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Quick, No-Bake Stovetop Cookies

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September 21, 2015 · 2.4k Views

(Samantha is a guest blogger from SugarSpunRun.)

Chewy chocolate peanut butter oat cookies that can be made quickly (under 15 minutes!) on the stovetop — no baking required!

A few months ago, I had the misfortune of finding myself without a working oven. The loss lasted only a week, and though my stovetop still functioned just fine, it was a week of frustration and helplessness, especially for my constantly baking, insatiably sweet-toothed-self.

I realized very quickly that I’m far too reliant on the oven when it comes to creating desserts, and I imagine I’m probably not alone in this. I had very few recipes in my arsenal that didn’t start with the instructions “Preheat oven to 350°F”, which was regrettably no longer an option for me.

However, I did have one jewel of a recipe that I considered to be my saving grace, a recipe that I am so excited to share with you today because not only is it no-bake (stovetop only), but it comes together in less than 15 minutes and provides all of the satisfaction, substance and richness of a freshly-baked cookie.

These cookies were inspired by an old, handwritten recipe from a friend that was accidentally lost in a cookbook-purge years ago and has since been redesigned from memory—a new and improved spin on a well-loved family classic.

They have all of the substance and flavor that you crave from an oven-baked treat. Chewy with a fudgy, thick, chocolate peanut butter coating that encases each and every oat, melting in your mouth with each chew. While the recipe can be made with milk rather than heavy cream, I strongly suggest using heavy cream as it lends to the richness of the dessert and the delicately candy-like quality that makes these treats so uniquely delicious.

In terms of ease, these cookies simply can’t be beat. While their coating is candy-like, no thermometer is required to make them; it’s simply a matter of timing the boil and being careful to stir constantly so that the mixture doesn’t burn to the bottom (or sides) of the pan, and then plopping them out onto a wax-paper lined cookie sheet.

No preheating. No waiting 10+ minutes for the first batch to finish so you can swap it out for a second and then a third… just simple, easy, and delicious. These cookies are addictive, and even now with my brand new oven you’ll still find me whipping up a batch of Quick Cookies whenever my impatient sweet tooth strikes. Keep this recipe close at hand for the next time you find yourself in need of something sweet and no-bake.



½ cup (1 stick) salted sweet cream butter
½ cup heavy cream (or full-fat milk)
1 ½ cup light brown sugar, packed tightly
¼ cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups instant oats


  1. Prepare two cookie sheets by lining with wax paper and set aside.
  2. Cut butter into Tbsp-sized pieces and add to medium-sized saucepan along with heavy cream, brown sugar, and cocoa powder.
  3. Stir ingredients constantly over low heat until butter is completely melted (I recommend using a long wooden spoon as a metal spoon can become rather hot).
  4. Increase heat to medium-high and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil.
  5. Boil (still stirring constantly) for 2 minutes then remove from heat, continuing to stir for two minutes while mixture cools.
  6. Add peanut butter and vanilla extract, stirring until peanut butter is completely combined.
  7. Stir in oats until coated in chocolate.
  8. Drop oat mixture by approximately 1 ½” spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon or the clean bottom of a glass.
  9. Allow to cool (approximately 20-30 minutes) before serving.

Prep/cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 ½ dozen cookies

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Samantha Merritt graduated college with a degree in Psychology and currently works in cancer research. When she’s not on the clock, she enjoys researching the easiest ways to create the best flavor combinations in the kitchen. Always working to appease her insatiable appetite, she currently runs the dessert blog Sugar Spun Run, and firmly believes that everyone should know how to make delicious, from-scratch desserts in their own kitchen.

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