Make These No-Bake Cookies and Host a Bake Sale!

Looking for a fun activity to do with your kids?  Host a bake sale!  Here are eight super safe and super easy no-bake cookie recipes that would be best-sellers.  You won’t need an oven, stove or other dangerous heat source – only a microwave!

Skinny Mint Cookies
Yield: 30-36 cookies

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups milk chocolate chips
20 unwrapped Andes candies (chocolate mints)
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 (9-ounce) package plain chocolate wafer cookies

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine semisweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Microwave (stirring occasionally) until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.
Remove from microwave.  Add the chocolate mint candies and stir until smooth. Add peppermint extract and stir until combined.
Dip the cookies, one at a time, into the chocolate mixture. Gently shake off excess chocolate and place on waxed paper to cool and set. Store in cool place.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbons
Yield: 36 bonbons

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup chopped dates (NOT the prepackaged chopped type)
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, pecans, powdered sugar, dates, and butter.  Mix well; form into 1″ balls. Place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet and chill until firm.
Melt semisweet chips and 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips together in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave until melted and smooth (stirring occasionally).  Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips and stir constantly until smooth. Spear each ball with a fork and dip into melted chocolate mixture and set on parchment paper. Let stand until chocolate is firm (about an hour), then store tightly covered at room temperature.

Vanilla Orange Cookies
Yield: 48 cookies

1 (12-ounce) box vanilla wafer cookies
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons corn syrup

In a food processor, combine vanilla wafers with almonds and coconut; process until fine crumbs form. Add powdered sugar and process until blended.
In microwave-safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips and butter. Microwave until mixture is smooth and blended (stirring occasionally).
Stir into wafer mixture.  Add orange juice, marmalade, and corn syrup.
Form 1″ balls. Roll into additional powdered sugar or coconut, then let stand until firm. Store, tightly covered, at room temperature.

Caramel Crisp Marshmallows
Yield:  24 treats

24 large marshmallows
1 cup thick caramel ice cream topping
2-3 cups crisp rice cereal

Pierce each marshmallow with a toothpick. Holding a marshmallow by the toothpick, dip into ice cream topping, then roll in the cereal to coat. Set on waxed paper and refrigerate to set.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Creams
Yield: 20 cookies

1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
40 vanilla wafers
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips

In small bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar and mix well until blended.  Scoop about 2 teaspoons of filling onto a wafer and spread evenly.  Add a second wafer to the top, creating a sandwich.
Place 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips in microwavable bowl. Microwave until melted and smooth (stirring occasionally). Stir in remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips until they are melted and mixture is smooth.
Dip the sandwich cookies, one at a time, into the chocolate mixture. Set on waxed paper and let cool until chocolate is firm (about an hour).

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
Yield:  2 dozen

Vegetable oil cooking spray
9 ounces chocolate wafers (about 40 wafers), finely ground
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick and 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup chunky peanut butter
3/4 cup and 3 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
10 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
1 1/2 ounces milk chocolate, melted

Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Line with parchment.
Combine wafers, oats, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.  Melt butter in the microwave.  Add chunky peanut butter and 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter to butter, stirring until combined.  Add peanut butter mixture to wafer mixture, stirring until combined.  Transfer to baking dish and firmly press mixture into an even layer.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Melt semisweet chocolate in microwave (stirring occasionally).  Pour melted chocolate over chilled bars and spread evenly.  Return to refrigerator until hardened.
Melt remaining 3 Tablespoons of peanut butter in the microwave.  Drizzle peanut butter over chilled bars.  Melt milk chocolate in the microwave.  Drizzle over bars.
Let bars sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.  Bars can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.

Coconut Date Bars
Yield:  8 bars

3 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1 pound very soft dates pitted
1/4 cup walnuts toasted and finely chopped

Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons coconut in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish.  Firmly press dates into coconut, covering bottom of dish.  Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of coconut and all of the walnuts.  Gently press into dates.
Can be stored for 2 to 3 days.

Peanut Butter Granola Balls
Yield: 24 Balls

1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup dried fruit

Melt honey, peanut butter, and butter in the microwave (stirring occasionally).  Stir in cereal, oats, and dried fruit.
Drop mixture by the tablespoon into mini paper cupcake liners.  Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

All of these cookies will be crowd pleasers…whether you managed to save some for a bake sale or sampled them all during the cooking process.  Either way, some pretty sweet family bonding time will happen!

Becki Strable loves to spend time with her family.  While they do enjoy cooking together, the family’s most recent obsession is corn toss (this website supplies all their equipment needs).

4 Responses to “Make These No-Bake Cookies and Host a Bake Sale!”

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  1. These are fabulous! Easy – every day ingredients – kid-friendly…what’s not to love? Thanks sooo much for linking up at Weekend Potluck! Please come again soon.

  2. Hi! It’s me again…wanted to be sure you saw I was featuring this lovely post as my personal favorite at Weekend Potluck..beginning today. Hop on over and grab the ‘featured button’…have a wonderful weekend.
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  3. Joanne says:

    Thank you very much!!! I added the featured button! :-)


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