12 No-Bake Desserts So You Don’t Have to Turn on the Oven

The oven will be jam-packed while you're preparing Christmas dinner, so save yourself some anxiety by making no-bake desserts instead. Try a festive cold treat like gingerbread icebox cake, or whip up peanut butter fudge in the microwave.

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Semifreddo of Cookies and Cream with Salted Caramel

Tyler Florence builds this frozen confection on a base of crushed gingersnaps, which he tops with pomegranate molasses-flavored whipped cream. After it has chilled, he drizzles dark amber caramel over the top.

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Gingerbread Tiramisu

Replace ladyfingers with flavorful ginger cookies for a snappy version of the Italian classic.

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Chocolate Truffles

Alton Brown spikes chocolate ganache with brandy and rolls the truffles in cocoa powder, chopped nuts or toasted coconut.

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Triple-Chocolate Pudding

The chocolate lover's triumvirate, this airy concoction has a triple dose of the sweet stuff: bittersweet and white chocolate as well as Dutch-processed cocoa powder.

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Gingerbread Icebox Cake

Prepare this gumdrop-bedecked cake in a Bundt pan for a stunning holiday dessert that is way easier to construct than a gingerbread house. The spicy gingersnaps flavor the creamy filling overnight, so make it ahead of time and then decorate it before guests arrive.

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Bourbon Banana Puddings

This Southern staple always satisfies — especially when the vanilla pudding base gets kicked up with brown sugar and bourbon.

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Eggnog Ice Cream

Alton offers a delicious alternative to the traditional yuletide drink by simply omitting the egg whites from his eggnog recipe and then pouring the mixture into an ice cream maker. This seasonal dessert is amazing by itself or atop a slice of your favorite holiday pie.

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Peanut Butter Fudge

Alton's easy fudge recipe circumvents the stove-top entirely; the peanut butter gets warmed in a microwave. After that, a quick mix with butter, vanilla and powdered sugar leads to perfectly smooth fudge that you'll want to keep all to yourself.

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No-Bake Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream

If cheesecake, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate mousse all had a party, this would be the delicious result.

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Lemon Hazelnut Tiramisu

Giada De Laurentiis gives traditional tiramisu a facelift by replacing the coffee and chocolate flavors with the bright zest of lemon and crunchy hazelnuts.

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Chocolate Mousse

This chocolate mousse is loaded with creamy chocolate and rich espresso flavor but has no added sugar — so it's decadent without being overly sweet.

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Fresh, sweet berries and creamy cheesecake are layered on top of a rich graham-cracker crust — no baking required.

Get the Recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake