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Easy to Make (No Bake) Peanut Chews

Updated on December 19, 2017
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Mary loves cooking from scratch using natural ingredients. Here she shares some of her favorite recipes and products.

How to Make Peanut Chews

This recipe was originally given to me by my grandmother. She had made them for us once when my sisters and I visited her in Southern California. This was many years ago and when my children were growing up, I made these for them and it was always a favorite in our household. My children would help with the preparation which was always a fun family bonding time.

The recipe consists of only 4 ingredients, peanut butter, corn syrup, dried milk, and powdered sugar.

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best and I think this would have to go into this category. There is no baking which is always a plus when you have kids. These simply need to be chilled before serving.

Making peanut butter
Making peanut butter

Making Peanut Butter From Scratch

I live in a small village in rural Brazil where peanut butter is not available so I make it in a food processor. Let me show you how I do this. If you prefer to use ready made peanut butter, you can skip down the page a bit.

The nuts will need to have the shell and husk removed. Removing the skins is laborious but necessary. I do this by pouring the required amount into a colander and placing the colander over a bowl. You just put your hand in and rub the peanuts together. The skins will fall through the holes of the colander and into the bowl. Keep going until all of the skins are removed.

Place the skinless peanuts into the bowl of the food processor with the chopping blade in place.

Begin by using the pulse button if you have one.

Once the nuts have begun to break up, you can use a low speed. When the nuts have reached the size of crumbs, then you can add oil. The type of oil is up to you, peanut oil is an obvious choice but I have used sunflower, corn or canola oil. Don't use olive oil for this recipe.

Keep adding oil slowly until you reach the desired consistency. It may be necessary to stop the machine periodically and use a rubber spatula to blend in any that peanut mixture which has been trapped in the edge of the mixing bowl. Now is the time to add salt and sugar or another type of sweetener. Both of these will be to taste.

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 5 min
Ready in: 2 hours 5 min
Yields: 30-40

Time for chilling

Because these need to be chilled, I have set this at 2 hours. This will depend on your refrigerator.

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  • 1 Cup Peanut butter, your choice
  • 1 Cup Corn Syrup (treacle)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar (icing sugar)
  • 2 Cups Instant dry milk powder


  1. Mix peanut butter and corn syrup, stir until mixed thoroughly. Add dry milk powder and powdered sugar. The mixture will be very stiff. keep mixing until well combined.
  2. Now you may notice in the picture on the right, that there are large white lumps. This is my powdered sugar. Here in the tropics the humidity is high and I didn't keep it in an airtight container, hence the lumps.
  3. Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, it will have a glossy appearance. Now you are ready to begin making the balls. Pull off just enough mixtures to make balls about an inch in diameter.
  4. Roll between your palms until you have a smooth shiny ball and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Continue doing this leaving a small gap between the cookies.
  5. If your kitchen is warm, you may find they flatten slightly. Don't worry about this, we will be placing them in the refrigerator where they will firm up. After they have chilled slightly you can always re-roll them if you wish.
  6. If you are preparing these for guests, I would suggest using mini-cupcake cases. They make these more attractive and easier for your guests to handle.

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Finding Cookie Recipes

I love having a variety of cookie and dessert cookbooks. It is always nice for your family or guests to be surprised by something different at the end of their meal or as an afternoon treat.

The places I find new recipes are on the internet or in books. I love to hunt out old cookbooks with recipes that have been forgotten. I look at thrift shops, garage sales and even when the library has a day they sell off some of their old books. Ebay is also a great source of interesting recipe books.

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I love these rustic recipe cards from Zazzle. What I do, I insert the recipe on the card and the recipe card is printed with instructions for me. I have given these as gifts with the ingredients to people who have complimented me on my peanut chew recipe.

This way, they have a lasting memento from me, and a fabulous recipe too.

© 2012 Mary Wickison

I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does.

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    • KrystalD profile image

      KrystalD 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yum. That's all I can say. Bookmarking this one for a treat.

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      kayyluh 6 years ago

      These sound great Blond Logic! I loved seeing how you can make your own peanut butter that was pretty cool. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us I really enjoyed it:)

    • dkm27 profile image

      dkm27 6 years ago from Chicago

      Okay, these sound delicious. Must try them out soon. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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      Mary Wickison 6 years ago from Brazil

      Thank you, I hope you enjoy it.

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      Voted up and Socially shared. I love this recipe, I can't wait to make it with my kids. I love peanut butter-anything. Sounds great!