No-Bake Cookie Recipes for Christmas

You'll love these holiday-ready no-bake cookie recipes, including peanut butter sandwich cookies, chocolate haystacks, and candy-topped crispy treats. These no-bake cookies come together in a flash -- no oven required!


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    • Our Best No-Bake Cookie Recipes

      Browse our collection of easy, no-oven-needed cookies to finish off your Christmas platter.

    • Chocolate-Raspberry Bites

      These thin cookies are assembled from purchased chocolate wafer cookies, jam, and a frosting made with melted chocolate chips. They'll be a hit at your next holiday get-together.

    • Grumpy Grinchy Marshmallow Treats

      These easy no-bake marshmallow treats would make even the Grinch enjoy Christmas. Make and freeze this no-bake dessert up to three months before Christmas, and don't forget to add an extra-big heart to these monster-size treats.

    • Copycat Musketeer Bars

      These no-bake marshmallow-chocolate bars can be frozen for a month before the holidays. Our homemade version of your favorite musketeer bar is the Christmas cookie that everyone will make a new holiday tradition. 

    • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

      These no-bake truffles are so decadent, no one will guess there's only 30 minutes of prep! Bring these to your next holiday gathering for a dessert that wows.

    • Peanut Snowmen

      How quick and fun! Make snowmen treats by decorating purchased sandwich cookies with icing and candies.

    • Chocolate-Coated Mint Cookies

      Your favorite filled cookie has a new look. Dunk mint-filled chocolate cookie sandwiches in melted chocolate for double the goodness. Red and green jimmies keep things festive.

    • Seriously Adorable Melting Snowmen

      We just bumped the cuteness factor to 10. Start with store-bought chocolate cookies, then decorate your way to these sweet-faced, drippy dudes. Grab some candy coating and sprinkles, and see how it's done.

    • Chocolaty Peanut Butter Pretzels

      Peanut butter, chocolate, and pretzels -- three items never missing from our pantry! Combine them in these sweet-and-salty marvels for treats that blow store-bought peanut butter sandwich cookies out of the water.

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      Malted Milk Crispy Treats

      Need a quick no-bake treat for the neighbors? (Or a kiddo's teacher or the mail carrier.) Add a little joy to anybody's world by handing them a plate of these candy-sprinkled treats. And if you cut them in festive shapes with cookie cutters, so much the merrier!

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      Cherry-Pistachio Stacks

      Turn your morning bowl of cornflakes into cheery Christmas cookies featuring salty pistachios and sweet dried cherries. A snowy blend of melted white chocolate and vanilla candy keeps the stacks together.

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      Gingersnap Logs

      These pretty sprinkled logs have all the flavor of traditional gingersnaps (understandably, since they're made from the crushed gingery cookies) but none of the bake time. Form 'em, dunk 'em, and pop these too-easy treats in your freezer for up to three months; they thaw beautifully when it's holiday-party go time.

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      Macadamia Clusters

      Peanut clusters are so been-there-done-that. This year, make goodies with something more enticing: macadamia nuts. These revamped treats feature two hits of chocolate and sweet dried apricots.

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      Dulce de Leche Pretzel Bites

      Silky dulce de leche and sweet brown sugar band together to create the creamiest cookie filling ever. Shape the golden dough between chocolate-covered pretzels, then dunk each heavenly bite in vanilla coating.

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      Pumpkin Spice Cups

      Break out your muffin tin, but keep the oven off. These no-bake cookies call for a quick gingersnap base and easy vanilla-pumpkin filling. The pecan-topped treats set best when cooled in a tin.

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      Pistachio Bars

      Want a cookie guests will go nuts about? These sea green bars feature three times the pistachio goodness: first in the graham cracker base, second in the pudding, and third as the topper.

      Perfect Dishes for Potlucks and Parties
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      No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites

      Every bite is bliss when it comes to chilled peanut butter cookies. Sticky-sweet honey helps hold the goodies together, while flaky coconut provides a snowy sprinkle.

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      Chocolate-Glazed Cereal Bars

      What lies beneath these pretty frosting-piped trees? Scotcheroos! Bring the family together with a plate of these classic peanut butter treats, or send them along with guests as a thoughtful holiday food gift.

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      Chocolate-Cherry Dips

      These chocolate-dipped bites hold a sweet surprise: maraschino cherries! Blend the rosy-red fruit with lush cream cheese, then smear between two vanilla wafers for a cookie you can't resist.

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      Chocolate-Caramel Clusters

      Sea salt and caramel do it again in these trendy chocolate clusters made with melty white and dark chocolates. Drizzle any leftover chocolate over the top for gorgeous gourmet appeal.

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      German Chocolate Crunch Bars

      Who knew cereal could look so cute? A box of crispies, marshmallows, and chocolate come together to mimic iconic German chocolate cake. Sprinkle on some coconut for the finishing touch.

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      No-Bake Caramel Popcorn Drops

      Christmas without caramel popcorn? Yeah, right! Use the holiday-party essential to create these one-of-a-kind cookies featuring salty pretzels, mixed nuts, and raisins.

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      Easy Caramel-Cracker Candy

      This recipe is so easy, even the kiddos can help! Line a cookie sheet with chocolate graham crackers, then pour on warm layers of caramel, cream, and chocolate. Toasted hazelnuts make a crunchy topper.

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      Candy-Crunch Peanut Butter Bars

      Peanut butter no-bake cookies are standouts at any holiday gathering, and best of all, they require minimal effort. Use premade peanut butter sandwich cookies to create this creamy, crunchy treat in just 30 minutes.

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      Caramel Apple Bars

      Let the caramel apple flavors of fall linger a little longer with a batch of caramel-draped apple crispy bars. A swirl of cinnamon keeps them holiday-festive.

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      No-Bake Butterscotch Bars

      Bars don't get any better than this. Indulge in lush layers of chocolate frosting and smooth butterscotch pudding on a scotcheroo-like base.

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      Holiday Chocolate Bonbon Pops

      Cake pops are so last Christmas. This season, try something better: cookie pops! This no-bake recipe calls for crushed sandwich cookies, orange liqueur, and a quick dip in your favorite toppings.

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      Cranberry-Vanilla Cereal Drops

      Think outside the (cereal) box! Break out a box of cranberry-vanilla crunch cereal to make your next batch of Christmas cookies. Vanilla-coated marshmallows add soft sweetness, while macadamia nuts provide crunch.

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      Chocolate, Coconut, and Almond Bars

      Gooey marshmallows, bold coconut, and sweet chocolate mix with cereal to create chocolate no-bake cookies perfect for a fast, filling treat.

      No-Bake Cookies Tip: For smooth, fudge-free sides to your bars, hold a thin-blade knife under hot running water; wipe the blade dry and cut the bars. Repeat as necessary.

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      Mocha Chewies

      A treat with a boost? This recipe for no-bake cookies is infused with coffee for rich flavor. Top with chocolate-covered espresso beans for extra kick.

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      Graham Cracker Bars

      A simple saucepan filling of butter, sugar, and pecans gets sandwiched between purchased graham cracker for a scrumptious no-bake treat.

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      Fruit and Nut Chocolate Sticks

      As easy to eat as they are to make, these festive treats are a cinch. Just spread peanut butter on dark chocolate sticks, then roll in dried fruit and nuts.

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      White Chocolate-Cranberry Crispy Treats

      Your favorite crispy treats go sophisticated in this no-bake cookie. Ground nutmeg, dried cranberries, and toasted chopped pecans add top-notch flavor.

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      Prize Caramel Apple Bars

      Apple-cinnamon toasted cereal and dried apple bits provide a no-bake way to enjoy apples this holiday. You'll love the crunch these six-ingredient cookies offer.

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      Walnut-Apricot Baklava Bites

      Got 10 minutes? You can have these no-bake tarts ready before dinner's done. Stuff store-bought shells with a mouthwatering blend of honey-drizzled apricots and nuts.

      No-Bake Cookies Tip: No-bake cookies provide a safe kitchen experience for beginning bakers. Invite little ones to join in!

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      Yummy No-Bake Bars

      Topped with a creamy layer of chocolate, these fuss-free peanut butter bars are the ideal take-along for a last-minute cookie exchange.

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      No-Bake Butterscotch-Pretzel Bars

      Salty peanuts plus complementary butterscotch make these bars a tasty no-bake cookie option.

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      No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

      While not technically a cookie, these no-bake balls make a tasty addition to your Christmas cookie platter. It's one of our top-rated recipes, and many readers add crispy rice cereal for crunch -- yum!

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      Easy Mallow Cookies

      Need a recipe for cookie success? It's as simple as this: Combine marshmallow creme with chopped maraschino cherries, then fill store-bought vanilla wafers with the sweet, fruity mix. A half-dunk in melted candy coating doesn't hurt, either!

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      Frozen Coco-Coffee Bites

      Better than peanut butter cups, these frozen cookie bites feature coconut, espresso-spiked cream cheese, and toasty graham cracker crumbs. Freeze them up to a month before your holiday party.

    • Next Slideshow Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

      Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

      These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by baking early and freezing Christmas cookies. Each Santa-special treat freezes for up to three months.
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