25 Festive No-Bake Christmas Cookies You Can Make in Just Minutes

These treats come together in a flash—no oven required!

dark chocolate cracker candy
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Jacob Fox

You'll love these holiday-ready no-bake cookie recipes, including peanut butter sandwich cookies, chocolate haystacks, and candy-topped crispy treats. Each of these easy Christmas cookie recipes requires just a little time and zero oven space. Many can be made ahead, freeing up your time for holiday cheer!

01 of 25

Chocolate-Coated Mint Cookies

Chocolate-Coated Mint Cookies

Your favorite filled cookie has a festive 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.

02 of 25

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
Karla Conrad

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.

03 of 25

Dulce de Leche Pretzel Bites

pretzel bites with dulce de leche glaze
Karla Conrad

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.

04 of 25

Copycat Musketeer Bars

Copycat Musketeer Bars
Andy Lyons

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

05 of 25

No-Bake Truffle Treats

No-Bake Truffle Treats
Blaine Moats

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.

06 of 25

Grumpy Grinchy Marshmallow Treats

Grumpy Grinchy Marshmallow Treats
Blaine Moats

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.

07 of 25

Chocolate-Raspberry Bites

raspberry-filled chocolate bites
Kritsada Panichgul

This thin no-bake cookie recipe starts with purchased chocolate wafer cookies, jam, and 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.

08 of 25

Pistachio Bars

pistachio bars
Blaine Moats

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.

09 of 25

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites
Andy Lyons

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

chocolate-covered cherry dips with sprinkles
Jason Donnelly

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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Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels
Jason Donnelly

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

Gingersnap Logs
Blaine Moats

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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Cracker Candy

Christmas Caramel Cracker Candy

Jacob Fox

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 and chocolate. Toasted nuts make a crunchy topper.

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No-Bake Butterscotch Bars

No-Bake Butterscotch Bars
Kritsada Panichgul

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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Cinnamon-Walnut Cracker Bars

Cinnamon-Walnut Cracker Bars
Carson Downing

A simple saucepan filling of butter, sugar, and walnuts 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

vanilla-cranberry cereal drops on tray
Peter Krumhardt

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

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 Butter Fruit Bites

Walnut Butter Fruit Bites
Blaine Moats

Got 20 minutes? You can have these bites ready before dinner's done. Mix together dried dates, apricots, walnuts, and cashew butter to create delicious, chewy squares.

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

19 of 25

White Chocolate-Cranberry Crispy Treats

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

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

no-bake pretzel and butterscotch bars
Peter Krumhardt

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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Peanut Butter Balls

overhead view of peanut butter balls
Andy Lyons

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 Christmas candy recipes, and many readers add crispy rice cereal for crunch—yum!

23 of 25

Frozen Coco-Coffee Bites

Frozen Coco-Coffee Bites

Better than peanut butter cups, these easy no-bake Christmas cookies feature coconut, espresso-spiked cream cheese, and toasty graham cracker crumbs. Freeze them up to a month before your holiday party.

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No-Bake Cake Batter Puppy Chow Bars

overhead view of Cake Batter Puppy Chow Bars dusted in powdered sugar
Jason Donnelly

Each bite of these chewy cereal bars is loaded with sprinkles and vanilla flavor. Make the bars up to three days before you plan to enjoy them. Just before serving, cut them into squares and sprinkle on plenty of powdered sugar.

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Dark Chocolate Cracker Candy

dark chocolate cracker candy

Jacob Fox

Classic "Christmas crack" is topped with milk chocolate and caramel. Here we've swapped in dark chocolate, pepitas, dried apricots, and toffee bits. The results are a not-too-sweet no-bake Christmas cookie recipe that adults and kids will love.

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