White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters

Sometimes no-bake cookies feel like cheating.

And if that’s how you look at it, I’m very happy to be called a cheater.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters (no-bake, gluten-free) Recipe at averiecooks.com

With the warmer weather approaching, I wanted something sweet that didn’t involve turning on the oven.

Additionally, I wanted something supremely easy and not at all fussy. These ridiculously easy little clusters fit the bill and are a 10 minute project.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters (no-bake, gluten-free) Recipe at averiecooks.com

MY OTHER RECIPES

They combine two of my favorite ingredients, white chocolate and peanut butter. When melted together, they make the most amazing sauce. Anything that’s coated with it automatically becomes phenomenal.

Both White Chocolate Buttery Waffles Snack Mix and White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow use melted white chocolate and peanut butter, and since I love those, I knew the clusters would be a win.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters (no-bake, gluten-free) Recipe at averiecooks.com

I used peanuts in them, which is usual for me. I love handfuls of peanuts on their own, and of course I love peanut butter, but usually am not fond of peanuts in desserts.They tend to be like hard rocks embedded in soft cookies.

However, here the peanuts add so much crunch, texture, and flavor. I love them.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters (no-bake, gluten-free) Recipe at averiecooks.com

While peanuts add a hearty crunch, Rice Krispies add lighter, softer crispiness and texture.

They act like little sponges in any kind of batter or recipe you don’t want to use flour in yet need something to take the edge off the sog-factor, such as in Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars or in Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies,  They’re the perfect solution.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters (no-bake, gluten-free) Recipe at averiecooks.com

The nuts and cereal are balanced by soft, squishy, puffy marshmallows. I love using marshmallows in bars because their fluffiness is a wonderful contrast to the crispier and crunchier nuts and cereal. Biting into a soft marshmallow coated in white chocolate and peanut butter is how I want to eat all marshmallows forever.

If you wanted to work in chopped pretzels, raisins, popcorn, diced peanut butter cups, other candy, or your general odd and ends, mix-and-match with what you have.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters (no-bake, gluten-free) Recipe at averiecooks.com

I loved these clusters and wish the pictures conveyed just how good they are, but they were exceedingly difficult to photograph. Lumpy, bumpy, light in color, shiny, small in size, and reflective. Fun times.

They’re one of those treats on the work-reward scale that is a 1 on work, 10 on reward. They remind of these pretzels for that reason. So easy, but exceedingly good, and addictive. Just one more.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters (no-bake, gluten-free) Recipe at averiecooks.com

They’re dense yet light, and the peanut butter-white chocolate has a melt-in-your mouth quality. They’re crispy and crunchy, yet soft and chewy.

The white chocolate is sweet, yet there’s hints of saltiness from the peanuts and peanut butter for a salty-and-sweet element. And unlike some treats where either white chocolate or peanut butter dominates, you get both loud and clear.

If no-bake is cheating, you can call me a cheater as much as you want.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters (no-bake, gluten-free) Recipe at averiecooks.com

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters (no-bake, gluten-free)

Melted white chocolate and peanut butter coat a mixture of crispy rice cereal, peanuts, and marshmallows for fast and easy cookie clusters. They’re sweet with a touch of saltines, with a melt-in-your mouth quality. They’re dense yet light, crispy, crunchy, chewy, and very addictive. I give them a 1 on work, 10 on reward. I wish all cookie recipes delivered those results.

Ingredients:

one 1-pound package (16 ounces) vanilla Caniquik, coarsely chopped (white almond bark or white chocolate chips may be substituted)
heaping 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural or homemade; use conventional Jif, Skippy, or similar)
1 cup Rice Krispies cereal or similar gluten-free crispy rice cereal (plus 1/4 cup cereal, only if necessary; see directions below*)
1 cup peanuts
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment or wax paper; set aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine Candiquik, peanut butter, and heat on high power for 1 minute to melt. Stop and stir. As necessary, heat in 15-second bursts until mixture can be stirred smooth. Be very careful not to overheat the mixture because white chocolate is notorious for scorching and seizing up.
  3. To the melted white chocolate-peanut butter mixture, add 1 cup cereal, peanuts, marshmallows, and stir to coat. Mixture will be runny and you want to keep it loose and not too cluttered with add-ins. But if your mixture is extremely runny and would benefit from extra bulk, add 1/4 cup cereal.* Adding a pinch of extra peanuts or marshmallows also works.
  4. Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop or with a spoon, drop mounds onto prepared baking sheets (I made 24). Allow cookies to firm up for about 2 hours at room temperature, or expedite by placing trays in the refrigerator or freezer is you have the space.
  5. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for at least 2 weeks, in the refrigerator for at least 1 month, or in the freezer for at least 6 months. Take care any ingredients used are appropriate for your dietary needs.

Recipe from Averie Cooks. All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

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72 comments on “White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters”

  1. I love some peanut butter clusters, but there’s no rules on how many I can eat, right? hehehehe. :)

  2. Oh this looks amazing, I adore peanut butter! Definitely going to be making this one soon!

  3. Everything you make always looks so amazing! Boyfriend will love this one!

  4. Anything that uses melted white chocolate and peanut butter is amazing in my book, I use it as much as possible :-) These look fantastic!

  5. These look incredibly addicting!

  6. Pinned these gorgeous treats! I fell in love the moment I read PB…
    My cookbook arrived today! As I mentioned the other day, it’s my new reading material (while my little one is at his golf lesson later today…I’ll be sitting under the pine trees deciding which recipe to make first!) (=

  7. After I saw my electric bill last month, no bake is gonna be the way I go this summer! I love these – all of those things sound fabulous together. These are a must make!

    • we have an urban condo and it’s San Diego and you wouldn’t think it would get too hot or too cold, well apparently we ran our heat plenty in Feb or March? b/c our power bill was INSANE. Like…sticker shock. For a small urban pad. I don’t get it! But yeah, the less appliances running the better!

  8. I am loving no-bake cookies lately; it’s already really hot here, and turning on the oven is a real turn-off

  9. These look so delish Averie! Nice flavor combo!

  10. These look amazing!!! I have a feeling these won’t last long in my house with me around…

  11. I love an easy cookie recipe! These look like they could be addicting, though. :)

  12. What a fab recipe! So perfect! I love no bake cookies, especially ones with PB!!

  13. Great recipe! Ah, I am really digging the no bake recipes right now. I live in FL. Right now, it feels like someone picked Florida up and placed it in a sauna. Yuck!

    Great recipes. I’ve pinned this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for the pin and I used to live in NC and SC and go to Aruba a lot. I know all about the humidity. Everything just…melts. You may not even need to use the microwave to melt your ingredients. Just bring it outside for a minute. Lol :)

  14. These look insanely good Averie!

  15. Hey Averie, just received your new book today, awesome! Can’t wait to start baking! Thanks, Ron

  16. I just LOVE the bright white white marshmallows hiding inside these! Picture number two definitely caught my eye. It’s a guarantee that I’ll pretty much love anything with peanuts + white chocolate in it. I love the combination of the two!! And I’m happy to see peanuts in these! The texture must be out of this world! I could easily pop a handful of these without blinking an eye. And no-bake treats are a must coming soon – it will be in the 90s at the end of next week. Right now, it’s a comfortable 75. Anyway… pinning these. They are right up my alley, my friend!!

    • You would LOVE THESE! I know you like nuts in your desserts, and with the white choc-PB combo, you’d be in heaven. Sally, they were soooo good. Insanely hard to photograph, and I fear the recipe won’t ever take off b/c the pics do not do these things justice. But they were so good! Thanks for the pin!

  17. wow how i love that you thought to share a treat recipe that you don’t have to turn the oven on – i love recipes like this for the summer…keep the heat to the grill outside :-) and i agree white chocolate and pb is such a perfect flavor combo…thanks for getting me addicted.

  18. Haha, you can call me a cheater too, because I LOVE no bake!! These little clusters are calling my name! Delicious!

  19. “…rocks embedded in soft cookies.” <— Yes, exactly! Excellent description. :p
    These cookies, however, wear peanuts well, and quite deliciously!

  20. I cannot even stand how fantastic these look!! I will have to track down some vegan marshmallows and give them a try :).

  21. Oh I need to print this one.
    Man those sound good Averie!

  22. Nooo, that’s not cheating!! I would say it’s just a very clever way of saving lots of time. Plus, these looks delicious!

  23. Oh wow! These look incredible, I have to make these :)

  24. This is one exception when cheating isn’t only okay, it’s ENDORSED. Forreal, I am dying over their ease and deliciousness! Soooo concocting up variations of this bad boy!

  25. OMG those look amazing. Just the thought of peanut butter and white chocolate melted together has me drooling. I may start eating them and never stop … :)

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