several no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies piled on a white pedestal

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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I am a huge fan of cookies. It is hard to find a cookie that I do not like. Some of my favorite kinds of cookies are no-bake cookies. Since I really like oats and oatmeal, this no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies recipe really hits the spot.

They are soft and full of chocolate flavor. You kind of feel healthy eating them too, I mean they are full of oatmeal, so they have to be healthy right? Maybe not, but I will keep telling myself that, especially after I eat the third or fourth one

And they are completely gluten-free. Also, it is always a good idea to have a handful of no-bake recipes at your fingertips. Maybe you don’t want to turn on the oven, maybe you don’t have a large oven and only have a microwave and hotplate.

There are a variety of reasons why you may want to make these no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. They are super easy to make if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Three chocolate no-bake oatmeal cookies leaning on each other on a white plate.

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools for the no-bake oatmeal cookies

First, let’s get the ingredients and tools together for this no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies recipe. You will need the following:

  • Butter – I usually use unsalted butter, but you can use salted too if you like. Just reduce the amount of actual salt.
  • Milk – Normally I use whole milk but you can use 2%, 1%, skim, etc. as well.
  • White Granulated Sugar – The main sweetness ingredient.
  • Cocoa powder – Make sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder and not the chocolate milk powder. This is where that chocolate flavor will come from.
  • Salt – This will enhance the flavor of the other ingredients and balance out the sweetness a little bit.
  • Brown sugar – You can use light or dark brown sugar. The brown sugar will help the cookies get chewier.
  • Vanilla extract – This adds flavor on its own as well as enhances the other flavors in the cookie.
  • Peanut butter – The peanut butter will act as the binder and help keep everything together. Since we aren’t using eggs as a binder this will work great.
  • Oats – The star of this recipe. You can use quick or old-fashioned oats. The quick ones cook faster and give a more fine texture to the overall cookie. If you are worried about gluten, make sure your oats are certified gluten-free. In general, oats are gluten-free, but sometimes they can be processed where wheat is as well.
Several glass bowls holding ingredients to make no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies.


  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Spoon
  • Parchment paper, wax paper, or silicone baking mat
  • Large sheet pan or cookie sheet

Step 2: How to make no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

In a medium saucepot, add the butter, milk, white granulated sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and brown sugar. Then take it over to your stovetop or hot plate and set the heat to medium.

Step 3: Heat and stir

Next, let the mixture heat up until it has a roiling boil. Make sure to constantly stir so the mixture doesn’t burn.

Once it boils let it cook for a minute. This process will melt down the sugars and get rid of the sugar granule taste. It also helps to bloom the cocoa powder releasing its amazing flavor.

Everything will blend nicely together as it heats up. After the minute is over remove the hot mixture from the stove.

Step 4: Peanut butter and vanilla time

Mixing the chocolate in a large glass bowl next to a bowl of oatmeal.

Pour the hot mixture into a large bowl. Then add in the vanilla extract and peanut butter. Stir everything together until the peanut butter melts.

Step 5: Mix in the oats

no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies base in a large glass bowl on a wooden table.

Next, add in most of the oats and stir them in until well combined. Depending on the consistency you may want to add in the rest of the oats. It should be a thick oatmeal-like consistency.

If it is still runny add in the rest of the oats. Three cups are usually perfect but it will depend on where you live, humidity, etc.

Step 6: Finishing the no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

several finished no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies on a baking sheet with a finger touching one.

Now take a large spoon and spoon out equal portions onto a  silicone mat-lined baking sheet, or use parchment paper.

They can be close together because the cookies won’t spread very much. Let the cookies cool at room temperature or place them in the refrigerator until they set.

The no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are done when they are no longer sticky to the touch and lose their slightly glossy look. You will also be able to pick them up without them falling apart on you. Next, take a bite and enjoy! Can you eat just one?

How long do no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies last?

Store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for about a week. If you store them in the fridge, they will last about 2 weeks. They can be frozen as well if you like! If frozen, they will last a few months.

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several no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies piled on a white pedestal
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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I love chocolate and oatmeal and cookies. Combine those ingredients altogether and you have one amazing no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookie. These cookies are incredibly easy to make and perfect for a day when you don't feel like turning on the oven, or maybe you don't have an oven.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Cooling time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, easy, peanut butter, quick
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 202kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt


  • pot
  • Bowl
  • Spatula
  • spoon
  • parchment paper, wax paper, or silicon baking mat
  • large sheet pan or cookie sheet


  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter 113g
  • 1/2 cup of milk whole, 2%, 1%, etc. (118mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups of white granulated sugar 300g
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder 30g
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt 1g
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar light or dark (100g)
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract 10mL
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter 125g
  • 3 cups oats quick or old fashioned (240g)


  • In a medium saucepot, add the butter, milk, white granulated sugar, salt, brown sugar, and cocoa powder.
  • Set the heat on your stovetop or hot plate to medium. Heat the ingredients until everything melts together and you get a rolling boil. Make sure to stir continuously. Once it starts to boil, allow it to cook for 1 more minute then remove it from the heat.
  • Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add in the peanut butter and vanilla extract. Stir to combine until the peanut butter melts.
  • Mix in the oats. You should wind up with a nice thick oatmeal consistency.
  • Add parchment paper or silicone mat to a cookie sheet then drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the baking sheet. They don't have to be the same size, make them whatever size you want. They can be close together as well they won't spread very much. I usually do 12 on one cookie sheet and 12 on the other. Let the no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies cool at room temp or place them in the fridge to set.
  • The cookies are done with they are no longer glossy looking and they aren't sticky to the touch. Enjoy!


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Calories: 202kcal

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  1. What could be better than an indulgent dessert made from ingredients you have sitting in your pantry and that never needs to go into the oven? These cookies take just minutes of work; most of the time is spent waiting for them to harden into the rich, nutty, chocolaty delights that they are.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these and they are so good! Best recipe I’ve found for these cookies, and the recipe was straightforward and easy to follow!

  3. 5 stars
    Your No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies excites me! I hope I can make it this weekend. It sounds so fun to do with the kids.

  4. I am not the best baker so I would be open to making these. Seems easy and a healthy cookie option

  5. Eileen M Loya

    5 stars
    I am a big fan of no bake goodies like this! I don’t have enough oatmeal right now to try this recipe but I will be getting a bag today. These chocolate oatmeal cookies look so delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    First time I have made oatmeal cookies and they turned out GREAT. Very easy to follow recipe. Thanks

  7. We make these all the time. We also make them into mini ice cream sandwiches. So good!

  8. 5 stars
    chocolate oatmeal cookies is my favorte kind. They taste so delicious and is a perfect treat for holidays and weekend parties. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    Love oats. Love chocolate and I love nibbling cookies. These cookies look fantastic. I will definitely give them a try.

  10. 5 stars
    Aaaahhhh….I didn’t think it could be this easy, making these cookies! I am going to try making a platter.

  11. Now thats simple! πŸ˜€

    Can I make a request?
    Maybe some simple recipes of like italian tapas?

  12. The idea of a no-bake cookie is amazing. It means I can get it into my mouth so much faster!

  13. 5 stars
    Thank you Matt. This is the first time I made no bake cookies. Your directions and illustrations were excellent. The cookies came out great?

  14. Shellice Maraccini

    5 stars
    Had a sweet tooth and this recipe was saved in my YouTube playlist. Whipped it together in no time. Easy and delicious. Made around 19 large cookies.

  15. 5 stars
    These make me think of when I was little. We use to make these growing up a lot. I need to make a batch.

  16. 5 stars
    I completely LOVE these cookies! So easy to make and the texture is fantastic.

  17. Rachael Yerkes

    5 stars
    these are our favorite cookies! we make them all the time!

  18. 5 stars
    These are such a classic cookie and always so good. I usually have them stashed in my freezer for when craving strike!

  19. 5 stars
    These cookies are my weakness! So good and easy. It’s hard to not eat more than one!

  20. 5 stars
    This is simple enough that my boyfriend and I made it. He is addicted to them and wants more.
    It’s a fun recipe that is easy to customize. I didnt use peanut butter or any nut butter.
    I added coconut flakes. Unsweetened Almond milk was used.
    I’m going to make another batch now. THANK YOU!

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