Here we go! The holidays kick off this week (!), and our mouths are already watering for the array of sinfully fabulous foods sure to grace the scene. You want to bring something special to the table to share with loved ones, right? Of course you do!
…But you don’t have time to slave over a hot oven. Or maybe the family stove’s all tied up cooking other culinary creations, and there’s no empty rack for you. Or maybe you just suck at baking. (We can’t all be bonafide Betty Crockers.)
Well, has BookRenter got an early present for you. Our team scoured the Internet and compiled a mini recipe book of 15 dreamy, decadent desserts sure to dazzle fellow party-goers. And the best part? They’re all no muss, no fuss, no-bake confectionery treats you can whip up in a flash.
No, wait. The best part is they’re ridiculously delicious.
Read on for mouthwatering photos, bite-sized descriptions, and a link to the full recipe & instructions.
1- No Bake Cookies and Cream Bars
It’s your classic Rice Krispies Treat bar, minus the Rice Krispies, plus copious amounts of Oreos. Pause for salivation. The only equipment you need is an 8×8 pan, a food processor, a microwave, a microwave-friendly bowl, a knife, and a glass of milk. For dunking.
Auhhh yeah. Full recipe lives over at Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.
2- Double Chocolate Caramel Corn & Cocoa Rice Krispies Candy Bars
Quite the mouthful. Literally. Mad-scientist-meets-culinary-genius Averie admits, “I could call these everything but the kitchen sink bars.” She ain’t kiddin’. These magnificent mutant bars showcase every kind of scrap cereal, candy, and snack you have on hand in your cupboard and still manage to look incredibly appetizing.
Check out Love Veggies and Yoga for the full recipe.
3- No-Bake Cheesecake
No-bake, AND no longer reserved only for the upper crust of culinary masters! (Now if only we could make it no calories…). The blogger over at Taste and Tell assures this is “one of those desserts that pretty much anyone can make without messing it up.” Sounds good to us. This beautiful, elegant dessert is sure to impress everyone at your holiday table.
Check out Taste and Tell for a slice of the action.
4- Nutella No Bake Cookies
Reread the name of this sweet treat again. Nutella + No Bake + Cookie. Every element in this title warrants the highest respect in Dessert Land. Period. End of story. Get in my mouth.
For a step-by-step on how to make these magnificent morsels, MyFabulousRecipies.com is where it’s at.
5- No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Once again, let’s break it down. Peanut Butter. Cookie. No baking necessary. Where do I sign up? (Want to up the fancy-ante? Drizzle melted chocolate for a gorgeous taste-bud-pleaser.)
Salivating for the full recipe? Scope out How Sweet It Is.
6- No Bake Frozen S’mores
We’ll always take some more s’mores when offered up. This ooey gooey goodie is typically reserved for BBQs and summertime camp-outs, but why not enjoy its splendor in the colder months, too? For those of you who aren’t so nuts about the walnuts used in this recipe, food blogger Jordan suggests swapping in butterscotch chips instead. Mmmmhmmmm.
Hi-YAH! Click on over to Kitchen Karate for the full scoop.
7- No-Bake Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
Sinfully-sensational, extremely easy, and amazingly addictive. The finishing touch on these bite-sized coconut cookie balls is a dry bath in colorful sanding sugar, making them a bright, festive addition to the dessert display.
Busy Mommy knows you don’t always have a ton of time to create a tasty masterpiece. Check out her blog for the recipe.
8- No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Balls
More from the treasure trove of Taste and Tell… oatmeal, peanut butter, sugar, cocoa, butter, vanilla… all rolled into one. Literally. Yes, please. Two please. Make it four. Teen.
Click over to Taste and Tell for the low-down.
9- Skinny No-Bake Cookies
Okay, sure- the holidays are most definitely a time to indulge. But sometimes it’s nice to have a sinless sweet… to make up for all the other gajillion-calorie goodies on our plate. Various ingredient substitutes make these a low-fat but still surprisingly scrumptious alternative to Taste and Tell’s oatmeal peanut butter cookie balls.
SkinnyTaste.com is the place to go for this waistline-friendly recipe.
10- No-Bake Cookie Bars
Peanut butter and chocolate go together like, well… peanut butter and chocolate! These rustic no-bake bars are super simple and beyond-belief yummy.
Skip on over to Veronica’s Cornucopia for the recipe.
11- Jello Chocolate Pudding Pie
Amazingly elegant! A little less than effortless. These beautiful bite-sized “pies” require a bit of prep time, specifically the Oreo pie crust, which needs to chill for about 2-3 hours prior to assembly. However! They are just so darn impressive Well worth the time.
Pham Fatale is home to this recipe. Check it out!
12- No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
These lumpy bumpy babies are yet another delight for your mouth. Grease up some cookie-cutters for festive shapes sure-to-please .
Point your browser to Back to the Cutting Board for the recipe as well as helpful cookie cutter tips.
13- Creamy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Though most of these recipes include peanut butter, this sweet sensation features PB as a starring role… as well as 14, count ’em 14 peanut butter cups chopped and mixed into the filling and as topping pieces. Mmhmm.
Drooling for the recipe yet? MommysKitchen.net is the place to get it.
14- Butterscotch Drops
The definition of finger-lickin’ good, dessert-style. We won’t judge if you grab these sticky sweets by the handfull. Just make sure you have some moist towelettes at the ready.
Step inside Sweet Pea’s Kitchen for the 411.
15- Christmas Broken Glass
A dessert that is also a work of art. We’ll let this gorgeous photo speak for itself.
Jell-O, gelatin, sweetened condensed milk. That’s all you need. Take a page from the Food Librarian for the full recipe.
Happy baking feasting, everyone!