Summer is here, my friends! Which means lots of cookouts, parties, and get-togethers, but also lots of heat. The last thing you want is to have a dessert in the oven for an hour or more while your guests sweat away at dinner. So here’s a list of 16 scrumptious desserts that require absolutely zero oven time. You won’t miss it, I promise.
1) S’mores Bars
All the goodness of a campfire without the heat, smoke, and mosquitoes, these no-bake S’mores are sure to be a hit with the kids. This recipe uses Golden Grahams cereal, which comes together splendidly with the slightly melted marshmallows and chocolate chips. Yum!
2) Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars
These 6-ingredient bars are basically a crunchy Reese’s, which is maddeningly genius. How have I not thought of this before?! Oh, and they have an Oreo crust. Sold.
3) Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake
Coffee, caramel, and vanilla in a cheesecake is a no-brainer. It takes half an hour to come together, and after 4 hours setting in the freezer, you have a creamy, sweet, chilled version of your favorite Starbucks drink.
4) Banana Split Dessert
Everything you love about banana splits, adapted for a serving dish, and grounded with a graham cracker crust. This dessert looks charmingly retro, yet tastes fresh and creamy thanks to the whipped cream, pineapple, and cherries. Don’t forget the hot fudge!
5) M&M Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Switch up the sheet cake and serve this colorful delight at the next birthday party. The creamy peanut butter and M&M filling is supported by a homemade oreo crust, covered in a rich chocolate ganache, and topped with rainbow M&Ms and peanut butter frosting.
6) Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake
Orange and cream is the perfect summer flavor combo. This cheesecake does the crave-worthy pairing justice while nixing the messiness of a traditional creamsicle. It’s bright, retro coloring makes this sweet treat a show-stopping centerpiece for any summer party.
7) Twix Cookie Bars
What’s better than a Twix? Maybe these Twix cookie bars, which seriously level up your basic cereal treats. Take a rice crispy treat recipe, swap out the cereal for Nilla wafers, and top with caramel and chocolate. Can I get a booyah?
8) Oreo Cheesecake
Oreo lovers, look no further. This no-bake, no-heat cheesecake is quick to make and decadently delicious. An oreo cookie crust topped with oreo cream cheese filling, this is the perfect dessert to whip up when you can’t be bothered with turning on your stove, but you still want to impress your guests.
9) Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes
These individually-portioned caramel apple delights have a secret – the filling is made with Greek yogurt, so you don’t have to feel bad about having more than one. When topped with apple pie filling, whipped cream, and a caramel drizzle, how could you resist?
10) Classic No-Bake Cookies
No-bake cookies? What is this magic? These chocolaty cookies are actually a breeze to make: just stir peanut butter and oats into your melted chocolate sauce, and dollop onto baking sheets to cool.
11) Key Lime Pie
This pie is more like a key lime cheesecake, but what’s wrong with that? Tropical key lime tanginess goes so well with the cream cheese filling that I feel like we’ve stumbled on a state secret here. I can have my homemade cookie crust, my key lime creamy filling, my whipped cream topping, AND not have to turn on my oven? That can’t be legal.
12) Cookie Dough Bars
Fun and flavorful cookie dough bars have all the Instagrammable visual appeal of a pink sprinkle donut, combined with the nostalgic joy of eating cookie dough. This recipe nixes the eggs, so all you have to do are mix up the layers and chill them for a few hours.
13) Chocolate Pudding Cream Pie with Oreo Crust
Ready in under 30 minutes, this rich and chocolaty pie is the perfect impressive dessert for last-minute events. With an oreo crust, two layers of chocolate filling, a fluffy cloud of cream, and whimsical chocolate shavings on top, this is one of those desserts that only looks like it took all day to make.
14) Snickers Cheesecake
One more no-bake cheesecake for you, but this one is so good I couldn’t leave it out. There are real Snickers pieces in the silky filling and sprinkled on top, and it sits on a buttery graham cracker crust, and it’s covered in gooey caramel sauce. I’m only human.
15) Kahlua Cookies
These oatmeal-based cookies pack a boozy punch of Kahlua in every bite! The caramel and coffee flavors make these cookies extra decadent, and perfect to bring to your next brunch get-together.
16) Orange Creamsicle Truffles
Bright orange with a dusting of powdered sugar, these flavor-packed orange creamsicle truffles will steal the show at your next party. The white chocolate chips are the secret to their creaminess, and when combined with fresh orange zest these truffles become addictive – make extra.
No matter the occasion, there’s a quick and easy, no-bake recipe for all your summer dessert needs. Whether it’s a bake sale (try the classic no-bake cookies) or a beach day (serve up the orange creamsicle cheesecake), you don’t need an oven for an impressive sweet treat that will have the kids and the grown-ups asking for more. Do you have a go-to no bake dessert I left out? Share the love!