Whether you have a birthday party, a work event, a get together with family and friends, or you’re just in the mood for some fresh cookies, having a working oven is an integral part of being able to bake those cookies, right?
Well, actually I have some great news for you. Whether your oven isn’t working or you’re somewhere without an oven available, there are still ways for you to bake those cookies.
Let me share with you 3 creative hacks to use when you want to bake cookies without an oven. Even better, cookies aren’t the only thing you can bake without an oven. Be sure to learn how to bake cakes without an oven as well.
There’s always another way to get it done
The standard method for baking cookies is to spoon out the dough and stick it in the oven until they reach that ideal warm, chewy, cakey, or crisped perfection – whichever way – you like it best!
But, when you can’t use an oven, there are some simple hacks you can use. Here are three techniques for “baking” that batch of cookies, without ever using an oven.
One method that we won’t be discussing (because it doesn’t technically involve baking) is making no-bake cookies, which also doesn’t require an oven.
1 – Microwave Cookies
Microwaves are a great time saver that can be used to cook so many things – cookies included. You’ll just need to adjust your cookie dough recipe a bit so that you get the best results when you’re baking in the microwave.
When baking cookies in the microwave, you’ll usually want to eliminate ingredients such as eggs, chocolate chips, butterscotch, or any flavored candies.
There are a couple reasons to keep these ingredients out of your microwave cookie recipe.
One reason is to prevent the ingredients from separating while cooking in the microwave. The other reason is so you don’t end up with some of your chocolate chips scorched, while others are still cold. Microwaves save a lot of time, but they don’t always distribute heat evenly.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can only make plain, unflavored cookies using the microwave. You can add in flavor using ingredients like cocoa powder and cinnamon.
Maybe even some graham cracker crumbs and marshmallow bits? Be creative and come up with your own concoctions. You may just discover a new favorite!
Your basic microwave cookie recipe will include the following ingredients.
- 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of Sugar
- 8.0 ounces (225 grams) of Flour
- 8.0 ounces (225 grams) of butter or margarine
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
To make your cookie batter, mix the room temperature butter or margarine and the sugar in a bowl, then add in the vanilla extract (or an alternative) to this mixture. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking soda together.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until they form a smooth cookie dough consistency. You can shape your cookies by hand or you can even use a microwave safe cookie mold.
Microwave your cookie dough for 3 to 5 minutes until they are done. Keep an eye on them and check with a toothpick to be sure that they are cooked thoroughly.
The actual cook time may vary, depending on your microwave oven’s power, age, and condition.
When you find out what works best for your recipe and your microwave, take note for next time so there’s no guessing needed.
Don’t forget to learn about the best ways to store your cookies.
2 – Crock Pot Cookies
Believe it or not, you can make delicious cookies in your crock-pot. Take a look at the short video below to see how it’s done.
Unlike microwave cookies, you don’t need to adjust your ingredients from your regular cookie dough recipe.
GeniusKitchen.com states that a six-quart oval crock-pot is preferable for making cookies, but not necessary. You may just need to make adjustments to your settings to get the same results, based on the size, power, and condition of the crock pot you have available.
First, you will want to line the bottom of your crock-pot with aluminum foil to form a bowl shape. This will help the cookie dough bake evenly.
Spray the foil with cooking oil and then spread your dough (prepared as you normally would if baking) evenly over the foil.
The most common suggestion is to cover the crock-pot and cook on low for 4 hours. When you get to the last 30 minutes, adjust your lid, leaving it slightly ajar.
Lift the foil edges to remove your cookie from the crock-pot and let it cool. At this point, you can cut your giant cookie into whatever size and shape you prefer.
Find a wonderful recipe for a big ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie at crockpotladies.com.
3 – Stove Top Cookies
Our third cookie baking hack uses the stove. Now, if you don’t have an oven to use, you may not have a stove top available either. But if you do, here is how you can use it to make cookies.
Similar to the crock pot cookie, you can prepare the dough as you would if you were going to bake it in the oven. No recipe adjustments are required.
Stovetop cookies are often compared to pancakes and with that in mind, you can probably imagine how you’re going to go about cooking them.
Start by melting a small amount of butter or margarine in a non-stick skillet set to low heat. Before adding the cookie dough, make sure that the bottom of your skillet is evenly coated with melted butter.
Roll tablespoons full of dough into balls and place them into the pan at least two inches apart, like you would on a cookie sheet. Press the cookies down slightly with a spatula to lightly flatten them, then cover the pan with a lid.
Continue to cook your cookie dough for about five minutes and then flip, flatten, and cover for another five minutes.
When they are cooked, go ahead and remove the cookies from your skillet and allow the cookies to cool on a cooling rack.
Wrapping It Up
When you have ooey-gooey cookies on your mind, you can’t help but give in and satisfy that craving.
I hope these creative hacks will help you get your cookie fix, even when you aren’t able to bake in an oven.
Who knows, maybe crock pot cookies will be your new favorite way to make cookies? Give it a try!
Missing more than just the oven? Learn what do to when you’re missing some of the ingredients as well!
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.