Posted: Jul 16, 2013 6:00 AM
Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you have to go without your favorite cookies when you have these easy no-bake cookie recipes in your kitchen! From no-bake granola bites to no-bake Nutella cookies, check out these summer dessert recipes that save the day when it's too hot to bake.

No-bake carrot cake granola bites recipe

These yummy no-bake desserts by are not only the perfect treat when it's too hot for summer baking, they're also good for you, too! But, shhhh... we won't tell your kids if you don't want them to know.

Yield: Approximately 22 granola bites

No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites RecipeIngredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup unroasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (packed) grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup raisins


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pecans and flax seed.
  2. Stir in the almond butter, agave nectar and cinnamon until well combined.
  3. Stir in the grated carrot and raisins.
  4. Using 2 tablespoons (packed) of the mixture for each bite, roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Using a medium-sized cookie scoop makes this process easier. Also, spray your hands with cooking spray to stop the mixture from sticking.
  5. Place the granola bites on a baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve.
  6. Store the remaining granola bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Coconut oatmeal no-bake cookies

You won't have to turn on the oven when you whip up a batch of these no-bake cookies by! The perfect blend of sweet coconut and satisfying oats give this cookie recipe a tropical twist that will have your family begging for more.

Coconut oatmeal no-bake cookies


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounces) box instant coconut flavor pudding mix
  • 2-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large pan, mix together the sugar, butter and the milk. Bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, add in the pudding mix, oats, coconut and vanilla. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper, allow to cool completely and enjoy! Store in an airtight container.

Light(er) no-bake cookies recipe with dulce de leche, sea salt & oatmeal

With a hint of salt to balance out the sweetness, this two-bite no-bake cookie recipe by are perfect as summertime snacks, after-dinner treats or simply to satisfy your summer baking cravings!

Yield: Makes approximately 30 cookies

Light(er) No-Bake Cookies Recipe with Dulce de Leche, Sea Salt & OatmealIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk.
  2. Bring to a boil and allow it to boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, dulce de leche and vanilla.
  4. Drop by the tablespoonful onto waxed paper. If you prefer, slightly flatten with a spatula or roll into a ball.
  5. Sprinkle each cookie with several grains of sea salt.
  6. Allow to set for at least 1 hour (I found that the texture was the best after the cookies sat out to dry for about 4 hours).

Pumpkin spice no-bake cookies

With a simple swap of the stove for the oven, your youngsters will be scrambling to indulge in's pumpkin spice no-bake cookies this summer.

Yield: Around 55 cookies

Pumpkin spice no-bake cookiesIngredients:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 small box pumpkin spice pudding mix
  • 3-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin pie spice to sprinkle on top (optional)


  1. In a large pan, stir together sugar, butter and milk. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the pudding mix until thoroughly incorporated. Stir in vanilla and oats. Allow to stand for 5 minutes to thicken.
  2. Drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper (I actually used a small cookie scoop from Pampered Chef that worked perfectly!) and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Love this recipe? How about sinking your teeth into these yummy Key lime pie cookie cups by, too!

Nutella no-bake cookies

Combining your brood's two favorite things — Nutella and cookies — you can hear your kiddos singing your praises when you serve them these Nutella no-bake cookies by

Nutella no-bake cookiesIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats


  1. In a saucepan, combine butter, milk, sugar and cocoa powder and heat over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 1 minute. Remove your saucepan from the heat.
  2. Add Nutella and vanilla to hot mixture and stir until combined. Add oats and stir until completely incorporated.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheets lined with wax paper. Let cool (or you can eat them all warm and gooey — that's yummy too!).

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