No-Bake Desserts

Step away from the oven. We've got sweets to keep you cool, no matter how high the mercury rises.

Simple Strawberry Mousse Recipe

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Healthy No-Bake Desserts

While the temperature rises outside, who wants to be inside preheating the oven? Count us out. For a sweet ending to your warm-weather meal, look no further than these no-bake desserts. Our refreshing recipes will cool you off—no oven required.

We'll start you off with Simple Strawberry Mousse. This light and airy dessert will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed. It is the perfect way to showcase the season's delicious strawberries.

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No-Cook Desserts: Peanut Butter Pie

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Peanut Butter Pie

Mary Frances Noveh from River Ridge, Louisiana, sent us this dessert recipe, which first appeared in December 2001. She noted it was like a "peanut butter and chocolate candy bar." We loved the results, and since it makes two pies, you can share one with a friend and keep the other for yourself. Several tasters in our Test Kitchens enjoy serving this pie frozen.

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Last-Minute Tropical Sherbet Recipe

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Last-Minute Tropical Sherbet

Frozen fruit and yogurt get whirred together to make a tangy sherbet that's the texture of soft-serve. You can make it ahead, but don't freeze overnight; the mixture will become icy.

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No-Cook Desserts: Blueberry-Orange Parfaits

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Blueberry-Orange Parfaits

This easy dessert or snack comes together in a few minutes if you purchase orange sections from the refrigerated part of the produce section. Prepare the parfaits in the morning and refrigerate, covered, for up to four hours; sprinkle with wheat germ just before serving.

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Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps Recipes

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Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps

These no-bake cookies taste like bite-sized candy bars and are terrific with a cup of coffee. Prepare them up to two days in advance, and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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No-Cook Dessert: Summer Berry Medley with Limoncello and Mint

Summer Berry Medley with Limoncello and Mint

Limoncello (lee-mon-CHAY-low) is a lemon-flavored liqueur from Italy's Amalfi coast. It's often savored after a meal. Store it in the freezer, and serve over ice. If you have trouble finding it, substitute an orange-flavored liqueur such as Grand Marnier. This recipe earned our Test Kitchens' highest rating.

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No-Cook Desserts: Peach and Raspberry Pavlova Parfaits

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Peach and Raspberry Pavlova Parfaits

At home, mature peaches will continue to ripen at room temperature—increasing in juiciness and flavor, though not in sweetness. To make crumbs, place cookies in a plastic bag and gently crush with a rolling pin.

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Limoncello Freeze Recipe

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Limoncello Freeze

Mush together purchased ice cream, lemon curd (found near the jellies and jams), and limoncello, and you get a delicious lemony version of a Creamsicle—fruity-tangy and creamy-milky at the same time. Meringue cookies add welcome crunch.

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No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

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No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie

Glorious spring berries are the focus here—tons of them, piled atop a layer of creamy filling and a chocolate wafer cookie crust.

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Coffee-Drenched Ice Cream with Banana and Nuts Recipe

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Coffee-Drenched Ice Cream with Banana and Nuts

This quick treat is a coffee-lover's dream. We used espresso, however feel free to substitute strong brewed coffee, or use instant coffee/espresso granules to make the coffee. A vegetable peeler is a great tool to make chocolate curls from a bar of chocolate.

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No-Cook Strawberries in Meyer Lemon Syrup

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Strawberries in Meyer Lemon Syrup

Meyer lemons, available through May, have sweeter, more aromatic juice than regular lemons. To ensure the dessert doesn't get too tart if substituting regular lemon juice, begin with 2 tablespoons juice, and taste; add more juice if desired. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

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No-Cook Desserts: Ice Cream Treasures

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Ice Cream Treasures

Use any combination of cereals you like. This frozen dessert would also be delicious with chocolate ice cream and chopped walnuts instead of almonds.

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Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

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Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

Frozen bananas, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla extract are a few of the ingredients that make this smoothie a rich dessert in a glass. Because it calls for low-fat yogurt and fat-free milk, one serving of this drink gives you about the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk.

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No-Cook Desserts: Strawberries with Orange-Ricotta Cream

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Strawberries with Orange-Ricotta Cream

Prepare the orange-ricotta cream early in the day; it is best served very cold over ripe strawberries. You'll have a half cup of the cheese mixture left over. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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No-Cook Desserts: Moroccan-Spiced Oranges

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Moroccan-Spiced Oranges

"Simple to prepare, this salad is a light and refreshing way to end a meal," said reader Liz Brown. "The cinnamon-orange combination is a great one. You can also serve this over ice cream or frozen yogurt."

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No-Cook Desserts: Strawberry Angel Cake

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Strawberry Angel Cake

Make a store-bought angel food cake beautiful and utterly delicious by dressing it up a bit. Whether you are planning a large gathering or just serving a special dinner for two, this tasty creation must be on the menu.

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