5 No Bake Cookie Dough Recipes You Will Love

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We’re getting into the rebellious world of no-bake cookie dough – the bad boy of desserts that lets you lick the spoon without a shred of guilt. It’s time to embrace your inner cookie monster and indulge in the forbidden fruit of the baking world, minus the baking. Welcome to the dark side of desserts – we have cookie dough.

4 No Bake Cookie Dough Recipes

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The ingredients will vary depending on the type of cookie dough you’re making. However, most no-bake cookie doughs will contain a few basic ingredients.

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These include:

Cooked flour

Remember that any all-purpose flour that you use in your recipe must first be “heat-treated”. Most flour does not come heat-treated which means this is something you’ll need to do on your own.

There are two ways to treat your flour. The first is to spread the flour in a thin layer across a lined baking sheet. Heat it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5-10 minutes or until it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Be careful not to burn!

The other method is to heat-treat your flour in the microwave. For this method you will nuke the flour for 30 seconds, stir, then nuke an additional 15 seconds until the flour reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Always make sure to use a food-grade thermometer to ensure your flour reaches the correct temperature before continuing.


What’s a good cookie dough without sugar, right?

Adding the right blend of white and brown sugar can really amp up the flavor of the cookie, but the ratio and kind of sugar used often varies, depending on the dough.


It might sound weird to add salt to your cookie dough truffles, chocolate chip cookie dough bites, or even your cookie dough ice cream, but honestly, it’s not that strange.

Foodies know that adding a bit of salt to something sweet really amps up the complexity of the dish, and that’s no different here. In fact, adding salt to anything sweet, but especially cookie dough, can highlight the sweetness of the dessert and make it that much more enjoyable.


Butter is a must when making cookie dough as it is responsible for its consistency and flavor.

Be sure to follow butter recipes to a tee when making cookie dough. And whatever you do, don’t substitute oil for butter in the dough unless you’re told to in the recipe. Doing so will render your cookie dough an oily, unenjoyable mess!

You can, however, opt to use vegan butter instead of real butter and get virtually the same results.

Milk (or Water)

It may come as a surprise, but milk and/or water is often a necessary component to making edible cookie dough. The lack of egg makes it so that adding extra liquid is necessary. The liquid then usually comes in the form of milk, water, and vanilla extract.

Remember that if you choose to leave vanilla extract out of the mix that you must replace it with an equal amount of liquid to achieve the same consistency.

Add Ins

Now for the fun part! You can add whatever you’d like to your no bake cookie dough to spice it up a bit. Of course, if you’re going for chocolate chip cookie dough bites you’ll use chocolate chips.

For sugar cookies, however, try using rainbow sprinkles (like in funfetti cookie dough) or white chocolate.

No matter what you choose, be careful to only add them at the end!

Alright, enough of the chit-chat. Let’s get to making awesome edible cookie dough.

Check out these four decadent edible cookie dough recipes that I’m certain will knock your socks off.


  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sprinkles


  1. Start by sifting your flour into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add to the flour your salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together your butter and sugar until fully incorporated.
  4. Add milk along with the vanilla extract.
  5. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and stir.
  6. Mix in your rainbow sprinkles.
  7. Chill for 15 to 30 minutes before dividing into bowls.
  8. Serve!
4 No Bake Cookie Dough Recipes


  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Beat your brown sugar and granulated sugar with the butter until fluffy and pale.
  2. To this, add your vanilla extract and milk.
  3. Sift in your flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir.
  4. Gently fold in your mini chocolate chips.
  5. Chill for 15 to 30 minutes before dividing into bowls.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

Making these no bake cookie dough balls are the perfect treat for when you get a craving for something sweet! They can also be easily frozen for up to 3 months at best quality.

No Bake Cookie Dough Recipes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup salted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles


  1. Start by sifting your flour into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add your salt to the flour.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together your butter and sugar until fully incorporated.
  4. Add milk to the butter and sugar mixture and stir.
  5. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and mix until combined.
  6. Mix in your rainbow sprinkles.
  7. Chill for 15 to 30 minutes before dividing into bowls.
  8. Serve!


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cinnamon and sugar (combined)


  1. Beat your brown sugar and granulated sugar with the butter until fluffy and pale.
  2.  Add your vanilla extract and milk.
  3.  Sift in your flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir.
  4.  Using a tablespoon, create bite-sized dough balls and roll them in your cinnamon sugar. Place the dough balls on a prepared baking sheet.
  5. Chill the cookie dough balls for 15 to 30 minutes.
  6.  Serve and enjoy!
4 No Bake Cookie Dough Recipes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, heat-treated
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Heat-treat the flour by spreading it on a baking sheet and baking at 350°F (175°C) for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let the flour cool completely before using.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar using a hand mixer or stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the milk and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Gradually add the heat-treated flour and salt to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until a soft dough forms. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Fold in the mini chocolate chips using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.
  7. Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, scoop out portions of the chilled dough and roll them into bite-sized balls.
  8. Place the cookie dough balls on a plate or in a container and serve immediately, or store them in the refrigerator for later snacking.
  9. If desired, you can also roll the cookie dough balls in additional chocolate chips, sprinkles, or finely chopped nuts for extra flavor and texture.
  10. Store any leftover cookie dough bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. If frozen, let the cookie dough bites thaw in the fridge for a few minutes before enjoying.

Extra Suggestions!

To create a healthier version, we’ll swap out refined flour for nutrient-dense options like oats and almond flour. Oats are rich in fiber, while almond flour provides healthy fats, protein, and vitamin E. Instead of processed sugar, we’ll sweeten our cookie dough with natural alternatives like honey or maple syrup.

For the perfect texture, we’ll use coconut oil instead of butter. This plant-based fat is rich in easily digestible medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and lends a subtle tropical flavor.

Surprisingly, the combination of oats, almond flour, honey, and coconut oil creates a delightfully chewy and flavorful treat that’s sure to satisfy your cravings. Whether you’re looking for a post-workout energy boost or a wholesome dessert option, this healthy no-bake cookie dough has you covered.

To create a vegan version, replace traditional milk with rich and creamy coconut milk. This tropical ingredient not only provides the necessary moisture but also lends a subtle sweetness that perfectly complements the other flavors.

Instead of butter, we’ll use smooth and nutty almond butter as our base. Almond butter is packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, making it a nutritious alternative that helps bind the dough together beautifully.

What’s a cookie dough recipe without some chocolate chips? Swap out regular chocolate chips for vegan-friendly ones, which are readily available at most grocery stores. These dairy-free morsels melt and taste just like the real deal, ensuring you don’t miss out on that classic chocolate chip cookie dough experience.

Mix together the coconut milk, almond butter, heat-treated flour, sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt until a smooth dough forms. Gently fold in the vegan chocolate chips, and you’re ready to indulge.

Just use almond flour or gluten-free oats instead of regular flour. Plus, you can add your favorite chocolate chips or other yummy mix-ins to make it extra tasty.

Get creative with your gluten-free cookie dough! Try adding peanut butter, vanilla, or cinnamon. Mix in nuts, dried fruit, or candy for extra fun.

To make this irresistible peanut butter cookie dough, you’ll need:

  • Creamy peanut butter (the main ingredient!)
  • Brown sugar for a touch of sweetness
  • Old-fashioned oats to make it hearty and chewy

Making this no-bake treat is super easy. Just mix the peanut butter, brown sugar, and oats in a bowl until they’re well blended. If the dough is too thick, add a little bit of milk to get the perfect texture. Roll the dough into small balls and chill them if you want a firmer texture, or just dig in and enjoy the creamy, dreamy goodness right away!

Nothing says fall quite like the inviting aroma of pumpkin spice.

Whip up a batch of this autumnal no-bake cookie dough by incorporating pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger into your recipe. The result? A delightfully creamy and spiced treat that’s perfect for crisp fall days.

Crush candy canes into tiny pieces and fold them into your dough, along with a dash of peppermint extract. The combination of smooth, sweet cookie dough and the cool, crunchy peppermint bits is simply irresistible.

For a festive red and green treat, add dried cranberries and pistachios to your dough. Or, create a gingerbread-inspired version by mixing in molasses, ginger, and cinnamon.

Chop up some nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts for a satisfying crunch. Dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, or apricots add a chewy texture and natural sweetness. And who can resist the allure of candy pieces? Toss in some M&Ms, peanut butter cups, or even crushed Oreos for an extra indulgent treat.

In addition to mix-ins, you can also play around with different flavor extracts to give your no bake cookie dough a delicious twist.

Vanilla extract is a classic choice, but why not try almond, peppermint, or orange extract for a fun flavor variety? You could even combine extracts, like vanilla and almond, for a more complex taste. Start with a small amount and adjust to your liking – a little goes a long way!

To keep your cookie dough fresh and tasty, istore it in the right containers. Opt for airtight containers or resealable plastic bags to prevent the dough from drying out or absorbing unwanted odors from your fridge. Mason jars, Tupperware, or even plastic wrap can do the trick – just make sure there’s no air getting in!

Always store excess in the refrigerator to maintain its texture and freshness. If you leave it out at room temperature for too long, the butter can melt and the dough might become too soft or even spoil. Pop your well-sealed container of cookie dough goodness into the fridge, and it should keep for about a week.

And when it’s time to indulge, there are plenty of fun ways to serve up your no-bake cookie dough. For a classic approach, simply scoop the dough into bite-sized balls using a spoon or cookie scoop. You can also get creative and use the dough as a dip for pretzels, graham crackers, or fresh fruit slices. Another option is to roll the dough out and use cookie cutters to create fun shapes!

4 No Bake Cookie Dough Recipes

All in all, no bake cookie dough recipes are easy to whip up and undeniably enjoyable to eat. With only a few ingredients, you can be that much closer to making something delicious. Just be careful not to eat raw cookie dough that isn’t touted as being edible. Doing so can cause you to become sick. Instead, opt for recipes containing cooked flour and no egg like the recipes mentioned above.

I hope this helps! Catch you next time!


How can I bake cookie dough without an oven?

Cookie dough can be baked in the microwave. They’ll come out a little different in terms of constituency and texture, but the flavor is still pretty awesome!

What can I do with dry, non-baked cookies?

Crumble dry baked cookies over ice cream or add them to pudding. You can also make them into ice cream sandwiches!

What makes a cookie soft and chewy or crispy?

An extra egg usually helps give an egg extra chew. Cookies can be made softer by adding a bit of cornstarch and by using shortening instead of butter. Use butter and bake cookies at a lower temperature for longer to create flatter and crispier cookies.

How long can you keep no bake cookie dough in the fridge?

Edible cookie dough is often good for up to 5 days.

Is no bake cookie dough safe to eat?

As mentioned, a no bake cookie dough recipe is indeed safe to eat. Although it isn’t advisable to eat cookie dough that contains raw egg and flour, you can eat edible cookie dough bites (or other edible cookie dough types) provided that you take a few extra steps.

By Anna

Anna Brooks, the voice behind CooksDream.com, is a seasoned writer and editor with an insatiable love for food. While not a professional chef, her culinary adventures and unique insights have captivated readers for years. Anna believes in the transformative power of food, stating it "feeds the soul." Dive into her writings for a mix of inspiration, entertainment, and culinary wisdom. Author Pinterest Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Tumblr Reddit Quora

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