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How To Make Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Updated on August 11, 2012

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

No-bake chocolate cookies are a quick and easy treat that can be made with the minimum of fuss. As they're so simple to make, you might want to get the kids involved. These were one of the first foods I taught my daughter to make when she was younger and, although you have to keep a careful watch over your kids when there are hot liquids involved, they can help out with measuring and stirring.

These cookies don't contain flour or eggs, so are great for people who have allergies to those. You can also omit the peanut butter if you are unable to eat nuts. In fact, you can adapt these cookies in lots of different ways to suit your own tastes.

I have included a classic chocolate no-bake cookie recipe and there is also a recipe for my favorite white chocolate and cranberry no-bake cookies which is also incredibly easy to follow. Hope you enjoy!

Cook time - includes time for cooling

Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 38 min
Yields: 12-16 cookies, depending on size and thickness


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1.5 oz chocolate
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth depending on preference
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

To make chocolate no-bake cookies

  1. Take a baking sheet and line it with baking parchment. Set this aside for later.
  2. Put the sugar, butter, cocoa powder, chocolate and milk into a large saucepan and place over a medium - high heat. Stirring occasionally, bring to the boil. When the mixture reaches the boil, let it continue to boil for 2 minutes. Now remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in the vanilla - watch it will sizzle - along with the peanut butter and oatmeal.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the cookie mix onto your parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Alternative Suggestions

If you prefer not to use peanut butter, you can simply leave this out. Instead, add an extra 1/2 cup of oatmeal.

You can substitute the oatmeal for dried coconut for a different flavor. Try using 1.5 cups of oatmeal and 1.5 cups of coconut.

If you like, you can add raisins or chopped nuts instead of the peanut butter.

You could eat the cookies before they've cooled completely as a nice dessert, by breaking them into small pieces and serving with vanilla ice cream.


White Chocolate and Cranberry No-Bake Cookies

These are a really fudgy treat. They are quite sweet with the sugar and white chocolate, but the tart cranberries cut through this nicely. If you wanted, you could substitute cherries for the cranberries. They are really great served with a cup of tea.


  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 3.5 oz white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. First put a piece of baking parchment on a sheet tray and set aside for later.
  2. Now place the sugar, white chocolate, butter and milk into a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and allow to boil for 2 minutes (no more, no less).
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla - be careful, it will splutter when the cold liquid hits the hot. Now stir in the oatmeal until everything is well combined. Finally, add in the cup of dried cranberries. Stir well - this will give your arms a bit of a work out.
  4. Drop the mixture onto the baking parchment using a spoon or ice-cream scoop. You should get around 12 good sized cookies. Leave to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes.

No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

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  • renee21 profile image

    renee21 5 years ago

    Great hub! I love chocolate no-bake cookies! Peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts.

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    Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

    You're telling me there are more no bake cookie options?! I love chocolate no bake cookies, but cranberry white chocolate no bake cookies, exist, too? Wow. Voted up and awesome!

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    blaeberry 5 years ago from Scotland

    I had never heard of no bake cookies before but like the look of these. Cranberry and white chocolate looks really tempting.

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    JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

    I just had lunch and I'm craving for some your cookies. They look delicious! What's even great is that they are so easy to make.

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    alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

    Cookies for breakfast. Now there's an idea! Thanks for stopping by.

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    rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Hmmmm. I'm tasting dried cherries instead of cranberries. Love chocolate, but it keeps me awake. I'd have to leave out the chocolate, or only have cookies for breakfast!

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    alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

    Thanks for letting me know. I can't believe someone would do this

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I hate to tell you this...but your hub has been stolen by (I am purposely separating this so that it does not appear as a link)Big Ezine. com. I recognized your photo and your cookies sound delicious. Please file a complaint against these "rats" that are stealing our good hubs. Best of luck to you (and all of us!) Voting this up and useful.

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    Sharing with my followers. Let's help each other out if we spot other hubber's hubs by notifying each other. Thanks!

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    Dan Robbins 5 years ago from Ohio

    No bakes are my favorite cookies in the world. You're pictures have me going to the store to buy ingredients tomorrow. Thank You!

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    veggie-mom 5 years ago

    Allie, these look delicious, I can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing, voted up & pinned on Pinterest!

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    alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

    The white chocolate ones are my favorite. Depending on the chocolate you use it might be necessary to adjust the amount of sugar in the recipe as some chocolate is very sweet. Hope you try the recipe and enjoy it.

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    Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

    White chocolate no bakes! I'm so excited! Thank you for the recipe. Voted up.

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    Horatio Plot 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

    Never even knew you could do this. I'll give it a go.

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    Bob Zermop 5 years ago from California, USA

    Wow, never heard of no-bake cookies. Will give these a shot!

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    Milli 5 years ago from USA

    Wonderful Idea. Sometime we do not want to use oven and get lazy to bake anything. This seems perfect. I will try it. Useful and voted up!

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    Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

    Wow, I didn't know there are no-bake cookies. They look quiet simple and easy to make. I love the idea of using oatmeal as part of the ingredients. We have plenty of oatmeal in the house and it's a very healthy food. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

    These look so wonderful! My son loves to cook with me but doesn't have the patience for recipes that take a long time. I will try these with him! Voted up and useful.

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    poowool5 5 years ago from here in my house

    Yummy! Now this is something I will definitely try.

    You don't mention that if you're really in the mood for something sweet (a state I frequently find myself in), you don't have to fidget and fuss beside the oven waiting for them to bake (another plus!).

    Instant treat, love this, and the variations. Nice hub, voted up!

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    Zach 5 years ago from Colorado

    The white chocolate cranberry cookies sound great. I'll be sure to give them a try and come back with a rating. Thanks for sharing!