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Icebox Cake, Cheesecakes and Other No-Bake Desserts to Make This Summer

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The challenge of cooking in the summer is that it can get unbearably hot outside, and turning on your oven to bake could make the house hot, too. The easiest way to solve the dilemma of making a sweet treat without the heat is the no-bake dessert, and these are some of the best.

No-Bake Montmorency Tart Cherry Cheesecake

No-Bake Montmorency Tart Cherry Cheesecake

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Both sweet and tart, there’s no denying that cherry dessert recipes hit the spot. In this case, they’re used in a dreamy no-bake cheesecake.

For the No-Bake Montmorency Tart Cherry Cheesecake recipe, click here.

Orange Creamsicle Jell-O Mold

Orange Creamsicle Jell-O Mold

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After spending an afternoon enjoying summer activities with the kids, everyone needs a little refreshment. This orange creamsicle Jell-O is a fluffier version of the refrigerated favorite.

For the Orange Creamsicle Jell-O Mold recipe, click here.

No-Bake Cherry Granola Bars

No-Bake Cherry Granola Bars

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Perhaps the best part about these no-bake cherry granola bars is that you can enjoy them any time of day. If you don’t want to turn the oven on for cinnamon rolls or an easy breakfast casserole, these no-bake granola bars are the way to go.

For the No-Bake Cherry Granola Bars recipe, click here.

Icebox Cake

Icebox Cake
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Icebox cakes may be one of those childhood desserts you forgot existed, but they’re well worth bringing back when you crave a sweet cake but don’t want to stand in a hot kitchen for hours.

For the Tart Cherry Icebox Cake recipe, click here.

Frozen Yogurt with Whipped Honey

Frozen Yogurt with Whipped Honey

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Yogurt is often touted as a food that aids in gut health. With some added sugar and honey, it is easily transformed into a sweet and simple dessert.

For the Frozen Yogurt with Whipped Honey recipe, click here.

Tart Cherry Cheesecake Pops

Tart Cherry Cheesecake Pops

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A cheesecake in popsicle form? Yes, please. When you just need a quick treat, these tart cherry cheesecake pops are perfect for the freezer.

For the Tart Cherry Cheesecake Pops recipe, click here.

Dairy-Free at Home Dole Whip

Dairy-Free at Home Dole Whip

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Quick Cherry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Quick Cherry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

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Recipes that don’t require you to turn on the oven are great. Recipes that don’t use more than five ingredients are even better, because they’re quick and satisfying. Whip up this cherry chocolate chip frozen yogurt for your next barbecue.

For the Quick Cherry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt recipe, click here.

Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Pops

Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Pops

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There are so many ways to use lemons in recipes, but perhaps these strawberry lemonade frozen pops are one of the most refreshing ways to use the citrusy summer staple.

For the Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Pops recipe, click here.

Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Hot summer weather means you’re probably more likely to be hanging out near the pool or jumping in the lake to cool down, but these strawberry coconut ice cream sandwiches might do the trick too.

For the Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Pineapple Carrot Cake Shaved Ice

Pineapple Carrot Cake Shaved Ice

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There are some pretty cool old-school boardwalks where you might find a stall selling shaved ice, but why buy it when you can make it at home?

For the Pineapple Carrot Cake Shaved Ice recipe, click here.

Raspberry Peach Frozen Pops

Raspberry Peach Frozen Pops

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Pick up a few bags of frozen fruit to make raspberry peach pops from scratch.

For the Raspberry Peach Frozen Pops recipe, click here.

Tart Cherry and Mint Sorbet

Tart Cherry and Mint Sorbet

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What’s better than ice cream? A refreshing homemade sorbet that doesn’t have food additives. A bonus is that this tart cherry and mint sorbet only takes five minutes to prepare.

For the Tart Cherry and Mint Sorbet recipe, click here.

Frosé Pops

Frosé Pops

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You’ll need your favorite bottle of rosé for this recipe. If you’ve been keeping the kids busy all summer, treating yourself to an (adult) popsicle is a sweet way to cool down.

For the Frosé Pops recipe, click here.

Cannoli Icebox Cake

Cannoli Icebox Cake

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If you’re craving a cannoli from the best Italian restaurants in your state, recreate those flavors at home with this cannoli icebox cake. For chocolate fans, this is the no-bake dessert for you.

For the Cannoli Icebox Cake recipe, click here.

Polish Cold Cheesecake

Polish Cold Cheesecake

If you like Jell-O and cheesecake, this is the dessert for you. The strawberry and Jell-O topping makes this recipe a dessert that looks difficult but will impress your guests at the next cookout.

For the Polish Cold Cheesecake recipe, click here.

Tart Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits

Tart Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits

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If you’re still an amatuer baker, it’s OK to start out with simple recipes. These no-bake cherry cheesecake parfaits are cute for dinner get-togethers and the perfect serving size after a big dinner.

For the Tart Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits recipe, click here.

Berry Semifreddo with Chocolate

Berry Semifreddo with Chocolate
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You will need to use your stove for a bit with this recipe, but you won’t need to turn the oven on. This semi-frozen dessert will remind you of a mousse in its consistency, and you can choose your favorite type of berry to use.

For the Berry Semifreddo with Chocolate recipe, click here.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

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Peanut butter is one of those pantry staples with a long shelf life, so if you don’t have any fresh fruit on hand, this decadent icebox cake might do the trick.

For the Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake recipe, click here.

Dirt Cake

Dirt Cake
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Dirt cake is an easy, fun recipe to make at home with kids. Things might get messy, but the final product will be delicious. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the oven heating up the kitchen on a hot afternoon.

For the Dirt Cake recipe, click here.

Homemade Muddy Buddies

Homemade Muddy Buddies

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Helping in the kitchen is a great indoor activity for kids, and it’ll get them out of the sun for a little while. To give each kid a chance to make their muddy buddies, separate the mixture into different bags rather than mixing it all in one.

For the Homemade Muddy Buddies recipe, click here.

Summer Strawberry Cheesecake Treats

Summer Strawberry Cheesecake Treats

Spoiler alert: You don’t actually have to make any cheesecake for these summer strawberry cheesecake treats. Head to the dessert aisle in the grocery store or one of the sweetest dessert shop in your state, pick up your favorite flavor or cheesecake, mix it up in a bowl, transfer the mixture to a pastry bag and pipe it into fresh strawberries.

For the Summer Strawberry Cheesecake Treats recipe, click here.

Pineapple Cheesecake Popsicles

Pineapple Cheesecake Popsicles

If you’re stay-cationing at home this summer, you’ll need some tropical treats to complete the vibe. Make these pineapple cheesecake popsicles ahead of time so you can enjoy them with a cocktail by the pool.

For the Pineapple Cheesecake Popsicles recipe, click here.

Dark Chocolate Pudding

Dark Chocolate Pudding

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Dark chocolate is actually one of the foods you should eat every day. Get your daily dose with this yummy chocolate pudding — the ingredients in it are surprisingly good for you.

For the Dark Chocolate Pudding recipe, click here.

Five-Ingredient Peach & Champagne Granita

Five-Ingredient Peach & Champagne Granita

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It may not be a classic cocktail, but this semi-frozen peach and Champagne granita sure is refreshing for summer. Oh, and it only takes five ingredients to make.

For the Five-Ingredient Peach & Champagne Granita recipe, click here.

Plant-Made Peanut Butter Fudge

Plant-Made Peanut Butter Fudge

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If you’re on a plant-based diet, this peanut butter fudge is for you. Like some of the other desserts on this list, you’ll need to heat up your stove for this recipe, but after that, the mixture just needs to chill in the freezer.

For the Plant-Made Peanut Butter Fudge recipe, click here.

Pistachio Ice Cream

Pistachio Ice Cream
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If you’re a fan of pistachios, you’ll love this green-hued pistachio ice cream. Skip the freezer aisle at the grocery store next time, and make your own at home. After all, desserts are always a bit sweeter when you make them yourself.

For the Pistachio Ice Cream recipe, click here.

Tart Cherry Vegan Superfood Bars

Tart Cherry Vegan Superfood Bars

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Having a busy schedule sometimes leaves less room for baking. Luckily these cherry superfood bars can be made ahead and then you can just take them out of the fridge when you need a quick treat on-the-go.

For the Tart Cherry Vegan Superfood Bars recipe, click here.

Wild Berry Frozen Yogurt & California Avocado Lime Fudge Parfait

Wild Berry Frozen Yogurt & California Avocado Lime Fudge Parfait