No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (with Pecans)

Published Date: December 12, 2022

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy dessert to make, try these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Pecans! These cookies are the perfect combination of rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter, with the added crunch of pecans for added texture. Plus, there’s no need to turn on the oven, so you can enjoy these cookies any time of year. They’re the perfect treat for any occasion!

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No Bake Cookie Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Rolled Old Fashioned Oats
  • Pecans

*see recipe card for amounts

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How to Make Recipe No Bake Cookies

Step 1: Add the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder to a medium saucepan over medium heat, mixing together until the butter melts and the ingredients are combined. Whisking occasionally, bring to a light rolling boil.

Step 2: Once the sauce boils, allow it to boil for 1 minute, undisturbed. Remove from the pan from the heat, then immediately stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract until completely combined.

Step 3: Next, add your oats and pecans and stir the entire cookie batter together until combined. (You will be tempted to eat this by the spoonful but instead, allow the batter to sit for 2-3 minutes to firm up a little but so it’s easier to work with.

Step 4: Line two baking sheets with foil or parchment paper, then, working quickly, use a spoon to scoop the no bake cookie batter by the spoonful onto the lined baking sheets.

Step 5: Repeat this until you have used all the cookie batter then place the baking sheets into the refrigerator for 1 hour or until the cookies set.

Storage Notes

IN THE FRIDGE: Cover and store leftover cookies in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.  

IN THE FREEZER: To freeze no-bake cookies, first let the cookies cool completely after they have been cooked. Then, place the cookies in an airtight container or a plastic freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible from the container or bag before sealing it. Finally, place the container or bag of cookies in the freezer. The cookies should be frozen for at least a few hours before they are ready to be eaten. To thaw the cookies, simply remove them from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before enjoying them.

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Helpful Tips & Substitutions

Do I have to add pecans to my no bake cookies?

No, you do not but they give this classic cookie a nice spin and add an extra crunch that is unexpected and delightful!

Why are my cookies dry and crumbly?

Chances are if the no-bakes turned out dry and crumbly it was because you overcooked them. While we call them cookies, oatmeal no-bakes are really more of a confection or fudge with oats stirred in. When it comes to candy, the longer it is cooked, the drier and harder it becomes.

Can I use quick oats instead of old fashioned oats?

Old fashioned oats give baked goods more texture but take longer to cook, which is why some recipes call specifically for quick oats but in this one, yes, you can use quick oats interchangeably.

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (with Pecans)

Indulge in the delicious flavor combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and pecans with these easy-to-make, no-bake cookies.
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 26 cookies
Calories: 2714kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2/3 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Pecans

Instructions

  • Add the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder to a medium saucepan over medium heat, mixing together until the butter melts and the ingredients are combined. Whisking occasionally, bring to a light rolling boil.
  • Once the sauce boils, allow it to boil for 1 minute, undisturbed. Remove from the pan from the heat, then immediately stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract until completely combined.
  • Next, add your oats and pecans and stir the entire cookie batter together until combined. (You will be tempted to eat this by the spoonful but instead, allow the batter to sit for 2-3 minutes to firm up a little but so it's easier to work with.
  • Line two baking sheets with foil or parchment paper, then, working quickly, use a spoon to scoop the no bake cookie batter by the spoonful onto the lined baking sheets.
  • Repeat this until you have used all the cookie batter then place the baking sheets into the refrigerator for 1 hour or until the cookies set.

Nutrition

Serving: 26g | Calories: 2714kcal | Carbohydrates: 447g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 97g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 27g | Monounsaturated Fat: 49g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 1669mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 317g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 410mg | Iron: 13mg
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