No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe. Learn how to make a perfect no-bake cookie.
A perfect batch of no-bake cookies, cooling on the counter.
In honor of National Peanut Butter Day (January 24th) I cooked up a batch of one of my favorite cookies, no-bake peanut butter cookies.

You might be familiar with the chocolate version, another universal favorite. As much as I adore chocolate, sometimes "just peanut butter" is even better. And what better to celebrate such an important holiday today, right?

Here's my recipe along with tips on creating a perfect no-bake cookie:

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

2 cups granulated sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick oats 

Add the sugar, butter, and milk to a heavy, 3-quart saucepan. Stirring constantly over medium-high heat, cook until the butter is completely melted and the mixture comes to a full, rolling boil. Set a timer for 60 seconds, continue stirring, then remove the pan from the heat just as soon as the 60 seconds are up. 

Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla, then oats. (It's a good idea to have the oats and peanut butter measured out in advance.) Stir well until the mixture is fully combined and starts to thicken up a bit. 

Spoon out the cookies onto a sheet of wax paper using two spoons. Use teaspoons if you want smaller cookies or tablespoons if you want them to be bigger. 

Let cool on the counter for at least 30 minutes. When fully cool, store in a covered container at room temperature. Note that cooling or storing in the refrigerator will make the cookies sticky.

Makes up to 3 dozen small cookies or 24 to 30 bigger ones. 

If you've had a problem with making these in the past, follow this recipe exactly and they should come out fine. Just one minute of boil time works best. Be patient, stir well, and the cookies should be perfect!


  1. Susan, these look both yummy and easy! Pinning to my cookies board.

    1. Appreciate the pin, Margaret! Yep, they are indeed both yummy and easy!


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