No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (Better Than Others!)

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

As much as we love no-bake cookies … they sometimes taste a little flat. You know, grainy and sugary, instead of nuanced and irresistible. So we have a new version: these Chocolate cookies with oatmeal I’m a step above the rest! These are rich and chocolaty, filled with peanut butter-flavored dark chocolate and sweetened just enough with sugar and maple syrup. Do they have a wonderfully shiny texture and flavor? Let me tell you: when we served them at a party, they are gone rapid. Here are our tricks for the best no-bake chocolate chip cookies!

Ingredients in best chocolate cookies with oatmeal

We took the basic recipe for no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and made them too better. Here are some of the things that make this recipe stand out:

  • sugar is Maple syrup. Pure maple syrup adds a tinge of flavor, with notes of caramel and brown sugar! You will still need the sugar for the science of these cookies to work, but it is inferior to the standard recipe.
  • Dutch processed cocoa powder. Dark cocoa powder is another key to the rich and irresistible taste (see below).
  • Peanut butter. Nut butter adds satisfying chew to chocolate peanut butter without baked cookies.
  • Old fashioned rolled oats. Use Old Fashioned whole oats for the best texture, not quick cooking oats.
  • Butter. It is necessary here, so they do not immediately dissolve at room temperature. But all you need is 4 tbsp.
  • Salt and cinnamon: Cinnamon adds an extra hint of intrigue!
  • Milk and vanilla: Milk produces the right liquid-to-solid ratio, which is important here.

Can you change the ingredients?

You might be tempted to ape with the ingredients and add your spin. In addition to changing the nut butters, stick to this recipe! Specific ingredients are key to setting the cookies to the right consistency. However, you can change the nut butter if you have an allergy or add toppings. Scroll down!

Chocolate cookies with oatmeal

Find Dutch (dark) cocoa powder

Make these no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with Dutch cocoa powder and you’ll never go back! This special type of cocoa powder is easy to find in the supermarket and results in the best chocolate and dark desserts. So skip the regular cocoa powder in favor of the good one. Here’s more about it:

Can you substitute regular cocoa powder? Yup! They are not that good, but we will allow it.

Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder
Dutch processed cocoa powder vs regular cocoa powder

The key to no bake chocolate chip cookies: let them boil for 1 minute!

So: We have another no-bake cookie recipe called Bliss Bites It is very popular. But unfortunately, the pangs of bliss don’t hold up at room temperature. You have to keep them cold for storage, which makes them difficult to bring to parties or a potluck. These no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are perfect – they stand up to room temperature and have a laminated texture. Here’s how to get this effect:

  • Add all ingredients except oats to a saucepan and boil exactly 1 minute. Timing is important here! If you go too long, the cookies will be too crumbly, not enough, and won’t laminate. Sounds strange, but it works!
  • Remove from heat immediately and stir in the oats. Be specific about this, and the sugar and butter will essentially caramelize, forming a coating that holds up to room temperature.
Do not bake the cookies

Variations in flavor!

We don’t recommend playing with the ingredients in these no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies, but you can definitely substitute nut butter if you have an allergy. And you can add fun toppings! Here’s what to know:

  • Almond butter, tahini or sunflower butter: Replace peanut butter with almond or sunflower butter if you have an allergy! The flavor is slightly different but still delicious.
  • Sea salt: Do you love sweet and savory? We highly recommend garnishing with flaked sea salt.
  • Roasted coconut + sea salt (Samoa): Like us, do you love Samoa Girl Scout cookies too? Complete these no-bake cookies roasted coconut and sea salt, and they taste very similar. You will be OBSESSED!

Storage information

Got a large amount of no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies? That’s how long they’ll last … assuming you can keep them around!

  • Keep in the fridge. Some people say you can’t store sweets at room temperature, but we prefer refrigerator stability.
  • They last up to 3 weeks! They taste better the fresher they are, but ours lasted in the fridge for 1 month. So a conservative estimate for these no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies is 3 weeks.
peanut butter oatmeal cookies without baking

This recipe for no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies is …

Vegetarian and gluten-free (with gluten-free oats).


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

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate or Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granular sugar
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp 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. When it starts bubbling rapidly, set a timer for 1 minute. Stirring constantly with a spatula, boil for 1 minute. Then immediately remove from heat and stir in the oats.
  3. Prepare 1 1/2 scoops about the size of a spoon (using a 40 size cookie scoop, if you have one) and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten them with a greased spoon or press them gently with your fingers. (Flavor variations: Top them with flaked sea salt, or roasted coconut and flaked sea salt for a Samoan flavor.)
  4. Freeze the cookies for 10 minutes. Then refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
  • Category: Sweet
  • Method: No Bake
  • Kitchen: Cookies

Keyword: No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, No Bake Chocolate Cookies, No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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