Peanut Butter Cookies – Sweet Treats

Baking on a boat isn’t quite the same as in a house. You may not have an electric mixer, your oven might have a hot spot due to its small size, or you might not even have an oven.

Fear not! With a few quick tips and some boat-friendly recipes, you can have delicious sweets to nibble. And it’s oh-so-worth it to have something yummy on board.

No electric mixer? Recipes, like this one, that use oil instead of shortening are much easier to mix by hand, with the added bonus of oil not requiring refrigeration and being slightly healthier.

Hot spot in your oven? A baking stone (Amazon) will do wonders to even out the temperature.

No oven? No-Bake cookies don’t require an oven, or an Omnia Stove Top Oven (available on Amazon) is an easy way to bake cakes, brownies, bread, casseroles and more on the stovetop with great results.

You can learn more about using a baking stone and baking on the stovetop on The Boat Galley. For now, let’s move on to the good stuff – the recipe. You can find this one in The Boat Galley Cookbook.

Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are a snap to mix up, with flexible ingredients to suit what’s on board.


  • 1 cup brown sugar or white sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil or vegetable oil (olive oil has too strong a flavor)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder


Preheat oven to 375° F.

In medium bowl, mix brown sugar, oil, peanut butter, salt, vanilla, milk, and egg. Add flour and baking powder and mix well.

Make 1” to 1 ¼ ” balls and place on greased cookie sheet (if you don’t have a cookie sheet, use a double sheet of aluminum foil). Use fork in a crisscross pattern to flatten. Bake for 9 minutes at 375°.

Remove from cookie sheet to cool.


If you first measure the brown sugar, then the oil, then the peanut butter, you won’t have stuff sticking in the measuring cup.


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