No Bake PB Choco-Oatmeal Cookies

I’m not sure which I like better.  a.) That these cookies have peanut butter, chocolate, coconut and oatmeal in them. Or, is it b.) for the fact that they didn’t require me turning on my oven. Or c.) {This would be the the one I’d probably pick} because they take all of a 5 minutes to prepare and all of 1 minute to consume!


These No Bakes are ooey and gooey, chocked full of yummy ingredients that will leave you stunned and amazed that it only took eight, yes eight pantry-ready ingredients to get you there! I personally like my no bakes with a hot cup of coffee. My kids dunked them in milk. Either way you can’t go wrong.

The only hard part, is finding it in you to share them! But then again nobody says you have to.

Measure and set up all your ingredients so they are ready to go. This recipe moves fast, so best to be prepared!

Into a medium sauce pan, add the sugar and butter.

Pour in the whole milk.

Cocoa powder. I highly, highly, highly recommend a good cocoa powder. My fav is from Penzy’s it’s the all natural high fat kind. I think it tastes the best!

Stir and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Once it’s there start the timer for a minute and thirty seconds. Not a minute under or over.

Because I had to mix and pour at the same time I couldn’t accurately photograph a few of the steps. So in goes the vanilla.

Pour in the oats and coconut.

Then lastly add the 1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter. I add this last only because I don’t want to splash the hot chocolate mixture onto myself. Because knowing me, I totally would… and it would hurt.

Stir until the peanut butter is melted and all the ingredients are mixed throughout. If this wasn’t scorching hot, I’d so stick a spoon and eat this as is. True story.

I use a teaspoon and measure out two per cookie onto my silpat lined sheet pan. Wax paper would work too.

Then you just let them chill out and cool. Done.

You do have permission to taste the batter. I licked the spatula. It’s my right.

I stored these in a container lined with wax paper so they wouldn’t stick. But they didn’t stick at all, because they didn’t even make it 24 hours before they were all gone.

Love <3!


No-Bake PB Choco-Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes


1-1/2 cups White Sugar

1/2 cup Whole Milk

1/2 cup Salted Butter

4 tablespoons All Natural High Fat Cocoa Powder

1/2 cup {heaping} Crunchy Peanut Butter

2 cups Old Fashioned Oats

1 cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes

1-1/4 teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract


Line two baking sheets with a silpat liner or wax paper.

In a medium saucepan; add the sugar, butter, milk and cocoa. Stir and bring up to a rolling boil. The second it reaches that rolling boil, start a timer for a minute and thirty seconds {keep stirring!}.

When the time is up, remove from the heat and while stirring add in the vanilla, oats, coconut and lastly the peanut butter. Mix until the peanut butter is melted and all the ingredients are combined.

Using a teaspoon, measure out two spoonfuls per cookie onto the prepared pans. Let cool for an hour or until they are easily removed using an offset spatula.

Store in an airtight container.

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22 Responses to “No Bake PB Choco-Oatmeal Cookies”

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    Nava Krishnan — September 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    not only its simple but looks so delicious.

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    Lisa @ Life in Green — September 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    These have always been one of my all-time favs…so addicting!

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    RavieNomNoms — September 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Oh I just love how these cookies are no back! They look really good. Peanut butter is always a winner in my book

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    Renee Zublic — September 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I love the idea of these cookies- what a fantastic after school treat! We're not fans of coconut in my house, however. If I left it out, do you think I could just increase the amount of oats in the recipe?

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Yes Renee! I would just substitute a cup of oatmeal for the coconut! I just re-read the recipe and I use old fashioned oats… just so you know 🙂

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    These cookies look so good and I like that they are no-bake!! Do you think they would still turn out okay if I didn't use as much sugar or used a sugar substitute?

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    Christine — October 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I make these all the time for Aaron. They are his favorite!!! I never thought to add coconut though!! YUM!!!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — October 1, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Stephanie, I'm not a fan of sugar substitutes… so I wont be much help there. But go ahead and decrease the sugar a little, like maybe to 1-1/4 cup and see if you like it. 🙂

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    Amy — October 1, 2011 at 5:42 am

    We call those "bear turds" around here. Love them!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — October 1, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Oh my gosh Amy! That is so disgusting and hilarious at the same time!! HA!!!

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    kita — October 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I've got to give these little no bake wonders a chance. I don't know what it was – but I tried to make them once, and they never set. Ever…. 72 hours later never. Lol. Yours look like they came out perfect and make me want to take them on for round 2.

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    Pretend Chef — October 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Love no bake cookies. Looks so delicious.

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — October 2, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Kita~ I think it has to do with the amount of time you let it boil for. Anything short of a minute and a half will leave them runny, and anything over could make them dry. Go for round two girl! YOU CAN DO IT!

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    Blue Star Vermont — October 3, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I know these cookies. My twin sister &I used to made them on Saturdays for my Dad. They are a part of my childhood. We loved them. Never lasted long. I can see from the all important shine of the cookies in your photos that you got them just right. Bravo!

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    Fahad Khan — October 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I love chocolate cookies!Actually,who doesn't?
    Such a simple recipe,greatly fuss free since it requires no oven and quick too!Thank you for sharing,love it so much,sharing it with my twitter followers too!:-)

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    brandi — October 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    i can never make no bakes like my moms 🙂 they're one of my favorite cookies! but hers are always pure cocoa (no pb) – so good! these look perfect.

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    Lizzy — October 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Mmm…mine are cooling now! Just made them, and am making yur banana bread now! x

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    Anonymous — November 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    So, so good! I made them for my book club last night and they were a hit… There was a lineup to bring the leftovers home, so I guess I'll have to make more for me 🙂

    Ps… Good call on the 1min 30 boil- that was indeed perfect, mine turned out fudgey without being runny or dry. And, the tops of the cookies remained appealingly shiny when they cooled! I love easy recipes that

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    Rach — November 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I love these! My family called them mo' cookies because you always wanted more!

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    Trish — May 27, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    May 27, 2016
    Is the 4T. of cocoa correct for the no bake cookie recipe? Please advise as I would like to make these cookies this weekend. Thank you in advance:)

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 27th, 2016 @ 2:13 pm

      Hi Trish! Yes! 4 tablespoons is correct. Enjoy!


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