15 No-Bake Christmas Desserts for When Your Oven is Tired
When you and your oven just can't even.
Holiday baking burnout is real. Between all the Christmas cookies and pies — you deserve a break — and so does your oven. Even if you haven't reached the point of throwing your oven mitts across the kitchen in exhaustion, going the no-bake route frees up room in your oven for other things. From trifles, to pies, to even cookies (yes, really), there's a lot you can do without turning up the temperature this holiday season, and many of these desserts can be made ahead of time and chilled in the fridge overnight or frozen and thawed. Getting dessert on the table is easy with these no-bake Christmas desserts.
1. Tiramisu II
You can't go wrong with a classic. "This is an incredibly easy dessert that tastes and looks like it was much more difficult to make. It is very important to let it set in the refrigerator for the time stated to allow the coffee flavor to mix with the ladyfingers and the filling. Otherwise the filling will not be sweet enough!" says Lisa P.
Serve up this mousse in individual portions or in one large dish like this reviewer did: "Made this for a potluck dinner — quadrupled the recipe and served it in a large casserole dish. The dish was practically licked clean by the end of the evening. It was easy to make, and everyone loved it. Even the gluten-free folks could enjoy it," says reviewer Doris Cheung.
This take on a classic dessert has toffee candy pieces for an added crunch. "This was simply wonderful! I wanted something different for dessert for Christmas eve dinner and this was perfect!" says Deb Holthouse Brown.
You'll never go back to store bought. "The texture is creamy, smooth, just perfect for scooping. And the flavor is classic eggnog, very rich, and crazy good (also very decadent!)."
Pies and Cheesecakes
This simple pie takes only 20 minutes to prepare. "Made these for Christmas dessert and it was oh so delicious...I made both pies the night before, which made the consistency perfect," says reviewer SKB. Some reviewers recommend reducing the amount of sugar called for.
Reviewer cardensaraid says, "I made this for Christmas dinner and it went over really well. The key is to beat each egg for the full five minutes….No leftovers at all!" Garnish with whipped topping and chocolate shavings for an elegant dessert that everyone will think you spent hours on.
"Perfect," says Debbie Lopez. "I used this to a dinner party where I did not know in advance what the menu would be, so I need something that would work with almost any type of food and not be too heavy and this fit the bill perfectly. Wow what a hit."
Recipe creator sal says it best: "Heaven and Earth are symbolically united in this edible work of art. An ambrosial cloud of white chocolate mousse floats atop a crispy baked pie shell." Dozens of raving reviewers agree (at least about it tasting good, maybe not the whole Heaven and Earth part).
This pie for eggnog-lovers will stand out on any dessert table. Reviewer Dawn says, "I won third place in the dessert contest at a Christmas Party last year. A couple of the judges came up to me and told me they had never heard of or tasted eggnog pie. They loved it."
This recipe was a happy accident from recipe creator Melissa Goff who says, "Trying to come up with a pumpkin cheese ball, didn't work out in my favor but came out with a wonderful pie instead. With cream cheese, pumpkin, pecans, and spices mixed in, it is pure taste-bud heaven served in a graham cracker crust. Such a wonderful turn-out on a mistake."
Cookies and Bars
Reviewer BAKEaholic says, "I am a beginner baker and have to say that these peanut butter bars are completely foolproof! They taste great and completely satisfy my sweet tooth!" If you've ever wanted to have a candy bar for dessert, now's your chance.
Get everyone in on the holiday dessert fun without having to use the oven. "Pretty and gooey and sweet, these have always been a favorite with both kids and adults alike," says reviewer naples34102. "In fact, they are still one of my kids' favorites — and they're now 28 and 30 years old!"
"I made these for Christmas this year," says ginger. "They were very popular at my holiday party and I was asked for the recipe. I see the logic of dissolving the sugar in the rum after making them - I'll do that next time. They really do get better as the 7th day approaches. Excellent recipe."
It's safe to say this cranberry dessert is pretty in pink. "Everyone loved this at Christmas dinner. It looked very pretty next to the rest of the salads," says reviewer Tammy Lynn.
Use up the last of that cherry pie filling to make this top-rated fruit salad. Reviewer lori91761 says, "I made this as a dessert for our New Years eve party. All who tried it wanted the recipe, which I gladly gave."