22 No-Bake Bars and Cookies That Are as Delicious as Bakery Treats

layered butterscotch cheesecake bites
Photo: Blaine Moats

No-bake bars and cookies are just as delicious as baked versions, but they won't heat up the house or take up valuable oven space. These delectable desserts are quick, easy, and—most importantly—don't require an oven!

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No-Bake Lemon Drops

No-Bake Lemon Drops
Blaine Moats

Get ready to pucker up for this no-bake cookie recipe. It's got a double dose of sour. Tangy crushed lemon drop candies are mixed into the cookie, and then each ball is rolled through even more crushed candies. Though these no-bake lemon cookies are small, they pack a ton of citrus flavor into a one-bite dessert.

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Pistachio Bars

layered chocolate-pistachio bars
Jason Donnelly

These gorgeous no-bake bars are SO pretty when they're sliced. You can truly appreciate the layers of pistachio-graham cracker crust, pistachio pudding, and luscious chocolate ganache. With a sprinkle of extra pistachios on top, this pistachio dessert is eye-catching and enticing even before you make the first cut.

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Chocolate-Marshmallow-Peanut Clusters

chocolate marshmallow peanut butter clusters
Karla Conrad

Peanut-lovers, add this peanut butter no-bake cookie recipe to the very top of your list of desserts to try. Chocolate and peanut butter help hold together honey roasted peanuts and mini marshmallows in this tasty crunchy and chewy dessert. The recipe makes about 45 servings, so you'll be able to serve a crowd.

Test Kitchen Tip: Prepare these no-bake treats on baking sheets lined with waxed paper ($2, Target) to prevent sticking and have less mess to deal with later.

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Choose-Your-Flavor Edible Cookie Dough

Choose-Your-Flavor Edible Cookie Dough
Rachel Marek

If you find yourself reaching for a taste of the cookie dough before your cookies go in the oven, here's an easy no-bake dessert to try. In order to make raw flour safe for eating, all you have to do is spread it on a shallow baking pan and pop it in the oven for a few minutes. From there, you can build the cookie dough of your dreams. Choose from chocolate chips, sprinkles, peanut butter cups, you name it!

Buy It: Nordic Ware 2 Pack Aluminum Cookie Sheet ($20, Target)

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Chocolate-Cherry Dips

chocolate-covered cherry dips with sprinkles
Jason Donnelly

This chocolate no-bake cookie recipe might trick your guests into thinking you spent all day baking in the kitchen. But really, these easy chocolate-cherry treats don't require much effort. Just sandwich a scoop of creamy cherry filling between two vanilla wafers, dip in melted chocolate, add sprinkles if you're feeling fancy, and let them cool. You'll have a showstopping dessert in minutes not hours.

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Dulce de Leche Pretzel Bites

pretzel bites with dulce de leche glaze
Karla Conrad

Sweet-and-salty pretzel bites easily make any dessert plate look more festive. A decadent dulce de leche filling is sandwiched between two crunchy pretzels then covered with vanilla candy coating. Since dulce de leche is sticky enough to hold the pretzels together on its own, this is a rare no-bake cookie recipe without peanut butter (great news for anyone with allergies!).

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No-Bake Butterscotch Bars

No-Bake Butterscotch Bars
Kritsada Panichgul

Love Butterfinger candy bars? Then you've got to make these no-bake butterscotch bars that use Butterfingers as one of the main ingredients. We mixed some of the chopped candy bars into the butterscotch pudding layer, and the rest are sprinkled on top of the chocolate frosting. Each square is like your own homemade candy bar!

Buy It: Farberware Nonstick 15x10-Inch Cookie Pan ($20, Kohl's)

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Classic No-Bake Cookies

classic chocolate no-bake cookies

These classic no-bake oatmeal cookies are one of our all-time favorites. Rolled oats, peanut butter, and chopped peanuts make for an extra tasty cookie, while a scoop of cocoa powder makes them chocolaty to boot. In fact, this easy recipe only takes 20 minutes of hands-on time. The other 30 minutes is just testing your patience while you wait for them to cool.

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Peanut Butter Truffles

Peanut Butter Truffles
Jason Donnelly

Just as good as no-bake peanut butter bars, this chocolate peanut butter cookie is essentially the same thing in bite-size ball form. Dark chocolate pairs with creamy peanut butter in these decadent treats. And you can make your homemade truffles look like they came from a fancy bakery by sprinkling with chopped peanuts before the chocolate is set.

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No-Bake Butterscotch-Pretzel Bars

no-bake pretzel and butterscotch bars
Peter Krumhardt

A pretzel-peanut butter crust holds these bars together but lets the butterscotch flavor shine. Everything about this dessert is delicious (you can't go wrong with peanut butter desserts, after all), but it's the combination of salty and sweet in every bite that makes this one of our best no-bake bars.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
Peter Krumhardt

Any collection of no-bake dessert bars must include cheesecake bars, like this chocolate version. Spike the cream cheese frosting with chocolate liqueur for a rich, boozy finish. Top off this sweet recipe with chocolate chips to add even more decadence to these extra-chocolaty bars.

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Yummy No-Bake Bars

yummy no-bake bars on platter
Andy Lyons

Peanut butter and chocolate are like the PB&J of the dessert world: a perfect match! This is especially true in the form of no-bake peanut butter bars. A sweet peanut butter-cereal crust is topped with layers of creamy vanilla pudding and rich chocolate frosting. If you want to add a little crunch to your no-bake bars, add a sprinkle of peanuts on top.

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No-Bake Irish Cream Pudding Bars

No-Bake Irish Cream Pudding Bars

Picture this: a layer of crispy cookies followed by a layer of creamy spiked pudding followed by yet another layer of rich chocolate. Sounds mouthwatering, right? You can enjoy all those delicious layers in this easy no-bake bar recipe.

Buy It: Wilton Ultra Bake Professional 9-Inch Nonstick Square Cake Pan ($8, Target)

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White Chocolate-Cranberry Crispy Treats

cranberry and white chocolate crispy treats
Blaine Moats

These crispy bars are a jazzed-up version of the classic rice cereal treats. Make them stand out by adding your favorite dried fruit, chopped nuts, and flavored baking pieces. You can easily make these no-bake dessert bars a treat for the holidays by mixing in nutmeg, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter-Oat Bites

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites
Andy Lyons

Reminiscent of peanut butter cookies, this no-bake cookie recipe is peanut butter and honey at its core. Coconut, oats, chocolate, and fruit make these bites look pretty, but they also amp up the flavor. Roll each ball through shredded coconut before chilling to give the exterior a fancier finish.

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Prizewinning Caramel Apple Bars

prize-winning apple-caramel bars
Blaine Moats

These six-ingredient bars may look complex, but they only take 25 minutes to toss together. Let them sit for an hour before enjoying the peanut buttery, caramel-appley, nutty fusion of flavor. Indulging in one of these yummy no-bake bars is healthier than having a traditional caramel apple for dessert thanks to the higher protein and smaller serving size.

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4-Layer Nougat Bars

four-layer bars with nougat
Blaine Moats

With so many delicious layers, these no-bake bars will have you hooked in no time. Start with a rice cereal base, follow with a layer of nougat, add a layer of caramel, then top things off with a chocolate-butterscotch mixture and a sprinkle of peanuts. That's so many layers, we've almost lost track, but each one adds an element to the well-balanced flavors in each bite.

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Cranberry-Vanilla Cereal Drops

vanilla-cranberry cereal drops on tray
Peter Krumhardt

Maybe our fastest no-bake cookies ever, these crunchy gems take just a few minutes to assemble once you melt the candy coating. Even better, you only need five ingredients to make these cookies. Since they're so speedy, simple, and delicious, we're ready to name them our best no-bake cookie recipe ever when time is at a premium.

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Chocolate-Raspberry Bites

raspberry-filled chocolate bites
Kritsada Panichgul

As this no-bake cookie recipe proves, chocolate and raspberry are a truly decadent combination. Spread sweet raspberry jam between two chocolate wafers, then add a thick layer of chocolate icing and let it drip over the side for effect. For a fresh finish, try adding a raspberry on top of this no-bake dessert (before the chocolate fully hardens).

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Coconut-Date Cracker Bars with Browned Butter Glaze

No-Bake Coconut Date Cracker Bars with Browned Butter Glaze
Jason Donnelly

Crackers make for a super easy, buttery crust that balances the browned butter topping (and a tasty change from graham crackers). The coconut-date layer adds bursts of flavor and texture, and the dates do double duty as a natural sweetener. You can freeze these no-bake dessert bars for up to a month, so feel free to get a jump on your holiday dessert-making now.

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No-Bake Lemon Dreams

cookies with lemon curd and frosting
Kritsada Panichgul

Make these sweet-tart treats with off-the-shelf sugar cookies and luscious lemon curd. Decorating the edges with stars or rosettes (of piped-on purchased frosting) gives these cookies a gourmet look. The easy no-bake cookie recipe looks homemade but lets you skip the time-consuming baking and go straight to the fun of cookie decorating.

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Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars
Andy Lyons

Rather than spending a huge part of your day making a cheesecake from scratch, make these no-bake cheesecake bars. They're still creamy and delicious but a lot less work. Lime gelatin and key lime wedges give these bars their tang, while cream cheese and cottage cheese (yes, cottage cheese!) make them smooth and creamy. This no-bake dessert might even be gobbled up faster than key lime pie.

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