Peanut Butter Free No Bake Cookies

I have been making no bake cookies since I was a kid. They were one of the first recipes that I learned to make and I have made them many times over the years.

No bake cookies make a perfect summertime cookie. Kids love them and they do not require that you heat the oven. These are both things I look for in a summertime dessert.

However, the recipe that I have been making for years comes from my mom, and it contained peanut butter.

No bake cookies were one of those recipes that I knew I was going to miss, but then I started wondering why I couldn’t  make them without peanut butter. I figured the worst they could be was a little dry, so I gave it a try.

I simply followed my mom’s recipe, but left out the peanut butter.  Well, okay I added a few chocolate chips, but they are the same basic recipe.

These are so good. I was a little surprised at how well they turned out. We loved them.

I think even those that can eat peanut butter would enjoy these. It saves a little fat and calories if you leave the peanut butter out. It also makes them more frugal. And if you are gluten free, you can easily using gluten free oats in these and have an easy gluten free cookie as well.


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Comments

  1. yea!! thank you for this recipe :)

  2. I’ve been making these cookies for years! My mom made them as a cooking demo for our Girl Scout troop when I was around 10. They have been my favorite cookie ever since! I make them every Christmas for gifts. I can’t wait to try them without the peanut butter! I have a dear friend who cannot stand peanut butter but loves chocolate. I will make them this week for her. Of course, I will have to try them, too! Thank you so much, Lynn!!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I will have to try it this way! My husband cannot stand peanut butter. I have substituted almond butter for the peanut butter before, I couldn’t taste a difference, but he could. I’m sure he’ll like these! Thanks!

  4. Just found your website and I love it.

    Do you think that you could sub coconut milk for the dairy?

    I have peanut, dairy, and wheat allergies:(

    • I have not done much with coconut milk since we can have dairy, but I think it is definitely worth trying. You could always just make 1/2 a recipe to see if it works. I would love to know if it does.

    • I used to run an allergen free bakery and we made them with dairy free margarine and coconut frequently. It works great, although they may be a little softer.

    • I use almond milk and Earth Balance instead of butter as I can’t have dairy. I found a recipe that completely eliminates the use of butter/margerine that I’m going to try. I don’t like that they are oily. I think the ones I make with natural peanut butter causes this.

  5. We just made these (don’t like the peanut butter kind) and they were creamy and delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  6. You know, you can make them PB Free just by switching to Nutella, right?
    Also? Amazing.
    I love No-Bakes, thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • I agree that works great, but my daughter developed an allergy last year to not only peanuts, but all tree nuts, and sesame. So, we had to give up peanut butter and all nut butters like nutella.

  7. we’ve always made them w/o peanut butter. I didn’t know the recipe included peanut butter. LOL :) I’ll try them that way some time seems there are no allergies to peanuts here.

  8. Lynn~ Thank you for this recipe! I like these cookies with peanut butter in them but I have been wanting to make them without it, and I just haven’t found a recipe yet. Sometimes I just want the chocolate without the peanut butter, ya know?!? Now I won’t have to look. I’ll be making these tomorrow!

  9. Roughly how many cookies can you make with one batch?

  10. McKenzie Howell says:

    Thank you!! I will be trying these out soon. Peanut butter has been sorely missed in my home since my daughter developed allergy to peanuts, especially no bake cookies! Can’t wait to try them!

  11. Can I kiss you? My youngest has nut allergies and have always wanted to make these to share with him. As soon as DH comes home I am off to buy ingredients! Thank you.

  12. Well we hit a homerun! Don’t think they will make it through the night.
    Thanks again!

  13. Just made these and threw in some dark chocolate and mint chips. They are great and a nice quick treat in our nut free house.

  14. Hi! I followed the recipe and was able to make 4 dozen flat, 1.75-2″ cookies. Can’t wait for them to cool! Thank you for the recipe.

  15. Lynn, Thank you for posting this, I haven’t tried a “no bake cookie” recipe and this is my first time, I can’t wait to make them.

  16. Is there a reason why the cookies won’t harden up? Followed directions to a T.. and they are still soft. What did I do wrong?

    • If they don’t harden up try placing them in the refrigerator. That should help the chocolate harden. I hope that helps.

  17. Hi Lynn,
    I’ve been making a variation of these cookies for years–an old family recipe. When I lost that recipe, I tried yours! It was good, but I HAD to find mine, which yields more of a dark chocolate cookie:
    2 c sugar, 1/2 c butter, 1/2 c milk, 1/2 c cocoa. Boil that and add it to 3 c oats with some coconut! Tastes like a brownie…

  18. Thanks for the recipe; I’m definitely going to have to try this! I recently have become either mildly allergic to peanuts or am sensitive to them, so I’m trying to find cookie recipes that emulate the ones I’ve loved before the problems. It seems that the cookies I really loved revolved around peanut butter- go figure!

  19. THANK you THANK you THANK you for posting this recipe! I have a severe nut, tree nut, and sesame allergy so I am not able to substitute Nutella and have been looking everywhere for a recipe that will allow me to enjoy no-bakes without the allergens! Worked great!! :)

  20. Cant wait to make these for my daughters class! We are using Gluten Free Products though because there are students with both Gluten and Peanut Allergies in her class! Thank You! Thank You!

  21. polyniesianbreeze@hotmail.com says:

    This recipe does not work the cookies never set up they are soupy had to throw out first batch and second batch was no different right and all this before my holiday party! Just wish I would have followed the original recipe with peanut butter

  22. Thank god you posted this. I love peanut butter but n ot in no bake cookies!

  23. I made this receipe BUT ended up having to use 5 cups of oats instead of the 3 recomented because it was too runny. But wih the 5 they turned out perfect

  24. Would you be able to use Splenda?

  25. Alisha Landreth says:

    My whole life we never used peanut butter in them. I didn’t know the recipe even called for it until I went to a party with my mom and ate one made with it. I hated it. I have always loved them and they are my quickest chocolate fix.

  26. Can you make these with soy milk instead of regular cows milk?

    • I have not tried it, so I am not sure, but I would say it would be worth trying to see if it works. Maybe half the recipe at first to see how it turns out. I would love to hear if it works.

  27. The cookies were wonderful! I only made a half batch and used mini chocolate chips and they still turned out. I’ve read complaints about the initial look of the cookie being too runny. Mine were too but I gave them plenty of time to cool and they came out perfect. Thanks for such a yummy recipe.

  28. Ooou I loved it to!!!! Mine turned out perfect

  29. Hi!
    We are tree-nut, peanut, gluten, and oat-free (my son is allergic to oats themselves) at our house, but I substituted quinoa flakes for the oats in this recipe and they came out great!! Thanks for sharing!

    Heather

    • Thanks for sharing that it worked. I am glad you were able to adapt it. Where do you get your quinoa flakes? I have been wanting to try them, but have not found a good place to get them. The few times I have checked online they were not in stock and I have not found them in stores in my area.

  30. Can You make cookies without oats and peanut butter????????????

    • I have made them without peanut butter or have used sunbutter or another pb substitute, but I have never made them without the oats.

      • I just modified the recipe to eliminate the oats. I used a combination of chopped almonds, dried cherries, and toasted coconut. They smell delicious, but don’t seem to hardening. I’m going to be patient and may eventually refrigerate. Regardless, I won’t throw them away….maybe just eat them with a spoon!

        • I would love to know how they turn out without the oats. I hope you enjoy them!

          • The combination is DELICIOUS!!! They are just gooey. I’ve had this happen with the oat version too. It may be due to the altitude. I’m in Sao Paulo, Brazil and everything is a little off when it comes to baking and these candy like bases are a little tricky. I highly recommend the almonds, toasted coconut and dried fruit combo. It’s like a candy bar!

  31. 12/28/12 Was looking for a no bake recipe without p.b. and was so glad to find Lynn’s. First one I tried and don’t need to try any others.I love it,especially better with the chocolate chips.Thank you.Raggy.

  32. Thank you for this! This was my favorite thing my mom made when I was a kid, but my husband is severely allergic to peanuts AND chocolate. I was able to use carob powder instead of cocoa, and they are so good! This really takes me back! Thanks again!

  33. Thank you! I HATE peanut butter and my oven just broke down so this will be awesome for my kids!

  34. I wanted to make something quick and easy and thought of no-bake cookies, but discovered that I had no peanut butter in my cupboard. I made these this evening after searching online for a peanut butter free recipe. THEY ARE AMAZING!!! Just after I started melting my butter I realized that I had used up all my milk too…oops. I substituted powdered creamer after reading on the container that it can be added to water as a substitute for milk! Totally saved my evening and helped me realize just how awesome these are. Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  35. When I was a kid, we made no bakes all the time without peanut butter. The first time I had them with peanut butter I was disappointed! Then I learned to like them. Then I developed a peanut allergy… GR! In the meantime, we lost the original recipe. So I’m thrilled to see this. Thank you so much!

    • I hope you enjoy them. I agree they really are great without the peanut butter. I also like to make these as bars in a 9×13 or bar type pan. They work great that way and cut into squares. I hope you enjoy!

  36. thank u, my daughter has a tree nut and peanut allergy and i hate that when people make these ( with peanut butter) she can’t eat them. Now I have these to make and she won’t feel left out. thank u

    • I hope she enjoys them. These were one of our favorite cookies before my daughter’s nut allergy so I knew I had to come up with a peanut free one. If you want to make them even easier you can make them in a bar pan or 9×13 and just cut them into squares once they set up. I love to make them that way as well.

  37. WOW! These are amazing! I don’t miss the pb in them at all. My girl goes to a peanut free school and I wanted to make her no bake cookies to bring in ( actually I was craving them and needed a good excuse to make) I came across this recipe and thought I would try it. Boy am I glad I did! I have always loved no bake cookies and make them for home parties and such, but have held off on making them for school functions due to some children having allegies to peanuts. Not anymore! I will swap over to this recipe always. If you think they won’t live up to the original, you are doing yourself a great injustice. They are wonderful! Thank you for the recipe.

  38. I make these with almond butter all the time. So, if peanuts are your specific problem, but you can have other nuts, you can substitute any nut butter for the peanut butter. I’m pretty sure I’ve made the with sesame butter as well. It has the consistency of nut butters, but no nuts.

  39. Could I substitute butterscotch chips for chocolate chips?

  40. how long does it take to cool down after im done making it

  41. Don’t substitute honey for sugar in this recipe or you’ll end up with chocolate plops, not chocolate cookies.

  42. Lynn,
    Thank you for the recipe! I have been trying many different recipes… Hubby agrees, this one is it! The cookies were shiny, moist, and they set up! (Many have not) I have found my no bake cookie! Merry Christmas!

  43. Just felt that this should be edited as all oats are gluten-free. They are not wheat, barley or rye. As I have celiac disease, this is something I am very aware of. Unless processed to include gluten (microwaveable pkgs, etc.) it is not an issue.

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