No-bakes are one of those simple cookies I’ve just never made much before, and I’m not really sure why. They’re fast, easy, and delicious, which seems perfect, right? So, I decided to try them out and make a batch or two. There’s a little bit of cooking involved, just no baking, but they’re easy to do and they turn out great.
Stay tuned; I’m planning to do some experimentation with these in the coming months, to play around with the recipe. For example, I used steel cut oats and, while they’re tasty, they’re a little chewy and a bit tough. I’ll try different oats and different preparations to see how it affects the final product.
Other ideas (and you can feel free to leave suggestions in the comments) are to use different nut butters, or add some kind of extract to make them more than just chocolate, and even to play with the ratio of butter to nut butter. We’ll see!
For now, though, let’s start with a basic no-bake cookie recipe. Like I said, it’s fast and easy to make, doesn’t require any baking, and can be done pretty much just in a sauce pan and a cookie sheet. Here’s how.
Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes
- Mixing Bowl
- Sauce Pan
- Cookie Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie Scoop
- 3½ Cups Steel-Cut Oats
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- ½ Cup Butter
- ½ Cup Milk
- ¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
- Once melted, add in the sugar, milk, and cocoa powder. Heat and stir until smooth.
- Bring to a boil and let boil for about a minute without stirring.
- Remove from the heat, add in the peanut butter, and stir until it's melted in.
- Add in the vanilla, stir, and add in the oats. Stir to fully coat and combine.
- Let the mixture cool for a minute or three, and prep your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out balls of dough. Space them out on the cookie sheet and flatten them slightly, in whatever shape you like.
- Let the cookies cool and solidify for about an hour, and enjoy!