. Just like my family, you will love every last bite of these chocolatey oatmeal treats. Enjoy! xoxo San
More No Bake Recipes
Want even more ideas? You will love these easy recipes, too:
- S’mores Bites
- Mississippi Mud Pie No Bake Cheesecake
- Almond Granola Bites
- 25 Mouthwatering No Bake Desserts
Don’t forget to pin this recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.
No Bake Cookies
- 1/2 cup margarine we prefer Blue Bonnet
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder we prefer Hershey's
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup milk any milk will do
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups 1-minute quick oats we prefer Quaker Oats
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter Do a heaping 1/2 cup! Just a smidge more.
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- In a non-stick skillet bring sugar, cocoa, margarine, milk, and salt to a rapid boil for 1 minute.
- Add peanut butter, and vanilla; stir in well. Then immediately add the 1-minute quick oats.
- Working quickly, drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper, and let cool.