If you can’t even imagine turning on the oven during the summer heat, no-bake desserts are the perfect alternatives to your usual fresh baked cookies. These oven-free desserts are just as delicious as more traditional options, and they’re often much easier to prepare, which leaves you with more time for lounging by the pool! Here are three no-bake dessert recipes to try at your next potluck dinner.
7-Layer Ice Cream Cake [marthastewart.com]
Cool off after a summer dinner with this colorful ice cream cake. Pound cake creates a sweet, dense base stacked between layers of tasty vanilla ice cream, while thick meringue is a wonderfully fluffy replacement for the usual heavy icing.
Creamy Layered Lemon Squares [snackworks.com]
Swap out your usual lemon square recipe for something much quicker — and cooler. Basic graham crackers create a crunchy crust, and the addition of ripe strawberries makes this dessert perfect for the summertime.
Hawaiian Cookie Balls [kraftrecipes.com]
The kids will adore these fun and tasty cookie balls made with sweet, crushed pineapple and flaky coconut. You can also decorate them with colorful gel icings and sprinkles to turn them into fun ducks or chickens for a child’s birthday party.
This cheerful cafeteria-style restaurant offers a diverse menu featuring creative spins on California cuisine, using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients to create tasty, filling dishes. Ordering here is simple – you’re charged by number of portions from the marketplace menu.
Some favorites include the salad of avocado, cherry tomato, pine nuts and lime, as well as the sunchokes with fennel, orange and pickled red onions. Another favorite among regulars is the soba noodles with kimchi marinated vegetables, which pack a spicy kick. For hot dishes, the white truffle macaroni and cheese is a can’t-miss. It also offers a solid variety of high-quality sandwiches and a great pot roast served in a sourdough roll.