18 Delightful No-Bake Cookies

No bake chocolate peanut butter cookies

The Spruce Eats / Claire Cohen

If you've got a-hankerin' for a sweet but want to keep the oven out of it, look no further than these excellent no-bake cookie recipes. While none of them require turning that particular dial, some will require cooking some ingredients on the stove or in the microwave. Make sure you plan ahead accordingly. Get the kids involved in making these cookies, and turn these recipes into a family fun time.

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    Penuche Cookies

    Penuche Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Sick of chocolate and peanut butter no-bake cookie combos? Try these penuche cookies instead. While they require boiling on the stove, these oat-based cookies don't need any oven time. They will remain slightly soft as they set and work well with other nuts or dried fruit. These cookies are egg-free and also gluten-free. 

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    Classic Haystack Cookies

    The Best No-Bake Haystack Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Rachel Riesgraf

    You might remember these crunchy, chocolatey haystack cookies from childhood and even have the ingredients in your pantry today. These classic haystack cookies use packaged chow mein noodles for their signature look and can also be made with crushed pretzels for extra saltiness. Try mixing up this tasty treat with butterscotch, peanut butter, or other chip flavors. These delicious cookies are a hit wherever you take them.

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    No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

    No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

     The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    If you are a peanut butter lover, then these easy no-bake peanut butter cookies are sure to become your dream cookie. Make sure to use quick-cooking rolled oats for these cookies. So versatile, get those creative juices flowing and add things like chocolate, coconut, or some chopped nuts. Melted chocolate drizzled on them is fabulous! You can also make these into bars rather than cookies. 

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    Skinny Mint Cookies

    Skinny Mint Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Estrada

    These delightful no-bake skinny mint cookies taste just like your favorite Girl Scout variety, but you can whip them up in your own kitchen all year-round. Because they use packaged wafer cookies and candies, this simple recipe also comes together without breaking a sweat. While this recipe uses chocolate wafer cookies if you want to pump up the flavor, use mint wafer cookies.

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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbons

    chocolate balls

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    Make these chocolate peanut butter bonbons a traditional holiday cooking event with the kids. Think of these bonbons as an upscale Reese's peanut butter cup made seasonal for Christmas with dates, chopped peanuts, and rich with dark chocolate. Be sure to buy unchopped dates and chop them yourself; the prechopped type coated in sugar is too dry for the recipe.

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    Graham Cracker Sandwich Cookies

    Graham Cracker Sandwiches
    Linda Larsen

    These graham cracker sandwich cookies are an old and well-known recipe. Basic and yummy. You probably always have the ingredients in the house, and they are easy to whip up in a jiffy if someone has a taste for something sweet. All you need is buttercream frosting. Flavor the frosting any way you'd like, or color it for special occasions and holidays. You can make them any size you want: Use a whole graham cracker square or break the squares into little rectangles. 

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    Almond Joy Cookies

    Almond Joy Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Tara Omidvar

    With all the flavors of the classic candy bar, Almond Joy cookies are quick and easy to make. Coconut, chocolate, and almond are a delicious combo, and other than melting the chocolate, these cookies require no cooking at all. Make sure you get shredded coconut for the best results. They're great for picnics or bake sales since they keep and travel well, and the whole almond on tops makes them an attractive treat.

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    Cornflake Cookies

    Cornflake Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Tara Omidvar

    The perfect recipe when you need a last-minute cookie, these no-bake treats call for only three ingredients and 15 minutes of time. Peanut butter and butterscotch chips are melted together and combined with cornflakes; the mixture is formed into mounds and refrigerated until set. Great for dipping into a glass of cold milk. Include in the kids' lunchboxes, offer as an after-school snack, or serve up for a dessert.

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    Oven-Free Cookie Dough Pops

    Oven-Free Cookie Dough Pops

    The Spruce Eats / Diane Rattray

    These no-bake cookie dough pops make a great gift or special-looking snack for a bridal or baby shower, birthday party, or any get-together. Heat treat the flour before using it so you and your kids can enjoy licking the bowl in this egg-free and oven-free recipe. Get the kids involved by applying whatever coatings or toppings their little hearts desire. Have on-hand colored sprinkles and sugar.

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    Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

    Vegan Chocolate Drops

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    Many no-bake cookies rely on butter or margarine, but not this allergy-friendly vegan chocolate oatmeal cookies recipe. By using moist dates and dairy-free chocolate chips, they retain the texture and sweetness of other cookies while remaining totally dairy, oil, gluten, and animal-product-free. Plan accordingly, as it takes about one to two hours in the refrigerator for these cookies to set. Take this one to the potluck and watch parents rejoice.

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    Special K Bar Cookies

    Special K bars

    The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

    Grab that box of cereal from the pantry and make up some cereal bar cookies. Make sure to use Special K or other flaked cereal for this Special K bar cookies recipe. Puffed rice cereal will get too soggy and will not create the crunchy bar you need to contrast with the creamy chocolate-peanut butter topping. So simple, you can make them either in the microwave or on the stovetop. 

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    Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies

    pb cornflake cookies

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Peanut butter cornflake cookies are quick, easy, and addictive. Crispy cornflake cereal is mixed with melted sugar and creamy peanut butter for a crispy, chewy, salty, and sweet treat. They only take a few minutes to mix up, making them a good project for kids. Mix in chocolate chips or drizzle with melted chocolate for a classic combination of flavors. Turn them into ice cream sandwiches for the ultimate treat. 

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    Rice Crispy Treats

    Classic rice crispy treat

    The Spruce Eats

    Oh, what memories these bring back of our own childhood days! The kids will love these versatile no-bake flexible crispy bar cookies, made with crisped rice cereal. This recipe uses three ingredients—cereal, butter, and mini marshmallows. You can add in chocolate chips, candies, nuts, fruit, or whatever toppings suit your family's fancy. They're perfect for the big game potluck or a fun weekend activity with the kids.

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    Nanaimo Bar Cookies

    Easy Nanaimo Bar Cookies

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    This Nanaimo bar cookies recipe doesn't require turning on the oven but still comes out layered and pretty enough for the bake sale. Three layers consisting of graham cracker, pudding mixture, and then a melted chocolate chip topping create these yummy bars. You can prebake the crust if you like it a little firmer, but it's not required. Feel free to change up the pudding flavor or toss in additional mix-ins, as these stand up well to improvisation.

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    Classic No Bake Cookies

    No Bake Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    The classic no-bake cookie recipe that everyone knows and remembers from their childhood days. Craving chocolate or peanut butter? These cookies are the ultimate fix for those cravings, with melted chocolate, creamy peanut butter, and oatmeal all wrapped up in one cookie. Made on the stovetop, dropped on parchment paper, allow them time to them harden and set up, then watch them disappear.

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    Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

    no bake cookies arranged on marble surface in rows

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Gluten-free, no-bake cookies are the ideal solution when you're trying to get something together at the last minute for a party or gathering. Chocked full of chocolate chips, peanut butter, oats, this recipe comes together in minutes. Make sure to get gluten-free oats to use in this recipe and follow protocol for ensuring that they remain gluten-free when making them. Jazz them up even more by including some nuts or dried fruit.

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    Sugar-Free No-Bake Cookies

    Sugar-Free No-Bake Cookies on a plate

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Turn the classic no-bake cookies into sugar-free ones by using unsweetened and sugar-free ingredients! You can satisfy your sweet tooth and not worry about getting that extra sugar when biting into these delicious sugar-free cookies. Make sure to use a granulated cup-for-cup keto sweetener for the best results in this recipe. You can even use coconut oil and non-dairy milk to make these vegan, too. 

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    No Bake Cookies (Without Peanut Butter)

    No Bake Cookies Without Peanut Butter

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    If you don't enjoy peanut butter or have a nut allergy try this version of no-bake cookies that doesn't include that ingredient. This recipe uses a stick of butter in its place, and the cookies come out chocolately, chewy, and oh so sweet and buttery. Feel free to add in some coconut flakes, colored sprinkles, or chocolate chips.