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6 Beginner No-Bake Dessert Recipes to Make With Your Girlfriends

June 17, 2020
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Baking may be a daunting idea to some, but we’re here to change the misconception that many might have! This weekend, reward yourself with a decadent treat with these no-bake recipes. Yes, you read that right! All you need is your fridge and you’re all set to making your favourite desserts! These recipes are best eaten as an after-meal snack or even baked to be presented as gifts. Whether it’s cheesecake, truffles or sorbet, we’ve got all your cravings sorted. 

Simple and scrumptious, you’ll want to make them over and over again. So, call over your closest girlfriends for an afternoon tea session or whip up any of these 6 no-bake desserts as a fun activity to do together!

Note: This list is strictly not in order.

1. No-Bake Cheesecake

For a twist to your regular baked cheesecake recipe, this no-bake version is one you’d want to keep in your recipe book. Bring this to any party and it will surely be a hit! Simple and easy to make, let your taste buds go wild with the flavours from this winning recipe. P.S. Some even prefer this version to the baked cheesecake since it is a lot fluffier!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust

2 cups of graham cracker crumbs

1/3 cup of light or dark brown sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter

Cheesecake Mixture

1 ¼ cup of heavy cream

680g of full-fat cream cheese softened

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup of sour cream, at room temperature

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Stir the graham cracker ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Place the graham cracker mixture onto a 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan.
  3. Press the graham cracker mixture to pack it into a crust.
  4. Pop it into the freezer for 10-15 minutes for the crust to set.
  5. To make the cheesecake filling, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar till well combined.
  6. Add the confectioners’ sugar, sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla extract and beat until there are no lumps.
  7. After 10-15 minutes, remove the crust from the freezer.
  8. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the crust.
  9. Pop the cheesecake back into the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  10. To serve, cut it into slices and serve with your choice of toppings.

2. 3-Ingredient Fudge

If your heart starts pumping like crazy every time you’re having fudge, you would be even more excited when you realise how easy it is to make homemade fudge! With just three easily accessible ingredients, satisfying your monthly fix of deliciously rich chocolate fudge has been made extra simple.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups of dark chocolate chips

2 cans of sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Line a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper. Make sure to cover all the sides of the pan.
  2. Place the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl.
  3. Melt it over medium heat on a double boiler.
  4. Take it off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Transfer the mixture onto the square pan and let it cool to room temperature.
  6. Refrigerate it for 2 hours.
  7. When serving, cut the fudge into square pieces to enjoy!

3. Panna Cotta

Literally meaning cooked cream in Italian, Panna Cotta is easily the Italians response to the English pudding. Thanks to its jelly-like texture, this no-bake recipe is perfect for those who enjoy a lighter dessert! P.S. If you are still feeling iffy about making your own desserts, this recipe would be a good starting point!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup of milk

3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream

1 packet of plain gelatin

1/3 cup of caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of butter

Steps:

  1. Place the milk and cream in a small pot and sprinkle the gelatin over the surface.
  2. Heat the mixture on a low heat whilst whisking until the gelatin dissolves.
  3. Whisk in the sugar until dissolved.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract.
  5. Grease 4 mason jars using the butter.
  6. Pour the mixture into the mason jars.
  7. Refrigerate for about 2 hours to let the panna cotta set.
  8. Top it off with grated chocolate or fruits for an extra burst of flavours!

4. Pineapple Sorbet Popsicles

The easiest from our list, these refreshing popsicles are incredibly easy to make! Light and refreshing, popsicles are indeed the best way to cool yourself off on a hot summer day. Here’s the best bit! As these fruity popsicles can last for weeks on end, you can then grab this guilt-free snack whenever you feel the heat getting to you.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

450g of frozen pineapple

2 tablespoons of sugar or honey

Steps:

  1. Blend the pineapple and sugar in a food processor or blender until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the moulds and place the popsicle sticks.
  3. Freeze for at least 2 hours, to set.

5. Oreo Truffles

Great for kids and adults, these Oreo truffles put a spin on the classic cookie in a fresh approach! Similar to a cake pop, these truffles are enriched with that tangy cream cheese that balances the sweetness in this dessert. Appealing to all ages, this is yet another recipe you’d want to jot down for safe-keeping.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 packet of Oreos

1 cup of cream cheese, softened

A pinch of kosher salt

1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips

 Steps:

  1. Blend the Oreo cookies in a food processor until you have fine crumbs.
  2. Set aside two tablespoons of the crushed Oreos in a separate bowl.
  3. Mix the cream cheese, salt and Oreo crumbs till well combined.
  4. Line a tray with parchment paper.
  5. Roll the mixture into little balls to make the truffles.
  6. Place the balls onto the tray and refrigerate for an hour to set.
  7. Melt the chocolate 10 minutes before the truffles are set.
  8. Take out the balls from the freezer and dip it into the chocolate.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining Oreos over the truffles.
  10. Place it back into the fridge for 20 minutes till the chocolate hardens and serve!

6. Boozy Chocolate Strawberries

Drunken chocolates are a treat for the adults with a sweet tooth! As its name suggests, this recipe calls for an addition of vodka that brings out the best of the chocolate’s sweetness. Since these chocolate strawberries can be swiftly made and refrigerated the night before, you can treat yourself to some the very next day!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

3 cups of whole strawberries, rinsed

2 cups of Vodka

1 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

2 teaspoons of butter

 Steps:

  1. Wash the strawberries and pat dry.
  2. In a bowl combine the strawberries and vodka and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. In another bowl combine the semisweet chocolate chips with the butter.
  4. Melt the chocolate mixture over a double boiler and stir till well combined.
  5. Line a tray with parchment paper.
  6. Drain the vodka and individually pick out the strawberries.
  7. Dip it into the chocolate and place on the parchment paper.
  8. After that, refrigerate for another hour or till the chocolate has set.

 

With these easy-to-follow recipes, you no longer have an excuse to lament over your lack of baking skills. Whether you choose to make them alone before a slumber party or together with your girlfriends, they’ll be a hit either way because the recipes are fool-proof!

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