51 No-Bake Desserts For When You Can’t Take the Heat

Maybe it’s the middle of sweltering summer and your kitchen already feels like an oven. Or it’s the holidays and your oven space is being monopolized by roasts. Or your studio apartment is just too tiny for another appliance. Or maybe you’re just lazy! Luckily, practicing oven abstinence does not mean you have to skip dessert; fudge, cheesecake, truffles, bars, cookies, and (obviously) ice cream creations can all be made sans baking. Mmm… all that lovin’ without the oven! So don’t touch that pre-heating dial–but do stay tuned for our exhaustive list of the absolute best no bake dessert recipes.

  1. Stovetop Chocolate Bundt Cake

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    Yes, you can totally bake a cake without an oven. We’re new to the concept of stovetop baking, too, but turns out that ovenless chocolate Bundt cake is not only possible — it’s a cakewalk. And the texture is amazing. And you don’t need a special stove top cake pan — just your trusty Bundt pan and a pot big enough to hold it.

  2. Blissfully Simple Ice Cream Truffles

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    When it comes to our recipe for homemade ice cream truffles, simplicity is truly bliss. These chocolate-covered, ice cream bonbons only look gourmet — OK they taste gourmet too — but they’re insanely easy to make.

  3. Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

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    Ah, Reese’s peanut butter cups. We all know there’s no wrong way to eat them–but cheesecake just seems so right. If a cheesecake loaded with PB cups and chocolate ganache doesn’t sound decadent enough, we made this one with an Oreo cookie crust. Consider your sweet tooth dreams fulfilled.

  4. Waffle Ice Cream Cake

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    This epic food mashup marries the concept of an ice cream sandwich with an ice cream cake–and then waffle-izes it! Plenty of wow-factor, but surprisingly simple to make.

  5. Chocolate Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

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    It’s a homemade ice cream sandwich — but instead of cookies, we made it with waffles. And instead of plain old waffles, we made our waffles with chocolate cake mix. Remember our epic waffle ice cream cake? (Scroll up.) We realized that each layer on its own was actually just a huge ice cream sandwich — and we thought, “Yes.”

  6. Ice Cube Tray Chocolates

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    No more spending exorbitant sums for truffles at those expensive chocolate shops. You can make delicious chocolates filled with peanut butter, marshmallow, and nutty caramel–using only your microwave and an ice cube tray!

  7. Watermelon Jello Shots

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    Sorry kids, these summery spiked sweets served inside a real watermelon rind are strictly adults-only. Parents, you deserve an edible shot for surviving those three school-less months.

  8. Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

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    Strawberries and cheesecake are such a romantic duo, and these delectable bite-size treats manage to make that combo feel even fancier.

  9. Buckeye Fudge

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    Named after the nuts of the Ohio buckeye tree, peanut butter chocolate fudgy buckeye candy is hard to resist. So of course we wondered—is there a way to make it better? And is there a way to make it ALL fudge? Yes.

  10. Salted Caramel Chews

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    Salted caramel everything is an unstoppable flavor trend on the sweet tooth scene right now. But don’t shell out for the mouthwatering combo–make your own!

  11. Candied Orange Peel

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    We won’t sugar-coat the fact that creating these beautiful chocolate-dipped candied orange peels takes time. But don’t worry, only a few minutes of the recipe are active cooking; the rest is pure candy magic. (Tip: pretty jars of these make excellent holiday gifts.)

  12. Chocolate Bowls

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    If we could choose, we’d never not be eating food out of other foods.

  13. Orange Creamsicle Bars

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    Do you dream about creamsicles? While there’s something to be said for the nostalgia of running to the ice cream truck to get one, this recipe cuts out the running and lets you make them (in bar form!) at home.

  14. Chocolate Oat Bars

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    Crunchy and sweet, these taste like the trail mix of your dreams. Rolled oats, dark chocolate chips, chunky peanut butter, and a touch of cinnamon–yum!

  15. Banana Oat Energy Bites

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    Make your own energy bars balls! These may be healthy (made with ripe bananas, oats, honey, almond butter, and just a few spoonfuls of chocolate chips), but you’ll be popping ’em in your mouth like candy.

  16. Ice Cube Tray Cheesecake Bites

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    You’ll feel like a sophisticated chocolatier when you present these cheesecake bites. And once you get over how delicious they look, the really ‘cool’ part is that they’re made in an ice cube tray.

  17. Chocolate Oat Cookies

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    The classic oatmeal cookie hardly needs upgrading, except… chocolate! These are perfect for when you need a cookie like now, but already have something else going in the oven.

  18. Spiced Cheesecake Bites

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    Soft little morsels of creamy, tangy cheesecake wrapped in a crunchy cookie crumbs that requires zero baking. Plus, molasses, cinnamon, and ginger give this sweet treat an autumnal kick.

  19. Lemon Cheesecake

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    Cheesecake can be a little heavy for the warmer months, but this one’s citrusy zing (and the fact that you don’t have to touch your oven) makes it an ideal spring/summer dessert.

  20. Strawberry Chocolate Tart

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    Oreo crust + chocolate ganache + luscious strawberries + your sweetheart = “OMG babe, you’re such a good baker!” (Just don’t tell them that there are only five ingredients and none of them was an oven.)

  21. Hot Chocolate Fudge

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    In the great tradition of all our favorite fudge recipes, we’ve taken a delicious favorite and turned it into squares of easy-to-make fudge. This one takes that idea to the next level with layers of dark and white chocolate, and, of course, marshmallows on top. The result? A fudge that’s a delight to the eyes as well as the taste buds!

  22. 3-Ingredient Fudge Pops

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    Switch from baked cakes to frozen treats and store-bought to homemade in one recipe. We were on board as soon as we heard that one of the three (!) ingredients was chocolate hazelnut spread.

  23. Pomegranate Chocolates

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    These little jewels are made in an ice cube tray, with pomegranate seeds encased in chocolate. We can only compare biting into one to discovering buried treasure!

  24. Kit Kat Fudge

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    Think creating a candy-studded fudge is complicated? Give us a break! This super easy recipe stuffs double layers of Kit Kats right into made-in-the-microwave fudge.

  25. Pretzel Nut Clusters

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    How about a salty-sweet snack built on top of Pretzel Crisps? We did chocolate-covered nut clusters three ways: dark chocolate almond, chocolate caramel, and candied mixed nuts with cherries.

  26. Pink Lemonade Jello Shots

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    You’ll be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses after a few of these pink lemonade jello shots.

  27. Caramel Apple Slices

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    An entire caramel apple is a lot to handle, especially if you value your dentist’s wisdom. Our chocolate-dipped caramel apple slices simplify the concept for an easy dessert that screams Fall.

  28. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Fudge

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    Pineapple upside-down cake-inspired fudge with chunks of real pineapple and fresh maraschino cherries? Oh yes we did.

  29. Strawberry Yogurt Pops

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    For a quick way to cool down without much fuss, we teamed up with Yoplait® to bring you this light and fresh snack hack using only strawberry yogurt and 3 other simple ingredients. For those trying to break an ice cream addiction, these will definitely hit the spot.

  30. Rocky Road Fudge

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    Oh yeah, we turned one of the most timeless ice cream flavors ever into fudge too! This one’s packed with chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts, just like the parlor favorite.

  31. Peanut Butter Chocolate Coconut Bars

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    Like many no-bake cookies, these use oats as a base to help bind the batter together. But with all that coconut, chocolate, pecans and, of course, peanut butter, they taste like so much more than oatmeal.

  32. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge

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    Pumpkin makes these seasonal and peanut butter makes them irresistible. It may sound like an odd combination, but the sweetness of the white chocolate brings it all together.

  33. Mason Jar Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

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    These single-serving caramel apple cheesecakes are prepared in mason jars for built-in portion control. (But we won’t stop you from digging into two.)

  34. Eggnog Fudge

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    If there are two treats we look forward to during the holiday season, they’re creamy, spiced eggnog and rich fudge. This recipe takes care of both of those cravings!

  35. Mexican Fried Ice Cream

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    Sweet and spicy, creamy and crispy, and ridiculously delicious. Deep frying ice cream definitely takes it to the next level, and cinnamon gives it a south-of-the-border twist.

  36. Turtle Fudge

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    Hands down some of the best fudge we’ve ever made at Tip Hero. Nothing quite like chocolate and caramel with a few pecans thrown in for crunch.

  37. Peppermint Bark

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    If making chocolate candies seems intimidating, chocolate bark is a good place to start! Red and white striped peppermints make this Christmasy dessert extra tempting.

  38. Crock-Pot Candy

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    Homemade honest-to-goodness chocolates in your slow cooker! Candy making could not be any easier when the crock pot is doing all the work.

  39. Cherry & Chocolate Fudge

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    Don’t wait for cherry season to roll around to whip up this cherry and chocolate fudge. (And don’t wait for chocolate season either, because it’s always chocolate season.) The pretty-in-pink recipe works with dried, fresh, or frozen cherries.

  40. Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

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    Why are we so obsessed with this fudge? You had us at peanut butter cups.

  41. Peanut Butter Fudge

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    Enough with the chocolate, this fudge recipe is all about the PB. It’s easier to make that traditional fudge, but may be harder to give away.

  42. Three-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream

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    This fresh and fruity homemade ice cream is actually completely dairy free. With just ripe bananas, frozen strawberries, and coconut cream, you can give yourself two scoops.

  43. Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls

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    We know what the people want: peanut butter, cheesecake, and more peanut butter and cheesecake! We’re bringing the two together in these perfect, five-ingredient balls coated in chocolate and covered in chopped peanuts.

  44. Eclair Cake

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    This no-bake eclair cake is always a crowd pleaser. And thanks to the fact that it’s made with graham crackers and instant vanilla pudding, it’s just as pleasing for chefs in a hurry.

  45. Cream Cheese Oreo Fudge

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    Are you ready for one of the tastiest, easiest, fudgiest recipes we’ve ever made? This one imagines a world where Oreo cookies were stuffed with cream cheese frosting–and then makes that a reality.

  46. Three-Ingredient Coffee Ice Cream

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    Instant coffee, condensed milk, whipped cream and a freezer are all you caffeine junkies need to get your late-night coffee fix. No ice cream maker necessary!

  47. Peanut Butter Pie

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    Think of this easy-to-make pie as a giant peanut butter cup. Do you need any more convincing to indulge?

  48. Oreo Cheesecake

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    It only takes seven ingredients to put you on cloud nine. With an oreo crust, oreo crumbles, and even an’ oreo garnish on top, this one will satisfy all of your cookies n’ cream cravings.

  49. Lemon Drop Wedge Shots

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    Sweet and sour fun for the 21 and over crowd! If you always order a lemon drop at the bar, you’ll love these jello shots served inside real lemon wedges.

  50. 4 Ingredient Heart-Shaped Oreo Truffles

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    A coating of white chocolate and festive sprinkles gives these truffles a wonderful little crackle when you bite into them, which gives way to creamy chocolatey Oreo filling on the inside. Perfect for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day!

  51. Cookies & Cream Bars

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    These are dangerous–you’ve been warned! These soft bars are almost too throw together and so irresistible. Little kids and big kids alike will love them.