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.