15 No-Bake Thanksgiving Desserts
There's no rule that says all great Thanksgiving desserts have to come from an oven. If baking's not your bag, or your oven will be otherwise occupied (looking at you, turkey), check out these no-bake Thanksgiving desserts you can make without touching that oven dial.
Chef John's Dark Chocolate Mousse
A pinch of chile powder intensifies the chocolatey goodness of this rich and creamy dessert. After a quick 20-minute stovetop prep, you can spoon the mousse into individual glasses, ramekins, or cups to chill in the fridge. Top with extra whipped cream and shaved chocolate to make it photo-ready.
Easy to make and lovely to behold. Recipe creator Jodster describes this dessert as "a lighter alternative to pumpkin pie." Reviewers recommend you double the marshmallow creme mixture so you get plenty for layering in individual bowls or glasses.
5 Ingredient Tiramisu
Layer in a glass bowl for a show-stopping centerpiece on your dessert buffet, or create individual servings, as shown in the photo. Top with espresso powder, dark cocoa powder, or chocolate curls. AngieO says, "This was my first attempt at tiramisu, and I thought that it turned out well. It was fast and easy."
Easy Pumpkin Cream Trifle
Here's a prep tip from Cook Kerri, who says, "I have been making various trifles for years and am so excited to have a new yummy trifle recipe which is a party hit. I have found the trick to a trifle is to always work from the outside-in of the bowl. Keep each individual ingredient evenly distributed. Make it look pretty and it looks more scrumptious."
No Bake Pumpkin Pie I
A super-quick prep and three hours in the fridge, and this easy pie is ready to serve. Reviewers rave that they'll never make a baked pumpkin pie again after trying this one. It saved the day for MYHORSENUTMEG, who says, "WOW! Just bought an antique stove, but it wasn't installed for Thanksgiving. So for the holiday dessert, we decided to try a couple of no-bake pies. This pumpkin pie is absolutely delicious."
Peanut Butter Pie
You can use a ready-made graham cracker crumb or Oreo cookie crumb pie crust for this recipe. MARPRINC went totally rogue and froze the pie before adding a layer of hot fudge sauce, and then topped it with whipped cream.
Frozen Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Chocolate-coated crispy rice cereal forms the crust for this no-bake cheesecake. Even though it's quite rich, you'll be surprised by how quick and easy the whole thing is to prep. JIXJAX recommends taking it out of the freezer at least 15 minutes before serving to make it easier to slice through the chocolate.
Buckeye Cookies III
Looking like they just dropped off a chestnut tree, these chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls would make an eye-catching addition to a dessert buffet.
No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
You're going to want to save room for these kind-of-good-for-you layers of oats and dark chocolate and peanut butter. Home cook KRANEY raves, "What a great dessert! Took me only 15 minutes, start to finish. Very rich — a small bar goes a long way!"
Boardwalk Quality Maple Walnut Fudge
Guess what? You can make this creamy rich fudge in your microwave. For another layer of flavor, pan-toast the walnuts and let them cool before adding them to the mix. House of Aqua declares, "Seriously, this stuff is amazing! I got the idea from another who made this recipe to use some candy cup papers and I used a small cookie scoop to measure fudge into each cup. The papers peel off easily and you have perfect looking and even tastier fudge!"
Poached Pears Belle Helene
If you want to impress the heck out of your Thanksgiving guests, dish up these elegant (and surprisingly easy) poached pears. Just serve them with ice cream and a pool of ready-made chocolate sauce, and take your compliments like a grown-up.
Paleo Raw Carrot Cake
This no-bake carrot cake uses raw ingredients that happen to be paleo- and vegan-friendly. "Made with a carrot, date, and walnut base, this delicious cake is topped with a silky cashew maple coconut icing that's surprisingly healthy and good for you. This is what carrot cake dreams are made of," Megan Olson says.
The Best Banana Pudding
For some Southern families, Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without banana pudding. But even non-Southerners would delight in this top-rated, no-bake recipe
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
Fill a pie crust with cream cheese, whipped topping, powdered sugar, and pumpkin pie filling to create this cross between two of our favorite desserts. Reviewers recommend freezing it to set it (versus refrigerating it). Or, take a cue from reviewer Amanda: "This pie really had the flavors of fall and would be great to make ahead and freeze!"