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7 No-Bake Dessert Recipes for a Cool, Refreshing Summer

Summer creates a conundrum for those of us with a sweet tooth and an affinity for baking. The heat outside does nothing to stop the sweet cravings, and at times only intensifies it. But turning on the oven to bake something when your entire place already feels like one isn’t that appealing. The good thing is that there is an entire category of desserts that were created to solve this very problem: no-bake sweets.

They were brought into this world from the Desserts Gods to save us sugar-addicted folk us from having to go the entire summer without a sweet treat. There are many different sweets that can be made without the use of an oven, thus saving you and your home from over-heating. Here are a few of the best:

Buckeyes {via very best baking}
If you’re in the mood for chocolate and peanut butter these candies are your answer. They are essentially peanut butter fudge balls dipped into semi-sweet chocolate — like a even better version of Reese’s cups. They get their name because they resemble the nuts from the buckeye tree, a popular tree in Ohio, which is why you might also be used to hearing these called “Ohio Buckeyes.” When I make these I like to keep them stashed in the freezer because they taste great frozen and this recipe makes A LOT. Somehow they don’t seem to last for very long though.

Image Credit: jessica merchant

Fudge No-Bake Cookies {via sally’s baking addiction}
These are a twist on a very classic recipe. Chocolate no-bake cookies have been around forever but typically they are little more than oats, melted chocolate, and sugar. Not very healthy for you and nor the most nuanced of desserts. This recipe takes that base idea but amps it up with more texture and at the same time, makes the cookies even healthier. Sunflower seeds, peanuts, honey, cocoa powder, coconut oil, peanut butter, and salt — that’s all you need. Of course, they are still a sweet treat so they aren’t the pinnacle of health, but a much improved version of the old standard.

Milk Chocolate Bailey’s Truffle Cake {via how sweet eats}
All Bailey’s lovers say hello! If you’re a fan of Irish cream, this truffle cake needs to be in your life ASAP. It’s not much more than chocolate and Bailey’s, with some extra Bailey’s infused whip cream on top if you’d like, but that’s what makes it so delicious. Only a few flavors in this cake means that you will be able to taste each one and they all get to shine. If you are not only a member of the Bailey’s lovers club, but also of the richer-is-better club, then this is the exact dessert for you. It’s so fudge-y, decadent and has that nice flavor of Irish cream and most importantly – you get to have a homemade cake without an oven.

Peanut Butter Bars {via ree drummond}
These bars are great to bring to any summer parties that you’re going to this year. Bar snacks are usually my personal go-to when I need to make a treat to bring somewhere because they travel really well and are (usually) a slam dunk hit. This sure-fire hit becomes even more bulletproof when it includes chocolate and peanut butter like these bars do. The food processor does almost all the work for you here, all you need to do is throw a few ingredients in, stir, pour it into a pan, and then store in the fridge until you’re ready to go. Couldn’t be easier.

Image Credit: ree drummond

Quick Ice Cream Pie {via gimme some oven}
Sometimes we need those recipes that come together within minutes. Sometimes we need those recipes for breakfast or for dinner but in this case, it’s needed for dessert. A 10-minute ice cream pie is brought to us with the help of all pre-made ingredients. I’m not usually a fan of store bought goods like this, but they do have their time and place, and right now in this heat is both the time and the place for them. Two quarts of ice cream, a pre-made cookie crust, and whatever toppings you like is all that’s needed. My personal favorite combination for this pie is a chocolate cookie crust with coffee ice cream and mini chocolate chips on top. Super yum!

S’mores Ice Box Cake {via completely delicious}
Ice box cakes have been around for a long time, most often being made with chocolate wafer cookies and vanilla whip cream. But this is a fun version based on the flavors of a s’more which makes this cake a little more special than the standard version. Out of all the recipes here this is by far the most involved — everything is homemade — so it’s the perfect thing to make when you are feeling like you want to bake but don’t want to put on the oven.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars {via the view from great island}
These are, obviously, the perfect thing to make when you want a homemade chocolate chip cookie but don’t want to worry about baking them. You are getting that chocolate chip cookie dough flavor without the use of an oven and something a little extra by way of the chocolate layer on top of the bars. This cookie dough is made with sweetened condensed milk which helps hold it together and creates the same texture that “normal” cookie dough would have, minus any of the worries that eating raw eggs brings to the table. These are made to be had at room temperature but I like to store them in the fridge — cool cookie dough bars are the best.

What’s your favorite no-bake dessert?

Featured image is from Ree Drummond.

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2 Comments on “7 No-Bake Dessert Recipes for a Cool, Refreshing Summer”

  1. Chantel Keona July 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Susan July 27, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    Great recipes!

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