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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Creamy peanut butter works best in this recipe. If you prefer, the melted chocolate can be drizzled onto the cookies instead of piped.

  • yield: Makes 40

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Step 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. Step 2

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

  3. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 1999

Reviews (16)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :-)

  • 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.

  • 23 May, 2011

    Is there a recipe for the other cookies on the plate?

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 18 Dec, 2009

    My logs won't hold together. What can I add to save this recipe?

  • 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.

  • 22 Aug, 2009

    Is there any possibility of adding a list describing how many calories are in the cookies?

  • 15 Jul, 2009

    These were really bland! Nothing exciting...I guess I was expecting something similar to a "Buckeye" and these are not it. Maybe you could add some powder sugar to sweeten them up?? More salty than sweet.

  • 1 Jul, 2009

    Never did it say bake the entire cookie. It simply said to toast the oatmeal in the oven. This recipe sounds delicious and I will be trying it soon. I love simple and delicious recipes with my busy schedule. Thanks Martha ! ! ! !

  • 26 Jun, 2009

    Doesn't oven free; its a no bake cooke - meaning you dont have to bake the actual cookie

  • 26 Jun, 2009

    Doesn't say oven free; is No bake - meaning the actually cookie is not baked.

  • 26 Jun, 2009

    How is this oven free when the 1st instruction is heat the oven?