No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Granola Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Cookies....and they are PHENOMENAL!

These are Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Cookies….and they are PHENOMENAL! They are made with oats, granola (for some crunch), peanut butter and cocoa powder

(plus a few other little extras). These are a huge weakness for me!

I wrote this post back in 2012 right in the middle of a week with no power, due to Hurricane Sandy. It was a rough week for sure…no power for 12 days makes one a little nutty.


Anyhow, while trying to keep life as normal as possible I made a few sweet treats, but had to get creative…no power means no oven. So, I melted chocolate on the grill, and was rewarded with some delicious no bake cookies.

I decided, since the pictures I took back in 2012 in the midst of a hurricane weren’t some of my best work I would update things, while keeping the recipe intact. It sure is a good one!

Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Cookies....and they are PHENOMENAL!

These little clusters are outstanding. The idea is based on a classic “no-bake cookie”. But I put my own twist on it.

You very simply melt butter, sugar, cocoa powder and cream together. Let that boil for just a minute to make sure all the sugar is dissolved. Then stir in some peanut butter and your extra yummies.

I added some oats and also some granola for a little extra crunchy texture…

Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Cookies....and they are PHENOMENAL!

…and some peanut butter cups, because that is always the right thing to do.

Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Cookies....and they are PHENOMENAL!

I got my mini peanut butter cups at Trader Joe’s, but you can use any mini cups you want! OR if you can’t find the minis, just chop up some larger sized ones. If you do chop up the larger, I do suggest freezing them before you mix them into the warm chocolate mixture, as they will melt quicker than the minis. You will get a little melting either way, which is totally fine!

Then drop them on a parchment sheet and let them set up.

Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Cookies....and they are PHENOMENAL!

These might not be pretty, but they are good.

Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Cookies....and they are PHENOMENAL!

I can’t make these cookies very often, because like I said before I can’t stop eating them!


No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Granola Cookies

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makes 36 cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granola (I used Honey Granola with no raisins)
  • 1 1/2 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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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

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!


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!


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

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

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!


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

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

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


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.


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

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

These look great!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

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


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!!

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

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

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

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


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


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

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


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

Cindy Brison

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!


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

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

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

Teresa V

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

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef

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

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

Ashley P

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

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

Lizy b

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!


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!!!


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

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. 🙂


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


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Can these be frozen? Thanks!