No Bake Avalanche Cookies

No Bake Avalanche Cookies ~ Super simple and based on one of the most popular recipes on my site, Avalanche Bars!

These No Bake Avalanche Cookies are SO good…they’re based on one of my most popular recipes, Avalanche Bars! They are a delicious crispy and creamy no bake cookie recipe!

Today we’re talking all out sweet stuff. Sweet, EASY stuff.

Like so deliciously sweet that you cantstopwontstop, but your teeth are starting to hurt and your belly has been aching for the past 5 bites, but don’t you even think of quitting. Because I DON’T QUIT.

Just one more bite. Wait, just another.

Ok, I can’t leave 1/4 of a cookie, obviously.

Great, now there is only one cookie left. So it’s fairly annoying to leave ONE COOKIE. Can’t be annoying.

Guess I’ll just eat that and then die from sugar. Because THESE NO BAKE COOKIES!

No Bake Avalanche Cookies are a no bake peanut butter cookie recipe

I’ve never been a No Bake Cookie Recipe person. I mean does it qualify as a cookie if you don’t bake it? Isn’t it a candy? I mean, I’m just thinking out loud here…

Regardless of what they are called, these No Bake Avalanche Cookies (candies) are 100% one of my favorite things. They are so easy to make, are sweet and crispy, and the perfect addition to any cookie tray!

4 Ingredient No Bake Avalanche Cookies


Yep, that’s right, only 4 ingredients in this no bake cookie recipe!

Pour some Rice Krispies and Mini Marshmallows in a bowl.


Then melt some white chocolate over a double boiler. You can use most white chocolate here, but I do find that some melt better than others. I have never had luck melting Hershey’s White Chocolate Chips, and only partial luck with Nestle. I do like Ghirardelli or Guittard…or you can even use white candy melts if you prefer.

Once the chocolate starts to melt, add in the peanut butter and mix it until it’s all melted and smooth.


Pour that on top of the krispies…

Avalanche Cookies

Then stir to coat…

No Bake Avalanche Cookie recipe

And plop them down on a lined baking sheet.

Easy NO Bake Avalanche Cookies are simple to make

Stick them in the fridge to set up…

No Bake Avalanche Cookies are an easy no bake cookie recipe

Seriously you guys are going to LOVE these.

My original Avalanche Bar recipe was based on the treat they sell at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory…and I also put in little mini chocolate chips. You can add those here at the very end (so they don’t melt) or just sprinkle them on top while they are still wet.

Easy No Bake Avalanche Cookies

These No Bake Avalanche Cookies are so addictive and totally easy. It’s a no bake cookie recipe you will come back to time and time again!


No Bake Avalanche Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert


  • 2 cups Crispy Rice cereal
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 lb white chocolate
  • *optional – 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips to sprinkle on top


  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Mix cereal and marshmallows in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Melt white chocolate and peanut butter together in a double boiler. I prefer using a double boiler for melting white chocolate so it will melt slow and smooth, but if you prefer the microwave, you can do it that way too.
  4. Once the white chocolate is melted pour it over the cereal mixture and stir until completely coated.
  5. Drop using a tablespoon onto the lined pans.
  6. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, if desired.
  7. Place in refrigerators until chocolate is set.


store airtight for up to 5 days in a cool place. You don’t have to refrigerate these, but if they are kept in a warm place they could become sticky.

Keywords: no bake recipe, no bake cookies, avalanche cookies, peanut butter cookies

248 Responses

    1. Sarah

      My mom has made this for years but we call it Plantation Crunch. Hers also has peanuts and she uses almond bark instead of white chocolate chips. She has used bakers chocolate, too, I think.

      1. Tina

        Sarah, my grandma made the same as your mom, she called it Carter Candy due to the peanuts & peanut butter. I have the recipe now & I make it every holiday season. It’s wonderful! I may have to try it with white chocolate instead of almond bark to see how that turns out!

  1. Annie P

    These look great. Could the peanut butter be replaced with Biscoff spread(cookie butter)? I have a child that hates peanut butter.

    1. Carolyn

      I’m guessing you probably already experimented with cookie butter, but if by chance you hadn’t yet, it is AWESOME!!! I highly recommend it:) This will be going in my “cookie” arsenal!

      1. Martha

        I watched the video thinking cookie butter would be a delicious substitute (and I have a jar that I must quit scooping spoons full from…)!

  2. Barb

    I make a similar cookie but use captain crunch, salted peanuts,mini marshmallows,mix in large bowl, melt whit choc. pour over mixture, spoon onto parchment paper, let set a couple minutes and store in airtight container if you don’t eat them all…..enjoy…I call them Christmas cookies and use the colored captain crunch…..

  3. Susan H.

    WHY did you post this after I’d been to the grocery store (LOL)- now I have to wait ’til next week to make them. They look delicious!

  4. Faith

    I see you used white chocolate chips. I’ve looked everywhere for those but all I find is premier white chips. They aren’t white chocolate just white colored vanilla flavored chips. Is that what you are referring too?

    1. Joyce

      Susann, you can also use Ghirardelli White Chocolate baking bars–bit expensive, but they’re totally white chocolate, and make all the difference in the world in the taste of these terrific cookies (with all respect to Shelly for the suggestion).

  5. Jessica

    I make these sometimes and I will sprinkle some mini choc chips on top while they are still damp…just like the avalanche bark. Yum!

  6. I made something like this a couple years ago and because of this “Like hey little sweet melted chocolate blob, you ain’t a cookie…you a candy” and I actually remember going through the same name-game issues. I just looked up what I ended up calling them…Cookie Clusters. I remember actually struggling with that recipe’s title! And they are SO GOOD! I would inhale all of yours! Pinned!

  7. erica

    do you have any ideas for subbing the peanut butter? my son is allergic, but I wouldn’t dare attempt anything in it’s place unless the pro (You!) thought it would be good πŸ™‚

    1. Shelly

      I think any other type of nut butter would work…or if he is allergic to all nuts, maybe sunbutter or even Cookie Butter (Biscoff) you shuoldn’t have any trouble with any of those!

    2. Ladelle

      I use almond butter in sub for any peanut butter recipe. Costco sells a nice sized jar for a good price. Some stores do a fresh ground also. Unfortunately, some grocery stores only have small jars and its rather spendy.

    1. Sherry

      My aunt just made these with butterscotch chips instead of the white. She said they were to die for!!!
      Im off to go make them with butterscotch chips also!

  8. ColleenB.

    These look wonderful. Will have to make these for sure.
    I used to make something similar only I used cocoa powder and oatmeal and we called them cow patties. :}

    1. Dawn Nelson

      Lee Ann, they would be gluten free if you use gluten free puffed rice. Regular Rice Krispies have malt in them, which is made from barley, so they are not gluten free. They do sell one that is gluten free, though, and there are other brands that are also gluten free. The other ingredients are gluten free πŸ™‚

  9. Mary Anne Wiltse

    True to my word, I just made these and they really are to die for πŸ˜‰ Oh my goodness! I immediately shared the recipe on facebook with friends and family! Good job! If you have a sweet tooth, go fill it with these!

  10. Robyn Douglas

    We have made these for years, call them Almond Bark Cookies. We add dry roasted peanuts to the mix. Kids ask for them every holiday. So easy and taste fantastic…addictive.

  11. lyn

    I think these would be cute for Halloween – dye the white choc. with a little orange food coloring… just a thought, can’t wait to make these.

  12. Nancy

    These sound great and start the wheels humming. I often make haystacks (crispy Chinese noodles, salted peanuts and melted butterscotch chips). I’m thinking you could sub butterscotch for the white chocolate.

  13. Cookie? Candy? I don’t think I would care about the name as long as I could be shoving these in my mouth!!! I have never had an avalanche bar, and I really feel like I have been missing out. Although these look so stinking easy to make that I’m over it already!!! Love these awesome little candy cookies!!! And I’m totally loving everyone’s comments about Cap’n Crunch…I see a sequel coming πŸ™‚

  14. Lianne

    Your recipe says “1 lb white chocolate” and I’m pretty sure they sell chocolate chips in 12 oz packages. Do they really need a pound of chocolate or do you think that one package would work??

        1. Shelly

          depends on the size of the bag. 1 pound = 16 ounces, however most white chocolate chip bags are 12 ounces.. so I always weigh my chocolate on my small kitchen scale.

  15. Jackie

    Do you think you could substitute the rice krispy cereal with quick-cooking oats, like what is used in a standard no-bake cookie? And if so, can I call it breakfast?! Ha!

    1. Jackie

      I am going to try the quick oats version today, since that is what is in my pantry. I will let you know the outcome. I am also using the bigger marshmallows, cut into small pieces by my girls. These are leftover from our last camping trip, so might as well use what is on-hand! Thanks!

  16. zippy

    Just a simple question if you do add nuts to it, should there be more chocolate? I have a litte girl in the house that loves trail mixes and she will love these if I add nuts to it so it gives it that sweet and salty taste.

  17. Trisha

    “Imposterous” I like that!!! Lol I think no bake cheesecake is TOTALLY IMPOSTEROUS too. Lol thanks for the new word.
    Definitely trying these, thanks. CHEERZ

  18. Cindy

    My mom has made…now me….something like this for 35 to 40 years. We call it Christmas candy, since that is when she always made it. We also put in dry roasted peanuts and used almond bark. Maybe this Christmas I will splurge and use white chocolate! Yummy!

  19. Carolyn

    I have been making these for more years than I can count…save yourself a step by just laying out a long sheet of wax paper on a counter, drop the gobs and walk away! Don’t bother trying to fit those cookie sheets in the fridge – there is no need to refrigerate them. They dry beautifully in a few hours, then put them in a tupperware or gift container! These little candies are so quick and easy and a great addition to any food gift basket.

  20. Joyce Boender

    Saw this pin and just “had to” open it. They appeared to be the same cookies my mom made every Christmas – and like many others she added peanuts & used almond bark. She sent them back w/our daughter one year after her Christmas break and the other gals in the dorm loved them so much that each college break after Grandma always sent back those cookies for the girls to enjoy!!! They are wonderful, but I limited making them only at Christmas b/c my metabolism doesn’t work as fast as it does for you younger ladies. Thanks for sharing your recipe – it brought back wonderful memories!

  21. Nikki Sutton

    i make something similar called haystacks. Use butterscotch chips, marshmallows, peanut butter and chow mein noodles and any nuts you want to use. Love them! Can’t wait to try these!

  22. Rimsky

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it! I’m amused by all the people commenting that they (or their Mom) make(s) this — but with different ingredients. When half (or more) of the ingredients are different, it’s not the same thing.

    1. Lauren

      I thought the same thing, but didn’t want to comment! Haha “I used to make apple pie, but I used bananas and called it banana bread!” Say whaaaat? ;c)

  23. Courtney

    I’ve got an overwhelming amount of cornflakes (kept forgetting I had some for a cheesy potato crunchy topping so I bought more :/). Think those would work instead of Rice Krispies?? Thanks!!

  24. Tamerra

    I made these for work and they never made it there. My family didn’t even let me get them all on the parchment paper before they started trying to eat them. I made sure to double the batch next time. They were super easy and very yummy. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  25. Anna

    I’m not a cook. and I’m no baker either. and it’s starting to become really annoying!! and now my man loves everything, sweet, creamy and sticky! and these look soooo incedribly delicious! can’t wait to try these and to tell him all proud “yep. I learned this stuff. you’re welcome.”

  26. shalei

    so im thinking about making these for my wedding and adding peppermint to them. Im going to try them with peanut butter and mint and biscoff spread and mint.

  27. Briana

    Just made these… All I can say is; oh my god. Sated my peanut butter obsession. Yummm. A little too rich for me, but i still ate a billion of them πŸ˜€

  28. I have been making these cookies for almost 40 years. I call them white star cookies,especially at Xmas. The only difference is I also use 1 cup peanuts, I have found over the years that if you melt slowly in microwave works great ????

  29. Gina Davis

    I would love to make these for my granddaughter, but she’s allergic to nuts. What could be used instead of peanut butter?

  30. Hanne Lunday

    I LOVE Avalanche from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and can’t wait to try this! I worked at a RMCF in CA back in 2000-01 when my Marine husband deployed. This was my favorite thing to eat, along with their frozen bananas and Apple Pie Caramel Apples. πŸ™‚

  31. Natalie

    I just found this recipe searching for easy no bake cookies for tomorrows guests (mostly children) and I think of trying them right now, I don’t know if I can manage to get my husband’s head out of the fridge. I was trying to make some healthy no-bake cake like this (I hope you don’t mind I send you the link, if you do, delete it) because i was trying to get my family more to healthy desserts, but then I bumped over your recipe and I think I’ll go with this one and the cake for the guests too.
    Thank you for this recipe πŸ™‚

  32. monique

    Ihave made something similar, but just white chocolate,mini m’n’m’s, mini marshmallows and rice cripies. They taste great, my son is allergic to all nuts and he scoffs these down like nothing. But I will be making these for me…

  33. Shelly

    Will definitely have to make these. The hubs loves peanut butter anything…lol…and I have all ingredients in the pantry! Yay!

  34. “Puppy chow” (for people) is very similar (no bake) I had always followed that recipe using milk chocolate…I’ll say that white chocolate would work as well. only difference in the “chow” recipe is the uses crispix mainly so as to look the same (shape) as real puppy chow.

  35. rachel

    Thereabouts yummy, but I am not a big fan of white chocolate. Would it work with milk chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate chips?

  36. Just finished making a batch of these candy/cookies. OMG!!! absolutely delicious!! Added a cup of peanuts to the mix. Will definitely be making these again. So easy and so good
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  37. Britney

    These sound so yummy! Good thing I haven’t made my grocery list yet! I’ve been on a sweetened condensed milk kick lately, anyone know of a way to incorporate it into these?

  38. Brandi

    Can you freeze these? I have to make a ton of cookies for a party and like to start a couple weeks early so freezing is important. These look great!!! Can’t wait to try! Thank you.

  39. Susan Holdman

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I have made using white chocolate and now I am out of white chocolate so I am going to use chocolate chips. Merry Christmas!

  40. summer blizzard

    These are REALLY good. Everyone loved them. I even made a batch and substituted milk chocolate for the white. Those were just as good.

  41. Cathi

    My DIL made these right after they were posted the first time and told me they we’re good, so I went out and bought all the ingredients. THEN I tasted one of hers! I have not broken down and made any yet because I’m afraid I’ll eat the whole batch myself! They are SO GOOD!

  42. Brenna Carlson

    I made these cookies and they are delicious! Everyone loved them! I made them slightly different by melting the marshmallows with the chocolate and peanut butter so it would all be mixed and it came out great! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  43. Rose

    I just made these yesterday. Unfortunately there is a major flaw in the recipe… Everything needs to be DOUBLED!!! LOL They were so good. Lots of compliments from my whole family. Next time I am for sure making a double batch. They were so easy to whip up! Thanks for posting this!

  44. sara

    I made these today with caramel chips (and a bit of white chocolate chips) and cashew butter instead. The caramel doesn’t quite melt as good, but man was that a tasty cookie!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  45. Kaz

    You can make Spiders which are similar to these, same quantites and process but substitute these ingredients: dark chocolate, crunchy peanut butter, sultanas or raisins and changs fried crispy noodles.

  46. Jess

    These would probly be good with chocolate Rice Krispies…??? These look awesome!! Going to test them on the guys in the shop where my hubby works!

    1. Shelly

      I have heard a few people say they use caramel in place of the peanut butter, but you could use any nut-free alternative like Sunbutter, or even Cookie Butter (Biscoff)!

  47. Do you have to use marshmallows in the recipe? Is there something you can substitute it with? I have a niece who gets sick if she eats marshmallows. πŸ™

  48. Connie Yandow

    These are so yummy! I made them with the grandkids on Thanksgiving and they were a hit. Now we have to make them for Christmas, too.

  49. Jen

    So excited to make these!! Could I use food coloring and make these more festive? Not sure if it would be more hassle than what it’s worth…

    1. Shelly

      haha! You could…if you really like butterscotch. The flavor of the chips will be strong, so if you’re a fan go for it! You could even use regular chocolate chips πŸ™‚

  50. Khandi

    I made these yesterday. Weighed my chocolate. Had to add a few more marshmallows and more rice krispies because mixture was too loose. They didn’t firm up hard…still tacky.

  51. Marylou

    just tried this recipe. When I added chocolate mixture it seemed very runny. I ended up adding at least 1 cup more of the rice cereal. Has anyone had similar problem? Does it make a difference if chips or squares of chocolate are used?

  52. Sandra Sousa

    I did what it shows in the video and the marshmallows melted. They didn’t stay while. Please let me know how long to cool the mixture before adding to the rice cereal and marshmallows

  53. My white chocolate and pb turned into mush before I could “pour” or scoop in my case. Not happy. I don’t have time to deal with this. Regular chocolate has never done that to me in a double boiler.

  54. Debby

    These are the best cookies ever!!!! We made them for the holidays and they were a big hit!!!! We also made them with chocolate and peanut butter!!!! My new favs!!!!

  55. Teresa R.

    These cookies are so easy and addicting. Made 4 batches in 2 weeks because every time my daughter visited, she took a bunch home with her.

  56. MermaidMama

    They are good. A tad sweet because of the white chocolate, but my friends said they were addictive like crack.

  57. I love to bake!

    I saw this earlier today and had to make. very addictive!
    My only comment would be to not over stir it because the marshmellows started to melt a little ( I used micro-mellows) , but will be making them again!

  58. Valerie

    I made these for a cookie exchange in Oakland, CA. Upon arrival, we had a bit of a delay getting off the plane. Needless to say, the whole back of the plane was in a sugar coma before we were able to disembark! Amazing recipe and so easy! Best cookie ever! They travel VERY well!! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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