My most favorite cookie of ALL TIME! These are The BEST Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies! They are soft, rich, and completely irresistible!

One pile of 5 chocolate peanut butter oatmeal no-bake cookies.

This recipe has evolved over the years. I’ve become famous amongst friends and family for making THE best no-bake cookies. I’ve also become well known for my Texas sheet cake, my (no-bake) Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding, and my brown butter chocolate chip cookies to name a few.

But these soft, rich, and decadent no-bake cookies are my signature dessert. Is it sad that something so simple is my signature dish? I mean, they are so easy to make!

But the combination of chocolate and peanut butter… it’s a match made in heaven. Everyone knows this!

Close up of the most delicious chocolate peanut butter oatmeal no-bake cookie, sitting on white parchment paper.

How do you make No Bake Cookies

  • Grab a saucepan. Melt the butter over medium low heat.
  • Once the butter has melted, add the sugar, milk, and cocoa powder. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil. Boil (stirring occasionally) for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and add the delicious peanut butter!
  • Add the vanilla and the oats.
  • Scoop onto wax paper and let set. Enjoy!

Chocolate no-bake cookies on a piece of white parchment paper.

Tips for success

  • Use quick oats. The Old Fashioned Oats are too large. I mean, you can use the old fashioned oats, but in my opinion, the quick oats make for a much more delicious no bake cookie 🙂
  • Don’t heat the cocoa mixture too quickly. Keep the heat around medium to medium-low. You don’t want to burn the mixture!
  • Have the peanut butter pre-measured before you bring the mixture to a boil.

I rarely make a FULL batch of these oatmeal no-bake cookies. So the recipe you see below is a half batch. It will make a dozen cookies. If you make the full batch, good for you! I have zero self-control, so I’d eat all 24 cookies.

In fact, that reminds me of a story.

Here’s some background info, my husband is a medical school student. Yep. I see him a few hours a week. The first year of medical school was the most difficult. We just had our first child, and I was adjusting to being a stay-at-home mom. Our son, Bronson, was is a terrible sleeper. The days he’d refuse to nap, I’d cope by making a batch of no-bake cookies. And I’d HIDE THEM. I didn’t want my husband to know I made the same cookies 3-4 days in a row. This is no lie. Go ahead, ask him.

So trust me when I say, I’ve made these a zillion times!

A close up of a chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookie, with a bite taken out of it.

What are you waiting for? Make these stat!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

Author: Salt & Baker
Servings 12 cookies
My most favorite cookie of ALL TIME! These chocolate peanut butter oatmeal no-bake cookies are soft, rich, and completely irresistible! 
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 T cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter I use creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup quick oats, if the mixture seems too runny, add up to 1/4 cup more oats


  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. 
  • When the butter has melted, add the milk, sugar, and cocoa powder. Stir. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. I never let it sit too long without stirring. 
  • Remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir. Add the quick oats and stir until evenly coated.
  • Lay out a small piece of wax paper. Drop by spoonfuls onto the wax paper. Let cool. Enjoy!



Calories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 81mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 125IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.6mg
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The BEST No-Bake Cookies EVER! I've perfected this recipe over the past 6 years and these cookies are award winning! The perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter! #peanutbutter #chocolate #nobakes #nobake #cookies #dessert #recipes
The BEST EVER chocolate peanut butter oatmeal no-bake cookies!