When your oven, microwave, and even your neighbor's oven are full, don't worry—there's always room for dessert. Check out a few of our no-bake desserts that call for minimal hands-on time and deliver top-notch flavor.
For a guilt-free, vegan dessert that's sure to get you in the fall spirit, there's no better option than these adorable mini pumpkin spice bites. Encased in a simple walnut-pecan-date crust, the key to this autumnal treat lies in the silken tofu filling. Providing a creamy consistency without affecting flavor, silken tofu is the best kept vegan dessert secret.
Love peanut butter cups? This is the treat for you. With a rich, chocolatey crust and a deep, nutty, creamy inside, this dessert is for all the peanut butter and chocolate lovers, whether you're vegan or not. Silken tofu acts as a smooth, thickening component for the filling, as well as canned coconut cream.
4 of 23Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Styling: Rishon Marie
Take one bite of this chocolatey, decadent “clean eating” dessert, you might not believe that it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free and paleo… but low and behold, you don’t need excessive sugar or other processed ingredients to make a next-level dessert. Easy to prep, and filled with rich chocolate-hazelnut flavor, this vegan dessert is perfect for anyone following a special diet or simply trying to clean their eating habits up a bit. Serve it for a special occasion, or just as a “treat yo-self” indulgence—since there’s no need to crank up the oven, it’s especially ideal to satisfy a summertime sweet tooth.
5 of 23Photo: Daniel Agee; Food Styling: Ivy Odom; Prop Styling: Kashara Johnson
Creamy, crunchy, rich, salty, and sweet all at the same time—these no-bake, chocolate-peanut butter bars are everything. Crisp crushed Bugles (one of our staffs’ junk food favorites) make for an fun and amazingly delicious twist on a typical crumb crust. They lend the perfect hit of salty, crispy, buttery goodness in the base of this cookie bar, and topping the assembled bars with a another handful of the the whole chips is a playful touch that lets folks know what’s in store when they bite into this salty-sweet situation. These decadent cookie bars were a huge hit in the test kitchen, and recipe developer Ivy Odom notes that they would be “perfect for tailgates, school parties, or for eating in front of the TV, with wine and the rest of the bag of Bugles, after a long day at work.”
Save a stash of Samoas (or Caramel DeLights) in order to make an epic pie that looks, and tastes, just like the classic Girl Scout cookie. Use the back of a measuring cup to press the crust into the pie plate and add heavy cream to the caramel when melting for a smoother, drizzle-with-ease consistency. Serve chilled, as you would a coconut creme pie.
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Strawberry season is an indicator of two things; it means the sun is out and the oven is off. Take a break from a hot kitchen to make this easy, fresh and stress-free no-bake Nutella flavored cheesecake. The hazelnut spread not only gives the cheesecake a velvety texture and chocolatey taste, but it also helps stabilize the pie to set up a creamy yet firm consistency when chilled. The addition of condensed milk adds a touch of milky sweetness and the lemon juice creates a mellow, zesty flavor that balances the cheesecake’s sweetness. You can prepare the crust a day ahead and also chill cheesecake overnight. This cheesecake will be a hit at any summer event, and it’s a great way to use up the season’s favorite berry.
This pie has it all. It's full of chocolate flavor, has a silky-smooth texture, and it's also gluten-free. Also, to make this pie vegan, be sure to use vegan chocolate chips. With this fantastic pie recipe, everyone gets to indulge.
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Lizard Pumpkin Pie
Lizard Pumpkin Pie Recipe Everybody loves pie! The caramel ice cream topping adds phenomenal flavor and leaves your mouth watering for more.
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Bourbon Balls Recipe Need an easy dessert for holiday guests or potluck parties? Spice things up with these simple sweets that come together in no time. For less intense bourbon flavor, prepare at least one week ahead.
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Chocolate Parfaits Recipe You'd never know this decadent chocolate parfait contains fat-free, sugar-free instant pudding, but it's true. The Southern Living Test Kitchen made the creamy dessert with both regular and sugar-free pudding mixes and were pleasantly surprised to find they preferred the taste of sugar-free. Seconds, anyone?
14 of 23Randy Mayor; Cindy Manning Barr
Sweet Chocolate Log
Sweet Chocolate Log Recipe If you're looking for Christmas dessert recipes that satisfy, savor a super-rich bite of this chocolatey treat. Crushed vanilla wafers, grated orange rind, Marsala wine, and honey add bright punches of flavor. Serve with a cup of espresso and dessert is done.
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Uptown Figs Recipe Dress up plain figs with almonds and an orange-and-cream-cheese filling for a simple, elegant-looking dessert that's perfect for a crowd. The figs can be made ahead, but let them stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
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Key Lime Coconut Snowballs
Key Lime Coconut Snowballs Recipe A quick roll in shredded coconut gives these sweet-and-tart treats a snow-dusted presentation. Graham cracker crumbs lend this dessert its crunchy texture. If you can’t find Key limes, use regular limes instead.
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Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
Recipe Plan a quintessential quick-and-easy, no-bake dessert: a rich and tasty smoothie. Make a pitcher for a special on-the-go snack during the holiday season, or for a smooth treat on late nights while listening for reindeer on the rooftop.
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Ambrosia Recipe Breeze through dessert by picking up a few key ingredients ahead of time. Purchase a pound cake from your local supermarket, then jazz it up with toppings, sauces, and drizzles. This fruit-filled ambrosia, spiked with sweetened coconut and dark rum, makes for a colorful—and tasty—cake topper.
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Strawberry Zinfandel Trifle
Strawberry Zinfandel Trifle Recipe Serve this colorful trifle in a large glass bowl to showcase the combination of sliced strawberries, lemon pound cake, and whipping cream. A splash of dry red Zinfandel gives this strawberry shortcake an upscale punch.
20 of 23Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Chocolate-Raspberry Tiramisu Recipe Shortcut this classic Italian dessert by using split ladyfingers, a rich mascarpone cheese filling, and a hint of raspberry-flavored liqueur. Dust the plate with cocoa and garnish with mint sprigs for a beautiful presentation. If your sweet tooth needs another hit, drizzle chocolate sauce over the dessert before serving.
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Pears with Rosemary Sugar
Pears with Rosemary Sugar Recipe Top pear wedges with a drizzle of orange juice and a sprinkle of rosemary and sugar for a sweet and savory treat that's ready in about five minutes.
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Brandy-Vanilla Cheesecake Dip
Brandy-Vanilla Cheesecake Dip Recipe Refrigerated cheesecake filling is sold in a tub near the cream cheese. It is fully cooked and ready to use. Serve this incredibly easy but equally impressive dessert dip with sliced pears, apricots, cherries, strawberries, and assorted cookies.
23 of 23Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik