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Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe - On Top of the Stove!

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Enjoy Homemade Cookies In a Hurry

No oven required! These fabulous peanut butter no-bake cookies with oatmeal are quick and easy to make on top of the stove and you won't have to worry about the oven heating up the kitchen. The easy recipe follows and chances are you already have the ingredients in the pantry. Preparation time is quick, less than 10 minutes overall, and these tasty treats will be ready to eat as soon as they've cooled and set. And the kitchen won't be any hotter than it was when you started!

Think no-bake cookies are difficult to make? Do yours turn out sticky or too hard? Scroll down past the recipe below for our tips on how to make perfect no-bake cookies.

This after-school snack or summer treat is one that everyone loves, perfect with a cold glass of milk. Haven't tried it yet? Keep reading! You'll bump right into the recipe and we'll show you how to get started!

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Perfect results. Delicious with a cold glass of milk! (Don't tell, but I enjoy mine for breakfast, too, with a nice hot cup of tea.) These also pack well to send in military or college treats-from-home packages.

This recipe makes about 22 medium-sized cookies or up to 36 smaller ones. Smaller is better 'cause then you can have two!

Peanut butter cookies make a great after school snack!

Peanut butter cookies make a great after school snack!

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

10 min

about 2 to 3 dozen cookies, depending on size


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 3 cups "quick" oats (not instant)


  1. Pull out a long sheet of waxed paper and place on the counter or on cookie sheets. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, pour in the sugar, add the stick of butter and the milk. Over medium heat, cook and stir until the mixture comes to a full boil. Make sure the butter has completely melted, then stop stirring and set a timer for one minute. After the minute, remove the mixture from the heat. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and stir. Then add the 3 cups of oatmeal. Stir well until mixture is well combined.
  3. Using a teaspoon or a tablespoon (the cookies are rich, so I advise making them small) spoon out cookies onto the waxed paper. Let the cookies cool for about 30 minutes or until set. Serve.
  4. I let mine cool another hour or so before I put them into a covered storage bowl or cookie jar.
  5. For best results, let the cookies cool at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or the cookies will get sticky. (See tips below.)
  6. Enjoy!

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Secrets to Perfect No-Bake Cookies

Here are three tips to help your stovetop cookies turn out perfect every time.

  1. Use butter, real butter. Butter makes the flavor extra-great. Besides, butter is better for you than margarine or spreads. Also, spreads will make your cookies spread. If you have to substitute, use Fleischman's margarine. That's what I used to use until I realized that butter was better.
  2. Boil for one minute after the mixture has come to a full boil. Use a timer. Make sure that the butter has melted completely before you start the timer. The mixture will probably start to boil before the butter melts, so stir well and get that butter melted, then time exactly one minute. This is how to keep your cookies from coming out too gooey or too dry.
  3. Cool the cookies on the counter, NOT in the refrigerator. You might think putting the cookies in the refrigerator will make them cool faster, and it might, but it will also make them sticky. To keep no-bake cookies from getting sticky, leave them on the counter (on waxed paper) until they cool and set. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes. If it takes a little longer, just be a little more patient. Or use a spoon. :)

Watch How to Make No-Bake Cookies

A great video demonstration (using the cocoa version) for making no-bake cookies. Though the instructions in the video are to boil for 2 minutes. I've had better success with 1 minute. Your results may vary.

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COMMENTS: Have You Tried Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies?

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 25, 2017:

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Thanks, Kim. So glad you enjoy the recipe!

Kim Miller on April 24, 2017:

I have made these and love them

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 07, 2016:

Apple cider and cinnamon donuts certainly sound good! When you get a chance, do try this recipe. I had made the chocolate version for years and years before I discovered the peanut butter, no chocolate version. Now we enjoy both. Appreciate your comment!

mariexotoni on October 06, 2016:

WHAT! I've never heard of no-bake peanut butter cookies. They look so yummy! I'd make this today but I've had too much apple cider and cinnamon donuts.

Next week if I'm good :)

Thanks for sharing!!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 29, 2016:

My pleasure, Margie!

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on July 29, 2016:

I. Love these super easy cookies! They are so delish! Thanks for sharing!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 29, 2016:

Diana, these no-bake cookies really are tasty. Hope you try the recipe!

Diana Abrahamson on July 28, 2016:

Really a good idea and look so easy too!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 10, 2016:

You're welcome, Margie Lynn! Enjoy your peanut butter cookies!

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on May 09, 2016:

Omg, yes I have tried them, I have not made them, now I can with your recipe! They are scrumptious! Thanks for recipe!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 07, 2016:

Perfect since you don't have a traditional oven. Awesome idea! Thanks for letting me know!

Dawn from Maryland, USA on March 07, 2016:

Pinned this so I can try to remember to take the recipe up to the Shack and try it! Thank you!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 15, 2015:

Hi Cindy. I love your uncle's name for the cookies. They kinda DO look like hamburgers! LOL I hear from so many people who've eaten these cookies since they were kids, way back when their moms or grandmothers (as in my case) made them. So very glad to hear from you, too! Hope you like the peanut butter version. I was surprised how much I like them. Enjoy!

Cindy on December 14, 2015:

My mother made these when I was a kid. 68 now. My uncle named them hamburger cookies, because they look like cooked hamburgers when they are ready to eat. We loved them. They usually didn't last the day when Mom made them. She had to hide some for Dad. I haven't made them in a while. Think I'll try the peanut butter flavor ones.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 19, 2015:

I hope your granddaughter loves the cookies, Rachel. Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you, too!

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on November 19, 2015:

Hi Susan, Ok, you got me with this recipe. It's perfect for my little granddaughter who comes here every day after school. The oatmeal makes it even healthier. Thanks for the tip on not putting it in the refrigerator to cool.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 18, 2015:

Thank you so much for the pin and your very kind words, Dirt Farmer. Much appreciated!

Jill Spencer from United States on November 18, 2015:

I love this recipe! The cookies are so good and rich. Also, your photo is great-- very pinnable! Thanks for sharing this.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 08, 2015:

Thanks for letting me know! This time of year, "no oven" is a definite preference. The a/c is working hard enough already!

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on August 07, 2015:

They loved the cookies, I like they are so easy to make, and no oven.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 05, 2015:

Hope your hubby approves the cookies, Stella! Mine isn't a huge chocolate eater, but he certainly downs these when I make them. In fact, I think we're about due for another batch... Thanks for stopping by today!

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on August 05, 2015:

Hi Susan, I just got through making these cookies. I love them and will see how my hubby likes them. Thank you, Stella

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 08, 2015:

Gotta love yummy health food, right Lorelei? Appreciate your visit!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on May 08, 2015:

Now that is a healthy looking cookie. Packed with protein and the goodness of heart healthy oatmeal what is not to love? Yum.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 22, 2014:

Thanks so very much for sharing the recipe! This is a great weekend to make a batch of no bake cookies. Enjoy!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on November 21, 2014:

Awesome! Absolutely bookmarking this and if I have the complete ingredients in my pantry now, it's a done deal in the kitchen this weekend.

Thank you for sharing. Voting up and sharing.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 11, 2014:

Sounds like a great plan to me! Thank you, Maggie42!

Maggie42 on September 11, 2014:

I agree these sound fantastic I can just about taste them sounds like a plan for the weekend

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 09, 2014:

@Merrci, not me! I love peanut butter. Let me know if you try this one.

@Deal, ah, you've really missed out! Bet you have most of the ingredients on hand. Hope you give them a try!

Nick Deal from Earth on September 09, 2014:

I've never made a no-bake cookie but gosh it sounds good.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on September 09, 2014:

These sound so good! I love unbaked cookie dough. These might be serious competition. Who can resist peanut butter? Actually, who would want to?

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 09, 2014:

@Pawpawwrites, "no bake" is very appealing, especially during the hot summer months. They're great when you need a batch of cookies in a hurry, too. Thanks so much for taking time to comment. Enjoy your cookies!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 09, 2014:

@Kevin, thanks so much for the show of support! I'm with you on the quickness of the recipe. Love getting in and out of the kitchen in a hurry, especially when I can leave with cookies in hand!

Jim from Kansas on September 09, 2014:

You had me at no bake. They look and sound very good.

The Examiner-1 on September 09, 2014:

I love both peanut butter and chocolate Susan and I like very much how the time to make these is so quick. I loved reading this and I thought that you had some other interesting looking Hubs. I voted this one up, shared and pinned it.


Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 09, 2014:

Awesome, @misty! I'm writing this 8 hours after you left your comment, wondering if they're all gone by now! :)

misty on September 08, 2014:

I just made these and am waiting for them to cool! :) they are sooo delicious!!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 02, 2014:

@Elsie Hagley: Enjoy them, kiwinana71!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on August 01, 2014:

No I haven't tried these no-bake cookies but they look yummy, my style of cookie will be making these for sure.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 28, 2014:

@BodyHairRemoval: It's pretty easy to pull these off. Just don't boil the mixture too long. Have fun!

BodyHairRemoval on May 28, 2014:

This looks great! I'd have to try these. I'm not a good baker, so this might work for me.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 09, 2014:

@cocoloco256: I don't see why you couldn't use crunchy peanut butter. Sounds good!

cocoloco256 on April 09, 2014:

Must do this for sure in the Summer. It is way too hot to bake! Would crunchy peanut butter be fine though?

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 05, 2014:

@AmyLOrr: Absolutely! Remember the recipe when the weather gets hot.

AmyLOrr on April 05, 2014:

Peanut butter is one of my staple foods - I will have to try this recipe. And no baking? Even better :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 08, 2013:

@smine27: Enjoy!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on November 07, 2013:

I do like this no-baking method. Might make these this weekend.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 15, 2013:

@Lydia Ham: They're a nice alternative to the chocolate, schmydia. Hope you like them!

Lydia Ham on October 15, 2013:

I like making chocolate no bake cookies, so I may have to try these!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 13, 2013:

@MJ Martin: You're welcome, and thanks for the visit!

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on October 12, 2013:

I have tried them before, so delicious. Thanks for the secrets to making them come out perfectly! Love peanut butter.

changrcoacher on July 27, 2013:

No, I haven't and yes I'm going to. Thank you!

topbuilderlist on May 10, 2013:

This is a great snack recipe and what I like the most is the no bake cooking. Good!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 09, 2012:

@Craftymarie: Mmmmm, definitely good with milk!

Marie on September 09, 2012:

These no-bake cookies look delicious. I love peanut butter and you've got me craving some now - I can imagine how delicious they are with milk.

Deadicated LM on August 12, 2012:

No bake is a great way to start children off on the road to baking. Thanks for the recipes.

peggygallyot on July 12, 2012:

Not yet but I plan to make some

mysweetjane lm on July 12, 2012:

these look yummy and super easy to make!

CottageHomestead on July 11, 2012:

Yum! We make these too and LOVE them! :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 10, 2012:

@gatornic15: Thank you so much for the blessing!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 10, 2012:

@LilibeanNP: And indeed they are!

LilibeanNP on July 09, 2012:

Mmm! I love all things peanut butter. Great recipe. They look delicious. =)

gatornic15 on July 09, 2012:

I haven't tried them yet, but I love peanut butter and these look yummy! Blessed

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 09, 2012:

@Joan4: Yes! Kids would love helping with this - and eating their work!

Joan4 on July 09, 2012:

Oh this is a great recipe to make with the grandchlldren! Thank you!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 09, 2012:

@Dianne Loomos: Thanks! They're pretty lovable cookies, I agree!

Dianne Loomos on July 08, 2012:

Your peanut butter no-bake cookies sound delicious. I bet my family would love them!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 08, 2012:

@TreasuresBrenda: Pretty quick, Brenda, but not instant! I've added that little note to the recipe. Thanks!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on July 08, 2012:

Sounds good, Susan. How quick are your quick oats?

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