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Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are great with a glass of cold milk! With their peanutty flavor, these scrumptious cookies hit the spot. Plus, they couldn't be easier to make! —Marilyn Blankschien, Clintonville, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1. In a small bowl, cream peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg. Add oats and baking soda to creamed mixture; mix well.
  • 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 67 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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schris56 User ID: 8945805 254920
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"Boo. These cookies were so incredibly dry--nothing I had ever baked before. Going forward it will need a whole lot of tweaking."

Tofudy User ID: 8925061 253579
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2016

"I used creamy peanut butter, quick oats, a little box of raisins, 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of honey, everything the same. I did double the recipe including what I added extra, not the raisins though. They were good, husband loved them and I will try other things that I have read in the comments next time. Over all, it is a simple recipe that tasted good and can be adjusted to what you like."

BamaCountryGurl User ID: 8918962 253004
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"I added 3 tablespoons of milk and 2 tablespoons of butter moved oats to 1 1/2 cups oats and it does great!"

cghpnd1 User ID: 8800389 245249
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"I tried 3 times. Following the recipe exactly. The batter was falling apart. I thought that the crumbling wouldn't a problem. The finished product looks like crushed up granola. The taste is ok. Not a cookie for sure."

Derbygail User ID: 8785439 244530
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"I added a tbsp of oil to the recipe and used creamy peanut butter. They came out great. Nothing like homemade cookies! Best of all no flour or butter! Will make these often."

sara042090 User ID: 8614930 237236
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"I added a handful of chocolate chips and left them round and they came out wonderful. More like chewy peanut ball. My toddler loved them as well."

Snowcone19 User ID: 8448940 229533
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

"Changed a few things to make them more 'cookie' like - Added 40g butter, 1/2 cup SR Flour and only 1 cup oats. Turned out perfect."

MY REVIEW User ID: 7513330 229444
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

"Delicious! I loved these cookies!!! I did cut the sugar in half and replaced with honey worked perfectly!"

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 228480
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"Since there's no butter in this recipe, the texture of these cookies is definitely different than a regular peanut butter cookie, if that's what you're looking for. I used natural peanut butter, which probably made the dough even more dry since there isn't all the added oil and sugar. However, they still taste great. It wouldn't be my first choice for a cookie, but my kids definitely enjoyed every bite!"

strawburied User ID: 8350988 225415
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2015

"This recipe is definitely not made for old fashioned oats, so use a different recipe if that's what you have! I made it work by adding a few things. Another tablespoon of peanut butter (I used creamy), a tablespoon of coconut oil, a tablespoon of honey, a dash of milk, and a dash of vanilla. They ended up turning out well but it would just be easier to find a better recipe. If you don't add stuff they would just be oat crumbles."

avaryerin User ID: 8283747 222284
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"I used old fashioned oats. And I didn't have baking soda, after much debate over whether or not I was going to run to the store solely for baking soda, I just used baking powder. I also doubled the recipe and the yield is off, it only made 2 dozen. With doubling the recipe, I used half creamy peanut butter and half crunchy peanut butter. I baked them for 7 minutes. PERFECTION!!! These cookies were so delicious that my husband ate over a half dozen before the second tray was done baking. I would definitely recommend these cookies with a few tweaks!"

Rosie2015 User ID: 8283012 222240
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"I work in a group home for seniors and I am always looking for good tasting and healthy (sort of) ideas for baking with them. We made theses and they loved them. I know a few people had bad luck with these so try baking them for just six minutes as we did. We are going to make them again and add chocolate chips. One resident suggested using this recipe for thumb print cookies and adding strawberry jam."

Casanochick User ID: 8266331 220967
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"I'm really glad I read the comments before popping these in the oven! The dough seemed very dry so I added 1/2 cup of butter and 2 tsp. vanilla. The cookies were still very crumbly, though the flavor is good. Is this recipe missing a couple wet ingredients? Also, the yield was only 14 small cookies, as they didn't expand at all."

chucklez1 User ID: 8249016 219905
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"this is a really a terrible recipe. I knew by the batter that they would be a crumbly mess but hoped that they would transform into something better in the oven. It didn't happen. I should have baked it like granola because that it what it turned into, a big pile of OK tasting crumbs."

Bea1965 User ID: 8231458 218935
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"Came back here online again, after trying this great quick and easy recipe. A real treat for my dear friend whom has to regulate her diet intake.. Nothing fancy, Love this, Thanks!!"

bakerswife22 User ID: 8190451 216366
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Hard to provide the accurate stars for this recipe since I changed it up a bit. I used creamy pb rather than crunchy, and 1/4 cup of natural unsweetened applesauce instead of the egg. I also substituted old fashioned oats for quick cooking. And I added a tsp of cinnamon and a 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. I had to bake them for at least 13 min and probably could have baked them a little longer. But they taste chewy and delicious, and they have no eggs, soooo it can't hurt to eat them a little raw :) I would make these again for people who do not like raisins or chocolate, and just want a simple cookie."

kieram User ID: 8142702 214197
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"Wish I could give less than one star. This recipe is horrible! The cookies are dry and small and the recipe yield is inaccurate."

chef23 User ID: 8079251 106325
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"The taste of these cookies are very good but way too dry. I would take everyone's advice to use honey and regular old fashion oats instead of quick oat. If you stick to this recipe as is you will just get spoonful's of peanut crumble."

Vachar5050 User ID: 8030417 186218
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"Made these today, they were easy and the best ever. Gave the recipe to my sister, she made them and added raisins , she raved about them. Thank you for posting this.Cant wait to make them again."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 165804
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"This is a dense and rich peanut butter cookie! I only added about half the oats called for and the cookies turned out nicely. Be sure to only bake for the minimum amount of time. Let them rest on the cookie sheet before moving. The cookies are very delicate until they are cool. Don't forget to use non-stick spray inside your measuring cup so that the peanut butter will come out easily!"

darlene7249 User ID: 7999580 125705
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"The cookies were very dry and crumbly. The 2nd batch I added a tablespoon of honey and they held together better."

HillsboroMomma User ID: 7991613 210956
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"I am wondering if those who found the cookies too dry used "old fashioned" instead of quick oats."

MsPattyinLoveland User ID: 5671128 106323
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"Just made these and they're just OK. I used fresh ground natural peanut butter that may have affected the way it mixed up. Never did become fluffy. Very dense but actually a good thing.....kept me from eating the whole thing. Not sure if I would make these again."

clarapippa User ID: 7949787 210955
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"Very good! Chewy, and crumbly, and delicious! Tried this as originally posted, and making a second batch now with a little butter and apple cinnamon oatmeal instead of plain. Can't wait!"

daph3 User ID: 7954978 183016
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"These are delicious! I always had a problem with regular peanut butter cookies being too dense and fatty. I don't miss the lack of butter or sugar! I did add vanilla because well, it wouldn't be a cookie without it :)"

jenr1221 User ID: 7780708 106322
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"quick and easy, the kids love them, even the dogs! If they are too dry, then you didn't do it right. Try using a bigger egg, or some egg beaters. You can even use splenda brown sugar for even less calories."

bylaw User ID: 797340 106320
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"These are a tasty, quick treat. I usually double the recipe, but only use 2 cups of oats. I think adjusting the amount of oats helps with the dryness. I added peanut butter chips, which was good. Next time I think I will add vanilla. They are even better the next day if they last that long."

cweesa User ID: 5896004 106317
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"Very dry, wouldn't recommend them."

knightforbes User ID: 7532178 170703
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"I was very disappointed - was very dry and crumbly. would not recommend."

BakinGood420 User ID: 7415249 167418
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"this recipe is good.. aha i replaced baking soda with baking powder instead.. hope it works :) .. wish me luck .."

aleana73 User ID: 7326978 167417
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"adding chocolate...yoohoo!"

suttonsbay1 User ID: 222873 170702
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Just made these with modifications and they are awesome! Instead of 1/2 cup brown sugar, used 3T brown sugar and 3T honey. Made 8 large cookies and cooked for 10 minutes. Delicious and nutritious!"

eyeball4 User ID: 2602555 183992
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"wouldn't be "diabetic friendly" then would it bakergirlmd??!!"

eyeball4 User ID: 2602555 165802
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"can you substitute the sugar with Splenda?"

maggie1642 User ID: 1469708 144767
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"I'm not a great peanut butter fan, so I used half Nutella and half peanut butter. They were great!"

Knjones User ID: 7205217 106316
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"Made a double batch to begin with and I think they turned out pretty amazing! I didn't see the add vanilla and chocolate chips and butter till after they were made."

Hobartus User ID: 7182957 186216
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"Just tried this recipe!!! WOW! It is delicious! I have been craving cookies for a while since I found out I am diabetic. And these are awesome :)"

Jadedgypsy7 User ID: 7149094 100493
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"This recipe is awesome! My 14 year old daughter whipped these cookies up and then after tasting them we decided to add this recipe to our recipe box. thanks"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 184494
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"Recipe needs the vanilla or they have a bland flavor. Would also use the 2 T. butter as suggested."

Glibly User ID: 7133801 184444
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"Added 1/2 tsp vanilla. Recipe didn't make as many cookies as stated. We really liked them, will double recipe next time. healthy option to store bought very quick & easy."

irriemaddie User ID: 7082341 115078
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"Made a double batch and they didn't last 24 hours; excellent (I also threw in some chocolate chips, yuumy)"

alainncaileag User ID: 7057806 186111
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"Super quick and easy. I used creamy peanut butter, added 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, 1tsp vanilla and 2tbsp of butter as suggested. Not dry at all. Doesn't make 24 cookies though unless you want cookies the size of quarters. Great for making with kids as it's not that messy."

alainncaileag User ID: 7057806 144745
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"Super quick and easy. I used creamy peanut butter, added 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, 1tsp vanilla and 2tbsp of butter as suggested. Not dry at all. Doesn't make 24 cookies though unless you want cookies the size of quarters. Great for making with kids as it's not that messy."

alainncaileag User ID: 7057806 100824
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"Super quick and easy. I used creamy peanut butter, added the vanilla and 2tbsp of butter as suggested. Not dry at all. Doesn't make 24 cookies though unless you want cookies the size of quarters. Great for making with kids as it's not that messy."

galinthewoods User ID: 3317961 115075
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"I tried this and found too much oatmeal at the bottom of the bowl that would not mix in even after lots of stirring. Added 1/4 c. more peanut butter to clean it up and get a dough that would hold together. Baked them and let them cool before eating but they would not hold shape in my daughter's hand despite gentle handling. It was a complete pile of crumbs before it was half eaten. If a recipe is "great" but you need to add/do "this... and that... and that..." to make it turn out right, maybe it's time to search for a new recipe?"

Hitiffy User ID: 6516491 100823
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"This is a great, quick recipe. I followed the advice of adding 2 tbsp butter/1/2 tsp salt/ 1/2 tsp vanilla/choc chips. It was a hit! Soooo easy to make!"

momof6browns User ID: 6909764 100492
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"With addition of oatmeal and soda, this is a different take on a classic wheat flour-free recipe from allergy cookbooks decades ago. Excellent for people with wheat allergies. My husband never loved it w/o all the butter, etc., but the kids and I always did. It's lower fat and wheat free.... And in every cookie and muffin recipe, I sprinkle in some ground flax seed for hidden dose of Omega-3."

Marianna Ford User ID: 6885212 100488
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"DELICIOUS! My roommates love them and so do I. I followed the recipe EXCEPT I took the advice and added dash of vanilla and salt. I also thought they might be dry to I added a splash of oil and to top it off i threw in some chocolate chips.... the cookies are super moist and most

importantly, yummy!! def a keeper."

Marianna Ford User ID: 6885212 125704
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"DELICIOUS! My roommates love them and so do I. I followed the recipe EXCEPT I took the advice and added dash of vanilla and salt. I also thought they might be dry to I added a splash of oil and to top it off i threw in some chocolate chips.... the cookies are super moist and most importantly, yummy!! def a keeper."

bakergirlmd User ID: 6045723 106314
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Sorry, I meant to add 1 tsp baking soda just once...."

bakergirlmd User ID: 6045723 210954
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"This recipe lacks wonder they are dry! Instead, do the following: Using a stand mixer, add 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter and blend. Add 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Mix with butter until smooth. Crack two 2 eggs, and add to butter and sugars until incorporated. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Next add 1 1/2 cups AP flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp. baking soda. Blend until incorporated. Add 3 cups oatmeal (quick or old-fashioned) and blend until smooth. Add 1/2 cup peanut butter and blend until smooth. Scoop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes until bottoms of cookies begin to brown. Remove to cooling sheets."

victoriascarlett User ID: 202801 165790
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"This was a very quick, easy recipe to make with my kids. We used a teaspoon, rolled them into balls, and then made a thumbprint in them and added enough jam to fill the thumbprint before baking! I thought the jam might get runny in the heat of the oven, but it held up perfectly! We used Boysenberry Jam, but any flavor jam would work. I would definitely use jam rather than jelly though. Not quite sure how the jelly would hold up. These were amazing with the jam. Perfect snack or dessert. Even my husband loved them:)"

Dianaore User ID: 1737743 186110
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"Mine were not dry at all. I followed the suggestions of other and added the 1/2 teaspoon salt and vanilla and a few choc chips. They were so moist they were falling apart. I will say it didn't make many so they won't last long."

FutureChef123 User ID: 6753989 183014
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"itrid this reciipe and it was a failure

wont try it again"

penelopestar2011 User ID: 6747437 165789
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"Looking for a quick easy recipe..this is it. A few people commented on dryness so I added a couple table spoons of water and mine didn't seem dry at all. I also added chocolate chips and a little salt. Yum!"

Maj27 User ID: 5839212 125703
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"Good quick and easy recipie. I was a little scared they would be dry with so few ingredients, so I added about 2 tablespoons butter, a half teaspoon salt, and half teaspoon vanilla for more flavor. I also wanted a lil chocolate, so I cut up about 20 peanut M&Ms and added those as well....and, the cookies turned out great! Will definately save this recipe and make again!"

azzilu User ID: 2371381 170699
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"i substituted splenda brown sugar...i got 24 cookies....the batter is really need a drink when you eat these cookies, as they are pretty dry...baked for 6 min..."

bluebirdjohnson7 User ID: 1296798 182194
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"I was looking for an easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe, and this is it! I was thinking I would have to find a gluten free one or adapt one, but with this one I don't! I just use gluten free oats instead of regular. My family loved them. I love the taste and that they are not super sweet. I might try adding salt and vanilla next time, just to see if it will taste good. Adding chocolate chips or a Hershey kiss would be a great addition. Thanks for a great quick and easy recipe."

howdu User ID: 1170706 167415
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"My family loved them. I'm allergic to wheat, so the fact that they had no flour appealed to me. The recipe does make a small amount, but in my case that's a good thing, because I couldn't leave them alone! I did add a pinch or two of salt"

lengelfam User ID: 5043931 182070
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"These are such a quick and tasty cookie. I always have the ingredients in my pantry and so they're perfect when I need to whip something up fast or just need a cookie fix. I added some chocolate chips I had, but I could certainly see adding other flavors of chips, nuts or dried fruits to change it up. I will be adding this to my list of regulars."

lmellone1 User ID: 2887212 106282
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"A bit dry but they have a good taste."

dmhardy User ID: 4192443 183975
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"This recipe is quick, easy and delicious! The ingredients are always in my cabinet!"

pmaclady User ID: 4272088 182068
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"These were dry, not very sweet, and had too much oatmeal, not enough cookie. I didn't mind them so much, because I LOVE oatmeal, but everyone else that tried them didn't care for them."

shirley Borgerding User ID: 5600962 170691
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"so easy and delicious, but double the recipe or more as they go so fast and are good for you"

Cloria User ID: 3371920 100476
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"Used plain peanut butter, and added chocolate

chips. Easy and quick. They were gone in no time. Will make them again soon, and dbl recipe. AP"

sewmom8 User ID: 841908 106276
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"They taste cool, but,dude, if you don't have a Rage mixer don't make them!!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 5388437 116497
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"These are sooo easy & absolutely delicious. I added a tsp of golden shortening a tad of oil as I couldn't get the sugar & peanut butter to cream properly. No biggie. I also added a bit of vanilla, raisins & chipits. Oh definitely a family keeper. Just took them out of the oven a few minutes ago. They're going fast. Thanks so much for this recipe. I never had cookies come together faster from idea to oven. I was actually browsing apple cookie recipes & spotted this, I was off & running as it looked just to easy. Glad I did!!!"

shorty_cheryl User ID: 2387535 210953
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"My family loved these cookies, have been making them regularly since I tried them. I like to add chocolate chips to them. They are crumbly, but oh so good."

Esti User ID: 1652176 116495
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"Delicious and super easy"

jenabee User ID: 5281284 182059
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"soft but not sweet enough for me"

emfranklin User ID: 4296846 167414
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

"Whenever I make oatmeal cookies, they either turn out too doughy or too hard and burnt, these cookies are not the case. I rolled the dough into small walnut size balls, flattened slightly and cooked for 9 min. Even though I doubled the recipe, it almost made 3 doz. No doubt these will go fast, made my first batch thursday and have asked to make more tonight. Thanks for sharing!"

ChristinePeck User ID: 5070997 181996
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"When cooked, mine tasted just like the raw batter did. ??? I was wondering if anyone else noticed this or if I should've cooked them longer? I loved how simple they were though. Next time I'm putting a Kiss on top of each one. :) Enjoy!"

vbeck User ID: 3312006 183974
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"The batter was very thick and hard to mix. I used reduced fat peanut butter. Maybe that's why. They were good, anyway. I aslo added raisins to half the batch."

msggiesss User ID: 4834633 165788
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"I made these this week and they were just great, i chose the recipe because of the low sodium, which my husband can have very little of and and so few ingredients. I will be making them again tomorrow for my Bunko ladies Tuesday."

psomleva User ID: 4947789 167413
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"These turned out too dry for my taste... Any ideas on how to improve this recipe?"

mreilly615 User ID: 2340136 165785
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"The family loved them. Very easy and tasty. Make a double batch because they go quick."

katejudy311 User ID: 3820802 100821
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"These are a new favorite in my home. We made a double batch becauset hey dissapear so fast. They are so easy too!"

buckbun User ID: 644988 167412
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"quick and easy to fix, stays fresh and chewy for several days"

kse0517 User ID: 1341364 100820
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"Easy to make, soft, chewy cookies. Delish!!"

jossie62 User ID: 121231 100475
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"I made these cookies for Christmas and everyone loved them. If you are a weight watcher they are only 1 pt ea. Very easy to make, you could even subsitute egg beaters for the egg and make it more healthy."

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