15 Easy No-Bake Cookie Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

peanut butter no bake cookies served on a pink plate
Photo: Bryan Gardner

From cluster cookies and cereal bars to oat-peanut butter cookies and all kinds of chocolaty treats, these easy no-bake cookie recipes are sure to brighten your day. They're great for dessert, an after-school snack, or for sharing with friends and neighbors.

Much as we love to bake, we're big fans of no-bake cookies, like the treats in this collection. They're often touted as something to turn to when the weather is hot and you don't want to turn the oven on—but we think there's more to them than that. Most are made with just a handful of ingredients and are quick (you can enjoy these no-bake cookies in as little as 30 minutes!). Others are even faster and simpler to make, but take a few more minutes to set before you can dig in.

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S'mores Bars

smores bars in heart and square shapes
Kana Okada

Here's a kid-friendly campfire-inspired dessert that doesn't require you to make 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.

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Chocolate-Cherry Clusters

chocolate cherry clusters

A spectacular recipe to have in your back pocket, these cluster cookie call for just three ingredients—cornflakes, dried cherries, and melted chocolate—and 15 minutes of prep.

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Coconut-Pecan Cereal Bars


These nutty-sweet no-bake cookie bars could be dessert or after-school treats—or maybe even an indulgent, on-the-go breakfast. They're made with cornflakes, after all!

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No-Bake Chocolate-Almond Oat Bars

Con Poulos

All the good, high-protein elements of an energy bar masquerade as delicious fudge in these no-bake beauties. A single pot on the stove top is all it takes to meld the flavors of honey, almond butter, oats, raisins, and—of course—chocolate. Since the results are so rich, cut them into bars or small bites instead of large squares.

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No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Bars


What makes these bars so good? Is it that there's no oven required? Or the crowd-pleasing combination of chocolate and peanut butter? Maybe it's the peanut butter hearts swirled into the top—try them and find out for yourself.

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No-Bake Cashew Brittle Bars

Brittle bars on blue plate

Crunchy and nutty, these bars are made with toasted oats and cashews. Butter, sugar, cinnamon, corn syrup, and molasses finish them with a caramel note. They only take 10 minutes to make—but you'll need to wait 30 minutes for them to set in the refrigerator.

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Crispy Cereal Treats

full grid of crispy rice cereal treats
Kirsten Francis

Here's a versatile recipe with four variations. All start with a marshmallow base. From there, use mix-ins to take it in a chocolatey, tropical, or fruity direction for a no-bake treat just right for lunchboxes or after school.

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Coconut-Date Bars

Coconut Date Bars

This no-bake cookie recipe produces a three-ingredient treat made with shredded coconut, dates, and toasted walnuts. The bars are vegan and gluten-free, and skip the refined sugars. They also make a delectable, no-mess dessert: All you need is one baking dish to prepare and serve.

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Strawberry Oat Bars

Raw Strawberry Oat Bars

Here's another three-ingredient recipe: Dates, macadamia nuts, and oats make a scrumptious sugar-free base for fresh strawberries in these no-bake bars.

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Honey Nut Cereal Bar

Johnny Miller

Fast and delicious—that's these easy no-bake cookies made with golden Os, almonds, and honey. They're a healthy dessert or even a portable breakfast you'll look forward to.

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Coconut-Chocolate Patties

coconut chocolate patties
Anna Williams

Our fastest no-bake cookie and another three-ingredient wonder. You can put these patties together in just 8 minutes, though you'll need to be patient and allow them to set up before you enjoy one or two.

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Peanut-Butter Granola Balls


Oats, crispy rice cereal, and dried fruit are held together by a mixture of honey and peanut butter in these bites, which are like mini granola bars.

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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

peanut butter no bake cookies served on a pink plate
Bryan Gardner

If you're eager to eat the no-bake cookies you make and are looking for a recipe that doesn't take 30 minutes or so to set before you can enjoy them, try this recipe, which only calls for 5 minutes. That speed isn't this recipe's only selling point—the cookies are protein-packed, thanks to the natural peanut butter, and gluten-free too (the base is oats). They're also really delicious.

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Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats


Here's yet another delectable no-bake cookie made with just a few ingredients in a short amount of time. There's a lot to love about this chocolatey take on the usual puffed rice cereal bars.

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Chocolate-Candy Icebox Bars

Rice Chocolate Icebox Bars

If you're looking for a rich, no-bake treat that's easy to make and comes with a super sweet payoff, this is it. You'll need to stock up on candy, like crisped rice chocolate bars and chocolate wafer bars, to make them, but these confections are well worth a trip to the grocery store.

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