Wow Your Friends With The World's Simplest Cookie Recipe

November 2, 2011   27 Comments

Do you love cookies but hate the work that goes into making them? My least favorite part is the clean up of the kitchen. argh.

No Bake Peanut Butter Ball

I've got a recipe with FOUR - count 'em - FOUR ingredients that will send your heart a flutter. Okay, maybe these a wee bit strange - but they sure beat a packaged cookie and they require no baking.

This recipe is incredibly customizable. For example, if you don't like peanut butter, you can use cashew, almond, or sunflower butter. I used maple syrup but you can use honey, or agave nectar instead. You do need a "liquid" form of sugar so the batter will stick together.

I use a food processor to make these because I am super lazy. Ever since I learned that a food processor makes great pastry and pizza dough, it has been my favorite kitchen appliance for making doughs.

Kids love to roll up the cookies (my kids made the ones photographed above - I bet you can tell) and then, get this - they don't have to wait for the cookies to come out of the oven. They can just eat them!

These are a great after school snack and they keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days. I send them in my kids lunchbox and take them for an afternoon snack to have with my coffee.

The "no-bake" cookie has a brownie type of texture vs. a crispy outside. I find them very luxurious and satisfying even without the butter and eggs that go into regular cookies.

Have you tried making a no-bake cookie?


No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Balls

1.4 from 21 reviews

(makes 12 balls)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/4 cup maple syrup
mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Put rolled oats in food processor and pulse into you have a flour like consistency. All flour, peanut butter, and maple syrup and mix until a rough dough is formed.

Test dough to see if it will hold a ball. Add water to the dough if it is too dry. Roll 12 balls and roll in chocolate chips. Serve and enjoy! Store them in the refrigerator if you have any left :)

For one ball (without chocolate chips) = 71 calories, 3.0 g fat, 9.7 g carbohydrates, 2.1 g protein, 0.7 g fiber, 26 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Easy-peasy! But doesn't flour have to be cooked before you eat it? Can you eat raw flour?

i love it. this is very very very similar to what i've been doing for years. What you can do instead is use about 6 grahm crackers, crushed (you can do this just by putting them in a ziplock and crushing it) and then mixing it in a bowl with a few tablespoons of peanut butter. (you will need to play around with the proportions because i learned that brand highly affects it) then roll into balls when it seems right and roll into the mini chocolate chips or put a normal sized one on top, or you can do what i do and make a tiny well in the ball and put chocolate syrup in it :)

Yum....sure sounds good! I'll be making some. Thanks for sharing!

Instead of flour, you can use powdered milk to help stick, & add protein!

I can't eat gluten or dairy so I mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter and 1 egg to make the most delicious peanut butter cookies ever. You just bake them in a 350 oven for about 18 minutes and viola! You just have to watch them closely because a soon as they look like they're done, you've gone too far (unless you like a crunchy cookie!) I've tried it with almond butter, cashew butter, and my favorite, sunflower butter. They're all delicious though!

i've made no-bake balls using coconut butter + protein powder - so easy!…

I just made these tonight, so good! Swapped maple syrup for honey and chocolate chips for carob chips.

These look great, and my kind of cookie making!

These were so good. I used wheat germ instead of flour with good results.

This is really good :] I used rye flour as my extra flour and just added 63% dark chocolate chips into the batter itself and made smaller balls. Next time, I think I'll reduce 1/2 of the peanut butter or honey and use pumpkin for a pumpkin peanut butter ball for a nice festive treat. Just a thought though.

I just made these tonight but I used sunflower butter and chopped up little candies instead of chocolate chips. It came out great with a good texture and it was tasty! Thank you Snack Girl! :D

these were great too. I melted some dark chocolate and dipped half of them. I also used rice syrup because I did not nave maple on hand......thanks for these. I am taking these to my work Christmas party. You rock Snack Girl

They look good I am going to try these.

Hello! I was just wondering. Is the serving size one ball? Or say I make it for my family of four, then each of us can have three balls and not feel gluttons??

@Maria - the serving size is one ball - because it is peanut butter it is a high calorie item - but 210 calories for a snack is not too bad. Thanks for the question!

Please respond about the flour....i also thought you aren't suppose to eat that raw! what's up? Thx!

I had never heard of this - but there is a small chance that you could get a pathogen from the flour. I suppose you could also eat a pathogen from raw oats as well. Thanks for your question and I am going to think about it.

What if i don't have a food processor? Is there anything I can do to substitute without hurting the calories?

I don't have a food processor either. I just put the oats in a zip lock bag and smashed it.

For the peanut butter you can use Better'n Peanut Butter. It is all natural, delious, and has less points than regular peanut butter.

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