29 Easy No-Bake Desserts Sure to Delight
No celebration is complete without a sweet treat, but when it's hot outside even the keenest baker would prefer not to turn on the oven. Our recommendation: Keep the kitchen cool by making one of our no-bake treats. You'll find that once you master a delicious dessert you can make without the use of your oven, you'll reach for the recipes time and time again. And they're certainly not just for summer. Whether your holiday dinner is monopolizing all of the precious cooking space or you're simply not in the mood to bake on your Saturday night in, these no-oven-required recipes are easy and tempting any time of the year.
Some of these no-bake desserts can be made quickly and served immediately. Others require making ahead, a boon for the host as this means the work is done ahead of the party. Delicious crowd-friendly options like icebox cakes and tarts and no-bake cheesecakes can be taken out of the refrigerator when it's time to dig in. The versatility of these no-bake desserts makes it easy to find something delicious based on your schedule.
Cheesecake is one of the most popular no-bake desserts. Traditional cheesecake requires oven time and a water bath to bake in, but the no-bake variety is much easier. The recipes leave out egg yolks for food safety but keep the richness intact. Try the No-Bake Chocolate-Crust Cheesecake pictured here, our No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake, which is topped with a gorgeous syrup cherry topping, or wow your guests with Individual No-Bake Cheesecakes.
If you're hosting a dinner party and want to serve a showstopping dessert, consider crème brûlée. Not the traditional baked custard, though. Instead opt for one of our no-bake versions. The custard for No-Bake Chocolate-Eggnog Crème Brûlées and No-Bake Espresso Crème Brûlées sets up in the refrigerator, rather than the oven, but maintains that luscious, creamy interior. The only heat needed is a final swish of a blow torch to achieve a thin sheet of caramelized sugar just waiting to be cracked into.
All of these recipes are easy to make, easy to enjoy, and completely oven-free!
Coconut Water Granita
Just two ingredients, coconut water and sugar, are you all you need for this refreshing granita—and time to allow it to freeze. Top with strawberries and toasted coconut.
Crispy Cereal Treats
No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
You can't beat this airy, rich Italian dessert. Instead of making ladyfingers, use the store-bought kind, so you can focus on the good stuff (like spreading the silky mascarpone and marsala filling over each and every layer).
Berries with Buttermilk and Honey
7-Layer Ice Cream Cake
Slow-Cooker Triple Chocolate Brownies
No-Bake Espresso Creme Brulee
No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
Chewy and satisfying, these no-bake bar cookies use crunchy and creamy peanut butter plus oats and finely ground chocolate wafers for the bottom layer. Melted semisweet chocolate covers the top and drizzles of melted peanut butter and milk chocolate provide a decorative garnish.
No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake for a Crowd
Frozen Chocolate-Mousse Trifles
Chocolate-Candy Icebox Bars
If you're looking for a rich no-bake treat that's easy to make and comes with a super sweet payoff, this is it. You'll need to stock up on candy to make them but these bars are well worth a trip through the candy aisle.
No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake
Peach Melba Spoom
No-Bake Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
Peanut Butter Tart
Black-and-White Ice Cream Tart
Use this recipe as a starting point for your ice cream tart explorations. Start with the classic vanilla and chocolate combination, then try butter-pecan ice cream with a gingersnap crust or green tea ice cream with honey graham crackers. The possibilities are endless.
Chocolate, Banana, and Graham Cracker Icebox Cake
No-Bake Fudge Brownies
Marshmallow Cookie Sandwiches
Tangy Raspberry Fool
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Icebox Cake
Whether it's for a celebratory dinner, a birthday party, or just because, this easy-to-make icebox cake—which calls for just four ingredients and is a make-ahead wonder—should be your go-to treat. It needs sit for at least eight hours in the refrigerator so the cookies soften for an easy, creamy scoop—and waiting might be the hardest part of making this dessert!
Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats
These are the classic puffed cereal treats you know and love with the addition of rich chocolate—and we don't imagine anyone will complaining about that! Kids can help by mixing the ingredients together, then pressing it all down into a pan to shape the bars.