Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies {No Bake}

filed under: Cookies · Dessert · Food + Drink on February 20, 2021

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies {No Bake} are a no-bake treat made with quick oats, cocoa, and creamy peanut butter for a quick, but flavorful cookie. Check out my peanut butter cookie recipe for a more classic peanut butter cookie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies {No Bake}

The combination of chocolate and peanut butter in this no-bake cookie is the perfect pairing of flavors. I have plenty of chocolate and peanut butter desserts like my Chocolate Peanut Butter Ooey Gooey Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, and Peanut Butter Hi-Hat Cookies (just to name a few). But, it’s nice to have a quick treat like these No-Bake  Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies when you are craving that chocolate peanut butter combo.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients

With just a few common ingredients (and without turning on your oven) you can have these no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies made to enjoy in just a few minutes!

Quick-cooking oats: These quick oats are more processed than old-fashioned oats, which allows the oats to cook faster. 

Butter: I used unsalted butter for this recipe, so I added 1/4 teaspoon salt. If you use a stick of salted butter, you could leave out the salt.

Brown Sugar: Use light or dark brown sugar for this recipe–whatever you have on hand.

Milk: I prefer whole milk in recipes, but you could get by with 2% milk.

Peanut Butter: Because of the texture you get from the oats, I chose to use creamy peanut butter. But, for a little crunch in each bite, you could use crunchy peanut butter.

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How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Again, there is no reason to turn on your oven to get these no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies made. First, line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside. Next, add the quick oats and salt to a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine and set that aside as well.

Then, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add brown sugar, cocoa powder, and milk. Bring the mixture to a low boil (just long enough to dissolve the sugar) and then promptly remove the saucepan from the heat. Over-boiling the chocolate mixture will lead to a dry crumbly cookie.  Next, add the peanut butter and vanilla to the saucepan and whisk together until smooth.

Finally, pour the mixture over the salted oats and fold the oats in the mixture with a wooden spoon. Be sure to get all the oats coated with the peanut butter mixture. Use a 2-3 tablespoon scoop to drop the cookies on the lined baking sheets. Let them cool completely at room temperature before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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5 from 6 votes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies {No Bake}
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are a no-bake treat made with quick oats, cocoa, and creamy peanut butter for a quick, but flavorful cookie.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies {No Bake}
Servings: 25
Calories: 201 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 3 cups (270g) quick-cooking oats
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (400g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (122.5g) milk
  • 1 cup (258g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, add quick oats and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside.

  3. In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, melt butter.
  4. Add brown sugar, cocoa powder, and milk whisking until sugar is dissolved. The mixture will boil slightly, then, promptly remove from heat. (Over-boiling will cause a dry/crumbly cookie)

  5. Add peanut butter and vanilla and whisk until smooth and creamy.
  6. Pour peanut butter mixture over the oats and fold in with a wooden spoon until incorporated. Make sure all oats are fully coated.

  7. Use a 2-3 tablespoon cookie scoop and drop the mixture onto the lined baking sheet, leaving 1-2 inches between each cookie.

  8. Let the cookies completely cool on the counter. (They will flatten out a bit as they cool.)

  9. Store cooled cookies in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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  • Robin Penicka says:

    My grandma made these as long as I can remember and taught me how back in the mid 70’s. I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen and make them with her! I still make em today, but I make mine by the teaspoon. They’re alittle rich, but oh so good!

  • Julie says:

    Wow, my mom used to make these back in the 60s! They were my favorite cookies.

  • Lenora J Towery says:

    Yummy cookies

  • Dee says:

    How do I subscribe to your recipe newsletter.

  • Rita J Shabazz says:

    Made this for my son he love cookies and this had chocolate oats in it was so easy to make no mixer just stir it up

  • Garry says:

    Looking forward to baking these recipes.

  • Charlene says:

    My grandmother taught me how to make these cookies when I can barely walk. I got the recipe memorized and I make them quite frequently for my children and my neighbors. But I never put peanut butter in it some people like it that way but not me but they are delicious

  • Naomi M Karczewski says:

    My Grandma calls them “Poo Cookies” because of how they look. 😅
    Can I use any kind of milk? I have fat free milk.

  • Jeanette says:

    Do you boil for one minute? That is traditionally the amount of time and I want to make sure it is the same with your recipe–which sounds wonderful.

  • Michael Shellman says:

    I am looking forward to trying your dessert good ies.

  • Charles Foley Sr. says:

    Thank you for this posting. I used to have a similar recipe, but it has been lost in the shuffle. I love these cookies. Thanks again for all your easy to follow recipes.

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  • Teri says:

    Absolutely delicious! Not really my idea of a cookie. More like candy. Great to not have to turn on the oven on a 90° day😊

  • Perryn Cappelli says:

    I work at a peanut/tree nut free facility and I wanted to know if sun butter would work just as well? I love these cookies and would love to bring them in but I need to use something that doesn’t have peanuts or tree nuts.

  • Julie says:

    These are my husband’s favorites! I’ve made them for years but I love this recipe with the brown sugar and additional vanilla.
    You can’t go wrong when you make this recipe! (Clearly I rushed to make it right away!!) taste tested and husband approved too!