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No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

These no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies are a great twist on a classic. If you love peanut butter these easy cookies are for you! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: no bake cookies, no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 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


  • 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.


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