Recipe Roundup: No-Cook Desserts

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Recipe Roundup: No-Cook Desserts

We love summer baking, but when it’s really hot outside those ovens should stay off. Beat the heat with these desserts, which are quick to prepare without using the oven or the stovetop.


Raspberry-Mascarpone Parfaits with Amaretti


Amaretti are delicate Italian cookies with a bitter almond flavor. Place them in a zippered bag and gently crush with the bottom of a cup or with a rolling pin to create a perfect coarse texture. Light and airy, they add a delicious crunch when layered with mascarpone cheese and summer raspberries.


1 1/2 cups (12 oz./375 g.) mascarpone cheese

1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml.) heavy cream

4 oz. (125 g.) white chocolate, coarsely chopped

3 cups (12 oz./375 g.) raspberries, plus more for garnish

18 amaretti cookies, coarsely crushed, plus more crushed cookies for garnish


In a bowl, using an electric mixer, briefly beat the mascarpone and heavy cream on medium speed until smooth, about 10 seconds. Place the white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over (not touching) barely simmering water, and heat, stirring often, until melted and smooth. Add the melted chocolate to the cream and beat on medium speed until well blended and slightly thickened, about 45 seconds. (If the white chocolate forms small lumps, briefly place the pan over simmering water again, then beat until smooth.)


Have ready six 8-fl. oz. (250 ml.) glasses. Put 2 heaping tablespoons of the raspberries in the bottom of each glass. Spoon about 2 heaping tablespoons of the cream mixture over the berries. Sprinkle with 1 heaping tablespoon of the crushed cookies. Repeat with layers of the fruit, cream mixture and cookies, ending with the cream, to make as many layers as you can in each glass.


Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours; the longer the parfaits chill, the more the cookie crumbs will soften. Garnish with raspberries and crushed cookies and serve. Serves 6.


Triple-Berry Ice Pops Triple-Berry Ice Pops 
These pops combine three types of summer berries — blackberries, raspberries and strawberries — for a refreshing snack or treat.
Nutty, Fruity Yogurt Parfaits Nutty, Fruity Yogurt Parfaits 
Layer granola, nuts, yogurt, and fried and dried fruits for a beautiful and healthy dessert. This one is a favorite with kids.
Frozen Tiramisu Frozen Tiramisu
Here, this classic Italian dessert is made with ice cream in place of mascarpone cheese and assembled in individual molds to simplify serving. They’re perfect for a summer dinner party; you can even make and freeze them a day ahead.
Blackberry Fool Blackberry Fool
Fold blackberry puree into freshly whipped cream, and you’ll have a light, delicious dessert in a flash.
Philadelphia-Style Vanilla Ice Cream Philadelphia-Style Vanilla Ice Cream
This style of ice cream skips the step of cooking a custard on the stovetop. It’s made by simply churning milk, cream, sugar and flavorings, so it’s quicker and easier to prepare.
Grapefruit-Champagne Sorbet Grapefruit-Champagne Sorbet
The bittersweet juice of fresh grapefruit and its fragrant zest combine with bubbly, bright-tasting Champagne to create this beautiful, pale-pink sorbet.
Blackberry-Buttermilk Sherbet Blackberry-Buttermilk Sherbet
This buttermilk-based sherbet tastes like decadent ice cream, but it’s much lower in fat. You can use fresh or frozen blackberries and make it any time of year.
Strawberries with Ricotta MousseStrawberries with Ricotta Mousse
A sweet and decadent mix of ricotta, mascarpone cheese and whipped cream makes a perfect partner to fresh strawberries in this simple but elegant recipe.


See more no-cook desserts here!


Featured recipe from Dessert of the Day, by Kim Laidlaw.

3 comments about “Recipe Roundup: No-Cook Desserts

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