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Published on April 09, 2020

Quick and simple no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies

by Hannah Robaczewski, RDN, CD, Registered Dietitian, Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics and Aeriana Culpitt, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics

Looking for a simple, cheap, and versatile cookie recipe? Try these simple, no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies! These store nicely in the refrigerator for a yummy spring snack. Enjoy!


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • Optional: For oatmeal raisin cookies: ½ cup raisins and 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Optional: For chocolate chip cookies: ½-1 cup mini chocolate chips 

What to do

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter and maple syrup.  Stir or whisk together until well mixed.
  3. Heat the mixture for 20-30 seconds; take out and stir. Continue heating and stirring until the mixture is thoroughly mixed, warm, and fragrant (approx.. 1-3 rounds). Add more peanut butter or maple syrup if the mixture is too crumbly.
  4. Add oats to the mixture. (Optional: Add in the chocolate chips or the cinnamon and raisins.) Stir and fold until thoroughly combined.
  5. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop and drop balls of cookie dough onto your prepared baking sheet, evenly spaced apart.
  6. If desired, use a fork to flatten the cookies.
  7. Chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes until firm.
  8. Store in refrigerator for freshness.


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