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10 No-Bake Summer Dessert Recipes That Your Family Will Love

August 01, 2020

These summertime treats are perfect for the busy working mom.

The weather is warming up and summer barbecue season is here, which means you will almost certainly be tasked with making some sort of dessert dish for a party. Sure, we would all love to bake some over-the-top masterpiece, but most working parents just don't have the time for it. This summer, go for "no-bake" desserts that don't require any time in the oven. They are perfect for when you're pressed for time and everyone will love them just the same.

Here are some of our favorites:

Summer Berry Ice Box Cake

The best part of summer is the abundance of fresh fruit in season. Take advantage of all the summer berries with this easy cake that will stop the show at your next party.

Lemon Oreo Crust Lemon Cheesecake Icebox Pie

This refreshing lemon cheesecake only needs five ingredients, so it's as easy to make as it is to enjoy on a hot day.

Lemon pie
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Recipe and photo via Dreaming in DIY. Photo: Dreaming in DIY

Patriotic Bark

You can get creative with this chocolate "bark." Have your kids help you decorate it with your favorite American-themed candies and sprinkles.

Chocolate bark
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Recipe and photo via Chelsea's Messy Apron. Photo: Chelsea's Messy Apron

No Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

No-bake cookies are a year-round treat, but they especially come in handy when it's too hot to turn on an oven.

Cookies
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Recipe and photo via Brown Eyed Baker. Photo: Brown Eyed Baker

Snickers Crunch Bars

These chocolate treats are designed to mimic some of your favorite candy bars, like Snickers, and even include chocolate cereal. In this case, the new version definitely beats the original.

Snickers crunch bar
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Recipe and photo via Mom On Timeout. Photo: Mom On Timeout

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

Showcase your patriotic spirit with a fruit salad that delivers an unexpected twist. The secret is the honey and lime glaze that coats the fruit and helps keep them from turning brown early.

Fruit salad
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Recipe and photo via Eating on a Dime. Photo: Eating on a Dime

Easiest Ever No Bake Ice Cream Cake

Homemade ice cream cake may sound like a lot of work, but this recipe keeps it simple with some store-bought ingredients like ice cream sandwiches and Oreo cookies. Plus, it's sure to be a hit with every kid at the party.

Ice cream cake
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Recipe and photo via Unsophisticook.bPhoto: Unsophisticook

Patriotic Easy Fudge

This treat scores extra points for its red, white and blue hues. If you're short on time, you can also make it in just one color—or with no food coloring at all—and it will still be delicious.

Fudge
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Recipe and photo via Peas and Peonies. Photo: Peas and Peonies

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle

The trifle has earned its well-deserved spot as the centerpiece of every summer party dessert table. However, it doesn't have to be hard to make. This recipe involves store-bought ingredients and is surprisingly easy to throw together.

Trifle
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Recipe and photo via Skinnytaste. Photo: Skinnytaste

American Flag Treats on a Stick

Cake pops (made using Twinkies) are perfect for the working mom who is more into decorating than cooking. You can give these any design you like and hand them out to the kids to wave around.

Cake pops
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Recipe and photo via Craft Create Cook. Photo: Craft Create Cook

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