Making No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

By Reach Out!

Recommended Ages: Preschoolers & Early Elementary

Can I make a peanut butter cookie without baking it?

What is a mixture?

Can I follow directions and measure things correctly?

What you need:

Measuring cup
Large mixing spoon
Mixing bowl
Waxed paper
Powdered sugar
Nonfat powdered milk
White corn syrup or honey
Smooth peanut butter


You may want to try adding chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, or small marshmallows to cookie dough too.

What you do:

  1. First, wash your hands really well with soap and water! Our hands have lots of germs on them. We don't want to get germs in our cookies!
  2. Measure and put 1 cup of peanut butter into the mixing bowl.
  3. Add 1 cup of corn syrup (or you can use honey).
  4. Add 1 1/4 cups of nonfat powdered milk.
  5. Use your sifter and put 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar into the sifter and sift into the bowl and mixture. You don't want bumps and lumps!
  6. Stir the ingredients with your big mixing spoon the best you can.
  7. Use your hands and knead the dough - press it down and pull it apart. Press it all together and keep rolling it over and over. You are mixing all the ingredients up into one new mixture.
  8. Take one glob of dough at a time and round it into a ball in your hands.
  9. Put the balls on your wax paper.
  10. You have no-bake peanut butter cookies!

What is happening:

When we combine different things together, we are making a mixture. This particular bunch of ingredients go together really well. We don't need to bake the cookies as there are no ingredients that we have to warm up and we don't need to change the shape or texture and taste of the cookies by baking them. They taste great just the way they are after we mix them up! When you look at the cookies and dough, it is almost impossible to see the individual ingredients - you can't see the powdered sugar, powdered milk or honey or syrup. They are all mixed together to make a brand new concoction! If you want to experiment with recipes and ingredients, try making the dough all over again and adding combinations or individual things like chocolate chips, raisins, coconut, or nuts and miniature marshmallows.

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