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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Susan has been sharing recipes online since 2006. She specializes in simple, delicious, family-friendly recipes that everyone loves.

Cookies Just Like Mammaw Used to Make

No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with peanut butter is a favorite recipe, one that nearly everyone loves. The recipe is quick and easy to prepare, great to take to a cookie exchange or give as a gift, but if you're planning to give them away, be sure to make an extra batch for your own family; as rich as they are, they won't last long!

Sending cookies to a soldier, Marine, or sailor overseas? These are a perfect choice. Despite the fact that they're chocolate, they do well even when sending to Iraq (think desert heat). I've sent multiple batches to my sons and they've always told me they arrived intact, no problem at all. Just be sure to send plenty so they can share with their buddies.

If you're like many people who have tried this recipe but something always seems to go wrong (sticky cookies, too soft, too dry), look below for my tips and secrets for making the perfect batch of my famous no bake cookies.


Chocolate oatmeal cookies are a family favorite.

Chocolate oatmeal cookies are a family favorite.

Mammaw called this recipe "Carolina Delight," and it was always a treat we looked forward to when visiting her house.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

Makes about 3 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 stick margarine or butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal


  1. In a 3-quart pan, mix sugar, cocoa, milk, margarine. Put on medium heat and cook until mixture starts to boil, then boil for exactly one minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the vanilla, salt, peanut butter, and oats. Stir well.
  3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Cool at room temperature.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

Troubleshooting These Cookies.

  1. Sometimes, when you add cold butter straight from the refrigerator, the mixture will come to a pretty good boil before the butter is completely melted. Always make sure the butter is completely melted and stirred in before you start timing the boil.
  2. If you've had problems in the past with getting these to firm up, try using a different brand of margarine or butter. For years I used Fleischmann's margarine and it worked perfectly every time. These days I use real butter (healthier) and it still works perfectly for me.
  3. If you've had problems with your cookies being sticky, be sure to cool them at room temperature. Trying to rush by putting the cookies in the refrigerator may be the cause of the stickiness. Be patient—they will be worth a few extra minutes of waiting!

© 2008 Susan Deppner


Shelly on October 23, 2019:

Love love this site...going start making these

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 31, 2016:

I hope he enjoyed them, Jewell. Smart man. I'll taste test no-bake cookies any day!

Jewell on October 30, 2016:

My grand daughter (13) and I made these yesterday for my hubby. He is a no bake cookie critic

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 28, 2016:

I'm guessing that the grands will love the cookies! I hope they become a tradition in your family as they are in mine. Can't wait to make a batch for our upcoming first grandchild!

Diana Abrahamson C Abrahamson on May 27, 2016:

Love the look of your easy no bake oat cookies. Will definitely try them on the grand kids!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 13, 2016:

Touche Susan., I wlll try them next month I think. Thanks!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 13, 2016:

LOL Kristen! I can assure you, they taste even better than they look. Hope you give the recipe a try!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 12, 2016:

Susan, those cookies look delicious enough to eat. So tantalizing. Yum!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 07, 2015:

Hi Bree! Preacher cookies is a great name for these! About the time, I'll be honest. I have no idea how that got set to 1 hour, 50 minutes! I just edited and changed it to a total of 15 minutes (which doesn't include cooling time). So sorry about that! As for the salt, it is optional and my grandmother never used it (that I know of), but a woman I used to know told me that a tiny dash of salt in a sweet recipe sets up a contrast and brings out the sweetness. If you made one batch with then another without salt, I'm not absolutely sure you could tell the difference, but I have started using that tiny shake of salt. So, if you love your cookies without salt, then I'd say just leave it out. And if I forget to add it, I'm not going to worry about it either. :) Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comment!

Bree on December 06, 2015:

My family and I have made the no bake chocolate cookies as long as I can remember. Mom called them Preacher cookies though (cause they were quick, easy and cheap for when the Preacher would make a surprise stop by, Personally I think he used to do it sometimes just because he knew she'd make the cookies & would always send some home with him).

I have a question though, why do you put salt in yours? What does that do for it? We never have.

**Also why do you have that it takes an 1hour 50 mins? and ready in two hours? I can have them made in less than 20 mins and everyone starts eating pretty much as soon as they realize I've started plopping them on the wax paper. Why do yours take so long? is it the salt you add? **


Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 07, 2015:

You're quite welcome, July. Enjoy!

july on April 07, 2015:

love it! thankz for this recipe..

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 09, 2015:

You're quite welcome. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

Claudia Mitchell on March 08, 2015:

Well, chocolate and peanut butter is one of, if not, my favorite flavor combos and no back is really nice sometimes. I will definitely be trying this out soon! Thanks for the recipe.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 24, 2014:

@tinac4242: Mmm-me too! :)

tinac4242 on February 24, 2014:

I love these!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 21, 2014:

@SheGetsCreative: They've been around a long time, I know. I didn't know about "preacher cookies," but I can understand why. Many a church potluck after a long sermon...

Angela F from Seattle, WA on February 21, 2014:

I lovd these and have since I was a kid. Made them in Girl Scouts. Used to be called preacher cookies too

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 31, 2014:

@cendana1: It's pretty hard to go wrong with chocolate!

Samsuryani from Malaysia on January 31, 2014:

I love oatmeal biscuits. This recipe is soo perfect when it include chocolate and no baking involve. I will try it.

Thank you.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 22, 2014:

@favored: Thanks for twying the tweets! :)

Fay Favored from USA on January 22, 2014:

Haven't made these or any no bake cookies. Hope to try this. Tweeting the recipe. Thanks Susan.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 15, 2014:

@acreativethinker: Thanks so much, you too!

acreativethinker on January 15, 2014:

Hi Susan52,

These oatmeal cookies look very delicious and easy to make, plus the addition of yummy chocolate. Thanks for sharing. Take care and have a great day! :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 07, 2014:

@Fit And Fab: Great suggestions. I'd love to hear how the recipe turns out with those healthy substitutions!

Fit And Fab on January 06, 2014:

Hi Susan, it is surprising how many recipes can be 'no bake'. I like the look of this recipe but I will probably substitute the butter for pure coconut oil and the Hershies for raw cacao which has 8 times the antioxidant value of processed cocoa. (notice they are even spelt differently too :-) ). Thanks for sharing, I will try this recipe soon.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 31, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks!

anonymous on December 31, 2013:

Great Lens, looks really yummy.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 28, 2013:

@anonymous: You're welcome! Enjoy your cookies!

anonymous on December 28, 2013:

These look so yummy, yet so health. :) Thank you for sharing this Susan. :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 26, 2013:

@Pipa-bipa: Cool! Hope you enjoy the cookies.

Pipa-bipa on December 26, 2013:

Awesome lens. Oatmeal is my middle name; I consume it cooked and raw, use it as a face mask and a peeling and now - hurray, I've got these fabulous easy-going cookies! Recipe approved and bookmarked :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 18, 2013:

@jesslynn1990: Hope you get a chance to try the recipe - they're certainly our favorites around here!

jesslynn1990 on December 18, 2013:

Great lens and this recipe looks amazing. Definitely bookmarking it!!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 17, 2013:

@PadmashriSriram: Thanks!

PadmashriSriram on December 17, 2013:

Love the cookie recipe. Mouth-watering lens.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Yes! I love that it's so fast. Thanks for stopping by!

anonymous on September 04, 2013:

I like the idea of no bake cookies. I always home cook all cakes and biscuits for my kids, and this saves a heap of time.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 31, 2013:

@Lorelei Cohen: Never thought to add walnuts. Yum - and healthy!

Lorelei Cohen on August 30, 2013:

I add walnuts into mine as well. These cookies are really are a nice treat in the summer.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 29, 2013:

@qikey1 lm: We're having another round of really hot weather - thanks for the reminder that it's time for another batch!

qikey1 lm on August 28, 2013:

I forgot all about these type of cookies! I wish I had remembered during our heat wave this summer. I will definitely try this recipe- my boys love these kind of cookies- and so do I :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 02, 2013:

@Diana Wenzel: Now you've given me a craving! Enjoy the cookies!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on August 02, 2013:

Have always loved these cookies. I believe we called them "Oaties" back in our high school days. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm overdue for whipping up a batch. It's been way too long since we last enjoyed these tasty treats. Thanks for reminding me. Now I'm having a craving. :-)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 02, 2013:

@rkhadija96: Hope you love it!

rkhadija96 on April 02, 2013:

I'm so gonna try this recipe !

EllieHarper on March 26, 2013:

I've been looking for some no bake cookie recipes. Thanks I will try these out this weekend.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 06, 2013:

@kellywilson1: Enjoy!

kellywilson1 on March 06, 2013:

This is a great lens. The pictures of the cookies look fantastic. I will definitely try these recipes the next time I want to make some cookies.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 26, 2013:

@pawpaw911: And indeed they are delicious!

pawpaw911 on February 26, 2013:

They look and sound soooo good.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 14, 2013:

@leilasi: Yum, that variation sounds great - and very healthy! Thanks!

Leila from Belgium on February 14, 2013:

I've just made them. The hardest part is to let them cool...

Made with brown sugar and coconut oil. Gonna try with hazelnut butter for a "nutella" version (hazelnut butter is easy to find in health food shops)

ohcaroline on February 13, 2013:

I like that cool measuring cup....and your cookies made my mouth water!

anonymous on February 13, 2013:

I am not much of a baker but like to eat! These recipes fit my style. Thanks for an interesting and informative Lens.

Leila from Belgium on February 13, 2013:

That sounds great! my husband is a cookie monster, I think he is gonna love it. I'm sure I will as well!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 12, 2013:

I would like to make these as they are more healthy snacks for us.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on February 06, 2013:

These look really good and downright healthy.

lilantz on January 22, 2013:

These oatmeal cookies look very yummy. I might give it try when I have more time.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 15, 2013:

@JuneNash: I've never tried reducing the recipe, but that's an excellent idea. Glad to know it worked for you!

June Nash on January 15, 2013:

I made these today. They are great! Thanks for the recipe.

I didn't want to make that many, so I reduced it to about 1/3rd of the recipe, adding the full amount of cocoa because I'm a chocolate lover.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 15, 2013:

@ElizaHenderson LM: Have fun!

ElizaHenderson LM on January 14, 2013:

These look great! I'm going to make them with my 7yo tomorrow. She'll be thrilled!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 09, 2013:

@Spiderlily321: Thanks so much for the feature!

Spiderlily321 on January 08, 2013:

I need to make these~ Featured on my lens called What's in your OIAJ? It's about oatmeal in a jar. Thanks for sharing this great lens!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 07, 2013:

@JohannDog: Thank you, Johann! I need to come up with a dog version of these cookies. Daisy would love a new treat!

Johann The Dog from Northeast Georgia on January 07, 2013:

Mum loves your recipes! You always get her drooling, BOL!!! These cookies were one of Mum's very first recipes she made way back when she was in Girl Scouts. She said they were yummy!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 04, 2013:

@clouda9 lm: So glad you visited again! Thanks for that blessing - and for your visit!

clouda9 lm on January 03, 2013:

Well I'll be....where did my blessing go, I was pretty darn sure I had wings when I visited this lens many moons ago. Done now!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 02, 2013:

@Just4Luck: Yep, this recipe is much quicker than oven-baked cookies. It's nice to have a good variety of cookie recipes for cookie emergencies, don't you think? :)

Justin from Slovenija on January 02, 2013:

You actually made cookies without oven? I just read your recipe with using the mixture and didn't expect there are even more shortcuts. Definitely have to try this. Thank you.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 26, 2012:

@Board-Game-Brooke: Indeed, very neat trick! :)

C A Chancellor from US/TN on December 25, 2012:

I had no idea you could make cookies on a stove like this -- neat trick!

Tarra99 on December 24, 2012:

Mmmm...looks tasty! And those aprons are so cute!

carocwn on December 20, 2012:

Hello, great lens. Looks like a breakfast cookie. Will try this one for my granddaughter.

anonymous on December 18, 2012:

My mom made these 4 as as kids, they r still our #1 choice. I don't even use the salt or vanilla (never heard of that) the key is the 1 min boil time , and Quaker instant oatmeal.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 15, 2012:

@kabbalah lm: Hope you enjoy it!

kabbalah lm on December 14, 2012:

My wife is going to try the recipe

AgingSoul on December 12, 2012:

Great recipes here! Cannot wait to try some of them.

Cushk on November 10, 2012:

Thanks for sharing these awesome recipes! I used to love these cookies when I was a kid!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 04, 2012:

@Ruthi: :) Yep, they're perfect for all age groups!

Ruthi on November 03, 2012:

I am thinking my grandson would love some of these no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookes. Grandma too!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 07, 2012:

@Steve Martaindale: I like your tradition!!

Steve Martaindale on September 06, 2012:

Your recipe is pretty much identical to what I carried to college. As I started raising a family, they became known as Daddy's Cookies, perhaps because they were the only ones I prepared. One more tip is a tradition I started. Whoever makes the cookies gets to leave a bit in the pan upon dropping them, then relax with a spoon and a cool glass of milk to enjoy the warm goodness while the others' cookies are cooling.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 10, 2012:

@SimSpeaks: You must have an AWESOME mom! :)

SimSpeaks on August 09, 2012:

Reminds me of my mom's cookies. :)

Thankfultw on August 01, 2012:

Have made these for years from my old 1960's Betty Crocker cookbook. However, my recipe has no peanut butter, and they're called Chocolate Drop Quickies. I think I will try your recipe. Looks Yummy!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 14, 2012:

@sidther lm: Enjoy!

sidther lm on July 14, 2012:

This recipe looks delicious! I think I have everything I need to make them, so I'll probably try it out tonight. Thanks for sharing your secrets!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 10, 2012:

@lollyj lm: Thank you! Glad I could bring back some good memories for you!

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on July 10, 2012:

Mom made these often for her little munchkins. They're a family fave. LOVED the lens. :))

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 06, 2012:

@Mandy Stradley: Thanks!

Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on July 05, 2012:

I love no bakes!! Great pictures!

jolou on June 10, 2012:

I just made these cookies today. They are delicious.

Lorna Jean Aro on May 31, 2012:

Helloo, I love your lens! Just what I'm looking for!! I'll gonna write this down and try it! and really looks yummy to me :D - this is my first time to see a recipe of cookies doesn't use an oven :)

radianthealth on May 29, 2012:

I used to make these with my Grandma. I'm going to try them again... thanks for the great lens and reminder about these special little cookies.

Dickstucki1 on May 27, 2012:

This looks fun to try. Thanks.

gatornic15 on April 25, 2012:

I'm always looking for new recipes to try. I will definitely have to try these...they look yummy!

HarrietC LM on March 29, 2012:

thanks for the recipe, just what I'm looking for ^_^

Johann The Dog from Northeast Georgia on March 24, 2012:

Yum!!! Too back I can't have any, but I'll tell my Mum she would love these! Woofs, Johann

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