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70+ No-Bake Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

updated Jun 16, 2022
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Chocolate Delight on plate
Credit: Kelli Foster

As we head into summer, it’s all about keeping things simple in the kitchen. With all of the allures of the outdoors beckoning us outside, you’re not always going to want to spend hours watching over your baked goods in the oven. In fact, during summer, turning on the oven can feel less than appealing as temperatures start to mount. This is where no-bake desserts come to the rescue.

Making simple no-bake desserts is such a pleasure. Whether you’re whipping up a batch of homemade pudding or stacking up an icebox cake, no-bake desserts are the most satisfying of victories. You made it all the way to dessert without breaking a sweat! Here are more than 70 of our absolute favorite no-bake recipes, from cookies to puddings to pies.

No-Bake Delights

These classic no-bake layered desserts gives off nostalgic vibes that might remind you of something you ate as a kid.   

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No-Bake Strawberry Delight
Strawberry Delight is a charmingly pink no-bake dessert packed with six layers (yes, six) of creamy, dreamy berry goodness.
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No-Bake Chocolate Delight
Packed with four dreamy layers of chocolate pudding, creamy cheese, fluffy whipped cream, and shaved chocolate, this no-bake dessert is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
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No-Bake Coconut Delight
Packed with four dreamy layers of coconut cream, fluffy whipped cream, and toasted coconut, this no-bake dessert will make everyone forget all about pie.
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No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Dream Bars
Turn chocolate and peanut butter into the ultimate, no-bake summer dessert.
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No-Bake Strawberry Dream Bars

These creamy strawberry and lemon no-bake dessert bars taste like a dream.

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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight
Turn store-bought chocolate chip cookies into the ultimate no-bake summer dessert. (It's even better than a freshly baked batch!)
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Lemon Blueberry Delight
Packed with four dreamy layers of jammy blueberries, creamy cheese, fluffy whipped cream, and sturdy graham cracker base, this no-bake dessert will be the hit of spring.
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No-Bake Cherry Delight
With its glossy red top, creamy filling, and salty-sweet crust, this no-bake dessert will wow everyone.
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No-Bake Lemon Fluff Bars
These light and fluffy lemon bars live up to their name.
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No-Bake Ube Cheesecake Bars
These easy, no-bake cheesecake bars get a flavor upgrade with ube extract and ube jam, making it an ideal make-ahead dessert.
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No-Bake Apple Delight
Packed with five creamy layers of spiced apples, cream cheese, fluffy whipped cream and sweet caramel, this no-bake dessert will make everyone forget all about pie.
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No-Bake Pumpkin Delight
Packed with four dreamy layers of pumpkin mousse, creamy cheese, fluffy whipped cream, and toasted pecans, this no-bake dessert will be the hit of Thanksgiving.
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No-Bake Pies

These pies are the perfect desserts for summertime. They look so impressive that people probably won’t even know that there was no baking involved.

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No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake
This cookies-and-cream no-bake cheesecake with an Oreo crumb crust practically makes itself.
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Cheese Pie
This sweet pie is made with a handful of basic ingredients you probably already have tucked away in your pantry.
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Chocolate Cream Pie
Oreo crust, a thick layer of creamy chocolate pudding, a dollop of light-as-air whipped cream, and a sprinkling of shaved chocolate make this silky-smooth chocolate cream pie an absolute dream.
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Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake
The lively, familiar spices of classic pumpkin pie are balanced by the creamy goodness of a New York-style cheesecake.
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Easy No-Bake Cheesecake
This no-bake cheesecake is impossibly smooth without a hint of graininess, perfectly creamy and tangy, and complete with a buttery graham cracker crust.
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No-Bake Cream Cheese Pie with Summer Fruit
This pie is the ultimate summer dessert. It’s indulgent, yet light. It’s casual and simple, yet it doesn’t necessarily come off that way. It fits right in on the dessert table of your backyard barbecue, yet can hold its own at a dinner party.
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No-Bake Fat Elvis Peanut Butter & Banana Pie
There are very few cravings as strong as the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Combine it with pretzels, bananas and salty goodness and what do you have? A no-bake Fat Elvis pie, that’s what!
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No-Bake Sheet Pan Lemon Yogurt Tart
There are few desserts quite as delightful as those bursting with bright, lemony freshness. That’s precisely why we’re big fans of this yogurt-filled play on lemon cream pie.
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No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Verrines
While this recipe does require a few minutes spent over the stove, it is completely worth it. Served in individual glasses, this creamy cheesecake custard is paired with a strawberry-raspberry gelee, all atop a graham cracker crust.
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Classic Banoffee Pie
Make no mistake — this British classic is a sweet slice, one that will make you fall back in love with toffee flavors and ripe bananas.
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Slow Cooker Cheesecake by Martha Stewart
A Most people associate Crock-Pots with thick, hearty stews or fork-tender cuts of meat. But the same principles that allow the flavors of a stock to build also apply to desserts made in the slow cooker. This cheesecake by Martha Stewart is the perfect example.
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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake
The slow cooker might seem like a peculiar choice, but the magic of this machine’s slow and even heating is that it delivers a moist and tender chocolate cake with a velvety molten center.
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Neapolitan Ice Cream Pie with Rice Krispies Crust
Layers of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream fill this cool, creamy, and playful pie.
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Icebox Cakes

Icebox cakes are the ultimate no-bake win. You get the best parts of a baked cake without nearly as much effort. Sounds like a win to us!

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Peach Delight Icebox Cake
Prosecco and mascarpone elevate this classic icebox cake and make it the perfect easy dessert for summer.
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Strawberry Oreo Icebox Cake
In this easy no-bake dessert, Oreo cookies and sweet strawberry slices are layered with cookies-and-cream whipped cream.
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No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake
This icebox cake is just as simple as it gets, inspired by the buckets of strawberries at the markets in late spring. It has layers of graham crackers, barely sweetened whipped cream, and sliced fresh strawberries. It’s rich, but it’s hardly sweet at all. It is cool, creamy, and killer good. We promise.
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Matzo Icebox Cake
This ice matzo icebox cake is inspired by the iconic black and white cookie, which boasts the perfect balance of chocolate and vanilla and looks visually striking, too.
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No-Bake Boston Cream Pie Strata
It looks and tastes like a dessert casserole, but it spends no time whatsoever in the oven. It is an icebox cake composed of layers of graham crackers and fresh, homemade vanilla pudding, topped with fudge frosting.
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Key Lime Icebox Cupcakes
A cheesecake-meets-key-lime-pie filling makes these no-bake cuties the perfect light and refreshing dessert.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake
The most over-the-top ode to peanut butter & chocolate comes to life in this stunning no-bake cake. If you love Reese's cups or buckeyes, this is for you.
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Easy Rainbow Icebox Cake
All the flavors you know and love from icebox cake — soft, chocolatey wafers and cool, lightly sweetened whipped cream — are made more magical with a little food coloring and sprinkles.
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Mango Coconut Icebox Cake
Whipped cream—heartened up by cream cheese, and sweetened by cream of coconut (the secret ingredient!)—is layered with graham crackers and fresh sliced mango. Rum is optional but we wouldn’t do without it, personally.
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Lemon Cream Icebox Cake
This lemon cake is super simple: Whip cream with fresh lemon zest and lemon juice, then layer it together with lemon curd, and graham crackers. It’s intensely lemon-flavored, but the nutty, browned-butter taste of the graham crackers supports the brightness of the lemon.
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Famous Chocolate Icebox Cake
This classic chocolate icebox cake is the perfect recipe for switching things up from your usual birthday cake. They're so simple and the end result is so delicious.
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Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies treats are one of the easiest and most satisfying things to make at home – no oven required. From nutty brown butter Rice Krispies treats to s’mores Rice Krispies treats, here are the best Rice Krispies treats to try.

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Better-than-the-Box Rice Krispies Treats
The minimalist dessert gets a maximalist upgrade.
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S’mores Rice Krispies Treats
If you love s’mores, you’ll love this campfire-inspired take on Rice Krispies treats. Crushed graham crackers, chocolate chips, and a generous amount of vanilla extract and salt create the perfect hybrid dessert.
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Funfetti Rice Krispies Treats
A combination of almond and vanilla extracts gives these Rice Krispies treats their classic funfetti flavor while rainbow sprinkles give them their festive appearance. They’re the perfect treat to make for a birthday or for no real reason at all.
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Honey Butter Rice Krispies Tteok Treats
This fun treat features a chewy sweet rice cake sandwiched between layers of buttery, honey-sweetened Rice Krispies treats.
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Cookies & Cream Rice Krispies Treats
Seven pantry ingredients is all it takes to make these beautiful cookies and cream Rice Krispies treats that are loaded with crunchy pieces of Oreo cookies and drizzled in decadent white chocolate. If you don’t have Oreos on hand, any crunchy chocolate cookie variety, such as Nabisco wafers, will work just fine.
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Brown Butter Pretzel Rice Krispies Treats
Salty pretzel pieces and big chunks of dark chocolate balance the sweetness of the marshmallows and give these Rice Krispies treats a wonderful texture and subtle salty flavor. Browning the butter adds an extra dimension of flavor, making them taste nutty and rich.
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Piña Colada Rice Krispies Treats
This tropical take on Rice Krispies treats uses dried pineapple and dark rum to create the perfect cocktail-inspired treat. Just make sure to use unsweetened coconut flakes, as the sweetened varieties might make these treats a bit too sweet.
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Sweet and Salty Crispy Rice Treats
Homemade is always best – especially when it comes to Kate Wood's spin on this favorite treat.
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Peanut Butter Scotcheroos
Imagine if Rice Krispies treats had a run-in with a jar of peanut butter and then doused with a melted medley of chocolate and butterscotch chips.
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Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bites
Lucky Charms lovers, rejoice in this cereal-meets-snack bar mash-up perfect for St. Paddy's Day.
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Red Velvet Rice Krispies Treats
Red velvet cake lovers, this is for you. Cocoa powder, white chocolate, red food coloring, and vanilla extract give these treats their signature red velvet flavor and vibrant color.
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Firecracker Rice Krispies Treats
These Rice Krispies treats are sprinkled with red and blue Pop Rocks, which not only make them look festive, but also means they’re seriously fun to eat. Sweet bites that pop and fizz in your mouth will bring out the kid in you and most definitely put you in the holiday spirit.
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Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
Just because it isn’t pumpkin season doesn’t mean you can’t make these spiced Rice Krispies treats, which are made with canned pumpkin purée and a handful of baking spices. If you have it, use a half teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in place of the individual spices.
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Eggnog Rice Krispie Treats
Sweetened condensed milk is a game-changing Rice Krispies treat ingredient because it keeps the treats extra soft and creamy, adds a lovely milk-y flavor, and basically brings everyone who tastes them to their knees.
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Christmas Trash Treats
These festive no-bake bars have everything but the kitchen sink.
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Grilled Rice Krispies Treats
If you have access to a grill (or an indoor grill pan) you can transform standard Rice Krispies treats into something totally unexpected and delicious. The grill chars them and gives them a rich smoky flavor that tastes just like toasted marshmallows.
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Trifles and Puddings

Trifles! Puddings! Jello molds! Oh my! These desserts tend be a bit overlooked, but from classic butterscotch pudding to glow-in-the-dark jello shots, we have a feeling these recipes might just change that.

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Chocolate Trifle
This tiered dessert is equal parts elegant and easy, thanks to store-bought pudding, whipped cream, cake, and crushed cookies.
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Quick Strawberry Trifles
If you’re ever cleaning out your fridge, freezer, and pantry, keep a trifle in mind. You don’t need cake scraps. Leftover birthday cake slices? Half a batch of brownies? Sugar cookies? Those will all work with a little fruit and whipped cream.
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Coconut Panna Cotta
Luscious, creamy, and velvety aren’t words we always associate with dairy-free desserts, but this coconut panna cotta is all that and even more. Lightly sweetened and set with just enough gelatin to make it stand, this dessert is supple and luxurious — like the best puddings — and almost effortless to make.
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Quick & Easy Banana Pudding
Banana pudding is cool comfort food for a crowd. You likely have most of the ingredients on hand, it hardly heats up the kitchen, and a big batch takes just as little time as a small batch.
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Pumpkin Dessert Lasagna
This dessert lasagna has layers of gingersnap cookies, a spiced cream cheese mousse, and pumpkin pudding enrobed in a spiced whipped cream. The whole of it is drizzled with a quick caramel sauce so each bite is a magical mix of delicious flavors and textures.
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The Best Chocolate Avocado Pudding
This chocolate avocado pudding is as chocolatey and luscious as any other pudding, and it’s even richer-tasting, more unctuous, and even more chocolatey.
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Classic Banana Pudding
A classic Southern banana pudding made with a custard-based vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, Nilla wafers, and a whipped cream or meringue topping.
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Banana Pudding Sundaes
There’s one fatal flaw of an ice cream sundae that keeps it from being fodder for front porch fare: it melts! A simple solution is to swap the ice cream for cool creamy vanilla pudding and build a beautiful little parfait that can be eaten on the front porch, stoop, or balcony without fear of ice cream puddles.
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Butterscotch Pudding from Scratch
Keep your pie, your layer cake, your tiramisu, and your tortes. When it comes to dessert, there is one old-fashioned showstopper that we know will win hearts and minds every single time — and that is butterscotch pudding, made from scratch.
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