Top 5 No-Bake Cookie Recipes

Skip the oven with these easy recipes

No-bake cookies are ideal for warmer weather because you don't have to turn on the oven. (You might need to cook on the stovetop in some of these recipes, though.) These easy treats are also good recipes for kids to make since there is no baking involved and you don't need to worry about them using the oven or dealing with hot cookie sheets. No-bake doesn't mean somehow less than a regular cookie. Several of these recipes are richer in flavor than many baked cookie recipes, and a...MORE couple of them are especially appropriate for Christmas and would make good (and quick) additions to your Christmas cookie repertoire.. Read these recipes carefully before you begin. Measuring accurately is also important to your success with these no-bake cookies. Always use calibrated measuring cups and spoons and level off the ingredients. If a recipe needs to be cooked on the stovetop or in the microwave oven, time it carefully. 

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    No bake chocolate peanut butter cookies
    Claire Cohen

    The secret to this easy recipe, which is a good one to try first, is to make sure that the sugar is completely dissolved before you add the peanut butter and oatmeal. The cookies are soft and tender, with the best chocolate flavor enhanced by the creamy peanut butter, and what kid doesn't love that combo?

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    Linda Larsen

    Who doesn't love those chocolate mint Girl Scout cookies? These fabulously easy cookies taste just like them, and maybe even a little bit better. And they're big cookies too, so they're more satisfying. This is a really fun recipe to make with your kids.

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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbons
    C. Linda Larsen

    These cookies cum candies are an absolute must for Christmas. Make them a traditional holiday cooking event with the kids. These are sort of like an upscale Reese's peanut butter cup made seasonal for Christmas with dates and richer with dark chocolate. Be sure to buy unchopped dates and chop them yourself; the prechopped type coated in sugar are too dry for the recipe.

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    Graham Cracker Sandwiches
    Linda Larsen

    This is 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, and the cupboard is bare.  Who needs to go to the grocery store? All you are really making here is buttercream frosting. You can make them any size you want: Use a whole graham cracker square or break the squares into little rectangles and frost those. You can flavor the frosting any way you'd like, too. Add peanut butter, make it plain vanilla, or add some melted chocolate.

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    Medjool Dates
    Photo Credit: Allyson Kramer

    These crispy skillet cookies are crisp, rich, and absolutely delicious. The combination of melted dates and butter with crisp cereal is a knockout, and they only take about a half an hour to whip up two or three dozen.