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Peanut butter oatmeal cookies leaves out the chocolate in these classic cookies and is a creamy peanut butter cookie you will love.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies-The Southern Lady Cooks

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.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies- The Southern Lady Cooks

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  1. Patricia Copeland says:

    These are really, really good…I added a cup of dried raisins and cranberries so I can pretend It doesn’t taste like candy! They are creamy and delicious as your recipe promised. Thanks!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      What wonderful additions! Sounds delicious. So glad you enjoyed the recipe. Have a wonderful week.

  2. Scrumptious – I am not a big chocolate fan, so these are my kind of cookie. I absolutely love these. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

  3. Elaine Campbell says:

    Would these work using almond butter? I don’t like peanut butter

  4. Carolyn Vigna says:

    My kids & grandkids love no bake cookies. I made these & the chocolate no bakes for our get together for Valentine’s day. They came out perfect & everyone loved them. Thank you so much for all the good recipes.

  5. Thank you so much. I love your recipes.

  6. 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.

  7. 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: Hope this helps you.

  8. 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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