Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Delicious yet simple No Bake Cookies. These are for the true Peanut Butter Lover!

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies with Reese's Pieces: delicious, no oven necessary treats the whole family will LOVE @shugarysweets #reeses

I love the simplicity of a no-bake cookie. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me share a photo of a big pile of mulch. We spent our weekend weeding all our gardens and laying fresh mulch. While it looks beautiful, it’s exhausting work. The weather here was perfect and gorgeous. And it was a good reminder that no bake desserts are awesome to have on hand for summer. You know, when you need something sweet but don’t feel like turning on your oven!

These peanut butter no bake cookies are just the thing. Unlike traditional no bakes, there is no chocolate. I have a family of peanut butter lovers and we needed full peanut butter flavor. Plus, should I remind you they have oatmeal? Peanut butter + Oatmeal = health food. Breakfast. Yeah, I know it’s a stretch, but go with it.

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies with Reese's Pieces: delicious, no oven necessary treats the whole family will LOVE @shugarysweets #reeses

I added in some Reese’s Pieces just for fun! These cookies taste like a giant Reese’s Pieces! Seriously.

Speaking of Reese’s Pieces…anyone else feel they get neglected sometimes? Second string behind the PB cup? I grew up in the 80’s and going to the theater to see ET when it was first released. Reese’s Pieces had their fame back then, time to bring it back! Right??

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Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Yield: 5 dozen cookies


  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cup quick cook oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cup Reese's Pieces


  1. In a large pot, add sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for one full minute. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, salt and peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Fold in oats, stirring until completely combined. Fold in candy.
  2. Lay out a large piece of parchment paper on counter. Using two spoons, drop cookie dough by large tablespoon onto paper. Allow to set (about 20 minutes). Store in a covered, airtight container. ENJOY!

Want more No Bake ideas? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s start with cookies…

No Bake Cookies with Double Espresso: these are filled with delicious Mocha Hazelnut Spread and espresso powder. Mom’s perfect treat!

No Bake Double Espresso Cookies from @shugarysweets

Biscoff No Bake Cookies: One of my favorite obsession (biscoff) in a No bake? Perfection!

Biscoff No Bake Cookies from @shugarysweets

Apple Nachos (perfect summer treat, eat outside cause they are messy then hose off!): easy, no oven needed!

Apple Nachos @shugarysweets

78 Responses to “Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies”

  1. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    With a house full of kids, no bake cookies are always the way to go! Reese Pieces are the absolute best!

    • posted Apr 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Agreed! Sometimes you need quick and no messing with the oven!

  2. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Mmmmm I heart Reese’s Pieces…there is a bag in my cupboard just waiting for me to bake with them again. I love that you made no bakes completely peanut buttery! Sounds awesome to me…there is a package in the mail right???

  3. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    What a great recipe for the upcoming summer. Although I love to bake, it’s wonderful having an arsenal of no-bake desserts so you don’t have to heat up the oven in the warmer months. :)

  4. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Please tell me that you did not just post this. This is my ultimate weakness PB + Reese’s Pieces. This could be bad…very bad…for my waistline!

  5. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Im a pb fanatic! These sound delicious! I love no bake, it makes things so quick, and is perfect for instant gratification! 😉

  6. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Love how simple these look. Haven’t had Reese’s pieces in awhile. This looks like a great treat to try soon!

  7. Liz
    posted Apr 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Love the no-bake idea and PB is perfect for an afternoon treat! Sound delish! :)

  8. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Yum! I have the mini Reese’s pieces that would be perfect for these

  9. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Gotta love a no bake cookies! I adore how peanut buttery these ones are!

  10. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    These cookies are rockin’, Amy! The temps are raising in Sacramento already, so I’m already making faces at my oven when it’s on.. too hot! Love these :)

  11. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I do love my Reese cups, but I’m in full support of bringing back Reese pieces. I love no bake cookies, especially in the dead of summer when I avoid the oven at all costs. This pb variety sounds delish :)

  12. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Pure peanut butter goodness and I don’t even need to turn on the oven? Don’t mind if I do! 😉

  13. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! And as much as I am a chocoholic I love that these are no bake without chocolate :)

  14. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I can not believe that I some how missed all of those amazing no-bake cookies! Peanut butter sounds good. Biscoff sounds amazing (I am seriously addicted!)! The Double Espresso is breakfast tomorrow!

  15. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    These are definitely health food. Oats make everything healthier! I’ll be making tons of no bake in summer here to avoid the A/C!

  16. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Oh..stop temtping me..I just got a new jar of PB,don’t want to finish it at once :))

  17. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Love how easy these are! Pure peanut butter is never a bad thing either!

  18. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I love no bake cookies during the summer time!

  19. Marcie@flavorthemoments
    posted Apr 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Love no-bake recipes, and you can never go wrong with peanut butter ones!

  20. posted Apr 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I LOVE no-bake cookies. Especially when the hot weather rolls in… which is hopefully soon!

  21. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 12:55 am

    No Bake and Reese’s? Sold! Love no-bake recipes especially in the summer!

    • posted Apr 24, 2013 at 6:40 am

      Thanks Trish! I love how easy no-bake cookies are to make!

  22. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 8:00 am

    these cookies look fantastic! I love reeses pieces and definitely feel like they get neglected. I love to put them in with hot popcorn at the movie theather so it’s like i have PB popcorn, yum!

    PS. Could you delete where I somehow accidentally posted my comment with my email address visible?

    • posted Apr 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Ooooh, IN hot popcorn? LOVE that idea! (email deleted :)

    • marti
      posted Apr 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      yumm…gotta try some in my popcorn…lovin sweet and salty :)

  23. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I would love to eat these for breakfast-what a great idea!!! I can’t believe I’ve never made a no bake cookie-this should be my first!

  24. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Fun!! This sounds lovely!

  25. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Oh yum! No-bake cookies are so good!

  26. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    These look amazing, Aimee! Love your apple nachos, too!

    • posted Apr 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Georgia, those apple nachos have been a family favorite for two years now!!

  27. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    The pb addict in me approves. 😉

  28. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Peanut butter + no bake = yep, pretty sure these are my heaven :)

    • posted Apr 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Yeah, you would fit right in with my family, you peanut butter addict you!!!

  29. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Goodness these sound right up my alley. My problem with no-bake cookies is that the are too easy …. so I just want to make them all the time … and then eat them all : ) haha no good for my hips!

    • posted Apr 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      I feel your pain! good thing I have a gaggle of kids with all their friends who can help a girl out!

  30. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    All peanut butter and no bakes that are loaded with Reese’s Pieces?! I need at least a double batch!

  31. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Dude, these are too fun. So dangerous…but SO good!

  32. posted Apr 24, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I haven’t made no bake cookies in awhile – I’m pretty sure I need these!

  33. posted Apr 25, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I know I am probably in a minority with this but I’ll actually take Reeses Pieces over PB cups any day. These no-bake cookies look fantastic!

    • posted Apr 25, 2013 at 7:00 am

      Nope not in the minority with me! I too would choose the Reese’s Pieces over the cups!

  34. posted Apr 25, 2013 at 1:23 am

    With summer approaching much too quickly, I’m always excited to see a recipe that doesn’t involve me turning on my oven. Throw some peanut butter in the mix and you’ve stolen my heart. Can’t wait to try these.

    • posted Apr 26, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Renee. I love making cookies, but when the weather is warm I dread turning on the oven. Enter no-bakes!!

  35. posted Apr 25, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I love that there’s peanut butter AND Reese’s Pieces. They’re our favorite candy!

  36. posted Apr 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    As much as I love baking I love whipping up in a heart beat some no-bake goodies to surprise my family. Great recipe Aimee!

  37. posted Apr 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    will definitely have to try these

  38. posted Apr 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I so enjoy no-bake cookies as well :) there is something so fun about it to me! These looks tasty, I love Reese’s pieces!

  39. posted Apr 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    No bake cookies without chocolate?! Yay! I love chocolate but I feel like I’ve done tons of no bake chocolate stuff and I’m kind of tired of it. Love the Reese’s addition. They just wouldn’t be the same without them!

    • posted Apr 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Erin, they were a delicious twist to an old favorite!

  40. posted Apr 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I love no bake cookies but I’ve never thought of making them non-chocolate. These look great and they would be the perfect thing to satisfy an intense peanut butter craving! I love the addition of Reese’s pieces!

  41. posted May 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    OH MAN! These look like crack!!! 😀

  42. posted May 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    This looks awesome… Can I substitute almond milk for the skim milk?

    • posted May 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

      I’ve never tried it, but I don’t see why not. Since they are no bake it seems like it should work! Let me know if you try them :)

  43. posted Aug 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

    All of these look so yummy… I want to be in the kitchen baking, but I’m suppose to paint today…

  44. Brooke
    posted Sep 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Does it have to be skim milk? My family drinks 2% or whole milk. I would hate to buy a quart of skim and most of it go to waste. These sound YUMMY!! And can’t wait to make some :)

  45. Kaylee
    posted Sep 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    These are awesome I have a 5yr old and his favorite food is peanut butter he will eat it with a spoon n he love these!

  46. Abby
    posted Oct 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Yum I made these last night, they are delicious! Thank you for sharing

  47. posted Dec 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’ve made these a couple of times now. Love them! (They are very addictive)

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  49. Sarah
    posted Aug 7, 2014 at 8:23 am

    do these freeze well??

    • posted Aug 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

      I’ll be honest I’ve never tried to freeze no bake cookies. If you do, let me know how it goes!

  50. Stephanie
    posted Aug 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    My family loves these no bake cookies! They have become a vacation staple!! :)

  51. Carol
    posted Sep 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    This recipe asks for WAY TOO much sugar. I felt like I was eating pure sugar. I will definitely reduce the sugar next time I try these.

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