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12 No-Bake Desserts to Keep your Kitchen Cool

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My kitchen is always ten times hotter when the oven is on—especially during the summer. I often question if I really want to cook on those steamy days. It's then I turn to desserts that require a little more work than waiting for them to chill in the refrigerator or freezer. For those of us who love their kitchen no matter the temperature, no-bake desserts mean we can spend less time at the oven and more time outside (or in front of the air conditioner) during long summer days and warm summer nights.

Here are 12 no-bake, no-sweat desserts we'll be making during the dog days:

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Watermelon Pudding (Gelo d'Anguria)
Watermelon Pudding (Gelo d'Anguria)
Strawberry Ice with Condensed Milk and Whipped Cream
Strawberry Ice with Condensed Milk and Whipped Cream
Almond Ice with Glazed Cherries
Almond Ice with Glazed Cherries
Nigella Lawson's No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake
Nigella Lawson's No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake
Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint
Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint
Classic Icebox Cake
Classic Icebox Cake
S'mores Icebox Cake
S'mores Icebox Cake
No-Bake Toasted Coconut, Date, and Nut Bars
No-Bake Toasted Coconut, Date, and Nut Bars
No-Bake Triple Chocolate Brownies
No-Bake Triple Chocolate Brownies
Popcorn "Granola" Bars
Popcorn "Granola" Bars
Nanaimo Bars
Nanaimo Bars
Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars
Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars

Ice cream aside, what desserts do you turn to when it's too hot to turn on the oven? Share your ideas in the comments.

Tags: no-bake