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Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe - On Top of the Stove!
Try Our Stove-Top Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe
Enjoy Homemade Cookies In a Hurry
No oven required! These fabulous peanut butter no-bake cookies with oatmeal are quick and easy to make on top of the stove and you won't have to worry about the oven heating up the kitchen. The easy recipe follows and chances are you already have the ingredients in the pantry. Preparation time is quick, less than 10 minutes overall, and these tasty treats will be ready to eat as soon as they've cooled and set. And the kitchen won't be any hotter than it was when you started!
Think no-bake cookies are difficult to make? Do yours turn out sticky or too hard? Scroll down past the recipe below for our tips on how to make perfect no-bake cookies.
This after-school snack or summer treat is one that everyone loves, perfect with a cold glass of milk. Haven't tried it yet? Keep reading! You'll bump right into the recipe and we'll show you how to get started!
Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe
Perfect results. Delicious with a cold glass of milk! (Don't tell, but I enjoy mine for breakfast, too, with a nice hot cup of tea.) These also pack well to send in military or college treats-from-home packages.
This recipe makes about 22 medium-sized cookies or up to 36 smaller ones. Smaller is better 'cause then you can have two!
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 5 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- Yields: about 2 to 3 dozen cookies, depending on size
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 3 cups "quick" oats (not instant)
- Pull out a long sheet of waxed paper and place on the counter or on cookie sheets. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, pour in the sugar, add the stick of butter and the milk. Over medium heat, cook and stir until the mixture comes to a full boil. Make sure the butter has completely melted, then stop stirring and set a timer for one minute. After the minute, remove the mixture from the heat. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and stir. Then add the 3 cups of oatmeal. Stir well until mixture is well combined.
- Using a teaspoon or a tablespoon (the cookies are rich, so I advise making them small) spoon out cookies onto the waxed paper. Let the cookies cool for about 30 minutes or until set. Serve.
- I let mine cool another hour or so before I put them into a covered storage bowl or cookie jar.
- For best results, let the cookies cool at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or the cookies will get sticky. (See tips below.)
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Secrets to Perfect No-Bake Cookies
Here are three tips to help your stovetop cookies turn out perfect every time.
- Use butter, real butter. Butter makes the flavor extra-great. Besides, butter is better for you than margarine or spreads. Also, spreads will make your cookies spread. If you have to substitute, use Fleischman's margarine. That's what I used to use until I realized that butter was better.
- Boil for one minute after the mixture has come to a full boil. Use a timer. Make sure that the butter has melted completely before you start the timer. The mixture will probably start to boil before the butter melts, so stir well and get that butter melted, then time exactly one minute. This is how to keep your cookies from coming out too gooey or too dry.
- Cool the cookies on the counter, NOT in the refrigerator. You might think putting the cookies in the refrigerator will make them cool faster, and it might, but it will also make them sticky. To keep no-bake cookies from getting sticky, leave them on the counter (on waxed paper) until they cool and set. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes. If it takes a little longer, just be a little more patient. Or use a spoon. :)
Watch How to Make No-Bake Cookies
A great video demonstration (using the cocoa version) for making no-bake cookies. Though the instructions in the video are to boil for 2 minutes. I've had better success with 1 minute. Your results may vary.
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Allergic to Peanuts or Peanut Butter?
Then avoid these cookies.
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