The Easiest Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are a classic, childhood treat made with oatmeal, peanut butter, and Reese’s candy!

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are a classic, childhood treat made with oatmeal, peanut butter, and Reese's candy!

I love the simplicity of a no-bake chocolate cookie.

As the weather gets warmer, 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 cookies, there is no chocolate in this recipe.

I have a family of peanut butter cookie 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.

How to make Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies are a classic, childhood treat made with oatmeal, peanut butter, and Reese's candy!

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for one full minute.
  2. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, salt and creamy peanut butter. Stir until smooth.
  3. Fold in quick oats, stirring until completely combined. Fold in Reese’s Pieces candy.
  4. 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!

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Ingredients

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Milk
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Quick Cook Oatmeal
  • Reese’s Pieces Candy

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are a classic, childhood treat made with oatmeal, peanut butter, and Reese's candy!

Can you freeze No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Yes. Absolutely.

Slide cookies into a freezer safe ziploc bag (or airtight container). Freeze cookies for up to two months.

Thaw at room temperature and enjoy.

Substitutions

Milk: I always have fat free milk in our refrigerator, so that is what I use. You can use other varieties of milk as well, 1%, 2%, and whole milk all provide similar results! You can also use almond milk in this no bake cookie recipe!

Butter: Typically I use unsalted butter so that I can control the salt in a recipe. If you opt for salted butter, remove the extra pinch of salt from the cookies.

Peanut Butter: Can you make peanut butter no bake cookies without peanut butter? Actually you can! Try using Biscoff or Almond butter instead!

Oatmeal: I always opt for quick oats in my no bake cookies. It results in great texture and flavor. While you can use old-fashioned oats, you’ll get a chewier texture, if you’re okay with that!

Reese’s Pieces Candy: The sky is the limit (or maybe it’s your pantry is the limit). Chocolate Chips, peanut butter morsels, M&M’s, you decide. Or leave it all out and keep them as plain no bake oatmeal cookies!

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies are a classic, childhood treat made with oatmeal, peanut butter, and Reese's candy!

How to make HEALTHY No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Want the tips to make your cookie a little healthier or lighter? 

This Skinny No Bake Chocolate Cookie recipe is packed with tips and tricks! Remove the sugar and use banana to sweeten up the cookie. 

Help! Why are my no bake cookies not setting up?

You either have the dilemma of cookies being too gooey? Or your cookies are hard rocks. Wondering where you went wrong and why your cookies won’t set?

For Dry Cookies:

When you bring your mixture to a boil for one full minute, you have likely overheated your sugar. Overcooking the sugar can result in a crumbly mess.

If this is something you struggle with, try using a different saucepan or turn your stove top heat source down! 

For Gooey Cookies:

Most common cause of gooey no bake cookies is not boiling your mixture long enough (see? it’s the opposite of dry cookies).

If your commonly have your no bake cookies turn out too gooey, chances are you’re not letting it boil long enough. Easy fix!

There are other factors that can result in no bake cookies that don’t set properly.

For instance, rain and humidity! The moisture in the air can keep your cookies from setting. If it’s an exceptionally humid day, add a little time to your boiling mixture. Or avoid making these cookies on humid days!

Also, I have found that natural peanut butters can result in gooey cookies. Be sure to stir your peanut butter really well before using, and you may need to add more boiling time.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies are a classic, childhood treat made with oatmeal, peanut butter, and Reese's candy!

Do NO BAKE COOKIES need to be refrigerated?

Nope!

Store your cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. You can store in the refrigerator if you prefer them chilled!

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Yield: 5 dozen cookies

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies: the quick and easy dessert recipe you love!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 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 cups quick cook oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups Reese's Pieces candy

Instructions

  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!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

60

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 85 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 23mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 9g Protein: 1g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published April 23, 2013. Photos updated April 2019.

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are the quick and easy dessert everyone loves!

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86 comments on “The Easiest Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe”

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

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

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

  7. Love the no-bake idea and PB is perfect for an afternoon treat! Sound delish! 🙂

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

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

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

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! And as much as I am a chocoholic I love that these are no bake without chocolate 🙂

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

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

  18. I love no bake cookies during the summer time!

  19. Marcie@flavorthemoments

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

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

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

  22. 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?

  23. 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. Oh yum! No-bake cookies are so good!

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

  26. The pb addict in me approves. 😉

  27. Peanut butter + no bake = yep, pretty sure these are my heaven 🙂

  28. 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!

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

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

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

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

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. OH MAN! These look like crack!!! 😀

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

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

  42. Brooke

    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 🙂

  43. Kaylee

    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!

  44. Abby

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

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

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  47. Sarah

    do these freeze well??

  48. Stephanie

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

  49. Carol

    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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  60. Elisha

    Ummm… just curious if you could use soy or coconut milk instead of skim milk?
    These look delicious, but don’t drink or use milk.

  61. Thank you for sharing valuable information. Nice post. I enjoyed reading this post.

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