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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    Chocolate-Coated Mint Cookies

    Your favorite filled cookie has a new look. Dunk mint-stuffed chocolate cookie sandwiches in melted chocolate for double the goodness. Red and green sprinkles keep these chocolate no-bake cookies festive.

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    Safe-to-Eat Monster Cookie Dough

    Calling all bakers who sneak bites of raw cookie dough! This no-bake chocolate and peanut butter dessert is made with oat flour and no eggs so you can eat it safely straight from a spoon.

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    Cookie Butter Truffles

    Loads of cookie flavor is hiding inside this no-bake chocolate dessert. The filling is made with cookie butter: a store-bought blend of cookie crumbs and a few other desserty ingredients. A stove and a freezer are the only two appliances needed to make and share these elegant-looking truffles.

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    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 all hearts you share these no-bake Christmas cookies will melt!

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

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

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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 for easy no-bake cookies that will fly off the dessert table quicker than the toy of the year flies off store shelves.

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    Copycat Musketeer Bars

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

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    No-Bake Truffle Treats

    These no-bake Christmas desserts are perfect for families of picky eaters. Our recipe includes four flavor variations so you can each snack to your heart's content: almond-cherry, pecan shortbread, peanut, and chocolate.

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    Grumpy Grinchy Marshmallow Treats

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

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    Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip

    For a healthy no-bake cookie swap, try this chocolate chip cookie-inspired dip. No one will ever guess this crowd-pleasing treat is made with blended white beans and dates!

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    Chocolate-Raspberry Bites

    This thin no-bake cookie recipe starts with purchased chocolate wafer cookies, jam, and a frosting made with melted chocolate chips. The ruby-red hue of the jam is perfectly fitting for the holiday. Top with green or gold sprinkles for even more festivity.

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    Pumpkin Spice Cups

    Break out your muffin tin, but keep the oven off. This recipe for no-bake cookies calls 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.

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    No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites

    Every bite is bliss when it comes to these chilled no-bake peanut butter cookies. Sticky-sweet honey helps hold this dessert together, while flaky coconut provides a snowy sprinkle. Since these energy balls feature nut butter, oats, and dried fruit, we consider them nutritious enough to eat at snack time, too.

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    Chocolate-Cherry Dips

    These chocolate no-bake cookies hold a sweet surprise: maraschino cherries! Blend the rosy-red fruit with lush cream cheese, then smear between two vanilla wafers. Ask the little ones to help decorate before the chocolate coating hardens.

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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 "snow" or gold sprinkle "tree lights" for the finishing touch.

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    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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    Gingersnap Logs

    These pretty sprinkled logs have all the flavor of traditional gingersnaps (understandably, since they're made from crushed ginger cookies) but none of the bake time. Form 'em, dunk 'em, and pop these too-easy no-bake cookies in your freezer for up to three months. They thaw beautifully when it's holiday-party go time.

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    Easy Caramel-Cracker Candy

    This no-bake Christmas dessert is so simple, 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

    No-bake peanut butter 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 these marshmallow cereal treats holiday-festive.

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    No-Bake Butterscotch Bars

    Dessert bars don't get any better than this. Indulge in lush layers of chocolate frosting and smooth butterscotch pudding on a scotcheroo-like base. Try this no-bake Christmas dessert recipe for a potluck or large party—one batch makes 64 servings!

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    Holiday Chocolate Bonbon Pops

    Cake pops are so last Christmas. This season, try something better: cookie pops! These chocolate no-bake cookies call for crushed sandwich cookies, orange liqueur, and a quick dip in melted chocolate, powdered sugar glaze, or any of your favorite cookie toppings.

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    Graham Cracker Bars

    A simple saucepan filling of butter, sugar, and pecans gets sandwiched between purchased graham crackers for a scrumptious no-bake Christmas dessert. Don't forget a drizzle of powdered sugar icing for a snowfall-inspired finish.

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    Cranberry-Vanilla Cereal Drops

    Think outside the (cereal) box! Cranberry-vanilla crunch cereal isn't just for your bowl—it's the featured ingredient in these no-bake Christmas desserts. Vanilla-coated marshmallows add soft sweetness, while macadamia nuts provide crunch.

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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. Serve with a glass of milk or espresso to balance out the decadence.

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    Walnut-Apricot Baklava Bites

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

    Tip: No-bake cookies provide a safe kitchen experience for beginning bakers. Invite the kids to join in the fun!

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    White Chocolate-Cranberry Crispy Treats

    Your favorite crispy treats get a makeover in this kid-friendly no-bake option. Ground nutmeg, dried cranberries, and toasted chopped pecans make them sophisticated enough for adults to crave as well.

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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. Grab a bottle of bubbly to share and everyone will be convinced you've been planning for the event all week!

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    No-Bake Butterscotch-Pretzel Bars

    Salty peanuts plus complementary butterscotch make these bars a tasty no-bake cookie recipe option. Sprinkle crushed pretzels and peanuts on top to hint at the flavors hiding below.

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    No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

    While not technically a cookie, these no-bake goodies 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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    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.

    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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    Macadamia Clusters

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

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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 Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    These festive holiday bar cookie recipes -- including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies -- make delicious gifts and party desserts. With make-ahead options, store-bought shortcuts, and mix-and-match topping ideas, the hardest part of your holiday dessert prep will be choosing which of these marvelous and merry bar cookies to try first.
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