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No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

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No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars taste just like cookie dough and come together with just 7 ingredients.

cookie dough bars topped with chocolate
No Bake Cookie Dough Bar image by Sarah Alvord

Don’t want to heat up the house or wait for cookies to bake? Then you have got to try these no bake cookie bars. They really taste like the sweet cookie dough we all love to eat right out of the bowl, topped with a sweet, chocolate frosting.

My daughter says ‘these are so bus!’. I’m pretty sure that means they are amazing because she kept coming back for more.

I think you will love these no-bake chocolate chip cookie dough bars too because they are simple to make, only use a few basic ingredients, make a big batch, and are always a huge hit!

If you love these no-bake cookie dough bars, you should check out my recipes for No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars or No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies.


Let’s walk through what you will need to whip up a batch of these safe to eat no bake cookie dough bars:

  • Butter: the base of any good cookie recipe is always butter. I like to use unsalted butter when baking so that I can adjust the amount of salt as needed.
  • Brown Sugar: here to add sweetness and that classic cookie flavor
  • Vanilla: a baking staple that adds that perfect touch of flavor and brings out the cookie flavor in these cookie bars.
  • Milk: acts as a binding agent in these no-bake cookie bars to add moisture since we are not using eggs.
  • All Purpose Flour: be sure to heat treat the flour to make this safe to eat cookie dough.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips or Candies: it can’t be a chocolate chip cookie without chocolate chips.

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips: this makes for a rich, chocolate frosting. Milk chocolate can be substituted or even do half and half.
  • Coconut Oil– adding oil to the chocolate will help it melt and spread smoothly over the cookie dough.
uncooked chocolate chip cookie dough bars with mini chocolate candy pieces pressed into a square baking pan

How to Make No Bake Cookie Dough Bars

These Cookie Dough Bars can be ready in under 20 minutes! Let’s talk about how to make this easy recipe:

  1. Make the Cookie Dough: start with a large mixing bowl and an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth and well combined. The butter and sugar should look airy and soft when it is mixed.
  2. Add in the Remaining Ingredients: add in the vanilla, milk, salt, and flour to the creamed butter. Continue to mix with the electric mixer until combined.
  3. Fold in the Chocolate: use a spatula or the electric mixer to mix in the mini chocolate chips or candies.
  4. Press into the Pan: Line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan in an even layer.
  5. Chill the Dough: Cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator while you make the frosting.
  6. Make the Chocolate Frosting: make the frosting by placing the chocolate chips and oil into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, then in 10 second increments until melted, stirring between cooking times.
  7. Spread on the Frosting: pour the frosting over the chilled cookie dough and spread evenly with a knife or offset spatula.

Quick Tip

To make this raw cookie dough safe to eat, heat treat the flour before using it in this recipe.
To heat treat the flour, pour the flour onto a baking sheet and bake in a 350º F oven for at least 5 minutes. The flour should reach 160º F before use.

no bake cookie dough bars topped with chocolate and mini colored candies

How to Store No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars

No bake cookie dough bars are an easy make-ahead treat.

Since these bars are made with milk, it is best to store them in the refrigerator. Slice the bars into squares then, place them in an air-tight container or zip-top bag. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

These cookie dough bars can also be frozen. For ease, slice into squares and then freeze in an air-tight container or zip-top bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Other Simple No Bake Recipes You Should Try:

  • Chocolate Eclair Cake– Eclair cake is layers of graham crackers, instant vanilla pudding, and chocolate frosting.
  • Smores Bars– Smores Bar Recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes and is easily made with Golden Grahams cereal, marshmallows, and of course chocolate.
  • Banana Pudding Dessert– a delightful, cold treat featuring layers of Golden Oreo cookie crust, sweet cream cheese, fresh bananas, and whipped topping.
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No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

These easy No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars taste just like cookie dough and come together with just 7 ingredients.
Prep Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 426kcal


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips or M&M's

Chocolate Topping

  • cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter


  • In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until combined.
  • Add in the vanilla, milk, salt, and flour. Mix until the dough is smooth.
  • Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  • Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper
  • Press the dough into the pan and chill while you make the frosting.
  • For the topping, melt the chocolate chips and oil in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave in 10 second increments until smooth.
  • Spread evenly over the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to an hour, until set.


  • Nutrition facts are just an estimate and are given as a courtesy. 
  • To heat treat the flour, bake at 350º F until it reaches a temperature of 160℉, approximately for 5 minutes.
  • The longer you are able to chill the dough, the more firm it will be. 
  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator


Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: After School Snack, Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar
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