No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are an old-timey favorite and one of the easiest and most delicious cookies you’ll ever make. I think pretty much everyone has had these cookies at one time or another and pretty much everyone loves them.

No-bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


No oven needed for these cookies which have the most amazing texture and you likely have all the ingredients on hand. You’ll need butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, milk, quick-cooking oats, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.


The butter, cocoa powder, sugar, and milk are placed in a saucepan and brought to a boil. Let the mixture boil for 90 seconds. Set a timer and keep track becasue the cookies might not set up right if you boil the mixture too long or not long enough.

Then remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. So simple!

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


In less than 10 minutes you can have the ingredients measured, the batter mixed together and shaped into cookies. These No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies do need a little while to set, but you won’t have to wait long. They should only take about 30 minutes to set up. If they are still too wet at this point, try sticking them in the fridge.

This recipe makes a pretty large batch of cookies-  about 24 cookies. They are dense and filling cookies so they will go a long way. That being said, it is hard to not go back for another.  🙂

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

4.65 from 14 votes
No-bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are an old-timey favorite and one of the easiest and most delicious cookies you'll ever make. I think pretty much everyone has had these cookies at one time or another and pretty much everyone loves them.

Course: Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces so it meltes faster
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, sugar, and milk,

  2. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 90 seconds, stirring occasionally.

  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, peanut butter, and vanilla.

  4. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Let cool to set.

Recipe Source: Bless Your Heart


25 thoughts on “No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  1. I have found that the quick oats blends into the chocolate mixture in smaller pieces; the Old Fashioned oats are flakier, with more defined oatmeal taste. It’s mainly a matter of preference, as both taste great.

  2. I switched to almond butter, dark cocoa powder, and raw sugar. My cookies taste great and firmed up a bit soft, stuck to the wax paper, and were sticky to the touch when handled (so much you have to lick your fingers clean after eating one). I’d like them to firm up a bit more. Has anyone else addressed this (with a little flour, xanthan gum or something else) to make the cookies firmer and not sticky?

  3. This is almost exactly our “family” recipe, except we swap milk for water. It’s a lovely chocolate punch in the teeth and it’s perfect for a small indulgent treat (trust me you don’t need more than one!). Thanks for the recipe, the measurements are perfect!

    I’ve been making these for almost twenty years (and I still lose the recipe every time), but this time I swapped the butter for a “Light” stick butter I found last shopping trip. Still works and tastes great!

    1. The ones I make are nearly identical and without peanut butter, so it’ll be fine. Did you try it?

      My favorite variation has no peanut butter, includes a generous pinch of sea salt to the pot at the beginning, and swaps special dark chocolate cocoa powder for the regular kind. I also use less vanilla, only 0.5 tsp, and also boil mine for at least 2 minutes. They keep well in the freezer.

      1. I have made these cookies since 1975 & without peanut butter as I am allergic. This cookie is very nostalgic since I am now 54.

  4. My granddaughter and I made these cookies in a hotel that had a kitchenette. However, we were unable to locate a cookie sheet or equivalent. We thoroughly cleaned the kitchenette counter (granite) and put the cookies on the counter where they hardened satisfactorily at room temperature!

  5. The recipe turned out good. Made these all the time for my family. I think this recipe calls for more cocoa than I used in my old recipe.

  6. I made these all the time growing up, but always forget the measurements. I made them vegan with vegan “butter” and almond milk. They set up beautifully! They’re definitely FULL of cocoa– mine look much darker than your pic– but I love them this way!

  7. Thanks for the tip on how much cocoa powder to use when making no bake chocolate no bake oatmeal this will be my first time making them & I want them to taste good

  8. I couldn’t find our family’s recipe for these so I used yours. They tasted like a bar of bakers chocolate and my heart is racing – beating out of my chest. Maybe a typo? I think that’s way too much cocoa powder. I finally found ours – we’ve only ever used 3-4 Tablespoons. A half cup is 8 Tablespoons. Others with heart conditions, like me, may want to cut the amount (shown) in half as well. 🙂

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