30 Easy No-Bake Desserts That Are Sure to Delight
When you want to keep the oven off but still want something sweet and decadent, these no-bake desserts—from cheesecake to bar cookies to crème brûlée—are delicious solutions.
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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are a go-to favorite dessert, sweet snack, or after-school treat. This cookie—which is made in the soft and chewy style—gives you both the nostalgia of childhood bake sales and the satisfying, grown-up flavors of dark chocolate. After just three steps and a quick bake in the oven, the only thing you'll need is a glass of cold milk or frothy coffee.
There are certain days during the summer when the last place anyone wants to be is in a hot kitchen. But that's when kids can come to the rescue, making a delicious dessert for the whole family without ever having to ask their parents to turn on the oven. This no-bake cheesecake is sure to please with its creamy center.
Both make-ahead and no-bake, this Italian treat will lift everyone's mood—including the chef's! Grab an Americano at a coffee shop to infuse the store-bought ladyfingers with freshly brewed flavor. Then, after layering the newly caffeinated cookies with marsala-spiked mascarpone, pop it in the fridge for an overnight chill that will set you up for slicing success. All that is left is a final dusting of cocoa powder before serving and you'll be all set to end the evening on a high note.
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Apple-Honey Upside-Down Cake
Consider this another great reason to go apple-picking this September—or a fun and unexpected twist to serve on Rosh Hashanah, as it's Jewish custom to eat apple slices dipped in honey to ensure the new year will be fruitful and sweet. Those two ingredients define this upside-down dessert from Martha, and it's the perfect treat to enjoy on a crisp fall evening. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Fruit Desserts: 100+ Ways to Savor the Best of Every Season ($24.29, amazon.com).