Best No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

These easy drop cookies are are Best No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies ever!  Rich and sweet these peanut butter cookies without cocoa are a classic treat that can be mixed up in 15 minutes.

The best no-bake peanut butter drop cookies on a wax paper lined cookie sheet

If you like this classic cookie recipe you may also enjoy No-Bake Orange Peanut Butter Cookies or Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Recipe For No-Bake Cookies Without Cocoa

Creamy peanut butter lovers cannot stop eating these No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies Without Cocoa.  Drop cookies are one of the first cookies that I learned how to make.  There are only 6 ingredients and the oven isn’t needed.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and use a cookie scoop or spoon to drop cookies. I like that you can choose the size of each cookie very easily. 

The cookies will quickly set up on the countertop, but placing them in the refrigerator with help them firm up more quickly. 

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These peanut butter no-bake cookies without cocoa powder are a classic recipe that my family has made for generations!  My mom always adds cocoa to make chocolate no-bake cookies, but we love making them without cocoa and amping up the peanut butter for a great no-bake cookie.

Sheet of no-bake cookies without cocoa and a glass of milk on red plaid napkin

When I need cookies to take to a family gathering or potluck, cookies to celebrate my husband coming home from the hospital or cookies to celebrate kids coming home from school, Almond Bark Cookies or these peanut butter cookies are my go-to recipe. 

We had a pretty good scare in 2019 with my husband.  He finally went to get it checked out and they found an unprovoked blood clot in his lung.  A healthy man with an active, healthy lifestyle, scary stuff!  Thank God it was caught in time and he will be able to regain his lung function over time.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Only takes 6 ingredients and 15 minutes to make
  • My kids have this recipe for homemade cookies memorized
  • Leaving the cocoa out saves money and doesn’t give up much as peanut butter is the predominant flavor
  • Recipe is easy to double in a bigger sauce pan

Ingredients Needed for Peanut Butter Cookies without Cocoa

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Peanut Butter
  • Quick Oats
  • Vanilla
Quick oats, sugar, pure vanilla, creamy peanut butter, unsalted butter and milk on a wooden counter top to make no-bake cookies without cocoa

How to Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Mix sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir often until mixture boils.
  3. Remove from heat and quickly add remaining ingredients.
  4. Stir well and drop onto cookie sheets that are lined with wax paper.
  5. Allow cookies 20 – 30 minutes to set-up or harden and enjoy!

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Measure all ingredients out before starting because when the mixture boils you’ll need to move quickly
  • The recipe starts slow, but stay close and pay attention because when the mixture boils the pace will pick-up quickly
  • Quick oats are key to achieve the desired consistency in this recipe
  • I like to use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to make uniform cookies
  • Using a larger scoop is fine too
  • Store in an airtight container or bag
  • Makes 44 cookies with a 1.5 tablespoon scoop
  • Makes about 36 cookies with a 2 tablespoon scoop (as tested by a 6 year old)
  • Recipe can easily be cut in half or doubled without affecting taste or quality

Step By Step Instructions

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat add butter, milk and sugar.

Stir it all up.

Sugar poured into a sauce pan with melting butter and milk over medium heat

Measure out the remaining ingredients and then stir the sugar mixture often.

Or I just ask my elementary aged kids to stir the whole time. They love doing that!

A silicone spatula stirring no-bake cookie base mixture in a sauce pan often until they begin to boil

The mixture will begin to bubble lightly. It won’t take long until it reaches a rolling boil.

Butter, sugar, and milk beginning to boil in a medium sauce pan

At this time remove from the heat and add peanut butter.

Stir this up and then add quick oats.

Peanut butter and quick oats poured in a saucepan on boiling sugar mixture

Stir it up and be sure to clean the edges and bottom corners of the pan to create the most uniform cookies.

No-Bake cookie mixture in a sauce pan with a spatula ready to drop onto a cookie sheet

Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to drop mixture onto a waxed paper lined surface.

Cookies can be placed fairly close together as they won’t expand.

Allow to set-up for about 20 – 40 minutes depending on the temperature. Cooler temps help the cookies set up faster.

Waxed paper lined USA pan covered with peanut butter no-bake cookies without cocoa

Enjoy!

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Best No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Servings 44 cookies
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
These easy drop cookies are are Best No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies ever!  Rich and sweet these peanut butter cookies are a classic treat that can be mixed up in 15 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Time to set-up or harden 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oats

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan over medium heat mix butter, milk and sugar.
  • Stir often to prevent burning. When mixture begins to boil, remove from heat and quickly stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Use a cookie scoop or spoon to drop cookies of desired size onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet.

Notes

  • Measure all ingredients out before starting because when the mixture boils you’ll need to move quickly
  • The recipe starts slow, but stay close and pay attention because when the mixture boils the pace will pick-up quickly
  • Quick oats are key to achieve the desired consistency in this recipe
  • I like to use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to make uniform cookies
  • Using a larger scoop is fine too
  • Store in an airtight container or bag
  • Makes 44 cookies with a 1.5 tablespoon scoop
  • Recipe can easily be cut in half or doubled without affecting taste or quality

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 47mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 69IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally shared on September 3, 2019 with pictures updated on March 20, 2023.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make and they turn out so great they are like a fudge drop cookie !! Delicious

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