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No-Fuss No-Bake Cookies

Updated: Aug 30

Funny story: I ruined the first batch of no bake cookies I ever attempted to make. I completely missed the “bring to boil” step. The end product was a flattened glob of chocolate oats that never hardened properly. As a newlywed housewife, I was completely humiliated that I couldn’t successfully make one of the simplest of treats. I have since perfected the art of making the no bake cookie.

A dry, over-hardened no bake cookie sucks. In order to avoid this, a good ratio of peanut butter, cocoa, sugar, and vanilla is needed. This easy recipe utilizes all of these ingredients to make a moist and flavor-balanced cookie.


  • 1 ⅔ cup sugar

  • 1 stick salted butter

  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder

  • ½ cup milk

  • ¾ cup peanut butter

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3 cups quick oats


  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Melt sugar, butter, cocoa powder, and milk in medium saucepan.

  3. Bring mixture to a rolling boil. Pre-measure peanut butter and oats; Have vanilla extract and a teaspoon handy. You want these ingredients ready to be added after the next step.

  4. Allow mixture to boil for 60 seconds without stirring.

  5. Add peanut butter and mix until completely melted.

  6. Add vanilla and combine.

  7. Stir in quick oats.

  8. Scoop balls on to your lined baking sheet. (I like to use my 1/8th cup measuring utensil make a uniform sized cookie.)

  9. Allow cookies to set before eating. (I like to put mine in the refrigerator to expedite the process.)

No bake cookies are perfect for a last minute dessert craving. Hopefully this recipe becomes a go-to in your household like it is in mine!


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