No Bake Desserts

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!)

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!


18 Responses to “No Bake Desserts”

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    Megan posted July 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Mmmm…. Nutella fudge! This is such a great list. Happy 4th!

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    Elizabeth posted July 4, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Icebox cake has been my favorite no bake dessert ever since I was little. Now I want to go make one

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    Michelle posted July 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

    The nutella banana pudding was one of my favorite recipes to borrow! Happy Fourth!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted July 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

    The nutella fudge is definitely on my to-do list! Yum!

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    Tracey posted July 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I am with everyone else… Nutella Fudge – oh my! Thank your for these wonderful recipes. I have already bookmarked.

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    Alaina posted July 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Oh man, that salted peanut butter fudge sounds amazing!! I will definitely be bookmarking that one. :-)

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    Joanne posted July 5, 2012 at 6:38 am

    You’ve definitely proven that no-bake desserts are just as, if not MORE, delicious than baked ones! These all sound awesome!

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    Daisy posted July 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

    you have created some fantastic desserts!! Hope you had a Happy 4th.

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    Rhonda posted July 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Imagine those 90+ temps from June until November and know what my summer is like :) With that said, I am definitely loving all these no bake recipes!

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    Michelle Collins posted July 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Love these! It’s always nice to make something like this in the summer…especially since I spent the last few days sweating my life away in my kitchen, with the stove on. :)

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook posted July 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    What a fantastic round-up of desserts! And perfect timing for this heat wave. My oven hasn’t been used in a week. I’d love to try any of the desserts on your list, but I know my kids would love the chocolate chip dough balls!

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    Meghan @ After the Ivy League posted July 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Okay. This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. Turning the oven on when my kitchen is approaching the 95 degree mark….not happening. But I still need to satisfy the baking urge/sweet tooth! This is perfect, thanks for the recipe line up!

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    grace posted July 7, 2012 at 4:57 am

    the first time i had bananas and nutella together, i knew i’d never look back–what a winning combination, and what a bonus that no baking is required!

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    Kerstin posted July 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

    What a great list – it’s so needed right now! I’ve just been eating ice cream but should try making some treats too :)

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    honeywhatscooking posted July 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    what a great idea. love the list… i usually pack my oven with pots and pans, so it’s nice not having to bake. :-)

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted July 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    This looks like a great list. I’m not a huge baker in general, but especially not in this heat!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted July 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    This is one delicious list – off to explore it :D


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    Baking Serendipity posted July 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I definitely needed this no-bake list! I’ve been craving desserts and not the heat of the oven. Love the cookie dough truffles!

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