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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
Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

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.

Reviews (16)

  • ljwaldron 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.

  • hellerton 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.

  • ditheo 22 Aug, 2009

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

  • MizShafer 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.

  • MelbaM 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 ! ! ! !

  • KStevenson 26 Jun, 2009

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

  • KStevenson 26 Jun, 2009

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

  • beachcrafter 26 Jun, 2009

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

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