11 no-bake dessert recipes for chilled pies, granitas, shakes and more

11 no-bake dessert recipes for chilled pies, granitas, shakes and more


I am a baker all year round, there is no denying it. Even in the summer, I set my oven to 475 degrees to bake sourdough bread (though more often than not overnight, when it’s theoretically cooler). August and September are also prime recipe testing seasons for our annual Christmas cookie issue. Fortunately, I’ve been blessed with an air conditioner that can handle most of my projects, but even I can appreciate the joys of an unbaked dessert.

Recipes that don’t require heat are also welcome when I want something light and refreshing. Or if I don’t have the energy for a complicated dish. These sweet treats from our Recipe Finder are ideal for when you’re feeling the same way. None of them require the oven or hob and they use a microwave.

Black Forest Cool Box Cake. Between turning on the oven to bake and worrying about the frosting melting, layer cakes can be a less-than-ideal option in the heat. So, staff writer Aaron Hutcherson found a delicious way to channel this retro dessert as an ice cream pie. I made it and can testify to its greatness. McVities Icebox Mess is another variation on the genre.

Rainbow Sprinkle Icebox Cake. Likewise, if you have a summer birthday to celebrate, let me introduce you to this festive, fun centerpiece from Jessie Sheehan. It’s like Funfetti, but in refrigerated form. For more sprinkle options, check out a childhood favorite (which my mom recently made for us!): That Cream Cheese Cool Whip Pie.

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Peaches With Rosemary-Mascarpone Whipped Cream. You’ll need to plan ahead to infuse the rosemary into the cream for whipping, but otherwise there’s very little effort involved in putting together this Italian-inspired dessert using store-bought pizzelle (thin wafer cookies).

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Strawberry Fool With Raspberries. Frozen berries, sugar, and cream make up the base for this convenient, wallet-friendly dessert.

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Pina Colada Granita. This option walks the line between dessert and drink. It’s refreshing however you look at it.

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Rum Balls. It’s a shame people only think of these treats around the holidays, because they’re a great option for a cookie-bordered treat that doesn’t require baking.

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Chai Floats. These creamy floats use coffee ice cream and chai latte mix for a slightly more grown-up version of a kid’s dish.

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Good Stuff Eatery’s Milky Way Malt. Here’s a decadent, eye-catching milkshake inspired by malted milk balls.

Cacao Chia Pudding. While many puddings require cooking on the stovetop, this vegan recipe uses a food processor or high-speed blender.

Monster Cookie Dough. Customize your own edible cookie dough for the kids or kids at heart in your life. Because flour isn’t safe to eat raw, you’ll either need to buy heat-treated flour or microwave it yourself, which takes about 2 minutes according to the recipe instructions.

No-Bake Hemp Brownie Bites. These raw, vegan and gluten-free bites have the taste of a brownie. Dates provide a lot of moisture and chew gently. likewise, Date-Coconut Energy Balls rely on fruits, nuts and seeds.