How to Bake Cookies Without Oven

Oven broke? Too hot to use the oven? Have a hankering for a tasty cookie? If you find yourself oven-less with a cookie craving, don’t panic. There are many ways you can bake cookies without an oven. Although unconventional, your taste buds won’t know the difference.

Hey! My name is Michelle, and I live in Southern California. Needless to say, it gets really hot here. So, I am not a big fan of using my oven during the summer months. During times of peak heat and peak cookie cravings, I have to be a bit more creative with my cookie-baking procedures.

If you’re looking for a way to bake cookies without an oven, you’re in luck! This article shares five – that’s right, five – different ways to bake cookies without using an oven. And don’t worry, none of these methods involve leaving your cookies under the sun for endless hours. 

Get your aprons on, and let’s start “baking” cookies!

How to Make Cookies Without an Oven

I know, I know. Ovens are the traditional way to bake everyone’s favorite treat. But that doesn’t mean you have to use the oven. The methods below might be a bit unconventional, but I promise you, they yield impeccable results. 

1. Crockpot Cookies

The trusty crockpot. I use mine at least three or four times a week, and one of my recipes is always a sweet treat. That’s right – your infamous slow cooker is not only great for fall-off-the-bone meats and stews. It can be a cookie curator, too.

The best part is, much like any other crockpot recipe, the recipe is super simple. In fact, you can use your go-to cookie recipe and not need to adjust any of the ingredients. 

Making cookies in the crockpot is so simple and yields incredible results. Although, you won’t have the typical circular cookie shape (unless you cut it out from the large-and-in-charge crockpot cookie). 

To make crockpot cookies, do the following:

  1. Line the bottom of your crockpot with a sheet of aluminum foil, creating a bowl-like shape.
  2. Spray or grease the foil thoroughly.
  3. Mix and spread the dough evenly.
  4. Cook on low for four hours.

A four-hour low-and-slow cook time is best for those using a 6-quart crockpot. The time may need to be adjusted if you’re using a larger or smaller model. The best thing to do is keep an eye on your cookies and check them regularly. 

2. Pressure Cooker Cookies

Have you jumped on the pressure cooker bandwagon? I sure have! The pressure cooker is one of the quickest ways to cook.  Just toss everything in, set the timer, and wait for the pressure, and it does all of the work for you. There are so many great recipes, and you can make cookies, too.

For this recipe, you’re going to need a mason jar. Simply fill the mason jar with your preferred cookie ingredients (obviously, you will need to make a smaller batch for pressure cooker cookies). Top with tin foil.

Then, pour one cup of water into the pressure cooker and place the trivet inside. Put the mason jar on top of the trivet and cook for five to seven minutes. Five minutes will be gooier, while seven will be firmer.

3. Microwave Cookies

Oh, the handy microwave. Is there anything it can’t do? From heating to defrosting, a microwave is a versatile appliance that often gets looked over. But did you know it could “bake” cookies, too?

Now, when making microwave cookies, the recipe is going to change a bit. You don’t want to use ingredients such as eggs, chocolate chips, or other candies. Microwaves don’t distribute the heat properly and may also separate these ingredients. Yuck!

Instead, you will want to rely on flavors to get your cookie nice and tasty. For example, if you have a chocolate craving, you should use cocoa powder and sugar. If you want something a bit more succulent, try the cinnamon powder.

To make a successful microwave cookie, you will add your flavorings with sugar, flour, butter, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in the other, then mix until you have a cookie dough consistency. 

Next, form the cookie dough into your desired shape and place it on a microwave-safe plate, pan, or mold. Microwave the cookies for around three to five minutes. Keep in mind that cook time will vary depending on your microwave, so keep a close eye on those cookies!

4. Stovetop Cookies

If you’re like me, you use your stovetop multiple times per day (yes, I have a big family and love cooking!). But did you know that the stovetop isn’t just for making scrambled eggs, hash browns, and rice? It can also be a wonderful option for oven-less cookie making.

A few things first. One, the good news is, you don’t have to change your cookie recipe at all. So bust out grandma’s cookie recipe and prepare as normal. Second, although using the same ingredients, the final result will be a bit flatter and pancake-like. 

But the flavor is 100% still there – don’t worry.

To make stovetop cookies, do the following:

  1. Heavily grease the bottom of the pan. (Butter is recommended for its mouthwatering flavor).
  2. Roll dough into balls and place it onto the pan.
  3. Flatten the ball of dough with a spatula and cover the pan with the lid.
  4. Cook for around five minutes.
  5. Flip and flatten the cookie once more.
  6. Cook for around five more minutes.
  7. Remove from the pan and cool on a cooling rack.

5. No-Bake Cookies

Some people might say no-bake cookies are cheating. But it’s okay to cheat once in a while, right? (Ahem – some of us are cheating on our diets just thinking about cookies!)

There is a seemingly endless supply of no-bake cookie recipes. The “basic” recipe combines butter, brown sugar, vanilla, flour, condensed milk, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. However, you can be super creative. Toss in walnuts, M&Ms, white chocolate – whatever you want!


Still curious about how to bake cookies without an oven? Then keep reading. Below, you will find some frequently asked questions with answers you’re going to want to know!

Can I bake cookies in my air fryer?

Yes! Here’s another handy kitchen appliance that can bring delectable cookie treats in no time. Use your preferred cookie recipe and toss it into the air fryer for around five minutes. You will want to use 25 degrees less than the recipe calls for. (350F in the oven, 325F in the air fryer).

How do you heat up cookies without a microwave?

You can use the oven to heat up cookies when you’re out of a microwave. If you don’t have an oven either, then the stovetop or air fryer can get the job done.

Can you steam-bake cookies?

Yes, you can steam-bake cookies. The recipe won’t be altered, and you should bake them for around nine minutes at 325F. You may need to add a minute or two, depending on your cookie 

Final Thoughts

Just because you’re ovenless doesn’t mean you must be void of cookies. As long as you have a stovetop, crockpot, pressure cooker, microwave, or nothing, you can make delicious cookies. 

Have you tried any of these methods? Share below!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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