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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


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.

38 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Kasey

    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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!

  7. Molly

    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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!!!

  13. Susan

    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.

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