17 Cake and Cookie Recipes That Don't Require a Mixer
Next time you want to bake but there's no stand mixer or hand mixer around, no problem! Give one of these sweet recipes a try.
There are all kind of occasions when you might need or want to bake sans mixer. Whether you're on vacation in a rental, at a friend's place (and they don't have a well-equipped kitchen), just getting starting with baking, or looking for a fuss-free recipe that delivers, these 15 cake and cookie recipes are delicious and don't require a stand or a hand mixer. Old-fashioned kitchen essentials like a wire whisk, rubber spatula, pastry blender, and rolling pin are all the tools you need.
No mixer doesn't mean a less than impressive baked good. The Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie that's pictured here is simpler than making a batch of chocolate chip cookies—you only need a wooden spoon to mix the dough. And Citrus Cornmeal Cake with Wine-Roasted Strawberries has an incredible, aromatic flavor, it tastes as good as its name suggests. To make things even easier for you, we made sure these cakes and cookie recipes were all-around accessible: Spiced Orange Palmiers don't require making batter or dough since they're made with store-bought puff pastry. And our Five-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies are gluten-free. Almond butter brings the recipe together but you could substitute your favorite nut butter.)
Treats like S'mores Bars, Butter Pecan Blondies, and Big-Batch Triple-Chocolate Brownie Bars aren't exactly cookies or a cake, the texture and flavor of these bar cookies falls somewhere in between which means their ripe for inclusion in this collection of ideas. They come together easily with just a few turns of a spatula, and are a great recipes for kids to help out with.
Lamington Thumbprint Cookies
These sunny thumbprint cookies are a riff on the classic Australian Lamingtons: small cubes of sponge cake layered with jam, dipped in chocolate, and coated with coconut flakes. Our bites feature the same jazzy flavor trio, but replace the cake with a soft, chewy dough.
No mixer or food processor is needed to make the dough for these oat shortcakes. A pastry blender, two knives, or your hands will take care of the dough.
A kid-friendly dessert that doesn't require you to pitch a tent, light a fire, or skewer anything. These updated puffed cereal bars incorporate toasted mini marshmallows, broken graham cracker pieces, and chopped chocolate for a casual backyard twist on a classic treat.
Grasshopper Dome Ice Cream Cake
An old-fashioned whisk, pastry brush, and rubber spatula are the only tools needed for this luscious chocolate ice cream cake. A silky chocolate coating seals the deal. While we chose mint chocolate chip ice cream for the center but any flavor of ice cream will be delicious.
Macaroon Sandwich Cookies
Rhubarb Crumb Cake
Spiced Orange Palmiers
A traditional French pastry, palmiers are made with puff pastry and can be a sweet or savory treat. Here, store-bought puff pastry gets sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest. There's hardly any prep work, no fancy equipment needed, and the end result is these crisp, buttery cookies.
Five-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies
Citrus Cornmeal Cake With Wine-Roasted Strawberries
Extra-virgin olive oil is a healthy substitute for butter or other vegetable oils in this cake and it also adds incredible moistness. And those wine-roasted strawberries? They're just as luxurious as they sound. They take on an intense flavor when cooked with orange and lemon juice and zest, plus maple syrup, white or rosé wine, and star anise.
This wonderfully warm spicy loaf cake get its rich aroma and flavor from a mix of dried fruits, hot black tea, and ras el hanout, a traditional Moroccan spice blend. The batter can be made in one bowl and only requires a wooden spoon or spatula to gently incorporate the ingredients together, resulting in one moist cake.
Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake
A bit of prep work but no mixing is required for this colorful ice cream cake. You'll need to make vanilla ice cream from scratch. It's layered with other ice cream in the rainbow of flavors. Once you slice in, you'll know it was worth the effort.
Big-Batch Triple-Chocolate Brownie Bars
A great make-ahead dessert for bake sales, parties, or an after-school or work treat. This recipe will give your arms a workout when you mix the batter for the white and bittersweet chocolate bar cookies, but it's worth it as it yields 54 fudgy fruit-and-nut packed bars.
Lemony Brown-Butter Crinkle Cookies
Snickerdoodle Crumb Bars
When snickerdoodles and coffee cake combine forces in these super moist bars, the sweet spicy flavor is out of this world. A crumbly, buttery cinnamon streusel gets layered in the middle of the bars, then sprinkled on top of the batter along with a cinnamon-sugar blend.