31 Easy No-Bake Desserts To Keep Your Cool This Summer
When the summer sun makes it feel like an oven outside, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven inside. But we have 31 dreamy desserts that don't require any baking, so you can enjoy more of summer.
Making amazing desserts without the help of an oven is easier and faster than you might think. We picked out 31 recipes that don't need to be baked and are presented so beautifully that you'll still feel like a pastry chef when you're done.
You'll notice a few common ingredients are used to pull off some spectacular summer desserts (but not all of them): store-bought cookies, whipped cream, and cream cheese are major players. They're mixed and matched with different flavors and varying presentations to make unique and surprising desserts that don't require heating up the house.
Mawmaws Banana Pudding by Loaves and Dishes
Banana pudding is a Southern favorite no-bake dessert that's as easy to make as it is to eat. Vanilla pudding is layered with banana discs and vanilla wafers for a texture trifecta. The cookies absorb the moisture from the custard and take on a cake-like consistency. Turning cookies into a no-bake cake is one of my favorite kitchen hacks.
Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake
Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake by Life, Love and Sugar
After looking at that picture, how much convincing do you really need to make this icebox cake? This one uses cream cheese and whipped cream to form a mousse. The mousse is then layered with chocolate wafer cookies and chocolate ganache to build a tower of temptation. Can you resist it? Probably not, which is why you should make it.
5 Ingredient Layered Mango Cheesecake Parfaits
5 Ingredient Layered Mango Cheesecake Parfaits by The Wanderlust Kitchen
The author of this recipe describes it best: simple, cool, and easy. And with just five ingredients, it's also fast! Pureed mango is layered with whipped cream and graham crackers for flavor AND texture. Dessert is served in under 25 minutes.
No Bake Lemon Bliss Cheesecake
No Bake Lemon Bliss Cheesecake by Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen
If you want to bliss out, it should be with a Lemon Bliss Cheesecake. Picture this: pulverized lemon cookies are the foundation that holds up a creamy layer of lemon fluff, followed by a tier of cookies and more fluff. This all comes together in 20 minutes. Giving it the time to firm up (overnight) in the refrigerator is the only real challenge with this dessert.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie by The Gold Lining Girl
For peanut butter lovers that like some salty with their sweets, this no-bake peanut butter pie solves the dessert dilemma. To cut some of the sweetness, instead of a graham cracker or cookie crust, this pie calls for crushed pretzels for that crucial crunchy component. You then whip together cream cheese and peanut butter before folding in a non-dairy whipped topping (which can be substituted with whipped cream). The best part? If you're in your kitchen, you're only ten minutes away from a slice of pie.
No-Bake Butterfinger® Cream Pie
No-Bake Butterfinger® Cream Pie by Savvy Saving Couple Similarly sweet and dreamy (and easy), but with the added crunch of candy, the No-Bake Butterfinger Cream Pie takes the peanut butter pie flavor and turns it inside out. Crushed candy bar is folded into the sugar-cream-cheese-whipped-topping mixture and spread into a chocolate cookie crust. It takes just 25 minutes to put together.
Peanut Butter Cookie Lasagna
Peanut Butter Cookie Lasagna by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut butter cookie lasagna is not as weird as it sounds. In fact, it's destinctly delicious, especially if you like Nutter Butter cookies. A scoop of this lasagna delivers a cross-section of cookie, peanut butter, peanut butter cups, and whipped cream. It takes a lot less time to put together than a meat lasagna, that's for sure.
Frozen Oreo Dessert
Frozen Oreo Dessert by Creations by Kara
This might just be THE dessert hero — 36,000 people (at least) aspire to make this Frozen Oreo Dessert and have "yummed" it on Yummly. And what's not to love about an Oreo cookie crust with an ice cream filling and fudge drizzled on top? If you answered with "nothing," you're in the right place.
Quick Coffee Trifle
Quick Coffee Trifle by Joy of Kosher
Much like the other no-bake treats, this one is all about layering cookies and whipped cream, but what makes this dessert extra-achievable is how it's served because you can adjust the number of delivery vessels to suit how much whipped topping, bananas, and cookies you have on hand.
No Churn Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream
No Churn Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream by Aberdeen's Kitchen Here is our token no-churn ice cream recipe because you can't curate a list of no-bake desserts without including summer's favorite treat. This recipe follows the conventional method of whipping together pureed strawberries, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped cream. It's gotten rave reviews like: "Loved it! Very easy and it made a lot" and "It was very good and easy to make." Take it from your fellow (non-cooking) cooks: It's a good recipe!
Sunbutter Buckeye Balls
Sunbutter Buckeye Balls by Sunbutter
For those of you gearing up for college football season, these Sunbutter Buckeye Balls simultaneously give you a taste of fall and abide by the summer dessert rule of not firing up the oven. These buckeyes deviate from Ohio State's traditional peanut-butter-based recipe and uses Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) instead. The little truffles are dipped in chocolate for a delicious dessert that even football fans with peanut allergies can enjoy.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chocolate Chia Pudding by Detoxinista
If you're looking for a no-bake chocolate dessert, this one not only has the merits of creamy pudding, but it's also gluten-free and dairy-free. It also takes five minutes to make (literally FIVE minutes) so you can get back to summer fun.
Strawberry Coconut Semifreddo
Strawberry Coconut Semifreddo by Taste and Tipple
This semifreddo is an excellent introduction to this cold and fluffy Italian dessert which is something like a frozen mousse. Instead of egg whites, this recipe relies on coconut milk to mix with the condensed milk, whipped cream, and strawberry puree before chilling it, for an easy no-bake dessert that even the kids can help with.
Need More Inspiration?
If those recipes aren't quite the combinations you're looking for, we've got more than a few other no-bake dessert recipes to discover.