No bake chocolate cookies are one of my favorite childhood cookies. They are a classic no bake cookie that everyone loves.
I know there are many versions of no bake cookies out there. These are my favorite. We made these cookies often when I was a kid. The original recipe came from an old cookbook put together by the school in the small town I grew up in. It is one of those tried and true recipes that everyone made. These cookies were brought to bake sales, church potlucks, parties, picnics, and more.
I think it was the first cookie recipe I learned to make all by myself and I have made it more times than I can count over the years. All my kids now know how to make these as well. This is a great recipe for kids to try because it does not use the oven, just the stove top.
This time of year when the weather is hot and I try to avoid turning on the oven. We still enjoy having desserts though and this recipe works great for those times that I need a dessert, but don’t want to turn on my oven.
The reality though is that these cookies are good anytime of year. We make these a lot during the summer, but we also make them all year long.
I also love that this recipe is inexpensive to make. It contains simple ingredients that I usually have on hand. This is the classic no bake cookie recipe with peanut butter. An alternative butter like Sunbutter or soybutter works as well.
If you are looking for a peanut free no bake cookie though be sure to check out my no bake cookies without peanut butter. And you can make no bake cookies even easier by turning them into bars. Check out my no bake cookie bars to see how I make no bake cookies even easier.
No Bake Chocolate Cookies
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup milk
- 4 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups quick cooking oats ( For gluten free version use gluten free quick oats)
- ⅔ cup peanut butter ( Sunbutter or soybutter work as well)
- Bring first four ingredients to a boil and cook 1 minute.
- Add vanilla, oatmeal, and peanut butter and stir until combined.
- Drop onto wax paper or parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Refrigerate until firm and enjoy!