I have been enjoying a store-bought version of Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies recently, but have decided that it is time to make my own, so that I can control the quality of the ingredients (less salt, no trans fats). The recipe I found sounds perfect. I prefer the free-form drop cookie shape to cut-up squares, but there's absolutely no difference in taste! Because no baking is required, these delicious little bites are even manageable on a hot summer day, which looks to be our forecast for the foreseeable future, so these may just become a staple at our house!
Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
2 C. sugar
1/4 C. butter
1/2 C. milk
1 C. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. quick or old-fashioned rolled oats
Put the sugar, butter, and milk in a large pan and bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for about a minute, then remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until the butter is melted. Mix in the rolled oats. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper, or pour into a greased 8-inch square pan. Cool completely, and if using the pan cut into squares. Makes 16 cookies.
Note: If you love chocolate with your peanut butter, simply increase the butter to 1/2 cup and add 3 T. of cocoa powder with the rolled oats.