No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

24 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies are made with rolled oats, peanut butter, milk, sugar and butter, these are part cookie, part energy bar and part candy!

There are so many no-bake cookie recipes, like Avalanche Cookies, Haystack Cookies or Classic No-Bake Cookies that you’d be eating them for months if you made them all (actually, that doesn’t sound so bad.) This is a rich, peanut butter version that is quick and tasty.

Stack of No Bake Peanut Butter CookiesPEANUT BUTTER NO BAKE COOKIES

These No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies are like the perfect blend of candy, peanut butter sandwich, oatmeal cookie, granola bar and fudge all rolled into one easy recipe. I couldn’t love this recipe any more unless it was covered in bacon (I don’t think bacon would work here, I just really love bacon).

January 24th is National Butter Day and, even better, March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, so you have two more reasons to try out this recipe (plus, you don’t have to worry about a long cook time.) You can alter this recipe easily to account for personal tastes, like using natural peanut butter or dairy substitutes, and you don’t have to worry about them going stale.

If you love the idea but prefer your cookies a little more traditional, try my recipe for Peanut Butter CookiesOatmeal Cookies or Snickerdoodle Cookies.


  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Stir together both kinds of sugar, butter and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring it to a rolling boil for about 1 minute.
  • Take the pan off the heat and mix in the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt.
  • Once they’re well combined, add the oats and stir.
  • You can use a regular spoon or a cookie scoop to drop tablespoons of the batter onto a baking sheet.
  • Let the cookies sit until they have cooled and hardened.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Flavor Variations:

  • Chocolate chips: for a chocolate peanut butter version, you can either chop up chocolate chips in a food processor or stir them into the batter whole.
  • Whipped cream: make some Homemade Whipped Cream and serve the cookies with a little dollop on top.
  • Ice cream: serve your no bake cookies with a side of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream to wow your friends and family.
  • Vegan: you can make this recipe vegan friendly fairly easily by replacing the milk with coconut milk and the butter with margarine.

Tray of No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Complete the meal!


  • For easy serving or if the cookies have to travel, lay down a pice of wax paper onto a plate or plastic container and stack the cookies in a single layer on top for easy serving. Put wax paper in between layers, but avoid stacking too many on top of each other to keep them from being crushed.
  • If your cookies dry out, it may be because the sugar, butter and milk combination boiled for too long, this can happen. Make sure to account for the heat of your stove and the elevation you’re at when you make this recipe.


Here are some fun things about peanut butter that you probably didn’t know.

  • Peanut butter origins: it was originally called “peanut paste,” and it first appeared in Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics, which was published in 1901. You may now understand why they changed the name to “peanut butter,” it sounds way more appetizing.
  • At this very moment, about ¾ of all American households have a jar of peanut butter in their cupboard. If you don’t believe me, you should walk to every house and ask (don’t actually do this.)
  • The National Peanut Board regulates the quality and trade of peanuts. Their employees also have the added benefit of having to be very patient and answer a lot of strange recipe related questions.

How to Store No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • Serve: in an airtight container they can be good for about a week.
  • Store: your leftover cookies will be good in the fridge for 2 weeks, but I recommend eating them sooner than that.
  • Freeze: no bake cookies are good for 3 months in the freezer.

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies are made with rolled oats, peanut butter, milk, sugar and butter, these are part cookie, part energy bar and part candy!
Yield 24 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats


  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugars, butter, and milk. Bring mixture to a boil and boil 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla, and salt until combined, then stir in oats.
  • Drop tablespoonfuls of mixture onto prepared baking sheet and let set until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Peanut Butter Cookies

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. In my experience, the no bake cookies I started making as a girl have been wildly popular. These are, in my opinion, even better. I love the chocolate peanut butter recipe, but these are superior. Thanks for the recipe.
    Candy P.

  2. Yum! A nice way to get in much needed fiber and protein as well as taking care of my pregnancy cravings! Thanks for such an easy and enjoyable recipe!!! 🙂

  3. these cookies are the best never thought trying something different for a snack but they are so good gonna be making them again.

  4. My Dad used to make these on float trips down the Current river. He called them *canoe cookies* because he scooped them onto the hull of his canoe to harden. (It was safe because the Current, which is protected by The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act has potable water.)

  5. I’ve been making chocolate peanut butter no-bakes for years, but my family loved this version as well! Next time I’m going to try adding a few chopped peanuts.

  6. What a brilliant cookie recipe. I love that I can make them with my daughter without turning an oven on!

  7. Thank you so much for this and for the vegan options! My son is allergic to peanuts, dairy and eggs so I am going to try this for your suggestions but also sunbutter instead!

  8. No bake peanut butter cookies are out of this world good..I like these better than the chocolate I’ve been making for years..thank you for sharing..I love your recipes..especially the fav!