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Key Lime Mousse with Blackberry Compote

Maura Friedman

Key Lime Mousse with Blackberry Compote

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8 no-bake desserts for when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want the heat

When the temperature rises, the last thing you want to do is heat up the oven to get your dessert on. Enter no-bake desserts: easy and low-heat ways to get your sweet tooth satisfied without turning up that dreaded dial.

We’ve got eight desserts for you to try — no oven required.

Key Lime Mousse with Blackberry Compote
Tart and refreshing, this luscious mousse is the perfect sweet finish to a dinner party or to serve to a large crowd. It’s easy to assemble and, better yet, can be made the day before. If blackberries aren’t in season, try out similar fruits like blueberries or raspberries, or create your own signature mix for the fragrant and fruity compote layer.
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Lemon Ice Box Dessert
This tangy frozen dessert takes all of the delicious flavors of a lemon meringue pie and cools them down to create a refreshing and decadent dessert. If taking this beautiful dessert to somewhere beyond your own home, be sure to chill it in a fridge before slicing for the best presentation.
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Black Bottom Pie
This rich dessert may take a couple of extra steps and involve a little stovetop time but the results — a chocolatey bottom layer, a pillow-y rum-laced center, and a healthy dose of whipped cream — speak for themselves.
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Macerated Stone Fruit with Bourbon Sabayon
A sabayon is a stirred, sweetened custard that has been fortified with type of alcohol. In this instance, we’re giving it a Southern flair by adding bourbon. The sabayon can be prepared well in advance, but you’ll only want the stone fruit to macerate for about an hour.
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Peanut Butter Ice Box Pie
This iced treat is as easy as plugging in your mixer and blending — the real trick is waiting for this delicious mixture of cream cheese, peanut butter. and vanilla to set in the fridge. (The results are, of course, worth the wait.) Feel free to dress it up with a drizzle of chocolate or caramel syrup after layering in the homemade whipped cream.
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Butterfinger Lush
There's no bones about it: this dessert is decadent. Featuring two (yes two) different kinds of candy, chocolate pudding, and of course peanut butter, this sweet treat can be made a day ahead. Just be sure to pay attention to the layering instructions for the best visual results.
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Ambrosia Dessert
Sometimes, when craving something sweet, simple is best. And it couldn’t be simpler with this quick and low-guilt dessert — all of the magic happens when the oranges, coconut and sugar get to sit and rest in the fridge, creating a delectable ambrosia that’ll keep you nice and cool.
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Creamy Banana Pudding
Nothing quite says a down home, summertime dessert like a good old-fashioned banana pudding. We keep it classic with an easy-as-pudding recipe that gives you everything you love about this dish: creamy condensed milk-laded pudding, layers of crunchy sweet vanilla wafers, and a colorful topping of maraschino cherries.  
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Photo (Stone Fruit): Maura Friedman


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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.

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