As satisfying as it is to bite into a perfectly sweet, delectable gooey cookie, the process it takes to bake one can often feel way too labor-intensive. For those days that you want the reward without much effort, the no-bake cookie recipe is just the thing. Not only are these super simple to make, but their chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut flavors may convince you that a cookie no longer needs an oven to be satisfying.
Your no-bake cookies will be a gooey mess if you don't heat your sugar mixture long enough, which prevents it from being sufficiently viscous to hold the cookies together nicely.
Imagine how many more you can eat with this extra time. Read on for 18 quick and easy no-bake cookie recipes to try at home.
Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
The Fixings: Nine simple ingredients form this recipe from the Minimalist Baker, and include the irresistible likes of maple syrup, coconut oil, sea salt, vegan dark chocolate, and natural peanut butter. Everything comes together in about 20 minutes and can keep for up to five days.
Helpful Tip: "To keep this recipe naturally sweetened, simply use bittersweet or naturally sweetened dark chocolate," recipe creator Dana says.
Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars
The Fixings: Dates are the key ingredient behind this Half Baked Harvest recipe, which sweetens these cookie bars and binds its other inclusions—like old-fashioned oats, plain quinoa, and dark chocolate—together. Don't forget to top it all with sea salt, too.
Helpful Tip: "Roasted cashews are kind of my secret ingredient," recipe creator Tieghan says. "They do have to be roasted, though, so no swapping there. Their flavor is awesome, and they grind up to a smooth paste perfectly."
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
The Fixings: Coconut milk, coconut sugar, and coconut oil are mixed in with the lead ingredients in this recipe from Food Faith Fitness, which makes the taste of one bite transport you to an island getaway. But frankly, the fact that you can get in and out of the kitchen with these in about a half-hour is equally transformative, too.
Helpful Tip: "Do not boil your sugar and milk combination for too long," Taylor of Food Faith Fitness says. "This will cause your cookies to not have the sticky quality necessary for, you know, holding together. You want it thick, but still fluid, kind of like honey."
The Fixings: If you're the type of person who waits all year to purchase mint cookies from the Girl Scouts, it's probably time to learn how to make your own so you can eat them whenever the craving strikes. This no-bake option from The Spruce Eats features Andes candies, peppermint extract, and chocolate chips, as well as some help from a microwave.
Helpful Tip: "Feel free to use whatever type of chocolate wafer cookies you prefer," Linda of The Spruce Eats says. "Note that there are wafers out there that have a chocolate-mint flavor to them. That's what we used, and boy were they a spectacular treat!"
Almond Snowball Cookies
The Fixings: Joyful Healthy Eats shares their quick and healthy spin on classic snowball cookies that can be made in just ten minutes. The added almond flavor, shredded coconut, and chocolate drizzle on top really takes it up a notch.
Helpful Tip: Krista advises, "Store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator so they keep their form. These snowball cookies should last about a week if stored properly."
Dark Chocolate Tahini Cookies
The Fixings: This recipe from A Couple Cooks looks like you worked really hard in the kitchen, but really, it took no more than 30 minutes to put them together. Tahini, coconut oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon are just a few of the decadent ingredients in these cookies, which are formed in cupcake liners and frozen for 20 minutes.
Helpful Tip: "Because of the coconut oil, the tahini no-bake cookies are not shelf-stable, so store them in the refrigerator or freezer," recipe creator Sonja says.
Chocolate Almond Cookies
The Fixings: These treats from Sugar & Cloth are perfect for when you're craving chocolate, but still want to sneak in a little nutrition. Packed with naturally-sweetened maple, coconut oil, and a generous handful of shredded coconut and chopped almonds, this is the perfect healthy-decadent compromise.
Helpful Tip: "If the nut butter is too runny, you may need to add more oats," shares Ashley Rose.
Pumpkin Cream Chocolate Cookies
The Fixings: We think that pumpkin-flavored cookies are so good you shouldn't have to wait until fall to eat them. And this recipe from My Food and Happiness pairs it with dark chocolate, maple syrup, dates, and cashews. Use a food processor to make them even quicker.
Helpful Tip: "If you wish, you can create some additional decorations on top with some melted dark or white chocolate and an icing bag," Monika, the recipe creator, says.
Almond Joy Bars
The Fixings: Believe it or not, it is possible to enjoy a devilishly sweet treat that is both dairy and gluten-free. This vegan recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats proves it. Almonds, chocolate, and coconut are always a winning combo, and this recipe using almond butter, almond flour, dark chocolate, and a dash of cinnamon gets it just right.
Helpful Tip: "Now, if you want them at their 'prime.' I like to let them harden up a bit by placing them in the refrigerator. This allows the coconut oil and chocolate to set instead of melting in your hand, so you get the full 'bar effect,' Krista shares.
Chocolate, Cherry, and Chia Seed Cookie Bars
The Fixings: While this recipe appears on Foodie Crush, it actually hails from Alanna Taylor-Tobin of the food blog The Bojon Gourmet. Thanks to room temperature almond butter, fine sea salt, rolled oats, and the flavors that give the bars its name, this is a treat you can eat at any time of day.
Helpful Tip: "Flaky sea salt brings out the flavor of the chocolate even more, but be careful how heavy-handed you go; they can get too salty with too much of a sprinkle," Heidi says.
Chocolate Covered Cashew Bars
The Fixings: Half Baked Harvest shares a simple, delectable recipe for chocolate covered cashew bars. With only five healthy ingredients that include dates, cashews, vanilla, and tahini smothered in dark chocolate, you can feel good about your new addiction.
Helpful Tip: Tieghan Gerard shares, "These will last 1-2 weeks when kept in the fridge and they are SO prefect for planning your snacks/desserts ahead of time."
Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons
The Fixings: Shredded coconut, melted caramels, and salted butter combine in this easy recipe from Life, Love, and Sugar, which can make two dozen macaroons when you're finished. The dipped-chocolate bottoms may be our favorite part since it balances out the sprinkle of sea salt on the top.
Helpful Tip: "I used almond bark since it melts so nice and smooth, but there are several melting chocolate options at most stores," Lindsay of Life, Love, and Sugar says.
Berry Cashew Cream Bars
The Fixings: These dreamy vegan berry cashew cream bars created by Food Faith Fitness are perfect for a party or having guests over, because they look as pretty as they do impressive. No one would ever guess you simply threw it in a blender and spread it in a pan. Charming pastel layers of fruit collide with a crisp date/nut crust for a cold, satisfying sweet treat.
Helpful Tip: "Do not make the fruit layers in advance as the pectin in the fruit causes the cashew to gel-ify if you do this. Make them just as you're ready to spread them," advises Taylor.
Carrot Cake Bars with Lemon Icing
The Fixings: Stephanie Rome of Hello Glow describes these as "simple, clean and sweet-tooth-satisfying". Sounds like a dream. This raw, plant-based version of carrot cake will give you your icing fix without the sugar crash. Whip up cashews to make rich, creamy lemon icing in place of cream cheese frosting. We promise these won't last long in your fridge.
Helpful Tip: Rome states, "To make the mixture into cupcakes, grease a cupcake pan with coconut oil or use cupcake papers. Shape the mixture into balls and press them into cupcake tray. Refrigerate for 2 hours."
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies
The Fixings: If you have 15 minutes to spare in your schedule, then you have enough time to make this recipe from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod. Pretzels, unsweetened cocoa, old-fashioned oats, and peanut butter combine to make a salty-sweet cookie that is too good to resist.
Helpful Tip: "I especially love these no-bake cookies because the pretzels go so well with the chocolate, peanut butter, and oats," Maria says. "I also add sea salt to the recipe and sprinkle a little sea salt on top."
Vegan Cookie Dough Energy Balls
The Fixings: Get ready for a tasty burst of energy! If you haven't been introduced to energy balls, they're the perfect grab and go snack for a quick energy boost and are also kid-friendly for families. For this vegan version from Joyful Healthy Eats, all you need is ten minutes and some chickpeas, peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, chia seeds, vanilla protein powder, and chocolate chips.
Helpful Tip: Krista suggests, "If some of the (chickpea) skins start to come off, peel them off and discard. This will help the cookie dough not be as gritty."
Coconut and Turmeric Cookies
The Fixings: Food Faith Fitness also whipped up this inventive recipe in about 10 minutes, and it has a bunch of healthy ingredients—like ground turmeric, coconut oil, and almond butter—to justify eating all 10 cookies in one sitting. Dairy-free chocolate chips add just enough sweetness to every bite, too.
Helpful Tip: "Once the mixture is firm, tightly pack the coconut flakes into a cookie scoop and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet," Taylor says. "Refrigerate for at least one hour or until firm."
Chai-Spiced Raw Macaroons
The Fixings: Sure to be a hit, these homemade chai spiced raw macaroons from Hello Glow are a cinch to make. Bonus: unsweetened dried coconut flakes, coconut oil, and almond flour make them gluten-free and full of healthy fats. To kick it up a notch, dip them in dark chocolate and sprinkle a little sea salt on top.
Helpful Tip: Stephanie Rome says, "I added a homemade chai spice blend made from ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and cardamom. You can use a commercial blend of spices if you prefer. The spices bring a warmth to the flavor."