No bake cookies are a favorite treat for kids and adults alike, and they’re also incredibly easy to make. The best part about no bake cookies is that they don’t require any time in the oven making them a perfect treat for hot summer days or when you just don’t have time to bake!
And while most no bake cookie recipes call for milk, there are plenty of delicious variations that are dairy-free, so they can be enjoyed by those who are lactose intolerant, have allergies to dairy products or simply choose to eat dairy-free.
These recipes often call for alternative ingredients such as almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or soy milk but some no bake cookies can even be made without any type of milk at all, using water, juice or oil instead.
Whatever ingredients you choose, no bake cookie recipes are a delicious way to enjoy a sweet treat without having to spend hours in the kitchen.
But even though they’re simple to make, there are still a few things you should know before you start whipping up a batch of these delicious cookies.
Can You Freeze No Bake Cookies?
Yes, you can freeze no bake cookies! Just place them in an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you are saving a lot of cookies, be sure to place them in a single layer and use plastic wrap to separate layers so they don’t stick to one another.
When you’re ready to eat them, let the cookies thaw at room temperature or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds.
How to Fix No Bake Cookies That Don’t Set Up
If your no bake cookies don’t seem to be setting up, it’s likely because the mixture wasn’t heated for enough time. Next time, make sure to heat the mixture until it’s at a full rolling boil before removing it from the heat and adding the remaining ingredients for the best results.
The best way to fix this mistake after you’ve discovered they just won’t set, is to try giving them a few minutes in the refrigerator or freezer.
If this doesn’t work, you can go ahead and gather up your sad little cookie fails and reheat the mixture for another few minutes and try again. Doing this generally fixes any issues with your cookies setting up properly.
How to Store No Bake Cookies
No bake cookies can be stored in an airtight container (ziploc bags or tupperware containers work great) at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. If you want them to last even longer, you can store them in the fridge for up to 1 month or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Just make sure to let the cookies come to room temperature before serving so you don’t crack a tooth!
Are No Bake Cookies Gluten Free?
No bake cookies are generally gluten free as most recipes don’t call for flour. If they do, of course feel free to substitute in a gluten free flour alternative such as almond or coconut flour.
Always check the ingredients list of your no bake cookie recipe before making or serving to someone with a gluten allergy or intolerance, as some recipes may call for oats which are not always gluten free depending on how they were processed.
Just be sure to use gluten-free oats when making yours. Bob’s Red Mill makes a bunch of gluten-free oatmeal varieties, including easy-to-prepare oatmeal cups in four flavors, quick oats, rolled oats, and steel-cut oats.
What Do I Need to Make No Bake Cookies?
The ingredients for no bake cookies will vary depending on the specific recipe you use, but they are usually simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
You’ll also want to get out a few basic kitchen tools:
- Medium or large saucepan
- Baking sheet, cookie sheet or non-stick surface
- Parchment paper or wax paper
- Mixing spoon or spatula
- Measuring cups and spoons
Some recipes may call for more fancy tools like a candy thermometer, cookie scoop, or ice cream scoop, but they really aren’t required.
Do I Have to Use Parchment Paper?
Technically no, you don’t have to use parchment paper if you’re making no bake cookies. But I highly recommend it as it can make the clean up process so much easier and also helps prevent sticking, but no, it’s not absolutely necessary. Since it’s a no bake recipe, you can use wax paper as an alternative as well.
If you choose not to use parchment paper or wax paper, just make sure to grease your pan before adding the cookie mixture or use a nonstick cooking spray. And be extra careful when removing the cookies as they may stick to the pan more without the parchment paper.
For a more sustainable option, I really love these reusable silicone baking sheets. They work just as well as parchment paper and can be used over and over again.
Ok – let’s get on to the good stuff and check out some yummy no bake cookie recipes without milk! Whether you’re looking for a dairy-free option or you just don’t have milk on hand, these delicious recipes will hit the spot.
Do you have a favorite no bake cookies recipe that doesn’t use milk? Please do share in the comments at the bottom of the post.