You need to make cookies. Maybe your child has a birthday party at school tomorrow, maybe you need a dish to pass for the family reunion, or maybe you simply have a hankering for some cookies. Regardless of why you need to make cookies, the fact is that you do and as luck would have it, your oven is not working, you have an apartment sized oven and a cookie sheet will not fit, or it is simply too hot and you do not want to turn the oven on at all.
Whatever the reason, you need to make cookies and you cannot or will not use your oven. So, what can you do? Some people would tell you that you are out of luck, but those people would be wrong.
In this post, we will show you how to bake cookies without an oven. Be sure to learn how to bake cakes without an oven as well.
Not to Worry… We Have a Hack for That
As the old proverb tells us, “necessity is the mother of invention.” This is true whether you are talking about something as enormous as a cure for smallpox or as simple as a way to make cookies without an oven. The scope of the need does not matter; the fact that there is a need at all will drive the discovery of a solution.
Here are three techniques for getting your cookie fix without 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
Ever since the microwave oven became a standard appliance found in most American households in the 1980s, more and more recipes have been developed to make use of the timesaving device. It is little wonder than even cookies can be made using microwaves.
The recipe most commonly used for microwave cookies eliminates eggs and chocolate, butterscotch, or flavored candies of any kind. The first because they do not cook evenly in a microwave and would separate from the rest of the ingredients and the second because they do not melt evenly and could become hot or cold spots within the dough.
However, you can add cocoa powder for a chocolatey addition or cinnamon for a snickerdoodle effect. Try different variations until you find the ones that work best for you, your family, and your microwave.
Basic Microwave Cookie Recipe
- 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`
As you would with any cookie batter, mix the room temperature (for softness) butter or margarine and the sugar in a bowl. Then add the vanilla extract to this mixture. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking soda together.
After that, mix the liquid and dry ingredients until they form a smooth paste. Shape the cookies by hand or with a microwave safe cookie mold – some cookie cutters are great for this, make sure you check for microwave safety first.
Microwave for 3 to 5 minutes until done – a toothpick will come out clean. The actual time will depend on your microwave oven’s power, age, and condition. Again, try different recipe variations and times until you find what works best.
Don’t forget to learn about the best ways to store your cookies.
2 – Crock Pot Cookies
According to crockpotladies.com, making cookies in the crock pot is not only feasible it is preferable. However, that remains to be seen. What is undeniable is that you can make delicious cookies in your crock-pot. Take a look at the short video below, showing the process:
Unlike microwave oven cookies, there is no special recipe needed to make cookies in your crock-pot. However, similar to cookies made in the microwave, crock-pot cookies and the results you get will depend on the size, power, and condition of the crock-pot used.
GeniusKitchen.com agrees with those Crock Pot Ladies in that a six-quart oval crock-pot is preferable for making cookies but not necessary. Again, you will need to use trial and error to figure out what works best for you.
Using your favorite cookie dough recipe, prepare the dough as you would if you were planning to bake in the oven. Line the bottom of your crock-pot with aluminum foil to form a bowl shape where the areas around the edges are raised up a little from the middle. This will allow the cookie dough to bake evenly.
Spray the foil with cooking oil and then spread your dough mixture evenly atop that. At this point, the most common suggestion is to cover the crock-pot and cook on low for 4 hours, leaving the lid slightly ajar for the last 30 minutes.
Remove the foil and cookies from the crock-pot and let them cool. Invert the foil and cut the cookies into squares or bars as you see fit.
3 – Stove Top Cookies
Again, prepare the dough as you would if you were going to bake it in the oven. Stovetop cookies are often compared to pancakes and the cooking of them is nearly identical.
Put a tiny sliver of butter or margarine into a non-stick skillet and warm it over low heat until the butter or margarine is melted. Swirl it around until it coats the bottom of your skillet evenly.
Roll tablespoons full of dough into balls and place into the pan at least two inches apart. Using a spatula, press the cookies down slightly and cover the pan with a lid. Cook five minutes and then flip, flatten, and recover for an additional five minutes.
Remove the cookies from your skillet and allow to cool on a rack as you would oven-baked cookies.
Wrapping It Up
Whether your apartment size oven is too small or not working at all, cookies are not out of your reach. Maybe you just cannot bear to fire up the oven in August but you cannot stop thinking about ooey gooey cookies.
All is not lost! While baking in an oven may be the way your mother taught you to make cookies, it is not the only way to get the job done. A microwave oven, crock-pot, and a hot skillet on the stove or even over a campfire are all you need to make cookies that you and your family will love.
Missing more than just the oven? Learn what do to when you’re missing some of the ingredients as well!