Mango Icebox Cake
Spongy savoiardi absorb a lime- and cardamom-scented mango semifreddo for a dessert reminiscent of tiramisu with a twist.
Summer Pudding Parfaits
In this classic British dessert, macerated berries’ sweet juices seep into white bread and mimic the custardlike effect of bread pudding, sans oven.
Creamy Chocolate Raspberry Summer Pudding
Rich chocolate custard and crushed raspberries moisten soft bread in this cool no-bake bread pudding.
No-Bake Chocolate Kahlua Pie
This perfectly indulgent pie manages to be rich but not too heavy for summer, thanks to a buttery chocolate wafer crust piled high with fluffy Kahlua-spiked chocolate whipped cream.
Easy Icebox Strawberry Shortcake
Need a quick dessert for a crowd? Crushed graham crackers replace biscuits or angel food cake here for the dead simplest riff on strawberry shortcake you’ll ever make.
No-Bake Blood Orange Pie
Creamy vanilla pie filling contrasts beautifully with blood orange (visually, texturally, and taste-wise), so dust off those knife skills and get supreming.
If you’re one of the lucky few who are capable of forgetting about the Thin Mints that have been stashed in your freezer since February, congratulations: this is the treat for you. For the rest of us, Oreos or any other chocolate wafer cookie would work just as well here.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie
The sweet-salty combo here is reminiscent of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby, but slicing this up after dinner somehow feels classier than digging into a pint on the couch.
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
Forget water baths, sunken centers, and cracked tops: taking the oven out of the equation eliminates all the stress of cheesecake making, and our tangy cream cheese filling leaves nothing to be desired (except a few sweet strawberries piled on top).
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
Most of the time I like my chocolate as part of a combo with peanut butter, strawberry, mint, caramel, etc. This silky chocolate cheesecake, however, stands alone (though a dollop of barely sweetened whipped cream or crème fraîche wouldn’t be remiss).
No-Bake S'mores Bars
S’mores are the quintessential summer dessert, but sometimes it’s too hot to turn the oven on, let alone sit near a bonfire long enough to evenly toast your marshmallow. That’s where these come in: heavy on the nostalgia, light on the sweat.
The 1980s contributed a lot of great things to our world, not least of which was the grasshopper cocktail. I tend to prefer my drinks a little harder, but I’ll gladly take it in booze-spiked bar form.