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Chocolate No Bake Cookies

These delicious and dangerously easy chocolate no bake cookies are sure to become a new family favorite.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bakes

Six ingredients

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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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.

Above – watch the video how to make the chocolate no bake cookies!

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!

No Bake Cookie Ingredients

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!

Easy 6 Ingredient Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookie Recipe

Adapted from these Healthy Butterfingers

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Chocolate No Bake Cookies

These easy chocolate no bake cookies are sure to become a family favorite!
5/5 (28)
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 15 – 22 cookies

Ingredients

  • 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.

Instructions

  • 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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Notes

If you’re a visual person, be sure to check out the recipe video above. And if you’re looking for a non-chocolate version, try these Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
 

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Published on June 3, 2019

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  1. Mary Tennyson says

    Greetings from Ireland, Katie. Just love your recipes. They’re so quick and easy and taste delicious too.

  2. Lava Girl says

    These cookies are so, so, so, so yummy! They don’t last very long after making them and I really like them for a quick breakfast too.

  3. Iri says

    I was a bit skeptical, but I have to admit that they are really super easy and very good, moreish! After some days there are even better, if you can resist 😉 I love them streight from the freezer… Healthy, tasty, easy, quick, thank you so much Katie for sharing your amazing recipes 😘🌹

  4. Katie says

    Would avocado oil work instead of coconut oil or butter? I can’t eat either of those… or does it need to be a fat that solidifies more?

  5. Lisa says

    I saved this recipe about 6 months ago. I finally gave it a try and my family loves them. New addiction for this chocoholic. Thank you very much.
    Love your recipes.

  6. RPC says

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! Here is my version, with less sugar content, and it worked great anyway!
    – quick oats work better than rolled oats but I used half of each
    – substituted peanut butter for homemade almond butter with no add ons
    – used 1/4 cup maple syrup + 1/4 cup of almond milk (no sugar added)
    – mixed everything in a bowl at room temperature and rolled small balls with some coconut oil in my hands
    – pressed the balls between my palms until they look like cookies and placed on a tray in the fridge and kept them in an air tight container in the fridge

    Thank you again!

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