Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 12 Addictive No-Bake Desserts for Summer

As I'm sure many of you can relate to, one of my favorite pastimes is baking. I take great joy in spending an afternoon measuring, sifting, whisking, and peering through the oven door to see my labors come to fruition. Rare is the day that I show up to a gathering without some sort of homemade sweet in hand, mainly because I bake too much for even the hungriest of roommates and I'm always looking to pawn desserts off on unsuspecting party-goers.

As I'm sure many of you can also relate to, one of my least favorite pastimes is sweating. Born and raised in Minnesota, I would much rather bundle up in below-zero weather than spend one minute in an AC-less New York apartment in midsummer with the oven on. So in order to stay sane and sweat-free, I rely on no-bake desserts to get me through the summer months.

Click through the slideshow to see a few of our favorites, from a dinner party-friendly and visually arresting Mango Icebox Cake to crave-worthy treats (don't tell me you wouldn't want to come home to a slice of Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie every night).

Parfaits and Puddings

Grasshopper Parfaits [Photograph: Pam Parrella]

Cakes and Pies

Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie [Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]


No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake [Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]


Easy No-Bake S'mores Bars [Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]


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