6 Easy Summer Desserts That Won't Heat up Your Kitchen

Chill out with these easy no-bake desserts.

When it's hot outside, keep it cool inside with these easy summer desserts that take zero oven time. Nicole McLaughlin, aka NicoleMcmom, shows you six of her favorite no-sweat sweet treats, including clever ice cream sandwich cake pops and playful donut strawberry shortcakes. Watch the video up top and scroll down to get the recipes.

1. Watermelon Sorbet

Get the recipe for Watermelon Sorbet.

cup of homemade Watermelon Sorbet garnished with grated lime zest

You only need three ingredients and a food processor to make this no-churn sorbet. Be sure to zest the limes before you juice them so you can use the zest as a colorful, flavorful garnish. Tips: Pop the sorbet into the freezer for a few hours for a firmer, scoopable texture. And if you like salt on your watermelon, sprinkle it with Tajin seasoning.

2. Peach Cobbler

Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Easy Peach Cobbler.

bowl of homemade Slow Cooker Easy Peach Cobbler topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

How do you get homemade peach cobbler without turning on your oven? Easy! Make it in your slow cooker with fresh or frozen peaches, cake mix, and a little butter. Serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream for a classic summer dessert.

3. No-Bake Pie

Get the recipe for Kool-Aid Pie.

homemade lemon kool-aid pie topped with whipped cream and lemon slices

This cool and creamy pie takes only four ingredients, and one of them is a ready-made graham cracker pie crust. But the real fun comes with the filling, which you can flavor up any way you want just by switching up the powdered Kool-Aid mix you use.

4. Ice Cream Sandwich on a Stick

Get the recipe for Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Pops.

homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Pops decorated with candy sprinkles

Are these irresistibly cute or what? And thanks to shortcut ingredients, they're quick and easy to make. Store-bought ice cream sandwiches are cut in half and put on popsicle sticks, dipped in chocolate shell topping (such as Magic Shell), and decorated with your choice of candy sprinkles, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut.

4. Grilled Donut Strawberry Shortcake

Get the recipe for Glazed Doughnut Strawberry Shortcake.

grilled glazed donut spilt in half and layered with whipped cream and strawvberries

This playful twist on classic strawberry shortcake uses a split glazed doughnut instead of shortcake, and layers it up with sweet strawberries and whipped cream. Nicole takes it one step further by grilling the doughnut first to give it an extra element of crunch. Tip: Sprinkle a little sugar over the strawberries and let them macerate to develop a little strawberry syrup while you grill the doughnuts.

5. Mini No-Bake Cheesecakes

Get the recipe for No-Bake Cheesecake.

homemade mini cheesecakes topped with fresh berries

Nicole put a spin on this recipe by turning it into 12 individual servings. Simply line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and divide the crumb crust and filling evenly between them. After the filling chills, top with your choice of fresh summer berries and serve them up.


You can connect with Nicole as NicoleMcmom on Allrecipes and on Instagram @nicolemcmom.

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