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No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

Top 10 Easy Desserts: No Bake Cookies & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 14 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 22 to 24 cookies 1x


These no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies are a step above the rest! They’re so irresistible, everyone will ask for the recipe.


  • ¼ cup dark chocolate or Dutch process cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats


  1. Place all ingredients except the oats in a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once it starts rapidly bubbling, set a timer for 1 minute. Stirring continuously with a spatula, boil for 1 minute. Then immediately remove from the heat and stir in the oats.
  3. Make 1 ½ tablespoon-sized scoops (using a size 40 cookie scoop, if you have it) and them place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten them with a buttered spoon, or press gently with your fingers. (Flavor variations: Top them with flaky sea salt, or toasted coconut and flaky sea salt for a Samoa flavor.)
  4. Freeze the cookies for 10 minutes. Then store refrigerated for up to 3 weeks. 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Cookies
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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