Exciting No Bake Cookie Recipes

Rum Balls, Chocolate Truffles, Peanut Butter Balls … Your favorite no bake cookie recipes are here!

You love cookies, but the last thing you want to do is turing on the oven. Prepare one of these easy no bake cookie recipes, and your dilemma is solved.

These recipes are flourless, but are not necessarily gluten free because one of the ingredients may be cookie or cracker crumbs that are made with wheat flour.

Take a peek at the following no bake recipes to see what I mean.

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Among my collection of no bake cookie recipes is one that is perfect for your youngsters to prepare. Idea for this recipe comes from One Smart Cookie by Julie Van Rosendaal.

Chocolate wafer crumbs 2 cups
Chocolate chips, finely chopped ¼ cup
Chocolate syrup ½ cup
Hershey’s or NesQuik
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

  • Roll the mixture into 1″ balls.

  • Coat these truffles with either cocoa powder or confectioners’ sugar.

  • Store truffles in air tight containers at room temperature.

Your youngsters can make about 2 dozen truffles from this no bake cookie recipe, and have tons of fun at the same time.

White Chocolate Truffles

While your kids are preparing their no bake cookies, you might as well gather ingredients for your own. From the same source, this is one of many delectable yet simple no bake cookie recipes that may please your sophisticated taste buds.

Chopped white chocolate ¼ cup
Softened cream cheese 4 oz
Confectioners’ sugar ½ cup
Extra confectioners’ sugar for rolling
  • Microwave chopped white chocolate for about 1 minute and set aside to cool. Do stir the chocolate to assure that it is completely melted.

  • Beat cream cheese until smooth using an electric mixer.

  • Add melted chocolate and blend thoroughly.

  • Gently mix in confectioners’ sugar.

  • Shape dough into 1″ balls and coat them with extra confectioners’ sugar.

  • Place truffles in a covered container and refrigerated.

You can make about 2 dozen truffles from this no bake cookie recipe.

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Drops

Of all the no bake cookie recipes in The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion – The Essential Cookie Cookbook, this one is a no bake version of our classic chocolate-oatmeal cookies.

Rolled oats 3 cups
Chocolate chips 1 cup
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Granulated sugar ½ cups
Salt 1 tsp
Milk ½ cup
Unsalted butter ½ cup or 1 stick
  • Combine oats, chocolate chips, and vanilla.

  • Boil milk, butter, sugar, and salt until the bubbles make snapping sound. Please be careful when boiling milk because it can quickly flow over the top of your saucepan.

  • Carefully pour this hot milk mixture over the oats and chocolate chips ensemble, and combine them well.

  • Using a tablespoon, deposit small portions of this mixture on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

  • Let these cookies cool at room temperature before refrigerating.

This no bake cookie recipe yields about 30 cookies.

Chocolate Raisin Rum Balls

ingredients for no bake rumballs

I would be remiss not to share with you one of my favorite no bake cookie recipes for rum balls. Since the quality of these no bake cookies depends on that of the liqueur, I make sure that I use high quality dark rum. And whenever available, I use my homemade butter cookie crumbs instead of Graham crackers.

Graham cracker crumbs or
Homemade butter cookie crumbs 3 cups
Cocoa powder ¼ cup
Raisins ½ cup
Dark rum ½ cup
Any flavor jam ½ cup
(preferably grape or apricot)
Vanilla extract 1 tsp

To start, I combine either butter cookie or cracker crumbs with cocoa powder and raisins. Then, I add jam, rum, and vanilla extract and combine until evenly moistened.

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rum balls

I shape this mixture into 1-inch balls and coat them with confectioners’ sugar. They actually taste better with a little aging and refrigeration.

Oatmeal Fruit Squares

My dear friend, Suzy, was ecstatic when she discovered this no bake, low fat cookie recipe in The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion book. It practically solved two problems for her.

Living in a tiny apartment with limited kitchen facilities, baking was not a priority for her even though she loves freshly baked homemade cookies. Besides, she had to be very restricted with her fat intake.

These cookies are soft and chewy. Suzy dropped cookie mixture by tablespoonfuls onto greased parchment or waxed paper. I, on the other hand, prefer to spread it in a nonstick or greased 8″ x 8″ baking pan or dish. After it is cool, I cut it into 2″ squares.

Unsalted butter 3 Tbsp
Brown sugar ½ cup
Frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed ½ cup
Cinnamon 1tsp
Nutmeg ¼ tsp
Salt ½ tsp
Rolled oats 2 cups
Non fat dry milk 1¼ cups
Dried apples, cranberries, raisins 1½ cups
or any combination
  • In a saucepan over low heat, combine butter, brown sugar, apple juice concentrate, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and bring to a boil. Stir to make sure that the sugar dissolves.

  • Pour over oats and stir to combine.

  • Mix in dry milk and fruit combo.

  • Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment or waxed paper. Press to flatten slightly if desired.

  • Alternatively, you can press cookie mixture into a greased 8″ x 8″ baking pan or dish. Then cut it into 2 inch squares after it is cool.

This no bake, low fat cookie recipe makes about 2 dozen delicious cookies or squares.

No Bake Apricot-Banana Square 1

This no bake cookie recipe produces delicious treats loaded with fiber, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene.

Bury banana skins in the soil near your raspberry bushes, and you will also have red, delicious berries.

Honey 1 Tbsp
Water 2/3 cup
Fresh lemon juice 2 Tbsps
Bananas, coarsely chopped 2¼ cups
Dried apricots, coarsely chopped 2¼ cups
Butter, cut into small cubes 1/3 cup
Light brown sugar, ½ cup
firmly packed
Corn flakes 1¼ cups

  • Spray an 8-inch baking pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

  • Combine lemon juice, honey, water, dried apricots, bananas in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.

  • Simmer over low heat for 25 – 30 minutes or until the fruits are softened.

  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  • Melt butter with brown sugar in another saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves completely.

  • Mix in corn flakes.

  • Firmly press half of this corn flake mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth and even it out.

  • Spoon the apricot-banana mixture over it, and cover with the remaining corn flake mixture.

  • Cool completely before cutting into squares.

This no bake cookie recipe yields about 20 squares of 2″ x 2″. Store them in airtight containers for up to 5 days if you are successful at keeping them that long. 🙂

Coffee-Walnut Wedges 1

You can also use pecans in place of walnuts to prepare this no bake cookie recipe. Both of these nuts are excellent sources of vitamin E and B-complex. These vitamins are beneficial, antistress factors.

Granulated sugar 1 Tbsp
Butter, cut into small pieces 1/3 cup
Graham cracker crumbs 1¾ cups
or brown-edge cookie crumbs
Walnuts, coarsely chopped 1 cup
Coffee granules, freeze-dried 1 Tbsp
Dissolved in 1 Tbsp of hot water
Plain yogurt 2 Tbsps
  • Set out an 8-inch spring form pan.

  • Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over low heat until all the sugar has dissolved completely.

  • Remove from heat and mix in Graham cracker or cookie crumbs, walnuts, coffee, and yogurt.

  • Press the mixture firmly into the prepared pan to form a smooth and even layer.

  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.

  • Loosen and remove the pan sides and cut into wedges.

This no bake recipe makes about 16 coffee-walnut wedges. Keep them refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Mint Liqueur Balls 1

These no bake liqueur balls are potent and for adults only. They are contagiously delicious, especially when you use high quality liqueur.

Vanilla wafer crumbs 1 cup
Walnuts, finely chopped ¾ cup
Confectioners’ sugar ¾ cup
Light corn syrup 1 Tbsp
Green-color mint liqueur 1/2 cup
  • Mix wafer crumbs, walnuts, ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, and mint liqueur together to form a stiff dough.

  • Roll dough into balls the size of walnuts, and coat with the remaining confectioners’ sugar.

This no bake cookie recipe makes about 25 mint liqueur balls. Store them in airtight container for up to 5 days.

Puffy Rice Date Cookies 3

When I first looked at the ingredients for puffy rice date cookies, I was skeptical. A gluten-free and no bake cookie recipe that includes eggs somehow did not seem doable. I suspected that the eggs would be cooked before anything else happened. My curiosity, however, urged me to prepare these cookies any way.

It turned out that the key was to constantly stirring the mixture of egg, sugar, chopped dates, and vanilla extract in a saucepan on the stove top to prevent the egg from curdling. Chopped walnuts and crispy rice cereal add a pleasing, contrasting texture to the final product.

ingredients for no bake puffy rice date cookies

Puffed rice cereal 1 cup
Chopped walnuts or pecans ½ cup
Chopped dates ½ cup
Egg 1 large
Sugar ¼ cup
A pinch of salt
Vanilla extract ¾ tsp
Confectioner’s sugar or cocoa powder for dusting
  • Combine rice cereal and chopped nuts in a bowl and set aside.

    Mixture of gluten free puffy rice date

  • Stir together chopped dates, egg, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract in a small skillet over medium heat. Constantly stirring the mixture for about 3 minutes or until it turns into a sticky paste.

  • Remove from heat and immediately add rice cereal-nut mixture to it. Combine well.

    no bake and gluten free puffy rice date cookies
  • Dip hands in cold water and roll this mixture into approximately 1-inch balls.

  • Generously and evenly sift either confectioners’ sugar or cocoa powder over these cookies before serving. Alternatively, roll them in coconut flake or chopped nuts. This recipe yields about 15 cookies.

Other Easy Cookie Recipes

1 Idea for this no bake cookie recipe is from The All-American Cookie Book by Nancy Baggett

2 Ideas for these no bake cookie recipes are from Cookies – 1001 Mouthwatering Recipes From Around the World published by Reader’s Digest

3Adapted from Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free, Reduced-Calorie Cookbook written by Connie Sarros. McGraw-Hill Publishing. 2004