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6 Easy No-Bake Christmas Cookies When You’re Crunched for Time

A flour-dusted counter with no-bake chocolate and peanut butter cookies on parchment paper.
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No-bake cookies are the easiest way to whip up something delicious at the last minute. Here are our six favorite recipes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters

When your Reese’s cravings hit, don’t run to the nearest store. Make these chocolate and peanut butter no-bake cookies instead! You can indulge on your own terms when you know which ingredients you used.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of unsalted or coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup of plant-based milk
  • 1-1/2 cups of granulated or coconut sugar
  • 2/3 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of oats
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, sugar, plant-based milk, and cacao powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until butter melts, and then bring to a simmer.
  3. Allow to simmer for 1 minute without whisking, and then remove from heat.
  4. Immediately stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract until completely combined.
  5. Add oats and salt and stir well.
  6. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes so the oats can soak up some moisture.
  7. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop balls of dough (about 1 tablespoon in size) onto the lined baking sheets. You can leave them as is, or lightly flatten them.
  8. Refrigerate for at least an hour before eating.

Cashew Orange Bites

Cashews and orange go so well together, you might have to take these out in batches to prevent yourself from eating them all in one sitting. They’re also very winter-appropriate.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of cashew butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of maple or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon of orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Place the oats, cashew butter, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until fine.
  2. Add maple syrup, orange zest and extract, and vanilla extract. Pulse until it resembles a ball of dough.
  3. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Form balls, squares, or any other shape you like out of the dough (about 1 tablespoon each).
  5. Refrigerate for 20 minutes, and then enjoy!

White Chocolate Lemon Macadamia Turtles

When you pair decadent white chocolate with something zesty and citrusy, you can eat more than just one cookie without feeling guilty! These no-bake treats also include crunchy macadamia nuts, and they’re one of the best desserts you can make when that sweet tooth hits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut flour
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup of macadamia nut butter
  • 1/2 cup and a few tablespoons of plant-based milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of macadamia nuts, roughly chopped

Instructions:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut and almond flour, coconut sugar, and sea salt.
  3. Stir the macadamia nut butter, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and lemon juice through, but keep it crumbly.
  4. Add plant-based milk and mix well, while still keeping crumbly.
  5. Using 1 tablespoon at a time, keep adding more milk until it forms a thick batter. If it gets too watery, just add a bit more almond flour.
  6. Fold in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  7. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop one-tablespoon-size balls of dough on the prepared sheets. Leave in heaps without pressing down.
  8. Freeze for 10 minutes or refrigerate for 30 minutes until firm.

Happy snacking!

Oatmeal Raisin Chunks

A holiday favorite, oatmeal raisin cookies can also be made without the oven, and they’ll taste just as delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/4 cup of coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup of plant-based milk
  • 3 tablespoons of maple or agave syrup
  • 2/3 cup of creamy almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  2. Combine coconut butter and plant-based milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until butter melts, and then bring to a simmer.
  3. Allow to simmer for 1 minute without whisking, and then remove from heat.
  4. Immediately stir in almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until completely combined.
  5. Add oats and salt and stir well.
  6. Fold in raisins.
  7. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes so the oats can soak up some moisture.
  8. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop one-tablespoon-size balls of dough onto the lined baking sheets. You can leave them as is or lightly flatten them.
  9. Refrigerate for at least an hour before eating.

Chocolate Mint Balls

No-bake chocolate mint balls on a colorful countertop.
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Christmas is around the corner and chocolate mint no-bake cookies are exactly what you need when you’re busy wrapping those presents and decorating the tree. Here’s how to make them in less than 10 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 1 cup of pitted dates, previously soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cacao powder
  • 2/3 cup of shredded coconut, and some extra for coating
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Place almonds in food processor and pulse until well chopped. Take out and set aside.
  2. Place dates in food processor and pulse until mixed and forming a paste.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of almond milk and pulse until combined.
  4. Add cacao, shredded coconut, peppermint extract, and 1 tablespoon of almond milk and pulse until well combined. Add 1 more tablespoon of milk if mixture is too dry.
  5. Fold in cacao nibs.
  6. Form dough into 1-inch balls with your hands, and then roll them in shredded coconut.
  7. Leave in fridge for at least an hour to set.

Vanilla Ginger Spice Disks

If you’re looking for something spicier, these vanilla ginger spice no-bake cookies are just the thing! Super easy to make, and even easier to munch, they’ll be the new dessert king on every holiday table.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of cashew or almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons of maple or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  2. Place almond flour, cashew butter, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a food processor and pulse until fine.
  3. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract, and then pulse until it resembles a ball of dough.
  4. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop one-tablespoon-size balls of dough onto the lined baking sheets, and then flatten them into disks. You can also use a cookie cutter and make them any shape you want.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy!

Easy, quick, and so delicious! Now, you have no reason not to make your own treats when you’re craving something sweet.

Karla Tafra Karla Tafra
Karla is a certified yoga teacher, nutritionist, content creator and an overall wellness coach with over 10 years of international experience in teaching, writing, coaching, and helping others transform their lives. From Croatia to Spain and now, the US, she calls Seattle her new home where she lives and works with her husband. Read Full Bio »

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