Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies Recipe (No Peanut Butter)

Easy and delicious! These classic oatmeal chocolate no bake cookies are made without peanut butter and still just as tasty! Great for the holidays or as an everyday snack! 

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies Recipe cookie stack

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Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies hand holding cookie

Today's recipe is one of my favorite childhood cookies!

We would always gather in the kitchen when my Mom would make a batch of these cookies, and the best thing about them? They cook and cool so fast that you can eat them asap!

Most recipes for these no bake cookies I see floating around online include peanut butter as an ingredient. My Mom always made them this way, with no peanut butter. These are pure chocolate goodness and perfect for those with a peanut allergy!

We love to make these on a regular basis, or even for the holidays! Since they are so easy to make, they are perfect for bake sales, potlucks, or holiday cookie exchanges.

It's been awhile since I've posted anything here on the blog!

We've been busy with community events, family stuff and my daughter just started basketball this week!

She just found a new love of sports within the last couple months. When basketball sign-ups came home from school a few weeks ago we decided to let her play and see how she likes it!

So far she's had two practices, but is enjoying every minute! I can't wait to see her potential and watch some of her upcoming games!

We also have alot of exciting stuff coming up within the next few weeks!

The non profit I work at, Promise Neighborhood is partnering with a local group to make some Thanksgiving food and blanket baskets for our families. We are also continuously planning our youth and mentoring activities and nights!

This Friday we are hosting a Thanksgiving themed Youth Night with themed activities, arts and crafts, math and reading club and so much more! I really enjoy working with the youth and families in our city and it's so fun and rewarding!

We are also traveling to my sister's house for Thanksgiving, attending a Timberwolves basketball game and SO much more!

This is why blogging has slowed down a bit, but I'm hoping I can get back at it soon enough!

I hope you enjoy today's recipe! It's tried and true, and I'm sure most of you have tried a variation of this cookie over the years!

Pink cookie stack

What are the ingredients in this recipe?

  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • granulated sugar
  • quick oats
  • milk
  • unsweetened cocoa

Recipe tips:

  • Don't start timing until it is at a full boil, and then it should be about 1-2 minutes of boiling
  • If your no bakes are crumbly and dry, stick closer to 1 minute
  • Don't use old fashioned oats, quick instant oats are a must
  • Store in an airtight container, up to two weeks in the refrigerator 

cookie front view red napkin

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
Yield 18 cookies
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
5 Min
Total time
10 Min

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies


  • 4 1/4 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa


  1. Pour oatmeal in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar, milk, vanilla and cocoa.
  3. Heat over medium high until mixture comes to a rolling boil, stirring often.
  4. Boil for one minute, stirring to prevent burning and remove from heat.
  5. Pour over oatmeal, and stir to completely coat all oats evenly.
  6. Drop by the scoopful onto parchment paper.
  7. Cool completely before eating and store in an airtight container.

Pink napkin cookie stack with text

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  1. Yep, your recipe is like hers. I don't know the amounts, but I have the recipe somewhere here. I really need to pull it out now! Yours look fabulous!


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