When you think of no-bake cookies, the first thing that will probably pop into your head would be the perennial favorites of Frosted Graham Crackers and Rice Krispie Treats. I'm assuming of course that everyone has the recipe for Graham Crackers and Rice Krispies. Consider adding a dash of pizzazz to these already delicious cookies, by including dried fruit pieces, chocolate chips, or even cinnamon candies.
For chocolate rice Krispie treats, all you have to do is melt two-thirds of a cup of chocolate chips with butter and marshmallows. This is a favorite amongst the kids, and everyone loves the chocolate version more than the regular Rice Krispies. To make Frosted Graham Crackers, choose your favorite frosting flavor and sandwich this in between two graham crackers. A frosting with a sugar base that is powdered, will set firmly and won't turn out to be messy.
Cranberry-coconut bars are more for bigger kids, because they have too many nuts and fruits and smaller kids are not too fond of them. But it is so easy to make and is so scrumptious, that I just had to include this recipe in here. So, if you are making lunch for your spouse or your teenage child, then these bars are sure to be a hit.
This is a regular microwave cookie that can be mixed even in a baking pan. If you aren't particularly fond of dried cranberries, then substitute it with raisins, chopped apricots, or dates.
- Quick rolled oats, 1½ cups
- Butter, ½ cup
- Brown sugar, ½ cup
- Cranberries, ½ cup (dried)
- Coconut flakes, ½ cup (sweetened)
- Walnut pieces, ½ cup
- Light corn syrup, ¼ cup
- Place the butter in a microwave-baking dish and microwave it until the butter melts.
- Stir the brown sugar in the butter until it dissolves completely.
- Once this is done, stir in the remaining ingredients and then press this mixture firmly in the dish.
- Microwave this mixture for about five minutes until it turns light brown.
- Let it cool down and then use a sharp knife to cut them into bars. Wrap each cookie to pack in a lunch box.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops
This is the best recipe ever. Although it is very confectionery-like, it is so packed with oats and energy that you really wouldn't mind letting your kids sample this treat. This cookie tastes best with a big glass of milk.
- Quick oats, 2½ cups
- Sugar, 2 cups
- Milk, ½ cup
- Cocoa, ½ cup
- Peanut butter, ½ cup
- Vanilla extract, ½ tablespoon
- Butter, ¼ cup
- Mix the milk, sugar, cocoa, and butter together in a medium-sized saucepan.
- Cook this mixture over a medium flame and stir occasionally until the whole mixture starts to boil.
- Cook for about two minutes while stirring constantly, and remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Next, stir in the vanilla and peanut butter and then the oats.
- Let the mixture cool down first and then drop about two spoonfuls onto a waxed paper. Once the cookies are completely cooled, only then remove them from the waxed paper.
These were some of my favorite no-bake cookie variants. Try them out for a fun time at home!