There is nothing better than a classic.  This Easy Classic No Bake Cookies Recipe is one that I have turned to over and over again.  The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven, especially when you can have them ready to go from start to finish in 20 minutes.  Keep scrolling to see just how quick they are.

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There is a great divide at my house with these cookies because a few people around here are not oatmeal fans.  I always find that hard to believe because it is one of my favorites.  Especially when it is paired with chocolate and peanut butter!

These cookies remind me of my childhood.  They always seemed to be on the menu when there was a potluck or a school party.  

That is one of the reasons I love food so much!  It can transport you to places and remind you of fond memories with just a taste or smell.

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How to Make Classic No Bake Cookies

Begin by combining a stick of butter with the sugar, milk and unsweetened cocoa in a medium saucepan.  By cooking the sauce we are dissolving the sugar and giving the chocolate coating a smooth texture.

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Over medium high heat bring the mixture to a boil, making sure to whisk the entire time.  This will keep the bottom from burning. 

Once the mixture begins to boil, allow it to continue to boil for 1 minute {continue to whisk}.

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Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla.  Adding the vanilla to a hot mixture off of the heat keeps it from evaporating.

Look at those peanut butter swirls!!

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Once the peanut butter is mixed in and you have a smooth mixture, add the quick cook oats.

Why is it important to use Quick Cook Oats in your Classic No Bake Cookies?

Quick cooking oats do not require as much moisture as regular oats do.  Using quick oats gives you a less dry and crumbly cookie, with just the right amount of moisture.

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Stir the quick cooking oats into the chocolate peanut mixture until they are all completely coated.

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Then take a cookie scoop {1.5 tablespoons} and scoop mounds of the oatmeal mixture onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Allow them to cool at room temperature for 15-20 minutes or until set and they are ready to eat!  They really are that simple!

What if your Classic No Bake Cookies don’t set up after 20-30 minutes?

If you notice that the cookies are not setting up after about 20 minutes then just put them in the refrigerator to continue setting up.

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How to Store your Classic No Bake Cookies?

Classic No Bake Cookies can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 days.  They can also be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 3 weeks.  The best part is that they will keep their good flavor and texture.

No matter how you store them I can guarantee one thing…they won’t last 3 weeks.  At least they won’t if my family has anything to do with it.  

Enjoy these sweet babies and most of all, enjoy the memories they will bring when you eat them because that is truly the very best part about them.

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Easy Classic No Bake Cookies Recipe

There is nothing better than a Classic No Bake Cookie Recipe, especially when they are easy to make. Chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal combine to make one phenomenal cookie.

Course Dessert
Keyword classic no bake cookies recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk {I used non-fat}
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick cook oats

Instructions

  1. Combine butter, sugar, milk and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil {stirring frequently}. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute while stirring the entire time {we don't want the bottom to burn}.

  2. Remove saucepan from the heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla, stir to combine. When the mixture is smooth add the oatmeal and stir so that the oats are completely coated.

  3. Scoop 1.5 tablespoons of mixture at a time onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Let your classic no bake cookies cool until set {about 15 minutes}. Serve and enjoy. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.