Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These peanut butter no-bake cookies are sweet, nutty, chewy, and delicious. Made with just 7 ingredients, they're an easy dessert or anytime treat!

Peanut butter no-bake cookies

Over the last few weeks, Jack and I have eaten more of these peanut butter no-bake cookies than we’d like to admit. They’re sweet and nutty, with an addictive chewy texture that comes from lots of peanut butter and whole rolled oats. We’ve pretty much had a constant supply of them on hand, because as soon as you finish one batch, it only takes a few minutes to whip up another and pop it in the fridge to chill.

I recommend you enjoy these peanut butter no-bake cookies for dessert or an afternoon treat, but if I’m being totally honest, they make a great grab-and-go breakfast, too. Can you tell that we can’t get enough of them?

Peanut butter no-bake cookies recipe ingredients

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe Ingredients

Another great thing about these cookies? They’re totally vegan and gluten-free! Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • Peanut butter, of course! You’ll need creamy natural peanut butter to make this recipe. Make sure yours is well-stirred and runny. If it’s too stiff, the oats and wet ingredients won’t come together into a uniform dough.
  • Maple syrup – It sweetens these peanut butter no bakes naturally and adds rich depth of flavor.
  • Coconut oil – It helps the cookies firm up as they chill.
  • Vanilla extract – For warm depth of flavor.
  • Old-fashioned oats – They make up the base of these peanut butter no-bake cookies. I don’t recommend swapping in quick-cooking oats, as old-fashioned oats’ chewier texture is delicious here.
  • Sea salt – It offsets the sweetness of the maple syrup, giving the cookies an irresistible sweet and salty peanut butter flavor.
  • And mini chocolate chips – Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter?!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Stirring peanut butter and maple syrup in a large bowl

How to Make Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies are super easy to make! Here’s what you need to do:

First, stir together the wet ingredients. Add the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt to a medium bowl…

Stirring wet ingredients in a large bowl

…and stir until smooth.

Pouring oats into peanut butter mixture in a mixing bowl

When the wet ingredients are totally combined, stir in the oats and chocolate chips. Fold until the mixture forms a cohesive dough.

Folding no bake oatmeal cookie dough in a mixing bowl

Then, shape the cookies. Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the dough. Roll it into balls, and flatten each one into a cookie shape. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper, and transfer it to the fridge to chill overnight.

That’s it! The next day, your no-bake peanut butter cookies will be ready to eat.

Peanut butter no-bake cookies on a baking sheet

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe Tips

  • Use runny peanut butter. For the best results, use natural peanut butter with a smooth consistency to make this recipe, not the dry, stiff stuff that you might find at the bottom of a jar. If you store your peanut butter in the fridge, allow it to sit at room temperature for an hour to soften before mixing up the dough.
  • Adjust the salt if you need to. The salt measurement here is for unsalted peanut butter. If your peanut butter is salted, start with half the amount and add more to taste.
  • Chill out. The hardest part of making these peanut butter no-bake cookies is waiting for them to firm up in the fridge. It’s tempting to try one after just one or two hours, but I’ve learned from experience (aka not following this tip!) that they really are best after a full overnight chill. Once you mix them up, sit back, relax, and look forward to enjoying them the next day. Trust me, the wait is worth it.

Peanut butter no-bake cookies recipe

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Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

rate this recipe:
4.98 from 42 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Chilling Time: 12 hrs
Serves 24
These peanut butter no bake cookies are SUCH an easy treat! Made with whole rolled oats and coconut oil, they're vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients

  • cup unsalted natural creamy peanut butter*
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Heaping ½ teaspoon sea salt*
  • cups whole rolled oats
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Add the oats and chocolate chips and stir until combined. Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the dough. Use your hands to form into balls and place on the baking sheet, then flatten into disks with your fingers (the disks will become more cohesive as they chill). Chill overnight to allow the cookies to firm up.

Notes

*If your peanut butter is salted, start with half the amount of salt and add more to taste. Be sure to use natural peanut butter that is smooth, not the chunky stuff that you sometimes find at the bottom of the jar.

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  1. Kim
    09.09.2021

    Given I’m going to attempt not to churn through these divine morsels in one day (!), can you let me know if they’re meant to be kept in the fridge for storage … and how long they stay fresh for? Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.09.2021

      Hi Kim, I’m so glad you loved them! I store them in the fridge for 3-5 days, and in the freezer after that.

  2. Loraine Ashley
    08.09.2021

    Do you have the nutrition information for this recipe?
    TIA

  3. Heidi
    08.04.2021

    5 stars
    Just made these and had some trouble forming the batter into balls. As I was in a hurry, I pressed the batter into a rectangular shape inside the parchment paper and put it in my fridge on the way out to lunch. Came home a few hours later and easily sliced it into 1.5 inch squares, and put it back in the fridge to chill overnight. I tasted the uneven bits I cut off the edges, and they are delicious. Would love to experiment with some different additions next time — sunflower or sesame seeds, coconut flakes, chopped dates or dried apricot, and using different nut butters. Great recipe!

  4. Petrified Wood Bali
    08.03.2021

    5 stars
    Looks so yummy…

  5. Tracy
    08.03.2021

    Has anyone tried baking these?

  6. Kat
    08.01.2021

    4 stars
    I had a really hard time forming these into disks. Might try honey next time instead of maple syrup, or pre-chill.. they still taste great tho!

  7. Mina
    07.31.2021

    Absolutely delicious. Thank you. Have made it twice now

  8. Susan
    07.30.2021

    Do u have the nutritional breakdown?

    My cookies are chillin’ now

    Thx

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.31.2021

      I hope you enjoy them! I don’t calculate nutritional info but you can plug the ingredients into sites like My Fitness Pal.

  9. Pam Lamer
    07.30.2021

    5 stars
    I’ve had these and I haven’t used the coconut oil at all in mine. And instead of maple syrup, you can use Honey. You don’t have to use chocolate chips.I Do. But dates would work and a little of the mini m&ms work.I even put chopped walnuts in mine.Yum. They are So Good And Packed with protine..Enjoy

  10. Laura Katherine
    07.29.2021

    5 stars
    I just made these to treat myself in the morning for breakfast. Hoping they last that long ha These are delicious as is!! Tastes so so similar to old school no bake cookies, and I feel so much better that they are made with whole ingredients that are good for you. A+!!!

  11. Barbara
    07.29.2021

    Have you ever made these with almond butter.? Peanut butter is one of those things I’m not supposed to eat.
    Thks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.30.2021

      Hi Barbara, I haven’t but I think almond butter would be great.

  12. Corey
    07.29.2021

    These sound de.icious! Is there something I can use instead of coconut oil? I’m allergic to coconut.

    • Erin
      07.29.2021

      I would love to know this too. I don’t love the taste of coconut oil.

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        07.30.2021

        Hi Erin, if you use refined coconut oil, it doesn’t have a coconut flavor like unrefined coconut oil does.

    • I googled it, and melted butter in a 1:1 ratio sounds best. Heck, it sounds BETTER IMO!

      I’m wondering what I can sub for chocolate chips as I don’t like chocolate — I’m thinking chopped dates, in which case maybe reduce the maple syrup because dates pack a lot of sweetness. Then judge how much oats so the batter isn’t too dry. I might even use almond butter with the dates. (I wonder what they’d taste like with the addition of cardamom — I’m addicted LOL.)

      • Linda
        07.30.2021

        Are you talking about butter instead of coconut oil?

      • Heidi
        08.04.2021

        I’m addicted to cardamom, too, and thought about adding some. I used to get this cardamom cashew butter from my local farmers market, and if I could still get some, I bet it would be fabulous in this recipe.

    • Lana
      08.16.2021

      Try olive oil. When I make granola, I use olive oil, instead of coconut oil, and the granola comes out delicious. The next time I make these tasty cookies, I am going to use olive oil instead of coconut oil.

  13. Linda
    07.29.2021

    5 stars
    The peanut butter no-bake cookies were great! They didn’t last long — as in, they were eaten up within a couple days! I might try adding a bit of unsweetened cocoa next time. 😉

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