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No time to bake? No problem. Here are 8 easy—and speedy—no-bake cookie recipes for sweet success without turning on your oven. 

Elizabeth Laseter
December 11, 2017

If you’re searching for an easy dessert that’s as delicious as it is effortless, no-bake cookies are your sweet secret weapon. And while freshly-baked cookies are tough to top, an oven demands careful—and constant—attention. When time is short and your energy is best spent on other tasks, no-bake desserts are a perfect shortcut. By utilizing clever techniques, such as freezing, microwaving, and blending, you can make craveworthy cookies without turning on the oven. From peanut butter no-bake cookies to chocolate no-bake cookies, our irresistible recipes are full of nutritious ingredients sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. We've also packed in recipes for dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free and vegan no-bake cookies. Whether it’s a holiday gathering or weekday snack, you’ll find healthy no-bake cookies fit for any occasion.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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These chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies double as a perfect energizing breakfast or quick, bite-sized snack. A powerhouse combo of chia seeds, flax seeds, rolled oats, and creamy peanut butter means big wins for protein and healthy unsaturated fats. You can swap in any nut butter you have on hand, such as almond butter or sunflower seed butter.

Chickpea Cookie Dough

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While chickpea-based cookie dough may sound unconventional, it makes for a super indulgent, protein-packed dessert that will have you scraping the sides of the mixing bowl. Our no-bake recipe blends chickpeas and almond butter into the batter for fiber and protein, then adds honey and dark chocolate chips for a touch of sweetness.

No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars

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If you’re a fan of our Chickpea Cookie Dough recipe, then you’ll love this clever riff. These healthy no-bake bar cookies boast an impressive array of nutrient-dense ingredients, from rolled oats to coconut flakes to almond butter. Even better, these cookies are also dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan (just make sure to use vegan chocolate).

Apple Pie Energy Bites

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View Recipe: Apple Pie Energy Bites

The ultimate healthy no-bake cookies, these apple pie-inspired bites minimize added sugar and calories thanks to a medley of nutritious ingredients. Flax seeds, walnuts, fresh apples, and more make for a flavor-packed, energizing snack that will last in your refrigerator for up to four days.

No-Bake Vegan Brownies

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These decadent, no-bake vegan brownies showcase the natural sweetness of Medjool dates. This guilt-free indulgence also packs healthy fats, protein, and fiber from a nutty trio of almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts. The batter, which is made with finely ground nuts, cocoa powder and peanut butter, is also gluten-free.

Cheesecake Sandwiches

Photo: Hector Sanchez Styling: Caroline Cunningham

View Recipe: Cheesecake Sandwiches

We spin the much-loved cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie into an easy no-bake treat by using store bought wafers. This simple dessert can be assembled in a snap, and it’s sure to turn heads at your next gathering. The jazzed up cream cheese filling, which gets a tangy boost from lemon zest and fresh raspberries, gives an extra dose of elegance to these show-stopping cookies.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops

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View Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops

We pack two types of chocolate —unsweetened cocoa and dark chocolate chips—into these easy no-bake drop cookies for extra decadence. Oats add a pleasing crunch while peanut butter lends creamy goodness. Make these cookies gluten-free by using gluten-free oats (such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats)

Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr; Leigh Ann Ross

View Recipe: No-Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps

A flash in the microwave—just 90 seconds—helps these speedy chocolate no-bake cookies come together in a snap. There’s sweet crunch in every bite, thanks to a swirl of semi-sweet and white chocolate, crisp rice cereal, dried cherries, and slivered almonds. Make these simple but tasty sweets for a festive tea party or casual cookie swap. 

You have the recipes, but do you have the right tools? Set yourself up for sweet success by stocking proper kitchen equipment. Parchment paper, a variety of different-sized sheet pans, and a reliable food processor will guarantee the tastiest no-bake cookies.