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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies bring back fond memories of my mom. They were her favorite, and she always made a batch when she knew company was coming. —Jacquie McTaggart, Independence, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, cubed
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the first 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter and vanilla until blended. Stir in oats. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set. Store in airtight containers.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookie Tips

Why won’t my no-bake cookies harden?

If you don't boil the ingredients or if you shorten the cooking time, you may get a softer result. Be sure to bring the sugar, butter, milk, cocoa and salt mixture to a boil and then cook and stir for 3 minutes as instructed. Make sure you follow our other cookie tips in our cookie baking guide, too.

Can you use old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats in cookies?

Yes, you can use old-fashioned oats instead. However, the texture of your cookie will be different. Old-fashioned oats are flatter and larger and yield a hearty, chewy texture to your cookies. Quick oats are smaller and cut into pieces, producing cookies that are softer. Learn more about the different types of oats.

What else can you add to this no-bake cookie recipe?

Try adding different kinds of cereals (like Cheerios or Chex Mix) or substitute almond butter for the peanut butter. Better yet, check out our other no-bake cookie variations!
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 139 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • soonrzfan
    Sep 23, 2020

    We love this recipe! I always use quick oats, reduce the amount of cocoa to 1 Tbsp, and add 1/2 cup of raisins. So good!

  • Bonnie
    Jul 27, 2020

    made as shown. dont look like the picture. spread on cookie sheet.stll mushy after 6 hours in refrig. is something missing in the recipe?

  • James
    Jul 27, 2020

    These are great no-bake cookies My family loves them. We call them "Mud Drop Cookies".

  • urbanmate64
    Jul 8, 2020

    I have made these for years but we do not put peanut butter in them. Makes such a wonderful taste without the peanut butter in it.

  • OwlTree
    Jul 8, 2020

    This was the first cookie that my daughter learned to make when she was in elementary school many years ago. Her dad and I loved them and she was so proud of her accomplishment. She passed away four years ago, and this recipe brings back so many wonderful memories. Thank you TOH for publishing!

  • Stephanie
    Mar 31, 2020

    These are 5 stat if you substitute evaporated milk for regular milk. I’ve never refrigerated mine either. They are ready to eat within 30 minutes. We call them ”Dad’s birthday cookies” because he has to have them every year on his birthday.

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  • gmalovesyou
    Mar 15, 2020

    Have made these for years. Family favorite. So easy. So good.

  • Waukegan
    Mar 12, 2020

    Off the charts and a family favorite! Easy to make because they are no-bake. Do not overcook or do not cook at a hard boil or the sugars will crystalize and you'll have a dry, hard cookie instead of a moist cookie.