Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Are As Just Awesome & Easy as They Sound
Chewy, nutty, chocolatey no-bake cookies are just the best. They’re insanely easy and they hit every cookie craving we have—they have an oaty, dense texture and are chockablock full of peanut butter, butter and cocoa. They’re sweet enough to please the kids, but kissed with just enough salt to suit our grown up tastes, too. As an after school snack or emergency treat delivery for a friend in need, they are just generally awesome. We’ve cooked up an exceptionally flexible, easy no-bake cookie recipe, one that’ll hopefully allow you to use what you’ve got at home already to cook up a batch of no-bake cookies that’ll satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.
What Are No-Bake Cookies Made Of?
Like we mentioned, this no-bake cookie recipe was created with flexibility in mind, meaning we’ve tried to give you some ingredient options when possible. We think that a pinch of flaky salt sprinkled on top of the finished no-bake cookies makes them totally divine, but if you don’t have it, skip it! No biggie. If you want your no-bake cookies to be extra peanutty, use chunky peanut butter. If you want the oats to be the textural star, use smooth. But whichever peanut butter you choose, be sure to not—repeat not!—use a ‘natural’ peanut butter. The smoother texture of the non-natural peanut butters (we’re talking about Jif or Skippy) works better here. OK! Now that you know all about these cookies, here’s what you’ll need to make our no-bake cookie recipe:
How To Make No-Bake Cookies
A bit like making fudge, chocolate no-bake cookies can also be thought of as stovetop cookies! The cooking process simply happens on the stove instead of in the oven, and somehow feels easier than traditional baked cookies for reasons that we can’t quite explain. Here’s how to make classic no-bake cookies:
Cook! Gently simmer together the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa powder for four minutes.
Dough! Fold in the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and sea salt, and let it cool a bit and cohere.
Scoop onto parchment-lined cookie sheets.
Chill! It'll take about two hours for the cookies to be firm & ready to eat.
Fill That Cookie Jar!
This might be the perfect cookie recipe for those of us who are more comfortable with cooking than baking. It’s a cookie that you, well, COOK instead of bake! And it’s very forgiving, too. Loaded with butter, chocolate and peanut butter, what could possibly go wrong? If you make this no-bake cookie recipe, let us know how you like it! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!