No Bake Cookies


No Bake Cookies
Yesterday was school supply shopping day here.  We have a little tradition of my son and I going out to lunch (his choice) and then heading out to get supplies.  It always amazes me how much he needs, but I must say this year I am happy he only needed 1 box each of crayons and markers.  I think last year I had to buy 4 or each.  It really made me wonder how much he would actually learn and not just color all day.  This year he had notebooks, erasers, red pens, and an actual ruler on the list!  I think 2nd grade is looking good so far.

One thing I know that my 2nd grader will always request is No Bake Cookies.  This is one of those cookies that I usually always have on hand.   I keep them in the freezer, and they go in school lunches.  I take one out in the morning, and by lunch time it is nice and thawed for him.   It has been a few months since we have had these in the freezer though, and apparently my 7 year old was going through withdrawal.  He is usually good with whatever cookie or dessert I want to make.  But this week he put his foot down, and would not stop asking for these!

You really can’t get much easier than these cookies.  Just a few ingredients, heat to a boil, cook for 1 minute, spoon onto cookie sheets.  I remember making these when I was in grade school with a friend.  I think it was probably 4th grade.  They store perfectly well in the freezer.  They don’t require an oven on super hot days.  What more do I need to say to convince you to make these?  Oh yeah, they have peanut butter and chocolate in them?  There.  Go make them!

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Your classic Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Oats No Bake Cookie, Perfect for the hot summer when you don't want to heat up the house. They store great in the freezer for school lunches!

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 Tbls cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tbls vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Oats (any kind)


  1. In a large sauce pan melt butter. Add sugar, cocoa powder and milk. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, add vanilla and peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Fold in oats.
  2. Scoop rounded tablespoons full of batter onto lined cookie sheets. Allow to cool before removing. Store in an air tight container.


I usually freeze mine as soon as they cool. If I don't freeze them, I still think they are best stored in the fridge (but that isn't required). Adapted from Food Network




  1. I would be going through withdrawls too if I hadn’t had these lovely cookies in a few months. They look scrumptious!

  2. Why have I never made no bake cookies? The fact that they are easy and delicious is a win-win!

  3. These do look good Erin, I have wanted to try no bake cookies-thanks for sharing this recipe;-)

  4. Yum! These cookies look wonderful!!! How many do you get in a batch.

  5. love the classic no bake cookie perfect for this hot weather we have here!

  6. Genius cookies! I wonder if I can make these without the peanut butter, as there’s a “no tree nut” rule in schools here in Canada. :( Is it the same in the States?

    • Jen, I know it depends on the school here in the US. In Iowa we were able to bring in whatever we wanted for snack and parties, including homemade. But in Colorado everything has to be store bought with the ingredients listed. You can still bring in peanut and tree nut things, it just has to be labeled as such. The kids that are allergic usually have their own special stash with the teacher for when kids bring in stuff they can’t have.

      Peanuts aren’t a tree nut, so you might be able to get away with it. I know Nutella makes a great sub, but that is a tree nut for sure :)

  7. No bake… totally after my heart. :) These look wonderful.
    We are also in the midst of getting school supplies.. I don’t ever remember school being this specific of what they needed when I was a kid.

  8. I love no bake cookies! They are a perfect snack!

  9. What a great idea!! I can’t stand the oven on during these hot days!

  10. is there anything more satisfying than a no-bake cookie??

  11. Loving these no bake delights. The only probelm is that I would not be able to control myself and would eat way more than one. Delish!!!!

  12. You really didn’t have to stay that much! you convinced me from the first photo.
    You made me smile when you were wondering how much they learn at school. Tiffany goes through a box of colors in about one month from all the drawing she does on every single piece of paper she finds in the house :))

  13. We always did lunch with my mom along with back to school shopping – individual dates for each of the 5 of us – and I loved it! I also love a good no-bake cookie :)

  14. I’m sure these put a smile on your son’s face, they did mine. We’ve had 100+ weather here, so turning on the oven isn’t ideal. It’s great you have those traditions with your son, he will remember it when her gets older. Hope your all unpacked too.

  15. What delicious looking cookies. Great that they don’t need to be cooked and that they can be stored in the freezer. They do look like a great lunch box treat however here in Australia, anything with nuts is banned from school. It does limit what can go in a lunch box!

  16. I make these exact same cookies! Aren’t they delicious? And so darn easy to make? I just made a batch a few weeks ago + I ate ’em waaaay too quick. =) Love your suggestion of storing them in the freezer + pulling one out in time to thaw for lunch – smart!

  17. I have only made these once and failed miserably. I blame my mom for being allergic to peanuts and never teaching me how to perfect the no baked skills. Never knew they froze like that.

  18. My grandson has tree nut allergies so I’m wondering if I could use almond butter or sun butter instead of peanut butter?

    • Sun butter would work, or Biscoff Spread (Cookie Butter) if you can get your hands on that. Almonds are a tree nut, so I would be careful with that. But if he isn’t allergic to almonds, the almond butter would work well too. Hope you enjoy!


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