No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Granola Cookies


So I am writing this sitting in my car outside of Staples.

I am scamming their internet.


Because Hurricane Sandy has left me without power and internet.  Tomorrow will be 8 days.

Annnd every Starbucks, Panera etc in the area also doesn’t have internet.

The people at Staples must know someone.


And by the way, riding around holding your laptop out the window until you get an internet connection isn’t very safe.  Just in case you were wondering.

But yeah.. sitting here in the parking lot at Staples.


Just so you know, with all the devastation in NJ I shouldn’t complain.  My home is still standing and my family is safe.  Plus, I have fulfilled a life-long dream of Kristan’s to have an Amish friend.  Making dreams happen, y’all.


But since I love you all, and I have had a lot of time of my hands these days…who knew that a world still exists out there beyond tv and internet?… I went ahead and made some cookies.

Of the no-bake variety.

These have granola in them too…but I decided to cancel out any granola-health-stuff, with the addition of Peanut Butter Cups.

The hurricane can’t keep ME down.

Anyway, here are No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Granola Cookies.

Made sans power.

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They were easy…I mean really.

Just add a bunch of sugar, cream, butter and cocoa powder in a sauce pan…

And you know what I did?

I heated it up on the grill. Because I am resourceful…and desperate.

Just heat it until it boils and then for one more minute.

In case you were wondering, making things boil on the grill takes infinity minutes.

Finally when you are 80 and it’s boiling you should add in your other stuff.

Like peanut butter…

And oatmeal…

And granola…

Mix it all up.

And let it sit for a minute or two and then add some mini peanut butter cups…

They might melt a little in there, but it’s totally fine.

Then drop them on a parchment sheet and flatten them a little bit…

These might not be pretty, but they are good.

I promise you.

Keep your fingers crossed for my power returning!!


No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Granola Cookies
makes 36 cookies
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1½ cups granola (I used Honey Granola with no raisins)
  • 1½ cups Quick Cooking Oatmeal
  • 1 (8 oz package) Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  1. Line counter with parchment paper.
  2. In a large saucepan combine sugars, cocoa powder, butter and cream. Heat over medium until mixture comes to a boil and then boil for one minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in peanut butter, oats and granola until combined. Let it sit for about 2 minutes.
  4. Mix in the peanut butter cups.
  5. Drop by heaping tablespoon onto parchment paper and press down, if desired. Let harden, approx 30 minutes before eating.
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


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37 Comments on "No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Granola Cookies"


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November 4, 2012 5:51 pm

you get a prize
i mean come on
you did all this with no power?
AND riding around trying to find internet to post it?
you win!

Aimee @ ShugarySweets
November 4, 2012 6:01 pm

I hope your power comes on soon!! Love your no-bake cookies! I just happened to post some today too, of the double caffeine variety! Anyways, hang in there, keep cooking on your grill!

November 4, 2012 6:02 pm

I’m so glad you’re making the best of a bad situation to get us these cookies! They are unreal. As are you for having so much damn determination!

November 4, 2012 6:17 pm

Okay, so, you’re amazing. I really respect your dedication. 😀
Two questions:
1. About how much cream is a half cup? Would a half-pint be enough?
2. Where do you find your granola, and what brand do you use? The only granola I can seem to find is Honey Bunches of Oats Just Bunches, and I think that may be too chunky for this recipe.
I love peanut butter cups, granola, and no-bake cookies, so I can’t wait to try these!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
November 4, 2012 6:18 pm

My fingers, arms, legs, toes, and eyes are all crossed for you! You’re a genius though, using the BBQ for these super amazing cookies!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
November 4, 2012 6:25 pm

you are the most dedicated blogger ever! The shot of the kettle on the grill is priceless and that you’re blogging from coffee shops and parking lots – Shelly! I am glad you’re safe and I hope your power comes on soon!

And these look amazing – even more so considering it was like little house on the prairie making them!

November 4, 2012 6:36 pm

You my dear are one clever lady. Thanks for thinking of us, they of course look delish. We’re all thinking and praying for you all. My Mom just made it to Jersey yesterday working with FEMA. Hopefully you’ll have all the help you all need soon! Best wishes!

Miriam @ Overtime Cook
November 4, 2012 6:54 pm

I’ve resigned myself to no posting until my power comes back on, so major kudos to you! (Though gas must be easier to come by in your area!) Love that you made these without power. I took over my friend’s kitchen. Poor thing has to eat fresh cookies now.

Cookie Sleuth
November 4, 2012 7:02 pm

I hope you have power soon! I’m glad no injuries, though.

November 4, 2012 7:30 pm

I just can’t even imagine 8 days without power. Eat every single one of those cookies right this minute to cheer yourself up. I insist.

November 4, 2012 7:36 pm

Reading this post has put the hugest smile on my face. I love that you were so determined to make and share these cookies. I hope you get your power back very soon!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
November 4, 2012 9:34 pm

Hope your power comes back soon! I can’t imagine what it must be like.

These look great!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
November 4, 2012 10:48 pm

Sweet goodness…..I’m in love. They’re beautiful to me!

November 5, 2012 1:53 am

LOL. I`m sorry you have to sit in your car in a Staples parking lot.

But seriously, I had this same idea to make these!! With a different combo, but it`s like you read my mind! Loving these cookies!!

November 5, 2012 5:23 am
I am just scanning pinterest while eating oatmeal when I came by your cookies. They looked delicious so I clicked onto your page. As I began to read you were in NY and without power I questioned how you melted the peanut butter. When I saw the picture of the grill, I almost died laughing! You New Yorkers are the most head-strong, resilient people. I hope and pray for your city, but know in my heart you will all come out even stronger. From where I am in Charlotte NC, take care–we’re all thinking of you!
Lauren at Keep It Sweet
November 5, 2012 6:13 am

I’m so impressed! I hope you get power back soon… especially in this cold weather:-(

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
November 5, 2012 8:41 am

so glad to hear you are safe, I love how you are still able to keep your cool and make us smile.

November 5, 2012 9:35 am

Glad to hear that you are ok and hoping power comes back on soon!

November 5, 2012 9:58 am

I remember using my BBQ one night for apple crisp. I think it turned out better than in the oven. Your cookies look great and good for you for being creative!

Cookbook Queen
November 5, 2012 10:03 am

The fact that you made dessert without power means that you are indeed Amish. Which means you are my coolest friend of all.

November 5, 2012 11:02 am

Your determination to make dessert even facing such dire odds is nothing less than inspiring!

Cindy Brison
November 5, 2012 1:23 pm

I love your tenacity! The picture of the grill is terrific. Sorry for your loss of electricity–but its amazing what you can make on a grill!

November 5, 2012 2:12 pm

such a PRO. even with no power you’re rockin it.

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
November 5, 2012 4:32 pm

Love that these are no-bake! They look beautiful and scrumptious!

Teresa V
Teresa V
November 5, 2012 4:38 pm

I am impressed with your ingenunity and your determination! Thanks for sharing.

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef
November 5, 2012 5:00 pm

Ack! Stop using your gas!!! 😉 Thanks for posting and trying to keep things normal. If you need a kitchen and an oven, come on over to Astoria. 🙂

luv what you do
November 5, 2012 8:36 pm

Great idea to throw the peanut butter cups in the cookies!

Ashley P
Ashley P
November 5, 2012 9:13 pm

Hope they’re able to get your power back on soon! So glad you and your family and your house are unharmed.

Those cookies look really chocolate-y and yummy!

Carla @ Carla
Carla @ Carla's Confections
November 5, 2012 9:15 pm

I can’t believe you are still without power! I really hope it comes on soon for you. These look fantastic!

Lizy b
November 6, 2012 12:50 am

Love that you made treats on the grill. Know what I love more? That you used Staples internet, the office supply store that charges a gajillion dollars for crayons. You rock!

November 6, 2012 11:06 am

You made these on your grill? Hats off to you for thinking outside the box when there is no power. I am totally going to remember this one!! And no bakes with granola and pb cups? Yeah, I would eat the whole glorious batch if I had to go 8 days without power!!!

November 6, 2012 11:28 am

Hope you have power soon. In the midwest we have had storms that take out our power also and our grill has become very necessary to hot meals. Hats off to your coping as well as you are.

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef
November 12, 2012 2:44 pm

I just made these this weekend. They are so good! All my friends loved them. I actually poured the dough on top of a pb cup and then formed the cookie. It was a nice variation on the recipe. 🙂

November 12, 2012 10:28 pm

I love no-bake cookies. I love the addition of granola and peanut butter. Great recipe!


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