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!

Today we’re talking all out sweet 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..


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 COOKIES!

No Bake Avalanche Cookies

I have be honest for a quick second… wait, I mean I’m always honest.. why do people say that?

Why did I say that?

So let me be honest..because I’m always honest and being anything else but honest would be weird. Ugh.

Anyway. Full disclosure…I’m not a “no bake cookie” person.

It sort of seems impostorous. Is that a word?

Like hey little sweet melted chocolate blob, you ain’t a cookie…you a candy. But thanks for playin’, homie.

But today for the sake of internet searches and all the googly reasons I will call these no bake cookies. Because they’re round and that’s sort of cookie-ish. And you can eat it with you hands…also cookie-ish.

Wait, those are both candy things too. OMGMYBRAINRIGHTNOW!

I am sorry there is something totally wrong with me.

Let me just tell you how to make them, because really, isn’t that why we’re all here? Actually I made a quick little video to show you too!

So, if you skipped the video, there are only 4 ingredients. So easy. Actually 5 if you use mini chocolate chips, which I do sometimes.


Pour some Rice Krispies and Mini Marshmallows in a bowl.


Then melt some white chocolate over a double boiler.

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…


Then stir to coat…


And plop them down on a lined baking sheet.


Stick them in the fridge to set up…

No Bake Avalanche Cookies

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.

No Bake Avalanche Cookies

These things are so addictive and totally easy. ENJOY!


No Bake Avalanche Cookies

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  • 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.

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oh wow!
these look soo heavenly! I cannot wait to try them.

and thanks for posting such great recipes.

amanda @ fake ginger

I’m not a no-bake cookie person either but these look amazing! I make a similar one every Christmas and now I’m totally craving them.

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

OMG. Shelly, I’m gonna do this with that crazy salted caramel hazelnut spread! Because I’m totally not a no-bake cookie person either, but I want to shove these in my gob at full speed.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

No bake cookies are totally my jam!! Flipping love these!


Love these, could eat the whole batch and hide all evidence they existed πŸ™‚


These look amazing! I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate, though. What do you think about using semi-sweet chips instead?


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.


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!

Sharon Moore

I like you’re moms cookies plantation crunch.

Sharana @ Living THe Sweet Life

LOL – this post made me laugh so much!! I say, ” I need to be honest” all the time, and the truth is – I’m usually pretty honest, all the time hahahaha
And, I’m also not much of a no-bake cookie kinda gal, but these look DEEELISH!

Annie P

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


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!


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…)!

Graham @ Glazed & Confused

I had these last year for the first time and HOLYHELLTHESEARESOGOOD.


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…..


Barb, can we get your recipe? Those sound fun and dellisious!


I’m thinking Peanut Butter Captain Crunch for mine! Mmmmmm.


May I have that recipe? Used to make these but lost recipe. Love em.

Kiley- Rooks to Cooks

These look so yummy! I haven’t heard of Avalanche Bars before, but with only 4 ingredients these look way too simple and good not to make! More no-bake desserts need to use white chocolate πŸ™‚

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!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

these look insane in the best possible way! I’ve gotta make these babies asap!


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?


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).


A delicious no-bake treat!! that would disappear in a NY minute!!
~ Catherine


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!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

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!

Amanda @ Fun In The Oven Blog

These look delicious. I can’t wait to try these. I bet my Hubby will love them too. Thank you for the recipe. oxox, Amanda

Cookbook Queen

Oh hey so…these are pretty fabulous. I don’t care if they are having an identity crisis, I’ll eat a few dozen while it sorts itself out πŸ˜‰


oh sweet mercy. these look incredible!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

I absolutely love this idea! Name issues and all!

Jessica @ Sweet Menu

Wow! I love these! Add a few glaced cherries and they would be a cute Christmas treat!


This looks amazing!


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™‚


My grandson also has peanut allergies , I sup all my recipes with wow butter, has a peanut taste but is peanut free


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.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets

Avalanche bars are my absolute favorite thing. And now you made them into cookies? GENIUS.

Lori @ RecipeGirl

I’d eat at least a dozen of these! So delicious!


I bet these would be delicious with butterscotch chips too! Yum!!!


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!


Did you still use the peanut butter, when using the butterscotch chips?


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. :}

Laura@ Laura

You don’t stop because you’re not a quitter! Candy or cookie, these look yummy!

Lee Ann Hoffman

Wouldn’t these be gluten free?

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™‚

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!

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.

Christy W

I had never heard of avanlanche bars. I’m thinking all I really need is a bowl and big spoon…


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.


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.


I am having problems finding a pound of white chocolate .. Any ideas ? .. or can you use white chocolate chips instead ?

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

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™‚


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??


So how many bags of the chocolate chips you needed to do this recipe ?


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!


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!


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.


Hi, Shelly! How many cookies does this recipe make? Thank you!

Yiotta Marselli

Absolutely delicious!!!! Just made them, they ate amazing!!!!

Off to the store to buy the ingredients. The grandchildren always look for treats when they come. sounds yummy! Thanks, Pam

“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


These are a favorite at our house. I use almond bark, and also add peanuts and pretzels (roughly halved/chopped). Sooo yummy!


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!

Angela Marriner

I just made a batch of these for my husband to take to work and I am eating what is left in the bowl. Yum!


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.

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… Read more »

Hi! Can I replace the white choc with dark choc bar? Not quite a fan of white choc but loves peanut butter n dark choc.