These delicious and dangerously easy chocolate no bake cookies are sure to become a new family favorite.
Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bakes
Super easy to make
Ultra fudgy and delicious
Loved by kids and adults
There’s no need for an oven, and the entire recipe can be made in just about five minutes.
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Easy Chocolate No Bake Cookies
These chewy chocolate cookies are crazy popular, and for very good reason!
When I was growing up, we always made a batch or two for Christmas, along with these Snowball Cookies, which I also highly recommend.
You’ll often find them at school bake sales or church potlucks; and they go by many names including chocolate oaties, cow pies or patties, preacher cookies, chocolate oatmeal cookies, poodgies, peanut butter delights, and chocolate no bakes.
Chances are, your family has their own version of the classic recipe. (If so, what do you call them?)
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It’s no secret why these cookies are so popular.
They combine the best two flavors in the history of all desserts: peanut butter and chocolate.
And the fact that they’re so quick whip up makes this recipe great to have on hand any time you’re craving chocolate or need a last-minute dessert to bring to a party.
The original recipe–at least the one I grew up with–calls for a full two cups of sugar! That’s insane – there’s absolutely no need for that much sugar. I cut it down to just half a cup in my recipe, and they are still plenty sweet.
(Watch the video of how to make them, above)
Impossible to stop at just one.
If you watch the video, you’ll notice the batch looks rather small. I’ll often do a half batch if I’m making them for myself, because having the full batch around would be too dangerous!
For the best chocolate no bake cookies, they are also really delicious frozen.
Just pop one out of the freezer any time you need some chocolate!
How To Make Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
Gather your ingredients: oats, cocoa powder, peanut butter, salt, butter or oil (or more peanut butter), and sweetener of choice.
Warm the liquid ingredients until they’re easily stir-able. You can even do this in a pot on the stove if you want to make the entire recipe in one pot.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Chill until firm enough to form into balls or cookie shapes with your hands or a cookie scoop, then place on a wax or parchment-lined plate and chill to set.
Rolled Oats or Quick Oats?
You can use either! I used old fashioned oats when I made the healthy no bake cookies for the video and quick oats for the cookies in the first photo. (I’ve made these a lottttt!) The version with rolled oats will have a chewier texture, so it just depends on your own personal preference.
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No Bake Cookie Flavors / Add-In Ideas
Feel free to stir in a handful of chia seeds, flax seeds, raisins, dried fruit, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, or sugar free chocolate chips.
If you want to make them without peanut butter, you can also substitute almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower butter, or even coconut butter.
And for sweetener, you can use pretty much anything – brown sugar, unrefined sugar, pure maple syrup, honey, agave, xylitol (for sugar free no bakes), etc. Use a liquid sweetener for no bake cookies without milk.
Are They Vegan? Gluten free? Keto?
For vegan chocolate no bake cookies, I’ve included the option to use coconut oil instead of butter. Vegan butter also works, as does simply adding extra peanut butter and omitting the butter entirely. They’re not keto, but I linked to a keto no bake option in the recipe below if you need one. And the cookies can be suitable for gluten free diets, as they have no flour. If you want to ensure no cross-contamination with wheat ingredients, just use Certified Gluten Free Oats.
Can You Bake Them?
I haven’t tried it. If anyone tries before I do, be sure to report back!
Chocolate No Bake Cookies
Adapted from these Healthy Butterfingers
Chocolate No Bake Cookies
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups quick oats (For keto no-bakes, try these Fat Bombs)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, or allergy-friendly sub
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave (or 2/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup milk of choice)
- 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
- optional 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- optional handful mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, etc.
Warm the liquid ingredients until easily stir-able. (Feel free to do this in a pot on the stove if you want to make the entire recipe in one pot. Turn off the heat once liquid ingredients are softened.) Stir in remaining ingredients. Chill until firm enough to form into balls or cookie shapes with your hands or a cookie scoop, then place on a wax or parchment-lined plate and chill again to set. I like to refrigerate or freeze leftovers, but they can also be left out in a cool place.
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