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How to make Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter

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These soft, chewy, moist chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies are filled with chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal!
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Table of Contents
  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Ingredients
  2. Substitutions for Chocolate No Bake Cookies
  3. How to make No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter
  4. Tips for No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
  5. How to serve Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake Cookies
  6. How To Store No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
  7. FAQs for No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter
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Growing up, my mom always made these classic chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies. They have a moist and chewy texture full of rich peanut butter and decadent chocolate and are an oh-so-tasty treat. 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 3 cups of quick-cooking oats
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

PRO TIP:

If using salted butter rather than unsalted butter, do not add any additional salt! 

Substitutions for Chocolate No Bake Cookies

NUT-FREE: Substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter if you want to make these cookies nut-free.

ALMOND BUTTER: You can also use almond butter in place of peanut butter if you want an almond version of this simple recipe.

OATS: We would recommend quick-cooking oats rather than old-fashioned oats for this no-bake recipe.

MIX-INS: Add raisins, coconut, or chocolate chips to this great treat for more fun surprises in every bite.

How to make No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter

These peanut butter chocolate no bakes are a classic treat that are so easy to make, you don’t even need an oven.

These delicious cookies have the perfect balance of sweetness and salty flavor thanks to creamy peanut butter, sugar, and oats. Preparing them could not be simpler.

Here’s how you make our recipe for no bake cookies with peanut butter:

STEP ONE: Stir together quick oats and salt in a large bowl and then set them aside. 

STEP TWO: In a small saucepan, over medium-high heat, whisk together the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa. Bring the butter and sugar mixture to a boil for about a minute and then remove from the heat.

PRO TIP:

Make sure you have your other ingredients measured and ready to stir in as soon as the chocolate comes off the heat.

milk being poured into a pot and ingredients in a measuring cup

PRO TIP:

Don’t overcook the chocolate mixture. Otherwise, it will become too thick, and you will end up with crumbly cookies.

STEP THREE: Whisk in the peanut butter and vanilla until well combined.

peanut butter and vanilla being added to the pot

STEP FOUR: Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the oats and stir until combined.

chocolate peanut butter mixture being poured over oats

STEP FIVE: Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Drop the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet using a medium cookie scoop.

cookies scooped onto wax paper

STEP SIX: Let the cookies cool on the countertop. Store in the refrigerator once the cookies are cool and dry.

cookies being cooled on a pan

Tips for No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal: Quick-cook oats are your best friend here. They soften up perfectly without needing baking. No quick-cook oats? Pulse old-fashioned oats in a food processor a few times for a close substitute.

Sugar: Don’t walk away from the stove when cooking the sugar mixture! Watch it closely and bring it to a boil for exactly one minute.

Overcooking makes crumbly and dry cookies.

If your cookies don’t set up, it’s likely because the mixture wasn’t boiled long enough.

Cool It Down: Patience is key! Let the cookies completely cool on the counter before popping them in the fridge. Warm cookies in the fridge turn gooey.

Freeze and Be Happy: Leftovers are a good thing! Freeze these cookies in an airtight container to enjoy later. They’ll thaw perfectly at room temperature.

How to serve Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Whip up a batch of these no bake chocolate peanut butter cookies the next time you are craving that magical combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

They would be the perfect treat for after-school snacks, along with a cold glass of milk or a warm cup of rich whipped hot chocolate.

If you’re looking for even more easy cookie recipes, you’ll want to try our Doubletree cookies or peanut butter oatmeal cookies.

How To Store No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

IN THE FRIDGE: Let the peanut butter chocolate cookies cool on the countertop and then store them in the refrigerator once the cookies are cool and dry.

PRO TIP:

It’s VERY important you let them cool on the countertop before putting them in the fridge or they will become gooey. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze these sweet cookies. Just make sure they’re stored in an airtight container, so they don’t get freezer burn.

I would remove them before serving to allow the cookies to thaw. 

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I’m sure your family will love these delicious chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies as much as we do. Moist, soft, and chewy, they are bursting with chocolate and peanut butter. The best part is with just a handful of simple ingredients, and a few minutes, this favorite cookie will be ready in no time.

FAQs for No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter

Can you put no-bake cookies in the fridge to harden?

These no-bake cookies should not be put into the fridge while hardening as they will become gooey. Leave them on the counter until they are solid.

Why are my no-bake cookies crumbly?

There are two primary reasons why the cookies turn out crumbly. If the ingredients are measured incorrectly, especially the oats, your cookies will be crumbly. Overcooking the mixture can also be a common cause for the cookies to turn out crumbly.

Why did my no-bake cookies not set?

No-bake cookies won’t set if the mixture has not been boiled for a long enough time.

Why are my no-bake cookies dry and hard?

No-bake cookies turn out dry and hard if the mixture has been overcooked. Make sure to follow the precise cooking time to avoid the mixture drying out.

Why do my no-bake cookies turn out gooey?

Your no-bake cookies may turn out gooey if the mixture has not been cooked long enough on the stovetop.

Can you use old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats in no-bake cookies?

If you can avoid it, we don’t recommend using old-fashioned oats as they are larger in size and won’t soften up enough during the cooking process. If you don’t have any other oats on hand, you can pulse the old-fashioned oats in a food processor to make smaller pieces.

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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These soft, chewy, moist chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies are filled with chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 30

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups quick cook oats
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, unsalted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, stir together the oats and salt. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, over medium-high heat, whisk together the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil for about a minute and then remove from heat.
  • Whisk in the peanut butter and vanilla until well combined.
  • Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the oats and stir until combined.
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Drop the cookies onto the wax paper using a medium cookie scoop.
  • Let the cookies cool on the countertop. Store in the refrigerator once cookies are cool and dry.

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Notes

  • If using salted butter rather than unsalted butter, do not add any additional salt! 
  • Make sure you have your other ingredients measured and ready to stir in as soon as the chocolate comes off the heat.
  • Don’t overcook the chocolate mixture. Otherwise, it will become too thick, and you will end up with crumbly cookies.
  • It’s VERY important you let them cool on the countertop before putting them in the fridge, or they will become gooey. 

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
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