32 Incredibly Easy, No-Bake Desserts to Keep You a Safe Distance From Your Oven

Keep cool with these no-bake dessert recipes

During the hottest months of summer the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven, but your sweet tooth shouldn't have to suffer just because of the heat. We've rounded up 32 of our favorite no-bake dessert recipes using just the stovetop or no heat at all.

Mousse is a light, airy dessert that's perfect for summer. Fortunately, it can be made with a minimum of heat. Our classic chocolate mousse only requires chocolate be melted. For two interesting variations, try our sweet and tangy white chocolate-cream cheese mousse and elegant coffee and ricotta mousse.

Few things are as refreshing on a hot day than an ice pop. Our Mexican paletas—traditional ice pops—can be made in all sorts of flavors, from rice pudding and strawberries and cream to tamarind-chile and pineapple.

Ice cream is another beloved frozen treat. Our Vietnamese coffee ice cream is spiced with cardamom and cinnamon and sweetened with condensed milk. Olive oil might seem like an unusual dessert ingredient, but it makes for an elegant gelato that is smooth, grassy, and slightly savory. If you already have ice cream on hand, then a sundae is a great easy dessert. One of our favorites is vanilla ice cream topped with Grand Marnier-macerated strawberries.

To make granita, an airy ice treat, you have to use a fork to aerate the base as it freezes—it's a great excuse to stand in front of an open freezer. Try our boozy mint julep granita or zest wasabi-mint version.

Find all of these treats and more in our collection of 32 no-bake dessert recipes.

Grapefruit and Campari Granita

Grapefruit and Campari Granita
Ruby Red grapefruit juice and Campari are a refreshingly bittersweet combination. Get the recipe for Grapefruit and Campari Granita »Laura Sant

Buttermilk Cookie Salad

Buttermilk Cookie Salad
The addition of buttermilk in this ultra-retro dessert keeps it from being too cloying and renders cookie salad totally appropriate for the adult palate. Get the recipe for Buttermilk Cookie Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross

Crepes Cajeta

Crepes Cajeta
Cajeta, a homemade caramel used in traditional Mexican desserts, is a terrific sauce to have on hand for drizzling over ice cream or baked treats. Get the recipe for Crepes Cajeta »Helen Rosner

Rossini

Rossini
A luscious take on the bellini, the Rossini swaps strawberries in for white peaches and prosecco in for champagne. Get the recipe for Rossini »Maxime Iattoni

Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes

Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes
Boozy, macerated strawberries top vanilla ice cream in this simple sundae. Get the recipe for Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes »Matt Taylor-Gross

Sherry and Cardamom Granita

Sherry and Cardamom Granita
This delicately sweet, icy treat is a mix of spiced black tea and bright sherry. Get the recipe for Sherry and Cardamom Granita »Laura Sant

Mint Julep Granita

Mint Julep Granita
This recipe takes the crushed ice classic a step further—bourbon, mint simple syrup, and just a touch of Creme de Menthe make a perfect Derby Day dessert. Get the recipe for Mint Julep Granita »Laura Sant

Hyderabadi-Style Sweet Lassi

Hyderabadi-Style Sweet Lassi
Throughout India, creamy, chilled lassis are the go-to beverage for cooling off during the warmer months. To make them, milk or water-thinned yogurt is blended with ingredients such as strawberries or ripe mangoes. In the South India city of Hyderabad, the most popular lassi is made with Rooh Afza, a rose-scented syrup made with botanicals and sugar. Get the recipe for Hyderabadi-Style Sweet Lassi »Ingalls Photography

Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi
Throughout India, creamy, chilled lassis are the go-to beverage for cooling off during the warmer months. To make them, milk or water-thinned yogurt is blended with ingredients such as Rooh Afza, a scarlet-colored syrup tasting of rose petals and pine, or—for this recipe—ripe mangoes, resulting in a refreshing drink that's as thick as a milkshake. Get the recipe for Mango Lassi »Ingalls Photography

Strawberry Lassi

Strawberry Lassi
Throughout India, creamy, chilled lassis are the go-to beverage for cooling off during the warmer months. To make them, milk or water-thinned yogurt is blended with ingredients such as ripe mangoes or, as in this recipe, rose water and strawberries. Get the recipe for Strawberry Lassi »Ingalls Photography

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars
A chocolate-, almond-, and coconut-enriched graham crust supports a dense layer of buttercream topped with a slick of semisweet chocolate. Get the recipe for Nanaimo Bars »Penny De Los Santos

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies
Adapted from Patty Piner's soul food cookbook Sweets, these chewy chocolate cookies are made entirely on the stovetop. Get the recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies »Helen Rosner

Moscato and Peach Gelée

Moscato and Peach Gelée
This refreshing gelée gets its light, fruity flavor from ripe peaches and semisweet fizzy moscato wine. Get the recipe for Moscato and Peach Gelée »Ingalls Photography

Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema)

Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops
Made with only 4 ingredients, this summery treat is full of bright strawberry flavor. Get the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema) »Michael Kraus

White Chocolate-Cardamom Panna Cotta

White Chocolate-Cardamom Panna Cotta
Sweetened with white chocolate only, this rich, Middle Eastern-inspired panna cotta gets its distinctive floral aroma from an infusion of blistered cardamom. Get the recipe for White Chocolate-Cardamom Panna Cotta »Todd Coleman

Ricotta and Coffee Mousse

Ricotta and Coffee Mousse
The recipe for this elegant, easy-to-make dessert is based on one prepared at Ristorante Dattilo in Calabria. Get the recipe for Ricotta and Coffee Mousse »Helen Rosner

White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse

White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse
In this updated take on a classic French dessert, cream cheese adds stability and a pleasing tang, which balances the sweet white chocolate without overpowering it. Get the recipe for White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse »Todd Coleman

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse
This simple yet sophisticated, airy yet intense concoction has been a hit with home cooks in America at least since the New York Times published its first recipe for the dessert in 1955. Get the recipe for Chocolate Mousse »Todd Coleman

Tamarind-Chile Ice Pops (Paletas de Tamarindo y Chile)

Tamarind-Chile Ice Pops (Paletas de Tamarindo y Chile)
We love the combination of spicy ancho chile powder with sweet-sour tamarind. Get the recipe for Tamarind-Chile Ice Pops (Paletas de Tamarindo y Chile) »Michael Kraus

Olive Oil Gelato

Olive Oil Gelato
Smooth, grassy, and slightly savory, this rich olive oil gelato makes for an elegant dessert—we love it topped with a sprinkle of sea salt. Get the recipe for Olive Oil Gelato »Helen Rosner

Sweet Yogurt with Saffron and Pistachios (Shrikhand)

Sweet Yogurt with Saffron and Pistachios (Shrikhand)
Super-thick, strained yogurt becomes a tempting dessert with the addition of a little sugar and fragrant saffron. Get the recipe for Sweet Yogurt with Saffron and Pistachios (Shrikhand) »Todd Coleman

Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream
Sweetened condensed milk and a touch of spice set this caffeinated treat apart from other coffee ice creams. Get the recipe for Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream »Laura Sant

Rice Pudding Ice Pops (Paletas de Arroz con Leche)

Rice Pudding Ice Pops (Paletas de Arroz con Leche)
Sweetened condensed milk, rice, vanilla, and cinnamon combine for this frozen take on rice pudding. Get the recipe for Rice Pudding Ice Pops (Paletas de Arroz con Leche) »Michael Kraus

Fernet and Coke Granita

Fernet and Coke Granita
Inspired by the Argentine pairing, this intense cola and bitter amaro-flavored granita is a perfect palate cleanser. Get the recipe for Fernet and Coke Granita »Laura Sant

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie
An irresistible British dessert, banoffee pie has its share of fanatics on this side of the pond, too. Banana slices, sticky toffee, and whipped cream are arranged in layers over a cookie-like crust, resulting in a dense, cool treat. Get the recipe for Banoffee Pie »Maxime Iattoni

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops
These refreshing frozen treats come from pastry chef Jen Yee at New York City's Lafayette. Get the recipe Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops »Christina Holmes

Pineapple Ice Pops (Paletas de Piña)

Pineapple Ice Pops (Paletas de Piña)
With just two ingredients—puréed pineapple and sugar—these paletas are unbelievably simple to assemble. Get the recipe for Pineapple Ice Pops (Paletas de Piña) »Michael Kraus

Cardamom-Laced Milk Chocolate Truffles

Cardamom-Laced Milk Chocolate Truffles
Make sure to keep all your materials cold while you're mixing and shaping the truffles so that the candies keep their shape. Get the recipe for Cardamom-Laced Milk Chocolate Truffles »Todd Coleman

White Chocolate-Mint Truffles

White Chocolate-Mint Truffles
When making these truffles, use supermarket-quality white chocolate, which has more stabilizers than expensive brands and sets up better. Get the recipe for White Chocolate-Mint Truffles »Todd Coleman

Poached Pears

Poached Pears
With a little fernet, vanilla, and crystalized ginger, pears are the centerpiece of this simple Passover dessert. Get the recipe for Poached Pears »Matt Taylor-Gross

Coffee Gelatin with Whipped Cream

Coffee Gelatin with Whipped Cream
This curious dessert hails from Boston. Get the recipe for Coffee Gelatin with Whipped Cream »Ingalls Photography

Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde)

Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde)
Berries are transformed into a thick, silky pudding in this simple Danish dish. Get the recipe for Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde) »Ingalls Photography