Save Time with No-Bake Cookies
Whether you don’t want to heat up the kitchen or the demands of
getting the kids out the door are upon you, it’s nice to have a few
no-bake cookie recipes on hand. We thought we would share some of our
favorites with you.
This first recipe, Cranberry Coconut Bars, is
more of a big kid cookie—it has too much fruit and too many nuts in it
to suit most youngsters. But it so scrumptious and easy, we had to
include it. If you are making a lunch for a spouse or a teenager, we
think this will be a hit. Of course, it doesn’t have to go in a lunch
This is a microwave cookie that can be mixed right in the
baking pan. How’s that for convenience?
If you are not fond of
dried cranberries, consider substituting dates, raisins, or chopped
apricot pieces in this recipe.
Cranberry Coconut Bars
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup quick rolled oats
cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sweetened
1/2 cup walnut pieces
Place butter in an 8-inch square, microwave-safe baking dish. Microwave
until the butter is melted.
2. Stir in the brown sugar until
dissolved. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Press the mixture firmly
into the dish.
3. Microwave for three to five minutes or until
lightly browned. If your microwave does not have a rotating carousel,
rotate the dish twice during cooking.
4. Let the cookies cool and
then cut them into bars with a sharp knife. Wrap them individually to
pack in a lunch.
This recipe will make sixteen 2 x 2-inch
This next recipe makes a great kid cookie. It’s almost
confection-like but is so packed with energy and hearty oats that you
won’t mind giving your youngster a few. This cookie is best with a tall
glass of milk.
This is a range-top cookie. Because it is a
no-baker and so full of energy, it makes a great camping cookie.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium
heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil. Cook for
two more minutes stirring constantly and then remove the pan from the
2. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla, then the oats.
Let cool for several minutes and then drop spoonfuls onto waxed paper.
Let the cookies cool completely before removing them from the waxed
When thinking of no-bake cookies,
don’t forget the perennial favorites, Rice Krispie Treats and Frosted
Graham Crackers. We’re assuming everyone has the recipe for Rice Krispie
Treats. Consider adding chocolate chips, dried fruit pieces, or cinnamon
candies for a little pizzazz.
To make Chocolate Rice Krispie
Treats, melt 2/3 cup chocolate chips (for a recipe calling for six cups
of cereal) with the marshmallows and butter. This is a real favorite—our
kids like these more than regular Rice Krispie Treats and they are no
more difficult to make.
For Frosted Graham Crackers, simply pick
your favorite frosting and sandwich that between two graham cracker
squares. Pick a frosting with a powdered-sugar base that will set up
firm and won’t be messy.