No-Bake Holiday Cookies

No hot oven required for these easy, no-bake cookies that are perfect for holiday entertaining and gift giving.

  • Wreath Cookies
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Wreath Cookies

    Use your microwave oven to transform shredded wheat cereal into festive holiday cookies. Just stir in vanilla candy coating, green food coloring and assorted candies.
  • Bourbon Balls
    Photo: Jean Allsopp

    Bourbon Balls

    Shape a mixture of crushed vanilla wafers, ground pecans, corn syrup and bourbon into balls and roll in powdered sugar for these classic Southern holiday cookies. Make them at least a week ahead to get the best mellow bourbon flavor.
  • Snowballs


    These kid-friendly no-bake cookies are perfect for beginners since the recipe requires no oven and no knives if you buy pre-chopped nuts.
  • Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Bars
    Van Chaplin

    Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Bars

    Make traditional Rice Krispies Treats a little more nutritious by using multi-grain cereal and dried cranberries.
  • Chocolate Ganache Sandwiches
    Photo: Melanie Acevedo

    Chocolate Ganache Sandwiches

    The only cooking that’s involved in these easy 3-ingredient sandwich cookies is heating the chocolate chips and cream in a saucepan.
  • Key Lime Coconut Snowballs

    Key Lime Coconut Snowballs

    Snowball cookies take a tropical turn with the addition of key lime juice and lime rind. For those of you in tropical climates, these coconut-covered cookies really don’t look that much like true snowballs, but you can dream.
  • peanut-butter-rice-treats
    Quentin Bacon

    Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats

    This healthy version of crispy rice cereal bars uses brown rice cereal, natural peanut butter, honey instead of corn syrup, and dried cherries. With 2 grams of fiber per bar, you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging.
  • Cranberry Crisp Bars
    James Carrier

    Cranberry Crisp Bars

    Savor a nutty version of cereal-marshmallow treats packed with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, dried coconut and colorful dried cranberries. The sturdy bars make great travel snacks, but they’re also nice for gifts since you can pack them easily into a holiday tin.
  • Swag Bars
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Swag Bars

    Make these no-bake bar cookies quickly with common pantry ingredients such as peanut butter, sugar, corn syrup and whole-grain cereal.
  • Green Pumpkinseed and Cranberry Crispy Bars
    Randy Mayor

    Green Pumpkinseed and Cranberry Crispy Bars

    Green pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries are the star ingredients of this creative take on cereal-marshmallow treats. Keep them on hand for snacks, or package them for holiday gifts.
  • coconut-dates
    Jim Bathie

    Coconut Dates

    You’ll only need 3 ingredients—dates, puffed wheat cereal, and shredded coconut—for these super-easy, totally no-cook treats.
  • Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr; Leigh Ann Ross

    Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps

    These no-bake treats taste like bite-sized candy bars and are terrific with a cup of coffee. Prepare them up to two days in advance, and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Stylists: Mindi Shapiro, Ana Kelley

    Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

    Make an easy peppermint cookie filling with ready-to-spread vanilla frosting, peppermint candy and peppermint extract, and spread the filling between chocolate waters. You can make these cookies ahead and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours.
  • No-Bake Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Stylists: Mindi Shapiro, Ana Kelley

    No-Bake Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies

    Shape a sweet mixture of oats, peanut butter, coconut and cocoa into balls and let them set up on sheet of wax paper before serving. No oven required.
  • Royal Rum Balls
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Stylists: Mindi Shapiro, Ana Kelley

    Royal Rum Balls

    Gingersnap crumbs and chocolate wafer crumbs form the base of these truffle-like cookies, coconut and ground pecans provide the texture, and dark rum contributes the distinctive flavor. Rum balls are a popular Christmas treat in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and a number of countries in Eastern Europe.
  • Peanut Butter Balls
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Stylists: Mindi Shapiro, Ana Kelley

    Peanut Butter Balls

    Perhaps the easiest cookie recipe ever, these peanut butter treats have only 5 ingredients and require no cooking, no baking, and no chilling. Just a bowl, a spoon, and your hands.
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