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No Bake Cookies and Desserts That Do Not Require Baking

I usually enjoy baking for my family, but today it was 101 degrees and I did not feel like turning on the oven. Even on hot days my children require a bit of sugar to keep them sweet, so I made No Bake Cookies. I have included links to other desserts that do not require baking at the end of this post.

No Bake Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 36
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ milk (or rice milk)
  • ½ butter (or df margarine)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups rolled oats (I use gluten-free oats)
  1. Mix sugar, cocoa, milk and butter in a saucepan.
  2. Stir over medium heat until it boils.
  3. Remove from heat and cool 1 minute.
  4. Then add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Drop by tablespoon onto wax paper.
  6. Let cool completely before removing from wax paper.
If you use quick oats you need to use more, ½ - 1 cup, until the batter isn't runny.
These cookies freeze well.

More No Bake Desserts:

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies

Strawberry Cream Pie

Chocolate Cereal Treats

April 2010 271Freezer Smoothies from Life As Mom

We like to make popsicles with grape juice, but if you want something a little fancier, you will find many suggestion here.

What are your favorite no bake desserts?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Your timing is perfect: we're having company next week, and I was hoping to find a dessert that doesn't require baking!

  2. Brian + Cheryl B. says:

    Hi Alea :-)
    I read the comment you had left on Lisa's 'Tempt My Tummy Tuesday's' and had to come see what No-bake dessert you were talking about. We are doing a series of no-bake desserts on our blog, so wanted to compare ;-)

    Back when our "boys" were in school, I made lighter shade of the no-bake cookies into spiders when the pre-school class was studying spiders. Used chow mein noodles for the legs, mini choc. chips for the eyes – they turned out better than hoped for!!! chuckle, chuckle. fun memories!

  3. Red Couch Recipes says:

    This is an all-time favorite of my family. Both my teenagers make these when there is "nothing in the house." They are a cross between a cookie and candy and yours look yummy! Joni

  4. shopannies says:

    love them all and I have made them all but the strawberry pie but will soon make that as well

  5. Thank you, thank you!! I cannot bake but sometimes we like dessert–these will be perfect–and easy for me to try.

  6. these are all so fabulous!! I'm going to try out the Peanut Butter Rice Krispies! :)

  7. Ooooo I will be making the no-bake cookies this weekend. I'm so glad you posted these recipes. They all look great!

  8. root beer floats! A gallon of vanilla ice cream and two-liter bottle of Mug root beer was purchased today, and I really doubt it if I can put off having them for a few days…tonight will be the night!

    And, I have seen your chocolate cereal treats called Puppy Chow…might go over well with Rew in the years to come.

  9. Flashback! I remember the No Bake Cookies from my childhood. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    Thanks for linking to TMTT. I love recipes that do not require heating the oven, especially this time of year. THANKS!

  11. Rebecca- I forgot about rootbeer floats. We haven't had one in long time; it will make a fun treat this weekend. I am definitely going to be calling the cereal treats Puppy Chow from now on. :D

  12. No bake desserts in the summer time are definitely the way to go!

    I have been searching for 9 years for the peanut butter rice krispy treats recipe. Nine years!!! YEAH!!! I can't wait to try it. I need some rice krispies now.

  13. Rebecca says:

    We had the floats; and the next day, the men in my family couldn't resist polishing off the bottle of root beer! So for round two tonight, I resorted to Pepsi floats. Just as good!

  14. No bake cookies – an old favorite at our house! We like to make fruit ice creams with frozen bananas, strawberries, or peaches. So unbelievably good!

  15. I’ve been looking for a recipe for that chocolate cereal treat. Thanks for sharing the link. :)

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