Everyone loves a sweet and satisfying dessert, but it's too darn hot to turn on the oven in the summer. And besides, who wants to stand in the kitchen any longer than they have to this time of year? Thankfully, there is no shortage of quick and easy no-bake 4th of July dessert recipes that will have your friends and family believing that you dedicated your entire day to baking something yummy just for them.
No-bake desserts are my favorite because they are often light and refreshing. And even when they're decadent, they're cool enough to be perfect on a hot summer's night. You don't have to worry about setting the timer or burning anything in the oven. Even better, you won't need to solve a mathematical equation to figure out the exact time to start baking your dessert so that it is still warm by the end of dinner, but not piping hot right out of the oven. In fact, most no-bake desserts can be prepared well in advance and served right from the refrigerator or freezer, which means you can hang with your dinner guests a little longer.
If you are ready to up your dessert game, check out these 17 easy no-bake recipes to keep anyone's sweet tooth satisfied all summer long.
1. Strawberry Sugar Cookie Parfaits
I love recipes that allow for shortcuts. These 15-minute strawberry sugar cookie parfaits from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs are no-bake because you can use store bought sugar cookies and no one will ever know. Genius.
2. No-Bake Coconut Icebox Cake
If it's too hot to bake, this no-bake coconut icebox cake by Willow Bird Baking is your summer dessert solution. It's almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
3. No-Bake Banana Split Cake Dessert
Everything is better with a cherry on top, especially this no-bake banana split cake dessert from Brown-Eyed Baker.
4. No-Bake Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites
Even your littles will love these no-bake almond butter oatmeal bites by Love and Lemons, and not just because they have chocolate chips inside.
5. No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake
If you're looking for the perfect 4th of July dessert, check out My Baking Addiction's no-bake frozen cheesecake. This red, white, and blue treat is sweet, salty and patriotic.
6. Apricot Sherbet With Black Currant Sauce
If you've been wondering what to do with that ice cream maker you registered for, The Messy Baker has you covered. This apricot sherbet with black currant sauce will have your friends begging for the no-bake recipe.
7. Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
These peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip granola bars by Ari's Menu can do double duty as both a dessert and a healthy snack. They will last you up to 10 days in the fridge, but can also be stored at room temperature.
8. No-Bake Key Lime Pie
This Florida Keys-inspired recipe is more accurately described as almost-no-bake, as they crust needs 10 minutes in the oven, but the filling of the no-bake key lime pie by Big Girls Small Kitchen, is definitely oven-free.
9. Individual No-Bake Oreo Cheesecakes
Ten minutes and six ingredients is all it takes to make these mouth-watering individual no-bake Oreo cheesecakes by Meatloaf and Melodrama. Pin it now, because you know you will be craving this dessert by dinnertime.
10. No-Bake Blueberry Lemon Cream Pie
This gorgeous no-bake blueberry lemon cream pie by Mom on Time Out is a blueberry lover's dream come true.
11. No-Bake Cookie Dough Fudge
I will never again raid the frozen cookie dough after discovering this recipe for no-bake cookie dough fudge by Public Lives Secret Recipes. This is both a dessert and a midnight snack.
12. No-Bake Strawberry Blueberry Trifle
This no-bake strawberry blueberry trifle by Natasha's Kitchen is another perfectly patriotic dessert that takes only 30 minutes to prepare.
13. Easiest-Ever Ice Cream Cake with Sugar Cone Crust
No one will be able to resist Mel's Kitchen's easy ice cream cake with sugar cone crust. Yes, the crust is made out of sugar ice cream cones.
14. No-Bake Espresso Vegan Cookies
These no-bake espresso vegan cookies by Naturally Ella are an easy dessert for any coffee lover.
15. Rainbow Fruit Salad + Citrus Honey Syrup
Who says you can't have a salad for dessert? This rainbow fruit salad + citrus honey syrup by Simply Scratch is a beautiful to look at as it is to eat.
16. Watermelon Mini Cakes
You may think you are looking at a caprese salad, but these are actually refreshing watermelon mini cakes by My Name Is Yeh.
17. No-Bake Banoffee Pie With White Chocolate Mousse Topping
If you want something decadent, try this no-bake Banoffee pie with white chocolate mousse topping from Simply Delicious. The prep time for this dessert is only 30 minutes and four hours in the fridge to set.