Chewy, peanut buttery, and easy? Yes, please! Without much effort, you can whip up these No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites.
BURNT COOKIES & THE PARTY IS STARTING
It’s the 1950’s, and you are hosting an open house for the holidays. In an hour, all of your friends will be joyfully crowding your little place, which is decorated to the tee with tinsel. You are the perfect host, drinks are on ice, mistletoe is hanging in a few key spots, and you have cookies in the oven.
Oh no, the cookies…you forgot about them while you were getting dolled up. You run to the oven and yup…they are scorched; blackened to a crisp with no return. The neighbor’s dog would turn his nose up to them.
So what are you to do? The cookies are to be the centerpiece dessert. Being the ever prepared lady you are, you don’t worry one bit. The quick, easy, no-bake recipe up your sleeve, is sure to be a hit.
You open up “Fancy Cookies, Festive Candies: Delicious Goodies for Giving,” and thanks to the magic of Karo Syrup and peanut butter, your party goes off without a hitch.
Okay, obviously I’m not a time traveler. I have no idea if this situation really happened, but doesn’t it seem totally relatable? I know I’ve left things in the oven too long while getting ready for a party…and I (basically) cook for a living!
SAVE THE DAY WITH A NO-BAKE RECIPE
We are all so busy trying to do a million things while also being the perfect host. Things can definitely fall thru the cracks. That’s why no-bake recipes are fantastic for parties.
These No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites are insanely easy. Only five ingredients, and no cooking involved…just a little elbow grease when mixing the dough together. Not only are they easy to make, they are delicious.
You know how wonderful it is to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter out of the jar while standing in the light of the refrigerator at midnight? (Yes, right? Good, I knew I couldn’t be the only person!) This recipe evokes those same magical feelings of eating spoonfuls of peanut butter in the privacy of your home, but you can eat them around your friends, during the day, and not be judged. I promise.
ALWAYS MORE PEANUT BUTTER, ALWAYS
This easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites recipe is inspired by a recipe for Peanut Butter Kisses published in the 1956 recipe pamphlet “Fancy Cookies, Festive Candies: Delicious Goodies for Giving.” My Simple Rich Refrigerator Fudge recipe also comes from this pamphlet, and most of the recipes included in it are very easy, and, you guessed it, make great gifts. The only catch is the pamphlet promotes Mazola Corn Oil and Karo Syrup, so every recipe has one or the other.
After testing the original Peanut Butter Kisses recipe, I found the dough to be pretty stiff, and not enough peanut butter flavor. As usual, I changed the ratios for this version a bit. Now my No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites are perfectly peanut buttery. I also added a coating of finely crushed graham crackers, just for funsies.
LADIES, YOU CAN STOP CARRYING THOSE JUGS AROUND
You may have noticed, many vintage recipes use corn syrup, specifically Karo Syrup. Corn syrup found its way into the American home during the mid 19th century. Along with brown sugar, it was often used to make desserts. It was sold commercially as a generic product in grocery stores. 1 The American Homemaker, apparently, carried empty jugs to fill at the grocery store to stock up on corn syrup! 2 That process sounds like no fun, but at least they got a workout on their way home!
Carrying jugs of store brand corn syrup around was the norm until 1903. That’s when The Corn Products Refining Company of New York and Chicago was formed and introduced individual, manageable sized bottles of Karo Syrup.3 Since then, there have been tons of interesting advertising campaigns for Karo Syrup, and it’s become a key ingredient for many desserts, like these No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites.
What do you think about these little bites of peanut buttery goodness? I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comments!
NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER BITES RECIPE TIPS
-You will need to use some elbow grease when mixing the ingredients together! You can do it!
-I prefer to use a creamy, non-separated peanut butter in this recipe (you know…not the “all-natural” variety). You are more than welcome to try it with natural peanut butter, but you may need to up the amount of powdered sugar or milk powder to balance out the extra oil.
-Did you know that there is a difference between corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup? Check out this article “Corn Syrup vs. High-Fructose Corn Syrup: There Is a Difference” if you are interested in learning more!
Yields 36 Candies
These 1950's inspired No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites are easy to make and full of peanut buttery goodness. Great for a last minute dessert.
40 minPrep Time
40 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup non-fat dry milk powder
- 1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1/4 finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
- Thoroughly mix peanut butter and corn syrup in a medium bowl.
- Add the non-fat dry milk powder and powdered sugar. Stir until combined (this will take some elbow grease!).
- Take 1 teaspoonful of the dough and roll into a tight ball. Roll in the crushed graham cracker crumbs and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
- Chill for at least 30 minutes and serve! These are best stored covered in the fridge.
Adapted from the Peanut Butter Kisses recipe found in “Fancy Cookies, Festive Candies: Delicious Goodies for Giving.”