There are days when I feel no greater satisfaction than slaving over a hot stove, cooking for hours, and baking some treats and goodies.
But other days, other 90-degree, scorching hot, it’s-really-summer days, I really have no desire to turn on the oven to bake. However, that doesn’t stop me from craving something sweet, sugary, and oh-so-perfect for lazy days, barbecue parties, and picnics. And this is where No Bake Desserts come in handy.
These desserts are fantastically easy to whip up. At most, you’ll need a microwave or a blender, but the recipes just require some elbow grease and patience (since you have to let some of them chill inside the fridge for a few hours).
Here are a few of my favorite No Bake Desserts:
Blackberry Fudge Squares – microwave fudge with fresh fruit: a dessert oxymoron if there ever was one
Chocolate Bark – so easily customizable, and really fun to make
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles – eggless cookie dough that’s made to be eaten as is – they are awesome frozen/straight from the freezer
Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls – do I really need to say anything else?
Dark Chocolate Ganache Cups – rich and thick, with a touch of orange liqueur, these little cups are sexy and sophisticated (pictured above)
Frangelico Truffle Cocktail – cocktails count as dessert…
Mango Icebox Cake – the dessert that turned me into a mango-lover
Nutella Banana Pudding – this dessert is sweet and soft and creamy. Spongey, crunchy, velvety. Nutella, bananas, and pudding. They’re in perfect harmony.
Nutella Fudge with Espresso Salt – there’s really no stopping me once I discovered 3-minute fudge
Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake Truffles – handy little truffles that taste like cookies-and-cream and peanut butter cheesecake combined (PS – these were featured on Boston.com!)
Raspberry Beer Float – three ingredients that will give you the biggest summer grins ever
Salted Peanut Butter Fudge – made wholesome with fresh ground peanut butter; made un-wholesome by white chocolate and condensed milk (whoever said fudge was meant to be wholesome, anyway?)
What are your favorite no-bake desserts? Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday!