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Four no bake peanut butter cookies stacked on top of eachother
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5 from 33 votes

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are a classic cookie recipe that never goes out of style! If you’ve been looking for no-bake cookies without chocolate, this recipe is for you!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 15


  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter diced
  • 1 ¾ cups (350g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (118ml) nonfat milk
  • ½ cup (133g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (243g) quick cooking oats


  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • It’s very important that all your ingredients are measured and ready to go before you start and make sure you’ve read the directions before making these cookies. The process goes fast!
  • Melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the sugar and milk. Whisk until smooth then bring to a boil and cook for about 1 ½ minutes, stirring occasionally. NOTE: you MUST boil them long enough or they will not set. To be sure of this, boil the mixture until it reaches 230°F on a candy or instant read thermometer. If you do not have a thermometer, this will take about 1 ½ minutes on medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, salt, vanilla, and oats.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop 2 tablespoon size balls of cookie mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Let sit to set or chill to harden quicker.



  • You can use creamy or crunchy peanut butter as long as it’s the regular kind and not natural peanut butter.
  • Prep and measure your ingredients first. This isn’t the kind of recipe you can measure and mix as you go.
  • For best results, use a candy thermometer or instant-read thermometer when you boil the mixture. It makes it so much easier, and you don’t have to worry if you boiled it long enough. This is my favorite instant read thermometer!
  • If you want to add some mix-ins, chopped nuts or m&ms work well for this recipe!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg