Sometimes, you want a sweet treat at home. And even though the ingredients for a delicious cookie might be in your cupboard, you may not feel like turning the oven on and going into full baking mode. Thanks to no-bake cookies, you can easily whip up a batch of tasty goodness without the oven.
You will notice that most no-bake cookies include peanut butter, chocolate chips, or quick oats. Some recipes include all three. If those are flavors you crave, you’ll love these 19 no-bake cookie recipes. No-bake cookies are easy to make and so good that you won’t be able to wait for them to cool down before digging in.
1. The Classic Cookies
Classic no-bake cookies bring back wonderful memories of childhood. Mom always seemed to have the ingredients on hand, and she could put the cookies together in just minutes. You can do the same with this recipe from Live Well Bake Often.
Start by melting butter, and then add some sugar, milk, and cocoa powder. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to boil for exactly one minute. Set a timer for 60 seconds because if you boil the mixture for too long, the cookies won’t set properly, and if you don’t boil it long enough, your cookies will be dry.
Finally, add peanut butter, vanilla extract, and oats. Then spoon out your cookies and let them cool.
2. Three-Ingredient No-Bake Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, And Sugar-Free)
This five-minute no-bake cookie recipe comes from The Big Man’s World. These cookies are vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free, and they are also delicious.
What are the three special ingredients? Gluten-free oats, vegan chocolate peanut butter, and maple syrup. You can modify this recipe to suit your tastes and accommodate your specific dietary restrictions.
3. Monster Balls
You won’t need eggs, flour, or white sugar for these cookies, but they are still full of flavor. This recipe from The Baker Mama only requires oats, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, and M&M’s.
Stir everything together, and then roll the dough into balls and let them cool in your fridge.
4. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
If you aren’t a big chocolate person, try this fun twist on the classic no-bake recipe that features peanut butter and quick oats. This idea comes from Dear Crissy, and the cookies are easy to make and full of peanut-buttery goodness.
If you love peanut butter, this is the perfect no-bake cookie for you. The cookies are sweet, but not too sweet. They only take 10 minutes to throw together, but make sure you boil the ingredients for two minutes and 30 seconds so that the cookies turn out well.
5. Preacher Cookies
If your sweet tooth suddenly pops up out of nowhere, and you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, this is the perfect no-bake cookie for you. This recipe from The Country Cook uses almost the exact same ingredients as the classic recipe, but instead of mixing in cocoa, you drizzle melted chocolate chips on top.
6. Peanut Butter And Jelly Cookies
With this recipe from Jo And Sue, all you’ll need to do is boil, scoop, and fill. These are very similar to the oatmeal peanut butter no-bake cookies. The twist is that you will indent the cookies and fill the indentations with your favorite jelly. Just move quickly, because you’ll have to scoop and indent before the cookies cool.
7. Fudgy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
These fudgy mint chocolate chip cookies from The Recipe Rebel are decadent and delicious. The gooey chocolate and coconut cookies are topped with mint frosting and then smothered in chocolate ganache. You can mix things up by putting white chocolate on top or using another flavor for your buttercream. The possibilities are endless!
8. Snickers Crunch Bars
Technically, this is a bar and not a cookie, but this Snickers-inspired dessert from Mom On Timeout will not disappoint. Each bar has a crunchy chocolate top and a bottom layer made from Cocoa Pebbles, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter. There is also a nougat layer and a caramel layer. It’s a good thing this recipe makes a lot of bars, because this dessert will become your new favorite.
9. Thin Mints
If you don’t have time to hunt down a Girl Scout, then try this recipe for no-bake thin mints from The View From Great Island. You’ll only need three ingredients: Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, semisweet baking chocolate, and peppermint extract (or oil).
These thin mints taste just as good as the real thing, and you can enjoy them year-round.
10. Cookies And Cream Bars
This no-bake bars from Real Simple take just minutes to put together, but you will have to wait a few hours for them to cool. However, if you love cream cheese, Oreos, and marshmallow fluff, the wait is totally worth it.
11. Healthy Loaded Cookies (Vegan and Gluten-Free)
Another gluten-free and vegan option, this recipe is from Super Healthy Kids, and it also includes variations for those with allergies. You will need gluten-free flour, raw oat bran, dark chocolate chips, pure maple syrup, and sunflower butter. After 30 minutes in the fridge, these cookies will be ready to eat.
12. Cake Batter Cookies
The flavors of yellow cake batter and white chocolate in this recipe from Mrs. Happy Homemaker are perfect for this no-bake dessert. Once you add the sprinkles, these cookies will be full of color and yummy goodness. To make these cookies, you will also need butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and quick oats.
13. Chow Mein Noodle Cookies
These cookies from Wanna Come With? are sweet, salty, and crunchy. You will need just four ingredients: butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, salted peanuts, and chow mein noodles.
To make sure the cookies set properly, you will want to use Callebaut or another couverture chocolate instead of regular chocolate chips.
14. Sweet And Salty Pretzel Cookies
This is another twist on the classic chocolate and oats no-bake cookie, and the recipe comes from Eating On A Dime. Get the kids involved by letting them crush up the pretzels, and when you have mixed the seven other ingredients together, add the crushed pretzels and let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes.
15. Pumpkin Cookies
Add to the flavors in your no-bake arsenal by making these pumpkin cookies from Sugar And Soul. With oatmeal, pumpkin spice pudding mix, sugar, butter, and a few other ingredients, you can make a batch that will be a hit at your next office party or bake sale.
16. Church Window Cookies
These no-bake cookies from The First Year Blog are made with colored marshmallows, chocolate chips, walnuts, and shredded coconut. However, you may leave out the shredded coconut and/or dust the cookies with powdered sugar. You can also use pecans or almonds instead of walnuts.
17. Oatmeal Scotchies
If you love oatmeal scotchies, then you must try this no-bake recipe from Shugary Sweets. These cookies are loaded with butterscotch flavor, and with just seven ingredients and 15 minutes of your time, they will be on your table and ready to eat.
18. Samoa Cookies
Another Girl Scout cookie copycat, this no-bake Samoa cookie recipe comes from The Domestic Rebel. Everyone who tries these cookies will ask you for the recipe. And, when you give it to them, they will be shocked to find out that they’ll only need fudge-striped shortbread cookies, caramel bits, heavy cream, toasted coconut, and squares of chocolate CandiQuik to make them.
19. Avalanche Cookies
One of the easiest recipes on this list, this idea comes from Dinners, Dishes, And Desserts. The cookies only include four ingredients: Rice Krispies cereal, mini marshmallows, white chocolate, and creamy peanut butter. If someone in your family has a nut allergy, you can substitute Biscoff spread for the peanut butter.