How to Make No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

If you need a recipe chocolate oatmeal cookies that doesn’t require baking skill, this is it!

Cookies are my least favorite treat to make… not because I don’t like them, but because I have trouble getting them to bake consistently. This is probably because my kitchen is full of little people every time I try to bake. That is why I am so thankful to have a No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie recipe that my family loves. This recipe is very simple to make, super yummy to eat, and most of the ingredients are already in your pantry!

How to Make No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are perfect for hot days when you want a sweet treat, but don’t want to heat up the house by using the oven. They are also great when you are short on time or just don’t want to bake. 

This cookie recipe is an excellent way to get your children involved in the kitchen as well! They can do the mixing, scooping, and taste testing!

Run to your pantry and grab these items because I am pretty sure that you already have them in stock.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies stacked on a white tray

My Favorite Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


  • 2 cups White Sugar
  • 4 TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Salted Butter
  • 3 1/2 cups Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Shredded Coconut (optional)
  • If you use unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to the saucepan before boiling.
  • You can use quick oats or old-fashioned oats for this recipe. I have used both and they worked just the same. Take note, however, that the texture may be a little chewier with old-fashioned oats. Read more about the difference in quick oats and old fashioned oats here
  • I use natural creamy peanut butter, but you can use regular creamy peanut butter, crunchy peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter… basically whatever seed/nut butter you choose for your family.
  • Make a double batch and save some for later! See the storage notes in step 6 to learn how to freeze these no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies.


STEP 1: Prep Baking Sheets

Lay parchment paper out on 2 large baking sheets. This is where you will put the cookies while they harden. 

It is important to have this done before you start mixing ingredients so the cookies don’t begin to harden in the saucepan while you get the baking sheets ready.

Cocoa powder, sugar, butter, oats, peanut butter in a sauce pan
STEP 2: Heat Butter, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, and Milk

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat while stirring. Whisk in the sugar, cocoa, and milk. Allow it to boil for one minute. Stir continuously to avoid scorching.

Bring these four ingredients to a rolling boil for one full minute. Stir consistently to avoid scorching. Remove the pan from heat and fold in the remaining ingredients.

STEP 3: Fold in the Remaining Ingredients

Remove the pan from heat and fold in the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and oats (and coconut if using). Continue stirring until the peanut butter is melted and all ingredients are well incorporated.

STEP 4: Drop the Cookies

Drop the cookie “dough” onto the parchment paper by the spoonful. An ice cream scoop or a medium cookie scoop works well for this. You can also use a regular spoon (this is what I do because I’m far from fancy). 1 ½-2 TBSP is the amount that I usually try to drop for each cookie.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies dropped on a cookie sheet to cool
STEP 5: Cool the Cookies

Let the chocolate oatmeal cookies cool for an hour or until set. This can take 30 minutes to an hour at room temperature. These cookies will set much more quickly if you place them in the refrigerator.

STEP 6: Eat and Store Your No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies!

Enjoy these delicious cookies! You can store these in the refrigerator to make them last longer (but I guarantee they won’t last long).

Consider making a double batch of cookies so you have more later. The second batch can be stored in the freezer. Allow the cookies to set and then freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Then stack the frozen cookies with parchment paper between each layer and store them in an airtight container in the freezer.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies on a white plate with a glass of milk in the background

This recipe makes about 15 yummy No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (depending on the size that you make them).

Star Wars Wookie Cookies

These cookies were the star of my oldest child’s birthday party a few years ago.

He was a Star Wars fanatic so of course he begged for a Star Wars birthday party. Birthday parties in our house are full of DIY projects and homemade recipes. This saves us money, adds character to the party, and makes some pretty great family memories. 

He wanted cookies to go along with his cake at this party so we decided to use this No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie recipe as “Wookie Cookies”.

Simply follow the recipe in this post and serve as is or decorate the cookies with icing to look like a Wookie face.

>>See more Star Wars Birthday Party tutorials here!<<

Star Wars Wookie Cookies
No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 4 TBSP Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 3 1/2 cups Oats
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut, optional


  1. Heat the Sugar, Cocoa, Milk, and Butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring these four ingredients to a rolling boil for about one minute.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Stir until the mixture is well incorporated.
  4. Set out a sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil.
  5. Drop the mix onto the paper or foil by the spoonful.
  6. Let the cookies cool for an hour or until set. Enjoy!

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