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These deliciously sweet Peanut Butter and Coconut No Bake Cookies are a super easy dessert recipe that’ll have all the peanut butter lovers craving more! The best part? You can whip up a batch in just 20 minutes!
I love baking but I also love a good no bake recipe! A couple of my favorite recipes are these No Bake Cheesecake Bites and these No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls. They are always my go-to for parties or just when we want a quick and easy treat. However, this peanut butter no bake cookies recipe is moving pretty fast up my favorites list.
How can anyone not love a no bake cookie that has peanut butter, coconut and chocolate? Throw in a little caramel and you pretty much have the trifecta of dessert ingredients!
I’m not sure if I love these fudgy peanut butter cookies because they taste so good or because they’re so simple to make. They definitely make a deliciously sweet treat for the family, a party or even a fun gift to show someone you’re thinking of them.
💖Why We Love This No Bake Cookie Recipe
- Great for beginners: If you have aspiring little cooks in your house this is a perfect treat to get them started. The recipe calls for simple ingredients, and it doesn’t require any type of special equipment and they come together in minutes.
- Amazing combination of flavors: Peanut butter recipes are always great. But when you add chocolate, oatmeal, coconut and them CARAMEL to the mix, they become these rich and decadent treats everyone will flip over!
- Quick and easy: Because these no bake cookies can be made in just 20 minutes, they are a great recipe for a last minute after school snack, weeknight dessert or just for those times when a sweet tooth hits.
What’s Needed to Make No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
- Unsalted butter– Cut into pieces for easier melting.
- Whole milk- You’ll need to use whole milk for this recipe. The added fat in the milk helps create a creamy texture.
- White sugar and brown sugar– Sweetens the cookies and gives them a rich flavor.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder-This is where the chocolate comes from.
- Peanut butter– Gives this delicious recipe its wonderful peanut butter flavor. It also helps hold the cookies together. We used regular creamy peanut butter, but you can use all natural peanut butter if you prefer.
- Vanilla extract-Gives them additional flavor.
- Salt– Helps balance out the sweet.
- Quick oats- Quick oats (not to be confused with instant oats or old-fashioned oats) give the cookies their signature texture and chewiness.
- Coconut- Adds additional texture, chewiness and yummy coconut flavor.
- Caramel- We used the little square wrapped caramel pieces (optional).
How to Make No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
Step 1. In a saucepan, combine butter, milk, white sugar, brown sugar, salt.
Step 2. Add in cocoa powder and stir over low heat until the butter is melted.
Step 3. Once butter melts completely, turn it to medium heat and bring to a rolling boil, stirring frequently. Boil for 1 1/2 minutes.
Step 4. Remove from heat, then stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
Step 5. Add oats and coconut and mix well.
Step 6. Spoon one tablespoon of cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step 7. Sprinkle tops with coconut flakes.
Step 8. Melt caramel at 50% power in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and continue to heat in 30 second increments until caramel is completely melted.
Step 9. Drizzle caramel over cookies and let cool.
Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container.
The most common reason your cookies aren’t firming up is because you aren’t boiling the butter and sugar mixture long enough. Be sure it’s a full rolling boil before you start the timer.
Can I Freeze These Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies?
You sure can! Remove the cooled cookies from the cookie sheet, wrap them in plastic wrap and then slip them into a freezer bag.
Keep some on hand for when you’re craving a great snack. Just let them sit out on the counter for about 30 minutes and they will be thawed and ready to eat.
Variations Coconut No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
- Peanut butter: Instead of smooth peanut butter, you can use the crunchy kind, or you can even use almond butter if you prefer.
- Chocolate chips: Want to take these no bake treats to a whole new level? Add a handful of chocolate chips after you have added the oats. They will melt slightly, but you’ll still bite into a little bit of chocolate chip with each cookie.
- Rice cereal: Not a fan of oatmeal? I’ve got you! Just replace the oats with rice cereal!
Want More Quick and Easy Desserts?
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Cotton Candy No Churn Ice Cream
- Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats
- Easy Oreo Fluff
- Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Peanut Butter and Coconut No Bake Cookies
- In a saucepan, combine butter, milk, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, and cocoa powder.1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup whole milk, 3/4 cup white sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Stir over low heat until the butter is melted.
- Once butter melts completely, turn heat to medium and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for 1 1/2 minutes.
- Remove from heat, then stir in peanut butter and vanilla.3/4 cup peanut butter, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Add oats and coconut and mix well.3 cups quick oats, 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- Spoon one tablespoon of cookie batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with coconut.
- Melt caramel at 50% power in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and continue to heat in 30 second increments until caramel is completely melted.
- Drizzle caramel over cookies and let cool.8-12 pieces caramel