Fast and Easy Classic No Bake Cookies

One pan, simple ingredients, no oven necessary. These classic no bake cookies are a fast and easy treat that’s on everyone’s favorites list!

Classic No Bake Cookies

Course Dessert
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 90 kcal


  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.
  • Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.
  • Drop heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keyword buffet, chocolate oatmeal, dessert, fast and easy, no bake cookies, one pan recipe, picnic food, quick and easy

Did you know?   Oats are a great addition to your day.  They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health.  Check out the facts here!

How about an oatmeal raisin breakfast cookie?  Yup, you heard that right.  Breakfast cookie.

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4 Replies to “Fast and Easy Classic No Bake Cookies”

  1. Thanks for sharing your recipe on No-Bake Cookies. I never knew you could make cookies without baking. I am going to fix these with my grandkids and share the outcome with you with finished pictures. I also like the fact you given us a daily tip about Oats and how they are important to our daily diet. 

    1. Thank you for your kind comments and I look forward to your feedback!  I love cooking and baking with my grandchildren…it teaches them so much!

  2. Thanks for your no-bake cookie recipe. I’ve been looking for a recipe just like this that I can use with my students. I teach maths and sometimes I like to vary what we do and using recipes is a great way to show the kids that maths has a practical everyday use. We use recipes to practice ratios, multiplication and weights and measures, but being ‘maths’ we don’t have access to cooking facilities but we can do no-bake recipes! AND, the cookies taste good too! Thanks again. 

    1. I have also used cooking as a learning tool with my children and grandchildren.  The cognitive development they achieve is multi-faceted!  Not only do they learn math but also problem-solving, creativity, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect.  And the best part?  A delicious treat awaits them at the end of this test!  I’d love some pictures of your class making cookies.

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