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A plate of no-bake cookies without peanut butter.
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No Bake Cookies (Without Peanut Butter

Need a recipe for no bake cookies without peanut butter? These are the best no bake cookies we've tried, and they're completely nut-free!
Prep Time10 minutes
Resting Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 143kcal


  • Large pot
  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking sheets
  • Cookie scoop
  • Measuring bowls
  • measuring spoons


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick cook rolled oats


  • Line two baking trays with parchment paper or with silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • Add the brown sugar, white sugar, milk, butter and unsweetened cocoa powder to a large pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
    ½ cup brown sugar, 1 ½ cups sugar, ½ cup butter, ½ cup milk, ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Let the mix boil for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. It should get thicker and start bubbling slower after 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the stovetop and stir in the vanilla and salt.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Add the oats and stir quickly, coating the oats completely in the chocolatey syrup.
    3 cups quick cook rolled oats
  • Scoop the oat mix onto the prepared cookie sheet trays, making two tablespoon sized cookies. Do not worry about spacing them perfectly as they don’t need to bake! The size the cookies are now is the size they will be when they are done.
  • Let the cookies sit at room temperature for about an hour to harden. You can also pop the trays in the fridge to speed up the cooling process.
  • Enjoy!


  • Quick cooking rolled oats are also called instant oats or 5 minute oats. They are simply softer than regular old-fashioned oats and will make the cookies less chewy.
  • Scoop the cookie dough into one tablespoon sized mounds for smaller, bite sized cookies.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg