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American Classics: 7 Best No-Bake Desserts

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[Photographs: Alexandra Penfold and Pam Parrella]

It's hot. You don't want to turn on your oven, but you do want dessert. This is my nightly summertime quandary. Fortunately in my search for retro classics and regional gems, I've come across a number of low-effort, high-reward, no-bake desserts perfect for when you don't want to heat up the kitchen. These are my favorites.

Go Straight to the Recipes

1. Haupia
2. Grasshopper Thin Mint Parfait
3. Coffee Tapioca
4. Red, White and Blueberry Icebox Cake
5. Scotcheroos
6. Classic Icebox Cake
7. Homemade Pudding in a Cloud

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