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Quaker Oats Recipe for No Bake Cookies: Easy Oatmeal No-Bake Treats

If you’re a fan of no-bake desserts, then you’re going to love this quaker oats recipe for no bake cookies. This easy recipe is perfect for those hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on your oven. It’s also great if you’re just in the mood for a quick and delicious treat. So get your parchment paper and cookie scoop ready, because we’re about to dive into the wonderful world of no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies.

History of the Quaker Oats Recipe for No Bake Cookies

The original Quaker oatmeal cookie recipe dates back to the early 1900s, and it’s a classic recipe that has stood the test of time. Not to be confused with the oat cake recipe, these cookies, also known as preacher cookies, were one of the first cookies to be made in American public schools. The best part? You don’t need a food processor or a lot of time to make them.

A close-up shot of quick oats and other simple ingredients used for the recipe

What Makes These Cookies Special?

The unique thing about this no bake cookie recipe is the use of quick oats. Some may prefer old fashioned oats, but quick 1-minute oats are the secret to achieving the perfect chewy texture in these cookies. These aren’t your usual bake oatmeal cookies; they’re a yummy treat that’s easy to make in a pinch.

Preparing the Cookie Mixture

First, you’ll need a large mixing bowl. Combine sugar (both white sugar and brown sugar work great) and cocoa powder for the best results. You’ll also add in some butter (unsalted butter is best) and milk. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil on medium heat. Make sure it’s a full rolling boil; this step is crucial for the cookies to set properly.

A large saucepan with the sugar and cocoa mixture being stirred with a large spoon

Adding the Oats and Peanut Butter

Once your mixture has reached a full minute of rapid boil, it’s time to add in your star ingredients: quick oats and creamy peanut butter. If you have a peanut allergy, almond butter or even American Dream Nut Butters are a great idea for a substitute. Stir in the oats and peanut butter until well combined. Then, remove the mixture from heat and add in a splash of vanilla extract.

A close-up of the cookie mixture with peanut butter and oats being stirred in

Forming the Cookies

Next, use your cookie scoop to drop the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Don’t worry too much about getting the perfect cookie shape, these cookies are meant to be rustic and homey. Allow the cookies to cool and harden at room temperature before moving on to the next step.

A hand using a cookie scoop to drop the mixture onto a lined baking sheet

Storing Your No Bake Cookies

One of the best recipes for storage, these no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies can be stored in an airtight container on your kitchen counter. If you want to extend their shelf life, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge. As long as they’re kept in a cool, dry place, you can enjoy warm oatmeal cookies for up to a week.

Several no bake cookies stored in a clear airtight container

Pro Tips for the Quaker Oats Recipe for No Bake Cookies

When it comes to this recipe, a handful of those cookies can be more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. But if you’re looking for a healthier twist, you can use natural peanut butter and maple syrup as sugar substitutes. Another great tip is to use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of your saucepan during cooking, to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed.

A rubber spatula scraping down the sides of a saucepan with the cookie mixture

Enjoy Your No Bake Cookies

Once you’ve mastered this easy recipe, these no bake chocolate peanut butter cookies will become one of your favorite recipes. The best part about baking, or in this case not baking, is getting to enjoy the fruits of your labor. So grab a cookie, sit back, and savor the chewy, chocolatey goodness.

Quaker Oats No-Bake Cookies: A Guilt-Free Indulgence Recipe

Quaker Oats No-Bake Cookies: A Guilt-Free Indulgence Recipe

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Enjoy these simple yet delicious Quaker Oats No-Bake Cookies that are perfect for any occasion. They are chewy, chocolaty, and oh-so-satisfying, plus they are a breeze to make, requiring no oven.


  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups of Quaker oats
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Start by lining two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set these aside for later.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Place the saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Stir the mixture continuously until the butter completely melts and the sugar dissolves. Bring this mixture to a rolling boil and allow it to boil for 60 seconds then remove from heat.
  4. Immediately add in the peanut butter, stirring until it's fully incorporated into the mixture.
  5. Next, stir in the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt, blending well.
  6. Pour in the Quaker oats and stir until the oats are completely coated with the mixture.
  7. Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, drop the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Flatten the tops slightly with the back of a spoon.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool at room temperature until they are set. This should take about 30 minutes.
  9. Once the cookies are set, they are ready to serve. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


You can add in extra ingredients like nuts or dried fruit for added flavor and texture. Just remember to adjust the amount of oats to accommodate the extra ingredients.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 20gNet Carbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 3g

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