These Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are fast, easy, and delicious. A pure peanut butter version of drop cookies, these are loaded with peanut butter and the chewy texture of oats that gives this classic cookie its hallmark feel.
When we’re in the mood for peanut butter cookies, but turning on the oven seems like overkill, we make these no bake peanut butter drop cookies. We never have to turn on the oven, and even the stove is only on for a couple of minutes.
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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s an easy, no bake drop cookie recipe that anyone can make.
- It’s loaded with a great chewy texture and sweet peanut butter flavor.
- It’s the perfect cookie for potlucks and parties.
You only need a handful of ingredients to make these cookies, and they’re all more than likely in your kitchen already. Check out the recipe card at the end of the post for exact amounts.
- Granulated sugar
- Creamy peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
- Quick oats
🔪 How to Make Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
These cookies only take a few simple steps and a few minutes of prep. After that, you just have to let them set!
Step 1: Combine the Sugar, Butter, and Milk
Add the sugar, butter, and milk to a large pot and heat over medium heat until the butter melts, stirring often. Then, increase the heat to medium-high and boil for 60 seconds without stirring.
Step 2: Add the Remaining Ingredients
Remove the pot from the heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir well, then add the quick oats and stir until well combined.
Step 3: Spoon and Cool
Drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper to make individual cookies. Then, let the cookies cool completely to set – usually about 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Add chocolate chips to the mixture to make chocolate peanut butter cookies.
- Chunky – Try mixing in chopped peanuts.
- Drizzle – Drizzle with melting chocolate for more flavor and a fun look.
If you think these peanut butter no bake cookies look good, then you’ll love these no bake avalanche cookies.
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Large pot
- Baking sheets
- Parchment paper
- Wooden spoon
Store these cookies in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. You can also refrigerate them for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freeze-safe container.
- It’s important to use quick oats for this recipe. Old fashioned oats won’t work.
- Boil your mixture for 60 seconds and no longer. Boiling for too long will change the texture of the cookies.
- Use classic peanut butter for this recipe. All-natural peanut butter is a bit too oily.
Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Drop cookies are no bake cookies that are dropped by spoonfuls onto a sheet and allowed to cool and harden.
The oats are mixed into the hot mixture and that heat is what cooks them. Rolled oats won’t fully cook as they cookies cool.
The best peanut butter for cookies is actually the plain Jane old-fashioned stuff we’ve been eating since we were kids. Any brand works!
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No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- large pot
- Baking sheets
- parchment paper
- Wooden spoon
- 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup 1 stick butter
- ½ cup milk
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ¼ quick oats
- To a large pot add the granulated sugar, butter, and milk. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted, stirring often.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil for 60 seconds without stirring.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla; stir well.
- Add the quick oats and stir until well combined.
- Spoon the mixture onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper to form individual cookies.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely to room temperature to set, about 45 minutes.