White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters
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.
- 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
- Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment or wax paper; set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g
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Do you have a favorite no-bake recipe?
I made these yesterday using vegan marshmallows and they are delicious! My dessert picky husband really liked them and ate two.Thanks for a great recipe.
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad these worked great for you with vegan marshmallows and that Mr. Picky also liked them!
And I forgot to note, I used pretzels! 😊
I am always looking for treats to make for my grown and flown son, who is allergic to nuts. I made these using sun butter and he absolutely loves them! He requested them two weeks in a row and so did my husband. Thanks for making me look like a rock star! You never disappoint. Thanks so much!
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad these made you look like a rock star!
These are the best! I have made them for the last two years in the cookie tins I give out and they are the easiest and often the favorite! Love love love this recipe.
Glad you love these and give them out as gifts!
I previously had a similar recipe (lost it!) My prior recipe didn’t have RKrispies, but contained pretzels. What amt. of pretzels-vs- RK’s and amt. if I should choose to use both? Thanks!!!
It’s hard to say since I have only made it as written. You can add things slowly if you deviate and see how the consistency is looking and play it by ear.
I started making these for Christmas last year. They are so easy and delicious! I use white chocolate chips. Incredible!
Glad it’s becoming a seasonal tradition!
Perhaps my ingredients weren’t of the best quality but this was just WAY too sweet for me- I could see how some people with more of a junk food/sweet tooth would like it.
White chocolate is inherently very sweet and some brands are realllly sweet. Thanks for trying the recipe.
Hey Averie thanks so so much for all your effort on the peanut butter and jam recipes via email you gave me tunes of options to choose from and pounder over, I have to the 18 th thank goodness because all the pitons look great. Quick questions on the peanuts are they unsalted or salted?
Either kind, use what you prefer.
Hey! I made the White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Clusters last night. Holy God. . . .delicious!!!
If I tried the same recipe with chocolate bark instead and Blue Diamond almonds using the smokehouse flavored ones instead of peanuts for the salty sweet thing, do you think that would work?
I think your idea sounds great! I know those smokehouse almonds and they’re so rich, bold, sultry – and with the chocolate, I think it would be a great contrast! Lmk if you do try it!
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 … :)
They were SO GOOD! Such a simple recipe but oh, so good!
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!
They are SO YOU! White choc, PB, cereal, nobake. You have to make them!
Oh wow! These look incredible, I have to make these :)
Nooo, that’s not cheating!! I would say it’s just a very clever way of saving lots of time. Plus, these looks delicious!
Oh I need to print this one.
Man those sound good Averie!
I cannot even stand how fantastic these look!! I will have to track down some vegan marshmallows and give them a try :).
“…rocks embedded in soft cookies.” <— Yes, exactly! Excellent description. :p
These cookies, however, wear peanuts well, and quite deliciously!
Haha, you can call me a cheater too, because I LOVE no bake!! These little clusters are calling my name! Delicious!
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.
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!
Hey Averie, just received your new book today, awesome! Can’t wait to start baking! Thanks, Ron
Thanks for LMK you got my cookbook today! Thanks for your support, Ron! And keep me posted what you make!
These look insanely good Averie!
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 :)
What a fab recipe! So perfect! I love no bake cookies, especially ones with PB!!
I love an easy cookie recipe! These look like they could be addicting, though. :)
These look amazing!!! I have a feeling these won’t last long in my house with me around…
These look so delish Averie! Nice flavor combo!
I am loving no-bake cookies lately; it’s already really hot here, and turning on the oven is a real turn-off
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!
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!) (=
These look incredibly addicting!
Anything that uses melted white chocolate and peanut butter is amazing in my book, I use it as much as possible :-) These look fantastic!
Everything you make always looks so amazing! Boyfriend will love this one!
Oh this looks amazing, I adore peanut butter! Definitely going to be making this one soon!
I love some peanut butter clusters, but there’s no rules on how many I can eat, right? hehehehe. :)
Okay, I don’t like white chocolate but I used it in a recipe that didn’t use the whole bag. Somehow I think it mixed with peanut butter will make me fall head over heels in love with white chocolate:). Peanut butter makes everything better! As does marshmallow … And no bakes … And Rice Krispies … I REALLY like this recipe Averie!
You know I love white chocolate so these clusters are right up my alley! Pinning!
Why have I never tried PB and white chocolate together? Now I’m dreaming of these clusters!
These look incredible Averie! I love a good no bake cookie.
Funny, I just made some PB Protein Rice Crispies cookies yesterday. No bake too. I guess it’s on the mind of many food bloggers as it gets warmer outside.:) Although depends where you live. In Vancouver you can still get away with baking banana bread.:) I can see you still bake pound cakes in San Diego though.:) Btw, I finally learnt why pound cake is called pound cake.:) I hope your book release yesterday went well. As always, beautiful photos. I always come back.:)
Oh holy yum. those look perfect! Love all the flavor and texture combos too.
These look amazing. I love no-bake treats!
I’m all for no-bake in the middle of summer. My tiny aparetment can’t handle extra heat!
Love that these are no-bake…..I can get them in my mouth faster! :)
I know what you mean about how no-bakes feel like cheating. It’s a good thing though, I dread turning on my oven as the temps get warmer! Was surprised but happy to see peanuts in your cookies! ;) These look delicious as always
Wow, what a great roundup Averie! Your s’mores bars look outrageously good, a must-try for sure! Congratulations on the cookbook!
these look great! I got your book yesterday! CONGRATS!
Flavor, crunch and texture are such a great combination! I have a feeling I could gobble down a few of these clusters in no time :)
Yeah I would definitely be all over these cookies! They sound awesome :)
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Oh man these sound great! Pb and marshmallows are my favorite flavor combo! Adding white chocolate and the fact that these are no bake is even better!
People can call me a cheater all they want, but I love no bake cookies! Not only are they a cinch to make, but they are essential for southern summers. No way would I even dare turn on the oven during the hottest days. I love these vanilla no bake cookies. I’ve only ever made chocolate versions. Definitely need to try a vanilla/peanut butter combo now that 90+ degree days are upon us in DC. Can’t wait! :)
I see nothing cheating about these no bakes. Oh my. I can imagine how addictive they are to just take one more bite!!!
between your love of truffles/no-bake little balls, white choc, and PB, I think these would be right up your alley! :)
No-bake cookies are the best! These sound great!
What an awesome idea! I love all the peanut flavor mixed with the the mini marshmallows! Sounds like the perfect summer treat to me!
It looks so addictive that I am actually scared to make them. But hey, we have to fight with things we’re afraid of ;)
The first thing I thought of when I saw the flavors of these cookie clusters is your white chocolate butterscotch pb! Gosh, I love that stuff. These are, no doubt, amaaaazing since they are similar in flavor. What a fun little treat to snack on! Would be hard to eat just one….
the white chocolate butterscotch pb…yes! Also in this same flavor family. Love that stuff too!
These little gems look addictive indeed–sweet, salty and kind of like candy! I’d probably be “sampling” them by the spoonful as fast as I could get them on a cookie sheet. I also like these types of recipes for using up the odds and ends–crushed pretzels or nutter butters sound good in them too!
Paula the pics don’t do this recipe justice. Make these! They are a quickie little thing and you will love them, knowing that you enjoy your white choc and pb!
The perfect no-bake cookie treat, Averie! I just adore everything peanut butter and white chocolate (as you probably know by now, LOL!). And, I plan on sharing my favorite snack recipe using both on the blog this fall. As you mentioned, your recipe is ideal during the summer months due to being no-bake. But, what a fabulous Christmas treat and “gift from the kitchen” as well. Imagine them packaged in cellophane bags or jars…with pretty ribbon bows! LOVE. xo
Wow, impressed you’re thinking of the fall. I can hardly think of…Friday :)
I love how these sound, with the peanut butter and Rice Krispies! And of course, it’s made me hungry at 1am! Why do I never learn my lesson? I’ve actually never made a no-bake cookie before, so this’ll be my first! :)
They’re going to be quite the first. I loved these things. The pictures don’t convey how good they are. And it’s better you don’t start them at 1am when willpower tends to be a little less b/c they are super addictive :)
Easy, no-bake, cheating clusters? YES AND YES! What more can I ask for? :)