Easy No Bake Cookies

LAST UPDATED: Oct 29, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Dec 17, 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 & 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.

To Make These Easy No Bake Cookies, You Will Need:

You are going to love these moorish treats!

  • Butterscotch chips
  • Peanut butter: Smooth or crunchy works
  • Peanuts, pretzel sticks and chex
  • Marshmallows
  • M&Ms: The peanut butter ones are best
  • Chocolate chips: Optional, but the chocolate drizzle is advised!

How to Make These 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 & 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 & 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

Easy Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

These cookies are the perfect mix of sweet and salty with the combination of butterscotch, pretzels and peanut butter. I love how easy and quick it is to make a big batch, it literally takes 5 minutes! The hardest part is being patient and letting them set! They’re the perfect bite sized snack and they disappear so quickly everytime I make them!

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 chocolateHow Long Do These Cookies Keep?

Once the cookies have set, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge and they will last for several days. If you store them at room temperature, it’s best to separate the layers of cookies with parchment paper, so if they melt they won’t stick together.

Top Tips To Make This Recipe

  • Be sure to line your cookie sheets with parchment to ensure easy removal.
  • If you don’t have a microwave, you ca also melt the butterscotch on the stovetop.
  • Let the cookies fully set before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

no bake cookies made from trail mix

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies recipe

No Bake Trail Mix 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, and you can make a batch in just 5 minutes!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 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 c 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 ca also melt the butterscotch on the stovetop.
  • Let the cookies fully set before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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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