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Best No-Bake Cookie Recipe

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July 29, 2019
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

Chocolate and peanut butter were made to be BFFs. Just ask Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, or buckeyes. In these classic no-bake cookies, chocolate and PB join forces and invite oats, butter, cocoa powder, milk, and some other pals to the party for a nostalgic treat. Like their name suggests, they come together in a matter of minutes, right on the stovetop—no need to turn on the oven, here. A few non-negotiables? Make sure to use sweetened, creamy peanut butter (like Skippy’s!) and quick-cooking oats, so they set up just-right. The end result's perfectly balanced, deeply chocolate-y, and has a tiny flaky salt sprinkle that doubles as the perfect foil to the cookies' sweetness, and a very fun hat. Sharing is, of course, totally optional.

(Psst: Ready for a history lesson while your no-bake cookies cool? These chocolate-peanut butter champs are thought to have originated (in spirit, anyway) around the Great Depression, with the recipe category growing during the 1950s. They also go by the names "preachers cookies," "cow pies," and "peanut-butter delights." What do you call them?) —Food52

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 6 minutes
  • Makes 12
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (16 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (132 grams) sweetened, creamy peanut butter, like Skippy’s
  • 4 ounces (113 grams, about 3/4 cup) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, or chopped-up bar (50-65% cacao)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (176 grams) quick-cooking oats
  • Flaky sea salt, like Maldon
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Line a plate or baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and place a timer set for one minute or a clock with second hands nearby.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt, and whisk together. Continue whisking until the sugar dissolves and the contents of the pan come to a rolling simmer throughout (not just at the sides). At this point, use your timer or clock to let the mixture bubble, uninterrupted, for exactly one minute.
  3. When the timer rings, immediately cut the heat and add the peanut butter, chocolate chips, vanilla, and oats. Stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate and peanut butter melt and everything’s fully combined.
  4. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop (or two spoons) to make little mounded cookies on the wax paper. If you like these flatter, use the back of your scoop to gently press them down at this stage. Sprinkle the middle of each with a small pinch of flaky salt, and let sit out on the countertop for about an hour or stick in the fridge until they’ve firmed up.

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