NO BAKE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES

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This recipe for no-bake oatmeal cookies leaves out the chocolate and is a creamy peanut butter cookie you will love. There are so many different ways to make these no bake cookies but this is one of my favorites. I cannot leave these cookies alone when they are in the house. I like how easy they are to make and children love helping you make these and helping you eat them!

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or 1 stick or 8 tablespoons
1/2 cup evaporated milk (can use regular milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
2 1/4 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked

How to Prepare:

Combine sugar, butter and milk in a pan on top of the stove. Bring to a hard boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring to make sure ingredients do not stick. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and peanut butter until mixture is melted and smooth. Fold in oats and drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool. Makes about 24 cookies depending on size you make them. Enjoy!

You can very versatile with these cookies, I made these with smooth peanut butter and added a cup of chopped pecans.

Note: Some of you seem to be having trouble with these cookies.   You have to bring them to a hard rolling boil before dropping on wax paper. Once you drop them on the paper, move to a cool place to harden. I don’t heat my laundry room and I just put them out there on top of the dryer and they are set up in an hour. You could put in the refrigerator or even the freezer for a while. Once they are hard keep in an airtight container in a cool place. I have kept them up to two weeks.

Click here to check out my chocolate no-bake cookies:  Cow Pattie Cookies or Chocolate No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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12 Comments

  1. These came out VERY mushy so I added more quick oats. Still very soft & fallingapart, so I wrapped them in waxed paper and.chilled.the cookies in the refrigerator (which practically freezes everything @ 38 degrees F.). The cookies – butter – hardened, but wete very sticky and bent as they were peeled off the waxed paper. Also, these taste much too sweet, more like candy than a cookie.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Sorry, this recipe did not work for you Noniie. Not everyone will like every recipe or be able to make every recipe. I make these cookies all the time and have never had a problem. My family loves them and we don’t find them too sweet. You could always use less sugar. You have to bring them to a hard rolling boil before dropping on wax paper. Once you drop them on the paper, move to a cool place to harden. I don’t heat my laundry room and I just put them out there on top of the dryer and they are set up in an hour. You could put in the refrigerator or even the freezer for a while. Once they are hard keep in an airtight container in a cool place. I have kept them up to two weeks. They are the very same cookie as the chocolate ones people have been making for years just without the chocolate. If you make them correctly they should look like the ones in the photos above.

  2. Can you use splenda to make them

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I have only made them the way the recipe says, so I can’t advise.

    • No, you cannot. The sugar not only contributes the sweetness, but also structure for the cookie. There is 1 1/2 cups of sugar, more than any other ingredient, except the oats. If you take the sugar out everything is changed and you have nothing to replace it with. The splenda will contribute sweetness, but no structure.

  3. mable bowling says:

    Am looking for recipes for pulled taffy

  4. Love your recipes ! I am looking for a recipe for buttered, salted toasted Pecans. My Grandma in West Point, MS. would make these in a iron skillet, with butter and salt. She would put them in the oven to ‘toast” and crisp them as she called it. stirring them at times. Do you have any way I can find this recipe ? They were so buttery and crisp with just the right amount of salt..Thanks so much and keep up the great work !! God Bless you..

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Terry, Thank you so much for your kind comment. I don’t have a recipe on the site for toasted pecans but I just melt some butter in the microwave, dip the pecans in the melted butter, spread on a baking sheet or you could use an iron skillet put in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes stirring after five minutes. It doesn’t take long and you need to watch to make sure they don’t burn. You can salt them after you bake them or add some salt before. I would just go by taste on the salt. I hope this helps. We have a recipe for candied pecans that are delicious on our site. You can check that out here: http://thesouthernladycooks.com/2016/08/20/how-to-make-southern-candied-pecans/ Hope this helps you.

  5. Connie Foltz says:

    These no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies are to die for ! Really a nice change from the ones with chocolate,just wonderful !

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