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No bake cookies recipe (without peanut butter)

Are you looking for a no bake cookies recipe without peanut butter? We have the perfect no bake cookie recipe for you right here. 

I have been excited to share this recipe with you. It took me a bit because I had quite a bit of trial and error with this one. Once I finally got it right, I immediately ate way too many cookies and then made all of the required notes. 

The original struggle that I had with this recipe was that the cookies kept coming out too crumbly and dry. They weren’t sticking together well. I just had to keep adding moisture until I got it right. 

This wasn’t the case each time that I made the recipe. It varied slightly so you will note in the recipe below that I added tablespoons of water as needed. 

My recommendation is that you make the cookies with the required ingredients and then if the batter is too dry, add in small bits of water at a time. 

No bake cookies without peanut butter were sweeter than our traditional no-bake cookies recipe. This was a real turn-off for Andi but I couldn’t stop eating these no-bake cookies.  

I actually eventually had to put these cookies out of reach because I kept creeping over to the kitchen and stealing one. They are so darn easy to eat and I couldn’t eat just one. 

So whether you are out of peanut butter or have a peanut allergy, know that you can indeed make the old-fashioned oatmeal no-bake cookies without using peanut butter in the recipe. 

The secret is getting the sugar mixture just right. You are essentially making your own corn syrup mixture. That is why these chocolate no-bake cookies are very sweet.

How to make no-bake cookies without peanut butter

Step 1: Gather your ingredients and your required tools. This recipe requires a lot of constant stirring, so it is important that you have everything required close by.

Step 2: Prep the baking pan. Cover a baking pan with wax paper. Then spray the wax paper with baking spray. You don’t have to use a baking pan. You could just spread some wax paper out on the counter. I just find using a pan makes it a bit easier to move the cookies around to create space as needed.

Step 3: Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in the sugar, butter and milk. Stir often until the mixture is boiling.

Step 4: Once the butter mixture starts to boil, allow it to boil for 2 additional minutes. Set a timer for this. This timing is very important. Don’t let it overboil.

Step 5: Right at 2 minutes remove the saucepan from the heat

Step 6: Immediately add in the cocoa powder, oats and vanilla. Stir until fully combined.

Step 7: Allow the mixture to cool in the pan for 5 minutes. 

Step 8: Using a spoon from the mixture into small balls. Drop the balls on the wax paper. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly mix in a tablespoon of hot water a time and stir. Do this one tablespoon at a time until the mixture is no longer crumbly and you can easily form small balls with the cookie dough.

No bake cookies recipe (without peanut butter)

No bake cookies recipe (without peanut butter)

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

This is how to easily make chocolate and oatmeal no-bake cookies without using peanut butter.


  • 2 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 5 T cocoa powder
  • 3 c quick oats
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 T hot water (as needed)


  1. Place wax paper on a baking dish. Spray with baking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan combine, sugar, butter, and milk. 
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once it starts boiling, boil for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa, oats, and vanilla extract. 
  6. Allow the mixture to cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  7. Drop spoonful on a pan covered with wax paper.


If it starts to get a crumbly stir in a tablespoon of hot water at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. 


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

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