So many people wonder how to make no-bake cookies; they are incredibly easy to make and only require a few simple ingredients. It doesn't get any better than that!
Whenever I think of no-bake cookies I immediately think of my grandmother. Her no-bake cookies were always my favorite. I would beg for them when I was a little girl, so as an adult, I decided to make my own version that I can indulge in whenever I chose.
These no-bake cookies are packed with peanut butter and oats, and they're laced with vanilla - which is all just perfect for any peanut butter cookie lovers out there!
What are no-bake cookies?
The term "no-bake" refers to the fact that the oven is not used at all in the cookie-making process. Literally, with these cookies, you're done after a quick stir on the stovetop.
These cookies are perfect for the hotter months of the year when you don't want to crank on the oven, but also are a welcome addition to any holiday cookie platter.
How long does it take to make no-bake cookies?
No-bake cookies take about 45-50 minutes to make and set completely, but these easy cookies only take about 15 minutes of hands-on time! The rest of the time in this recipe is hands-off while the cookies set up at room temperature.
In a hurry, you can speed up the setting process a bit by placing the cookie dough in the fridge to set.
Are these cookies gluten-free?
The only difference between standard no-bake cookies and gluten-free no-bake cookies is that you must use certified gluten-free oats to ensure that your cookies are indeed gluten free. Since oats are commonly grown and processed at the same factories as gluten-containing grains, oats are frequently contaminated with gluten.
Can kids make these cookies?
Since these cookies are simple, they are super fun to make with the kids! Honestly, I'd say this is one of the most family friendly recipes ever! Kash & Eliza both volunteer to help me out in the kitchen when I tell them that I am making a batch of these cookies!
How to store no-bake cookies
Our no-bake cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 4-5 days.
Refrigeration is not required for these cookies, but it will extend the shelf-life of these cookis to 2 weeks. You can refrigerate them if you would like.
No matter where you are storing the cookies it is important to wrap them correctly. Place the cookies in a container in a single layer to prevent them from adhering together, then cover with a sheet of wax or parchment paper before placing the next layer of cookies. Repeat until all of the cookies are in the storage container. Cover tightly.
Can you freeze no-bake cookies?
Yes! Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop the mixture onto a large lined baking sheet and freeze the cookies until solid (about 1-2 hours).
Freeze them for up to 2 months in an airtight container or Ziplock bag. To thaw, set the cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet at room temperature until they are ready to eat.
Other no-bake cookie and no-cook dessert recipes:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
If you like this recipe for Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies you will absolutely love our chocolate version. It's just as easy and every bit as decadent!
Click here for this no-bake cookie recipe with chocolate.
2-Ingredient Easy Fudge Recipe
I photographed a recipe for KC the GFree Foodie's site for this 2-ingredient peanut butter fudge and it changed my life forever!
Her recipe was fast, easy, and required minimal dishes while yielding over 60 bite-sized pieces of fudge that was not only delicious, it was beautiful! Dare I say, artisanal?! I dare.
Click here for this no-cook dessert recipe!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
This egg-free cookie dough is great on its own, but it's also incredible mixed into a batch of homemade vanilla ice cream.
Click here for this no bake cookie recipe!
If you’ve made any of these no-bake dessert recipes I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below!
I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours.Print
Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
These no fuss, peanut butter no-bake cookies require the most basic pantry ingredients, are simple to make, and appease every type of cookie lover.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Time to set: 30
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 3 dozen 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
3 cups gluten-free quick cooking oats
2 cups sugar
8 tablespoons butter
½ cup whole milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Line baking sheets with waxed paper and set aside.
In a heavy saucepan bring the sugar, butter, and milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil for 1 minute add the peanut butter, vanilla extract and oatmeal stirring well to combine.
Remove from the heat and drop the mixture by tablespoonful's onto the wax paper. Allow to cool and harden then store in an airtight container.
- Serving Size: 2 cookies
- Calories: 271
- Sugar: 24.1 g
- Sodium: 64.9 mg
- Fat: 12.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 34.8 g
- Protein: 5.1 g
- Cholesterol: 13.7 mg
Keywords: no bake cookie, oatmeal, cookie, holiday cookie, peanut butter
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