easy no bake cookie recipe ideas for summer

Summer has officially arrived and temperatures are climbing way too high in many places. If the thought of turning on an oven and exposing yourself to more heat sounds simply unbearable, we’ve gathered 11 no-bake cookie recipes to prevent you from sweating over your sweets. Because let’s face it, dealing with the sun is already a struggle and ain’t nobody got time for feeling uncomfortable in your own kitchen.

As a bonus, several of these no-bake dessert recipes are actually fairly healthy, at least compared to your usual baked good. Combine that with their utter ease and you have the ideal summer dessert to make for all your BBQs. (Alternative option: Make a batch of edible cookie dough designed to be eaten raw.)

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1. No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

easy no bake chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe


An obvious way to beat the summer heat is sandwiching a scoop of ice cream between two cookies, which is exactly what you’re supposed to be doing with these chocolate and oatmeal delights. Just be sure to scarf them down before they melt! Get our No-Bake Oatmeal Cookie recipe. (Be sure to use old-fashioned oats.)

2. No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies

Get the taste of your favorite candy bar in no-bake cookie form! These are not keto-approved, but they are at least low in sugar and full of healthy ingredients like almond butter, coconut oil, and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Get the No-Bake Almond Joy Cookie recipe.

3. Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies

You’ll never complain about the boringness of corn flakes again with this peanut butter-heavy concoction. Choosy moms choose these. Get the Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookie recipe.

4. Healthy Unicorn Cookies

Our obsession with unicorns is unhealthy, but these cookies aren’t. Satisfy your sugar craving with the wonders of coconut flour and cashew butter. Get the Healthy Unicorn Cookie recipe.

5. Fudgy Mint Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

They’re no Thin Mints, but they certainly do the trick during the Girl Scouts‘ off season. Plus, that mint green frosting looks heavenly. Get the Fudgy Mint Chocolate No-Bake Cookie recipe.

6. Hot Cocoa No-Bake Cookies

Who said you can’t enjoy the comforts of cocoa on a warm summer day? Go marshmallow crazy with this cozy drink in summer cookie form. Get the Hot Cocoa No-Bake Cookie recipe.

7. No-Bake Samoa Cookies

Honestly, anything that imitates a Girl Scout cookie is going to taste delicious (see above with the fudgy mint). We’re just busy doing the math so that we can make these guys in bulk. Get the No-Bake Samoa Cookie recipe.

8. Chow Mein Cookies (aka, Haystack Cookies)

Chinese food takes on a whole new meaning with these crunchy chow mein noodle cookies. If we eat an entire dozen, do we get a fortune cookie as a reward? Get the Chow Mein Cookie recipe.

9. No-Bake Raspberry Quinoa Cookies

Add a superfood to your no-bake cookies in the form of quinoa. Raspberries, coconut, cashew butter, and maple syrup make them sweet-tart, allegedly just like a raspberry cheesecake, but a thousand times healthier and easier to make—plus, they’re vegan. Get the No-Bake Raspberry Quinoa Cookie recipe.

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10. Healthy No-Bake Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

We love a good thumbprint cookie and these look delicious enough to grab by the handful. Raspberry is an obvious summer favorite, but feel free to substitute with a jam of your liking. Get the Healthy No-Bake Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie recipe.

11. Irish Cream No-Bake Cookies

We’ll take any excuse to add booze to our binges. These soft and gooey concoctions are a texture snob’s dream. Get the Irish Cream No-Bake Cookie recipe.

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