Easy No Bake Cookies

LAST UPDATED: Dec 19, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Dec 10, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

These easy no bake cookies are perfect for when you want a sweet treat in a hurry! These sweet and salty snacks are made with a homemade trail mix and chocolate, and you can make a batch in just 5 minutes! They’re a great treat for the whole family.

No bake cookies on a baking sheet with text overlay

A few years ago, a few of my great friends and I ventured an hour outside of Kansas City for a day at the wineries. For the drive, my friend Kathryn packed her snack mix – it was so simple, but completely amazing. I couldn’t get my hand out of the bag. Thankfully, it was a short trip.

I’ve been mixing up her trail mix at home, and have since made it into no bake cookies, because why not? The result was delish! As I continue with the 12 Days of Cookies, I’m sharing the recipe for my favorite no bake cookies.

No bake cookies like these and Rudolph Nose Dough Balls are the perfect way to alleviate oven space when you’re enjoying a Christmas cookie baking day!

These cookies are the perfect mix of sweet and salty with the combination of butterscotch, pretzels and peanut butter. It takes just 5 minutes to make a large bath. The hardest part is being patient and letting them set!

They’re the perfect bite sized snack and they disappear so quickly every time I make them!

Easy No Bake Cookie Ingredients

You are going to love these moorish treats!

  • Butterscotch Chips – The butterscotch chips and a wonderful creamy sweetness to these cookies.
  • Peanut Butter – Smooth or crunchy works in this recipe, but it’s best not to use a natural peanut butter.
  • Peanuts, Pretzel sticks and Chex – These snacks add a salty edge to these cookies as well as a crunchy texture
  • Marshmallows
  • M&Ms – The peanut butter ones are best, but you can use plain if you prefer.
  • Chocolate Chips – Optional, but the chocolate drizzle is advised!

How to Make Easy No Bake Cookies

No oven needed for these cookies!

  1. Line cookie sheets/platters with parchment paper {must fit in your refrigerator}
  2. In the microwave, combine butterscotch chips and peanut butter 30 seconds at a time until smooth, stirring intermittently.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir in peanut butter mixture until well combined.
  4. Drop mixture by the spoonful onto cookie sheets and refrigerate until solid – about an hour or let set at room temperature.
  5. Optional – melt 1 c chocolate chips until smooth and drizzle on top.

Cookies drizzled in chocolate

How Long Does It Take For Easy No Bake Cookies To Set?

These cookies will firm up in around an hour in the fridge. They will also set if you leave them at room temperature, although it may take a little while longer. They’re a great go to when you don’t have time to watch cookies bake in the oven, just whip up a batch and pop them on the side to enjoy later in the day.

Cookies lined up on a baking sheet and drizzled with chocolate

Top Tips To Make This Recipe

  • Line your cookie sheets with parchment to ensure easy removal.
  • If you don’t have a microwave, you can also melt the butterscotch on the stovetop.
  • Be sure to let the cookies fully set before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge and they will keep for several days. Separate the layers of cookies with parchment paper, so if they melt they won’t stick together.

No bake cookies on a baking sheet with text overlay

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies recipe

Easy No Bake Cookies

These easy no bake cookies are perfect for when you want a sweet treat in a hurry! These sweet and salty snacks are made with a homemade trail mix and chocolate in just 5 minutes!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 24
Calories: 203.11kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups butterscotch chips {package}
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup chex
  • 1 cup marshmallows
  • 1 cup peanut butter m&m’s
  • 1 cup chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  • Line cookie sheets/platters with parchment paper {must fit in your refrigerator}
  • In the microwave, combine butterscotch chips & peanut butter 30 seconds at a time until smooth, stirring intermittently.
  • In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir in peanut butter mixture until well combined.
  • Drop mixture by the spoonful onto cookie sheets & refrigerate until solid - about an hour or let set at room temperature.
  • Optional - melt 1 cup chocolate chips until smooth and drizzle on top.

Notes

  • Be sure to line your cookie sheets with parchment to ensure easy removal.
  • If you don't have a microwave, you can also melt the butterscotch on the stovetop.
  • Be sure to let the cookies fully set before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge and they will keep for several days.

Nutrition

Calories: 203.11kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.88g | Protein: 4.54g | Fat: 9.82g | Saturated Fat: 2.87g | Cholesterol: 2.42mg | Sodium: 142.65mg | Potassium: 105.5mg | Fiber: 1.46g | Sugar: 18.12g | Vitamin A: 31.81IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 21.71mg | Iron: 0.69mg
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