The more time we can steal for ourselves over the holidays, the better in my opinion. Sure, you can spend hours making your Nana’s famous shortbread—or you can make an assortment of our holiday-ready, no-fuss no-bake cookies in a virtual flash (dashier than Santa’s reindeer), and still enjoy the holidays. Make these no-bake cookie recipes a new, foolproof holiday tradition.


25. No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

These chocolate coconut snowballs might be the perfect wintery touch you need on your dessert table. These little snowballs are chock full of exciting textures and intriguing flavors. They will even freeze well if you’re feeling ambitious and would like to get a head start on your Christmas preparations!

24. No-Bake Sugar Cookie Balls

Traditional sugar cookies may take a bit of time to make and most certainly require an oven. However, with this recipe, you can enjoy the same flavors you love but without all the fuss. You’ll only need 5 ingredients to create these sugar cookie balls. Store them in the fridge until you’re ready to eat!

23. Christmas Oreo Pops

Transform an Oreo cookie into a festive Christmas pop that is perfect for the holidays! This no-bake recipe is so easy that you can encourage your kids to help you! All you’ll need are lollipop sticks, double-stuffed Oreos, and colored chocolate wafers!

22. No-Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies

As festive on your door as they are accompanied with a glass of eggnog, these crunch-worthy holiday wreaths make great Christmas gifts if you can resist gobbling down the entire batch. These no-bake wreaths are made with whole grain cereal, mini marshmallows, butter, vanilla chips, liquid green food coloring, and mini red cinnamon candies for the holly.


21. Nanaimo Bars

Forget the sugarplums—on the night before Christmas visions of these creamy, crunchy three layer dream bars certainly danced in the heads of your holiday guests. Or they will after sampling a morsel of sweet custard icing layered between a graham cracker and chocolate crust and a thick chocolate topping. Treat your guests to a holiday take on the Nanaimo bar, a traditional dessert from Canada’s Vancouver Island.

20. Chocolate Glazed Cereal Bars

Just like a beautifully wrapped gift or fuzzy stocking, these scrumptious squares with delicate frosting-piped trees contain a ton of yummy secrets. Made with a cup of sugar, sticky corn syrup, creamy peanut butter, rice crisps, mini marshmallows, milk chocolate, and red and green candy-coated milk chocolate for the trees, this unique take on the popular Scotch-er-oo cookie will have guests begging for these no-bake wonders every year!

19. Peppermint Fudge

I know this recipe isn’t technically for cookies…it’s for fudge. However, when your guests behold the winter wonderland come to life in this addictive peppermint fudge recipe, it won’t matter. Sweetness overload can be had thanks to peppermint chips, white chocolate morsels, fluffy marshmallow crème, and heavy cream, butter, sugar, vanilla Candiquik, mini peppermint marshmallows, and broken candy cane pieces for the topping.

18. Buckeyes

Simple yet truly satisfying, these popular holiday classics entail nothing more than creamy peanut butter, unsalted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, bittersweet chocolate, and a pinch of kosher salt. Buckeyes offer a sweet, creamy holiday indulgence in mini peanut butter bite form.


17. No-Bake Christmas Tree Cookies

Despite all the good intentions of making “12 kinds of Christmas cookies this year”, there never seems to be enough time. Cute as a button and seasonally apt, these no-bake holiday trees are made using shredded coconut, butter (or margarine), icing sugar, milk, vanilla, white chocolate chips for the frosted snow, green food coloring to dye the trees, and mini M&Ms for the little ornaments.

16. Christmas Haystacks

I could really make these cookies any time of year, but for some reason, chocolate haystacks have become a holiday tradition in my home. Simple to make and zero baking involved, haystacks require nothing more than crispy chow mien noodles stuck together in cookie greatness with melted peanut butter chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and shortening.

15. Reindeer Poop Cookies

Give your kids something to laugh about by telling them you’ll be making reindeer poop cookies! These silly cookies are quite delicious and can be made in a hurry. You’ll need just a handful of ingredients to create these. Some of these include butter, cocoa powder, Rice Krispie cereal, peanut butter, and just a few other ingredients.

14. Santa Graham Cookies

Enjoy an activity with your kids that is simple yet still extremely fun by creating these Santa graham cookies! This no-bake recipe is foolproof and they’ll enjoy making them with you too. For this recipe, all you’ll need are graham crackers, vanilla frosting food coloring and a few candies to decorate.


13. Peanut Butter Snowballs

Enjoy a sweet winter treat with this easy peanut butter snowball recipe. A sweet white candy coating surrounds a soft peanut butter center. These will only take you 5 minutes to prepare and require just 5 simple ingredients!

12. 3-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites! If you love peanut butter as much as I do then you need to try this no-fuss recipe! All you’ll need is 1 bowl, 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time. The best part is these cookies are made from wholesome ingredients so you can feel guilt-free when indulging in 1 or 4 of these cookies!

11. Winter White Cookies

Bring the wintery outdoors to your table with these winter white cookies. They might not chill you to the bone but they’ll definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. These cookies contain delicious layers and will be gobbled up in no time. From start to finish you’ll have this tasty treat made in about 30 minutes. They also freeze well so make them ahead and save yourself valuable time closer to the holidays!

10. Chocolate Hazelnut No-Bake Cookies

Skip the refined sugars and lengthy baking steps and make this recipe instead! These chocolate cookies are chocolatey, sweet and irresistible! They only require 5 minutes and 4 simple ingredients. Some of these ingredients include hazelnut meal, Medjool dates, and cocoa powder. The hazelnut provides an essential nuttiness, while the cocoa powder provides a rich chocolate flavor and the dates create the perfect amount of sweetness. To make these cookies festive you could decorate them with red and green sprinkles.


9. Peanut Butter Rocky Road Bars

Rocky road ice cream has always been at the top of my favorite list. If you love rocky road ice cream or desserts you’ll love this easy recipe and it’s much easier to make than rocky road cookies! These bars are filled with fluffy marshmallows, crunchy peanuts and will be surrounded by a delicious peanut butter chocolate.

8. Easy Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

This decadent treat is festive in color and overflowing in delicious flavors. The best part is you’ll need just 4 simple ingredients. These include butter, white chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and red and green gumdrops. Simply, melt the chocolate and butter and stir in the gumdrops. Then, pour the mixture into a baking dish and refrigerate. Once hardened you can cut this stunning treat into little squares.

7. Fudgy Rum Balls

Not only are rum balls one of the easiest no-bake cookies to make for Christmas but they might be Santa’s personal favorite. These rolled little balls can be prepared in no time! All you’ll need is chocolate cookie crumbs, pecans, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, honey, and rum.

6. Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks

These holy jolly cookie sticks are an excellent example that shows how you can make a delicious treat using all store-bought ingredients. You’ll start with Pirouette French vanilla cookies and dip them in melted white chocolate. Lastly, decorate them with festive sprinkles which you can find at a bulk foods store or craft store! They’re so pretty you could gift them to friends and family.


5. No-bake Chocolate Peppermint Balls

These chocolate peppermint balls will surely be a new family favorite! They only require 15 minutes to make and would make an excellent last minute gift too. This treat gets a healthy makeover and is sweetened with pitted dates. The dates will also provide a fudgy texture. To provide the perfect festive flavor mix in peppermint extract and crushed candy canes!

4. Peppermint Oreo Truffles

If the peppermint balls sounded too healthy for your liking then you need to try this peppermint oreo truffle recipe! They’re so easy to make you’ll be asking yourself why you haven’t tried them sooner. You’ll combine crushed Oreo cookies with cream cheese in a food processor. Once that has reached a fudgy consistency you’ll roll the mixture into little balls and set in the freezer. Once they have chilled you’ll dip them in melted chocolate and garnish with crushed candy canes.

3. Easy No-Bake Avalanche Cookies

Have you been dreaming about hitting the slopes lately? Enjoy a taste of winter with these delicious no-bake avalanche cookies! You’ll need just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to prepare. The process is almost like making Rice Krispie squares but these cookies get 2 delicious and secret ingredients, creamy peanut butter and white chocolate!

2. No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Perhaps, you prefer to keep your cookies more traditional. Try this chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe and quench a sweet tooth craving! This no-bake recipe is so easy that you’ll find yourself making them all year round. If you’re feeling adventurous you could decorate them with festive sprinkles! The whole family will enjoy these.


1. Sugar Cookie Truffles

Truffles are some of the most elegant desserts, in my opinion. Instead of a chocolate truffle, you need to try making these sugar cookie truffles. This recipe is incredibly easy and you’ll need just 4 simple ingredients. The sugar cookie truffle filling is made from store-bought hard sugar cookies and cream cheese. Blend these two ingredients in a food pressor to create a dough. Then you’ll have to form the dough into ball shapes and dip in red and white melted chocolate wafers. Decorate the truffles with festive sprinkles or crushed candy canes!

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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