12 Great Frozen Desserts, No Ice Cream Maker Required

Yogurt pops, frozen granitas, and semifreddo to keep you cool—without breaking a sweat over the heavy machinery

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops
These refreshing frozen treats have just the right amount of sweetness from the strawberries and rhubarb to accentuate the tart from the yogurt. Get the recipe Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops »Christina Holmes
Coconut Pistachio Semifreddo

Coconut Pistachio Semifreddo

A light but rich frozen ice cream base made with sweetened condensed milk to add creaminess along with coconut milk, lime zest, and toasty pistachios. Simply macerated peaches provide a fresh, fruity counterpart. Get the recipe for Coconut Pistachio Semifreddo »Matt Taylor-Gross
White Wine Granita with Apple

White Wine Granita with Apple

A slightly fruity white wine works best in this light, apple-sweetened, boozy granita—we use Chardonnay, but any full-bodied white will do, including Champagne. Get the recipe for White Wine Granita with Apple »Helen Rosner
Boston Cooler

Boston Cooler

This is our favorite kind of soda shake—a milkshake with ginger ale replacing the milk. Ginger ale adds a warm, spicy bite that cuts through all the richness of vanilla. Get the recipe for Boston Cooler »Matt Taylor-Gross

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches
In these minty ice cream sandwiches, the chocolate mousse "ice cream" and cake are both sweetened with bittersweet chocolate, letting the chocolate's richness—brightened by fresh spearmint—stand out as the main flavor. Get the recipe for Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches »Farideh Sadeghin
Concord Grape Granita

Concord Grape Granita

Super-grapey Concord grapes, plus a splash of verjus (a tart vinegar-like grape juice), lend a sweet, tart, fresh, grown-up spin on the slushy childhood favorite. Get the recipe for Concord Grape Granita »Paul Sirisalee | Food Styling: Eugene Jho
Cactus Ice Granita

Cactus Ice Granita

Like okra, cactus leaves have a gelatinous interior that lends a creamy mouthfeel to this lightly spicy, sweet-tart granita. Get the recipe for Cactus Ice Granita »Matt Taylor-Gross
Kulfi

Kulfi

Made in flavors like saffron, pistachio, cardamom, and rose water, kulfi has a dense, creamy texture and a rich taste that come from the traditional way of preparing it. What makes kulfi so thick and luscious, and what makes it slower to melt than most styles of ice cream, is that it isn't churned to incorporate air; instead, milk is slowly simmered until it reduces to become as thick as heavy cream. Get the recipe for Kulfi »André Baranowski
Almond Granita

Almond Granita

Nutty, sweet almonds are used four ways in this super-simple frozen dessert. Get the recipe for Almond Granita »Farideh Sadeghin
Mango Ice

Mango Ice

A Mexican favorite, this recipe uses fresh mango juice, but you can just as easily use bottled for equally refreshing results. Get the recipe for Mango Ice »Todd Coleman
Coffee Granita

Coffee Granita

This refreshing Italian dessert is made with nothing more than brewed espresso and sugar. Get the recipe for Coffee Granita »Matt Taylor-Gross
Lemon Granita

Lemon Granita

Like a frozen lemonade, this refreshing dessert is achieved with little more than lemon juice, sugar, and time. Get the recipe for Lemon Granita »Matt Taylor-Gross