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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies


Creamy peanut butter and oatmeal form the base of these easy treats.

  • Yield: Makes 40

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1999


  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread oatmeal in an ungreased baking pan, and toast until it is lightly browned, about 11 minutes, shaking once. Set aside to cool.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter and nonfat dry milk. Stir in toasted oatmeal, and set aside.

  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in honey. Pour the butter mixture over the peanut-butter mixture, and stir until well combined. Allow to cool slightly.

  4. Shape into about forty logs, each about 2 1/2 inches long. Place the logs onto a wire rack or a parchment-lined baking sheet, and set aside.

  5. Place chocolate morsels in a small heat-proof bowl or the top of a double boiler, and set the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir occasionally until chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and transfer melted chocolate to a pastry bag fitted with a #3 plain round tip. Pipe chocolate onto the cookie logs. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container, refrigerated, up to 1 week.

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  • MS12171593
    26 MAR, 2012
    I agree about the inability to get them to hold together. I also used natural peanut butter, but I use it for my peanut butter cookies without a problem. I'm going to try to salvage this by adding more peanut butter. It seems to me the oats are the problem. Not going to waste time & ingredients again.
  • Jillamp
    23 JUL, 2011
    Was this recipe tested? I followed it to the letter and it w ould not stick together, it was way too dry. I had to add more butter and honey to get them to form a shape. Even with the added honey they are not very sweet. Perhaps because I used natural peanut butter.
  • MS10646120
    24 MAY, 2011
    I did a calculation using the exact ingredients above and for 40 " logs". They each contain 89 calories per log, with 5.1 g of fat, 1.6 g saturated fats, 3.4 g cholesterol, 8.2 g of carbs, 3.3 g of sugar, 1.1 g of fiber and 3.7 g of protein. Lastly, 43.7 mg sodium using unsalted butter. I think this is very accurate, but if anyone calculates it differently, then please feel free to add your post.
  • raffypekson
    24 MAY, 2011
    Is there an alternative to "baking the oats" that doesn't involve baking? Would love to forward this to my condo-living friends :-)
  • Bakinfool
    24 MAY, 2011
    Excellent recipe! To those of you that complained about the baking instructions... The only thing that was baked was the oats, not the cookies.
  • nummymaker
    23 MAY, 2011
    Is there a recipe for the other cookies on the plate?
  • Abeem
    23 MAY, 2011
    I SURE wish we could get nutritional values on all the recipes. Would be critical to know the fats, cholesterol, sugar content for example; much less the calories. Still asking for this...
  • pattecake
    27 JUL, 2010
    The oats may also be toasted in a cast iron skillet on the stove top, if you don't want to use the oven at all.
  • petersbcl
    18 DEC, 2009
    My logs won't hold together. What can I add to save this recipe?
  • melmary
    13 SEP, 2009
    I absolutely love these cookies ... I was skeptical while I was making them that they would be flavorful, but they are so, so delicious. They are also a great cookie to make when it's too hot to turn the oven on. Serve with a little vanilla ice cream and it's a great after-dinner treat.