no-bake chocolate cookies

No-bake chocolate cookies in a jar and two on a napkin in front of a boat.

I remember making these no-bake chocolate cookies as a young campfire girl. I very much liked the fact that all the ingredients were assembled in the same pan. Brilliant! The key to success is to boil the mixture for just one minute to make sure the sugar dissolves, but no longer (or the cookies will dry out when they cool). These cookies have popped up at a number of local espresso stands recently and still make a satisfying afternoon treat. For another one-pan cookie recipe try the molasses sugar cookies.

no-bake chocolate cookies

Serves: Makes 2 1/2 dozen
Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 cups rolled oats or quick-cooking oats
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract



In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, cocoa, salt, and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for exactly 1 minute.


Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter. Add the oatmeal and vanilla and mix well.


Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper and allow the cookies to cool until firm, about 30 minutes.


Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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  • Reply
    March 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I have made the no-bake cookies before and they never seem to set. What am I doing wrong?

    • Reply
      Carol Buchan
      March 14, 2017 at 3:23 am

      Patti, I usually have the opposite problem, if I heat the sugar, butter, cocoa and milk mixture too long,the cookies are a little too dry, so I’d try melting the butter, sugar, cocoa and milk. Bring to a boil and let boil at least a minute to dissolve the sugar, then cool before adding the rest of the ingredients.

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