Cool for the Summer

No-bake desserts to beat the heat
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Summer’s arrival means everything from breaking out the grill to deciding on your go-to hot-weather beverage, whether that’s something light and healthy or a little more, well, alcoholic. It also means giving your oven a rest, because needlessly increasing the temperature in your kitchen is just rude. We’re living in a civilized society, people.

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Putting your oven mitts away and taking a break from those weekend baking projects doesn’t mean saying so long to desserts, however. There are sweet treats aplenty that require no baking at all, and we’re talking about more than just that pint of ice cream sitting in your freezer.

It’s time to cut the heat. Here are nine no-bake desserts to try out this summer:


  • Pot de Crème

    Don’t be fooled by the small size. This little pot is what we like to call a triple threat: It contains chocolate three ways.

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  • No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cheesecake

    Topped with flaky sea salt, this rich chocolate cake is a total crowd-pleaser.

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  • Watermelon Granita

    Everything about this dessert screams “refreshing.” It also looks like a dream.

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  • Melon-Kefir Ice Pops

    With more options from the fruit stand, these ice pops are equally refreshing and versatile. They may make you forget all about ice cream . . .

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  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

    . . . That is, until you discover this shake from Big Gay Ice Cream. It’s not difficult to assemble, but it’ll blow you away.

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  • Classic Tiramisu

    And if you’re looking for something outside the frozen department, this classic Italian dessert is just what you need.

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  • Two-Ingredient Ice Cream

    Of course, we’ll never give up ice cream, and neither should you. This one’s so simple it feels like a hack—but tastes so much better.

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  • Two-Ingredient Truffles

    And speaking of easy, here’s another two-ingredient dessert that will wow anyone, including your inner child.  

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  • Six-Layer Ice Cream Cake

    Finally, we give you license to get creative with this ice cream cake. Layer cookies, ice cream and whipped topping, then repeat. We go with mint chocolate chip and Oreos here, but the possibilities are endless. 

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