Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

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Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe

Jamie here! My very favorite cookie in all the world is a no-bake cookie. It’s probably because my very favorite candy in all the world is peanut butter fudge. And when nothing else can fill that empty void in my heart like peanut butter fudge – it’s time to whip up a batch of no bake cookies. Traditional no-bake cookies have cocoa in them as well, but if you don’t like all the chocolate getting in the way of your peanut butter love affair – these are the ticket šŸ™‚

Now keep in mind, these are probably NOT the cookies you make for your child’s classroom party since many children (like Kasey’s daughter) suffer from serious peanut and tree nut allergies. These are a super-secret-gobble-them-up-at-home indulgence just for you and your inner circle. Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats

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Directions:

  1. Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you’ve brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil – cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  5. Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  6. Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.

COOKIE TROUBLESHOOTING: No matter how many times I’ve made these and know exactly what I’m doing – no bake cookies sometimes turn out too soft. When that happens – hide them from the kids until they dry out and firm up a little. Then place on a cooling rack so the bottoms can do the same.

Do NOT do what my mom did when I was a kid and stick them in the freezer until they’re hard enough to hold in your hand. (And possibly dislodge a filling)

Or what the heck – if you’re in a hurry you can do that too. They taste pretty great no matter what little glitches happen šŸ™‚

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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These are a super-secret-gobble-them-up-at-home indulgence just for you and your inner circle.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups Quick Oats

Instructions

  • Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you've brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  • Once it reaches a rolling boil - cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  • Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  • Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  • Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  • Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.
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27 Comments

    1. You would want to check the ingredients since I’m not an expert in gluten free foods. I would hate to miss something and tell you wrong.

    2. You would want to make sure the oats are gluten free. A lot of oats are processed with gluten. Also, vanilla extract can contain gluten, you can would want to be sure that it’s labeled gluten free.

    3. This will be my first time making a no bake cookie. Per other comments, what do you think about cutting the sugar by 1 cup? Also, what do you think about adding cocoa? Was thinking about doing half of them like that. And last but not least, about how many cookies do you get from the recipe? Thanks so much Kasey.

    4. I’ve only tested this particular recipe as is so I’m not sure that cutting the sugar would work. You can add cocoa for sure, but I’d google a recipe for no-bake chocolate cookies to get the right amount of cocoa and sugar. I don’t know how many cookies it made. I didn’t count them.

    1. Jenn I’m not sure – I would think there’s probably somewhere online that you can put in ingredients and find out, but I’ve never actually used one. Sorry!

  1. to get your no bakes to set up every time use evaporated milk instead of milk, my grandmother handed down this tip and I have never had any issues since with setting up, also once you put the vanilla and peanut butter in bring it back to a boil šŸ˜›

  2. My recipe is a little smaller, half cup butter, 2 cups sugar, half cup milk and so forth. Also, I make mine with cocoa powder for a chocolate version. It would be about 1/3 cup for your quantities. My recipe says boil one minute, but does not require stirring. I have never, and I mean never, had a problem with them setting up. In fact if you overcook them they are not shiney.

  3. Love these cookies!!! I have read that if your no bakes are runny it is because you aren’t getting them to a rolling boil before you time it for two minutes.

  4. Wow!!! Simple and easy to make! Thank you! We did this recipe EXACTLY except made it in a pan to cut up like fudge instead of cookies… Yummy yummy yummy!! šŸ™‚

  5. I make these all the time. I have found out they are so much better if you put the oatmeal in when it is hot. That way your oatmeal get a little softer.

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