5 No-Bake, No-Hassle Dessert Recipes

February 13, 2012
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When life gets hectic and you’re in over your head with deadlines, to-do lists and financial difficulties, a sweet treat may be just what the doctor ordered. While stress eating is never recommended, some studies show that consuming sweets may actually reduce the production of glucocorticoid, the stress-related hormone. Sugary snacks—excluding artificially sweetened foods—have been found to decrease physical and psychological stress. But if time just isn’t on your side, how will you possibly bake something delightful? The following no-bake dessert recipes, including no-bake cheesecake and cookies, offer an easy and bakeless option for making sweet snacks and relieving tension. Go ahead, indulge yourself!

Fruit-Layered Delight

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, both of which are good stress-fighters. Additionally, the orange juice, angel food cake and vanilla pudding are low-fat, low-calorie ingredients—perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth. This no-bake dessert is a ‘berry’ delicious and healthy alternative to an overly sweet splurge.

Servings: 16



3 Tbsp. orange juice

1/4 tsp. almond extract

1 pkg. (10 oz.) prepared angel food cake, cut into 2-inch cubes

2 pkg. (1 oz. each) vanilla instant pudding

2-1/2 cups cold milk

1-1/2 cups thawed whipped topping, divided

2 pkg. (12 oz. each) frozen unsweetened mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries), thawed, well drained



Mix juice and extract. Drizzle over cake cubes in large bowl; toss to coat.

Beat pudding mixes and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup whipped topping.

Reserve a few berries for garnish. Place half the cake cubes in 2-qt. glass bowl; top with layers of half each of the remaining berries and pudding mixture. Repeat layers. Refrigerate 2 hours. Top with remaining whipped topping and reserved berries just before serving.



Rocky Road Cheesecake

The only thing better than cheesecake is no-bake cheesecake; and this great recipe will surely warm your heart. Featuring the traditional ingredients of rocky road—including chocolate, nuts and marshmallows—plus the addition of an Oreo Pie Crust, you will never look at cheesecake the same again. If your life feels like it’s traveling down a rocky road, alleviate stress with this rocky road no-bake cheesecake. Take a deep breath and savor every bite!

Servings: 10



3 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, divided

2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

2 cups thawed whipped topping

3/4 cup miniature marshmallows

1/3 cup chopped cocktail peanuts

1 Oreo Pie Crust (6 oz.)



Microwave 1 chocolate square as directed on package. Coarsely chop remaining chocolate.

Beat cream cheese, sugar and milk with mixer until well blended. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Whisk in whipped topping, marshmallows, nuts and chopped chocolate. Spoon into crust.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.



Peanut Butter Cookie Balls

Peanut butter is a good source of protein, fiber and vitamins B3 and E. It’s one of those foods that really sticks with you long after consumption. Additionally, it’s incredibly tasty and often used in dessert recipes. As long as you are not allergic to peanut butter, these cookie balls are a splendid sweet treat and ideal for sharing. From a midday snack to an after-dinner delight, they’re extremely versatile and hard to resist.

Servings: 48 cookies



1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

24 Nutter Butter cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)

2 pkg. (6 squares each) white baking chocolate, melted

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

24 Mini Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies, cut crosswise in half



Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended.

Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls; place in single layer in shallow pan. Freeze 10 minutes. Mix chocolate and peanut butter until well blended. Dip balls in chocolate mixture; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. Top each ball with 1 mini cookie half.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Keep refrigerated.



Lemon No-Bake Cheesecake

Close your eyes and envision the taste of a smooth, lemon-flavored cheesecake. Now open your eyes and whip it up—it’s that easy! This easy-to-prepare, no-bake cheesecake provides a nice hint of lemon without overwhelming the dessert. Ideal for summertime, wintertime or anytime.

Servings: 8



1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. Crystal Light Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix

1/4 cup cold milk

1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed

1 ready-to-use reduced-fat graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)



Beat cream cheese and drink mix in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Gradually add milk, mixing until well blended.

Stir in whipped topping; spoon into crust.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.



Bakeless Chocolate Soufflés

If you’re afraid to indulge in sweet treats because you lack the self-control to stop, these bakeless soufflés are already portioned for you. Pre-portioned snacks allow you to splurge without overdoing it. Let’s face it: treating yourself to the occasional treat is suggested by most diet plans, but in no way do they allow for oversized servings. When you enjoy dessert from time to time, you’re less likely to feel deprived and binge later.

Servings: 8



2 pkg. (3.9 oz. each) chocolate instant pudding

3 cups cold milk

2 cups thawed whipped topping

16 Oreo cookies, chopped (about 2 cups)

8 maraschino cherries



Beat pudding mixes and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 minutes. Stir in whipped topping.

Spoon half each of the cookies and pudding mixture evenly into 8 (8- or 9-oz.) paper drinking cups; press gently with back of spoon to release air pockets. Repeat layers; cover.

Freeze 5 hours or until firm. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Peel away paper from soufflés. Place soufflés on plates; garnish with cherries.

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About Jerri Ann Jerri Ann Reason is a full time blogger and self-proclaimed internet-junkie who has been writing online since 1999. She can be found at Mom~E~Centric, The Blog Ambassador and Educate My Alabama. Her Twitter ID is @The_Jerri_Ann & Facebook is Jerri.Ann.Reason.

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About Jerri Ann
Jerri Ann Reason is a full time blogger and self-proclaimed internet-junkie who has been writing online since 1999. She can be found at Mom~E~Centric, The Blog Ambassador and Educate My Alabama. Her Twitter ID is @The_Jerri_Ann & Facebook is Jerri.Ann.Reason.

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