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Classic No-Bake Cookies (Gluten Free + Dairy-Free Friendly!)

Classic No Bake Cookies – This childhood classic brings big-time chocolate peanut butter flavor without any baking! (Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free Friendly)

No Bake Cookies // One Lovely Life

No-bake cookies are one of my childhood favorites.

I love that they’re easy to make (no baking!), use minimal butter (just 2 Tbsp.!), and don’t require any flour or eggs. They’re the perfect chocolate peanut butter cookie AND they’re done in no time!

I’ve eaten LOTS of versions of no-bake cookies over the years, but these Classic No Bake Cookies are the ones my mom always made for us. I LOVE them and feel so nostalgic whenever we make them.

This is–by far–the best no-bake cookie recipe I’ve ever tried. And here’s all you need to make them…


BUTTER OR VEGAN BUTTER. I love that these no-bake cookies only use 2 Tbsp. of butter or vegan butter. They’re great when you’re running low on butter! (In a pinch, I’ve also used coconut oil)

UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER. It’s amazing how much chocolatey flavor you can get from unsweetened cocoa powder!

SUGAR. These are a childhood classic, so they haven’t been “healthified.” I like using 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 coconut sugar, but I don’t recommend using all coconut sugar, as they won’t set up the same.

MILK OR DAIRY FREE MILK. A little milk helps loosen up the mixture. You can use dairy-free or dairy milk–your choice!

PEANUT BUTTER. Unless you have strong objections, use crunchy peanut butter. It adds one more delicious dimension to classic no-bake cookies that you just don’t get from smooth. (But honestly, smooth totally works. Just use what you have!)

VANILLA + SALT. You’ll round out the flavor of these classic no-bake cookies with a little vanilla and salt. LOVE what these bring to the table!

OATS. Lastly, you’ll add rolled/old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats to the chocolate-peanut butter mixture. My favorite is to use 1/2 rolled oats and 1/2 quick-cooking oats. (Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats, if needed!)


PREP EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU GET STARTED. Things go pretty quickly once you get started, so I recommend prepping and setting out your baking sheet and ingredients before you get going. That way you’re not scrambling later!

WATCH THE PAN SO YOU DON’T OVER-COOK THE MIXTURE. It’s important to watch the chocolate mixture while you’re stirring so it doesn’t start boiling before you notice. You *really* only want the mixture to boil for about 1 minute. Any longer than that and the cookies will turn out dry and a little crumbly.

CONSIDER A COOKIE SCOOP. Cookie scoops make it really easy to measure equal-sized cookies. But using a tablespoon (like the kind you eat cereal and soup with), also works!

LOOKING FOR A HEALTHIER OPTION? You can do 1/2 coconut sugar and 1/2 white sugar in this recipe, but I don’t recommend doing all coconut sugar as the cookies won’t set properly. Or, you can try this Healthy No-Bake Cookie recipe (naturally sweetened)

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No-Bake Cookies

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Classic No Bake Cookies – This childhood classic brings big time chocolate peanut butter flavor without any baking!


  • 2 Tbsp butter (or vegan butter)
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/3 cup milk (or dairy free milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups peanut butter (use crunchy. Just do it.)
  • 2 cups quick or rolled oats** (gluten-free, as needed)


  1. Set out a baking sheet lined with parchment, a silicone baking mat, or waxed paper.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in cocoa, milk, and sugar. Stir to melt ingredients together.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil (bubbles all across the surface), and boil 1 minute. Remove pan from heat. (Note: allowing the mixure to boil for even a few minutes will completely dry out the cookies and leave you with nothing more than chocolatey granola. Believe me. It’s happened to me before)
  4. Stir in vanilla, salt, peanut butter, and oatmeal until well mixed. Stir until mixture has thickened a bit.
  5. Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheet pan and allow cookies to set (you can speed this up by popping the pan into the refrigerator for a few minutes).
  6. Transfer set cookies to an airtight container or bag.
  7. Makes about 2 dozen


*You can do 1/2 coconut sugar and 1/2 white sugar, but I don’t recommend doing all coconut sugar for this recipe, or the cookies don’t set up properly. 

**I love doing 1/2 rolled oats and 1/2 quick oats for the best texture. Use whatever you have on hand! 

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: No Bake Cookies, Classic No Bake Cookies


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