These no bake peanut butter cookies take just 10 minutes to make, a super easy recipe with delicious results!

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A sheet pan with no bake peanut butter cookies on it.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like turning on the oven to bake! These no bake peanut butter cookies taste just as amazing as something that would come from the oven, but they’re ready start to finish in just minutes. These cookies are similar to the popular classic peanut butter chocolate no bake cookies, except we’re skipping the chocolate and adding a second dose of peanut butter in the form of coated peanut butter candies (such as Reese’s Pieces). The candies add a pop of color and a nice crunch, they’re really the perfect addition to this cookie.

A plate with a stack of no bake peanut butter cookies.

How To Make No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

These no bake peanut butter cookies primarily use ingredients that you likely already have at home like sugar, butter, milk, peanut butter and oats. This recipe uses quick oats, you can also make these cookies with rolled oats if you prefer a chewier texture. I prefer the texture of quick oats, so that’s what I use. The first step in the process is to melt together sugar, butter and milk in a pan. After the ingredients are all melted together, you bring them to a boil. Be sure you’re standing at the stove watching because this mixture needs to cook for exactly one minute, if you overcook the sugar mixture the cookies might turn out crumbly. The peanut butter and oats get stirred in, then you’re ready to go.

A sheet pan full of no bake peanut butter cookies with candies on top.

The beauty of these no bake peanut butter cookies is that you can make them as big or as small as you like. I do 2 tablespoons of dough for my cookies, and I quickly press the candies into the tops of the cookies before they harden. This is a great job for the kids to do!

The cookies need a little while to set up, then they’re ready to serve and enjoy!

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5 from 12 votes

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

AuthorSara Welch
A sheet pan with no bake peanut butter cookies on it.
These no bake peanut butter cookies take just 10 minutes to make, a super easy recipe with delicious results!
Prep Time9 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 16


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter cubed
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats also called 1 minute oats
  • 1 cup coated peanut butter candies


  • Place the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepot over medium heat. Stir until butter is melted. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute exactly. 
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the peanut butter until smooth. Add the oats and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Drop 2 tablespoon sized dollops of the dough onto parchment paper, waxed paper or a silicon nonstick baking mat. Quickly press the candies onto the tops of the cookies.
  • Cool completely until cookies are set. Cookies may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Adapted from All Recipes.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I was drawn into this recipe because of the peanut butter and the reese’s candy on top! But I’m completely sold on them being no-bake! And they use minimal ingredients! My family will love these cookies!

  2. 5 stars
    OH my, these are awesome! PB is my favorite and I love how easy these are to make. My favorite part is the pb candies on top!

  3. 5 stars
    What a great idea! I’ve always loved the chocolate version and never thought about making them without the chocolate!

  4. 5 stars
    This would be such a fun recipe to make with kids – and I know they would loooooove to eat them!!

  5. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for this delicious recipe. It’s the perfect cookie for summer. No heating up the house with a hot oven. Will definitely make again 🙂