No-bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies

These no-bake cookies are so easy and fast, the perfect thing to whip up when you are craving some chocolate.

No-bake Cookies

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  • 1 cube (stick) butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • Stir together in a medium sauce pan, bring ingredients to a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat then add:
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats


  • Mix together then return to burner for 1 minute. Drop by spoonfulls onto wax paper or aluminum foil. Cool to set.


  1. Team Jensen says:

    These are my all-time favorite! Comfort food. LOVE it!!!

  2. Katie says:

    I like to press the hot mixture (using a spoon of course) into cookie cutters. That way you can make it into different shapes.

  3. Mary says:

    Man, these were so good, my husbands favorite. I had lost the recipe, so he is really glad to have this one back.

  4. BetteB says:

    Oooh, I like this kind of no bake cookie that has few ingredients. Similar to these cookies I think.

  5. Moco says:

    i made these last night for my roomates, they were amaazing!! I also have started a food blog, id love for you to check it out.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. houseofpeters says:

    Quick question – when you say a cube of butter, do you mean the whole stick or what measurement exactly?? Thanks!

  7. Erica says:

    yes, 1 cube = 1 stick = 1/2 c.

    • vicki says:

      is that half a cup

      • Echo says:

        Yes ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. steveandlaura says:

    My mom always calls these fudge drops! Soooo yummy when they are first made hot and fresh!

  9. Kimberly Roose says:

    These cookies are a happy memory of my husband`s childhood. I had lost the recipe, so thank you for the post. I will make them this afternoon. Awesome website.

  10. Iamme says:

    Thanks for yet another great recipe! In the past, I’ve had problems with the sugar in my cookies crystallizing or becoming too dry. Someone recently told me you have to boil them for exactly 1 minute so when I found your recipe last week, I was happy to see you included that in the instructions. True to form, you’ve provided another great recipe. I used dark cocoa powder as it was all I had on hand and they turned out soft and delicious and perfect; the best batch I’ve ever made!

  11. JoAnn says:

    My mom calls these reindeer poop! I put coconut in mine too….my family loves these

  12. caren says:

    Hi, instead of oats are there any other alternative I can use? Cause I was thinking of trying it, but kids aint too fond of oats.

    • Erica says:

      Hmmm I don’t know what to recommend with this one… you can use quick oats and they absorb the chocolate a little more.

  13. Ron so says:

    can peanut butter be eliminated in this recipe? my 7 year old boy is allergic to peanut butter.

    • Erica says:

      You could probably use cookie butter or nutella instead. Haven’t tried it but that would be my best guess!

      • susan says:

        posted this on wrong comment ๐Ÿ™‚ just an fyi, sunflower butter and soy nut butter are excellent substitutes for peanut butter, I have a peanut allergic son as well.

        • Echo says:

          Thank you for the substitution ideas!

  14. Arlene says:

    Tried it without peanut butter and it is toooo sweet! Will try again with a bit less sugar and a bit more oats.

    • Echo says:

      You’ll have to let us know how it turns out… it’s hard to find a good substitute for peanut butter!

  15. Jessica R says:

    Just made these and they are very chocolately and good! However mine didn’t set completely. How long do they normally take to set? I just stuck them in the freezer for a bit hoping that helps.

    • Echo says:

      It usually doesn’t take that long – about 15 minutes. If they aren’t setting up, they may not have cooked long enough. I hope the freezer trick worked!

    • Laura says:

      A friend of mine told me that if it is too humid, the cookies may not set.

  16. Heather says:

    I’ve been making these for my whole life love them

  17. Laura says:

    A friend of mine says that if it is too humid, the cookies may not set.

    • Erica says:

      That is probably right— we have lived only in pretty dry climates and they seem to set up quite well. Let me know if you have difficulty with it setting in a more humid climate

  18. judy says:

    East and west coast are different. In the east, a cube of butter is nothe sold. It is sold by the pound in four 1/4 LB Sticks or a pound block…so is it a 1/4 lb stick? Did not rate high, because I could not make it due to lack of standardization of the ingredient listing. If that is fixed and I can make it, I can make a rating based on taste. Don’t want to be mean but so many people post recipes that are like this and it gets frustrating.

    • Erica says:

      A cube (or stick) = 1/2 c.

  19. Shirley Brocklehurst says:

    I made these this morning ,they turned out perfect thank you. I would like to be on your mailing list.

    • Erica says:

      Thank you so much! You can subscribe to our mailing list if you go to out home-page and scroll about half-way down– it is on the right sidebar. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again!

  20. Shirley Brocklehurst says:

    LOVE THESE!!!!

  21. Kevin says:

    We have always made them with 1/4 cup shortening (Crisco) instead of butter. Tried them with butter a few times but we didn’t think that they were as good.

    • Echo says:

      I’ve never tried these cookies with shortening. Thank you for your comment – I’ll try it next time.

  22. vicki says:

    when you say 1/2c is that 1/2 a cup

    • Echo says:

      Yes! Thank you for asking.

  23. JUDE says:

    Love these. I no long drop mine wax paper ,I just pour them in a 9 x 13 and cut them with a pizza cutter. Les time~~~ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. P atricia says:

    Would love to make these, Is this an American measurement for all ingredients, not sure what a stick of butter is equivalent to ,I’m in Australia,would I have to convert the whole recepie?

    • Erica says:

      A stick = 1/2 cup. Hope this helps!

  25. Judith Whittenberg says:

    Can honey be substituted for the sugar?

    • Erica says:

      We haven’t substituted with honey before, I am not sure if it would work.. but you can definitely try it and let us know how it turns out!

  26. Melissa says:

    Regular (sweetened) cocoa or unsweetened? Most recipes for these cookies say Unsweetened but I only have regular and your’s didn’t specify. I’m going to give it a shot. Wonder if I should lessen the sugar by a half cup just in case. Any ideas anyone? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Erica says:

      you will want to use unsweetened for sure or they will be too sweet. Hopefully this helps!

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