Easy, Delicious No-Bake Desserts Kids Can Make Themselves
Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns
No-bake desserts are the underrated winners of the kitchen. They don’t require you to turn on the oven and are a great way to get the whole family involved in making a treat. Most of them can be stored in the freezer as well — so double that batch for your midnight snack! Check out some of our top no-bake desserts below and get your sweet tooth ready to rumble.
No-Bake Cheesecake Bites
The hardest part of making these no-bake cheesecake bites? Waiting the two hours for them to set in the freezer. Once they are ready though, they're pretty irresistible. Make a big batch of these cheesecake bites and keep them in the freezer for a quick melt-in-your-mouth treat.
Cake Batter Cheesecake Bites
If your favorite part of baking is licking the batter off the spoon, there is no better no-bake dessert for you than these cake batter cheesecake bites. These little bites come together with just a box of cake mix and cream cheese — that’s truly it. This is a great recipe for your little ones to take control of since it’s mostly just mixing. Let them become the head chef and decide on the color of the sprinkles and all of the decorations — you’ll probably still have to help with cleanup duty though!
Chocolate Quinoa Crisps
If you're not familiar with puffed quinoa, get ready to meet your new obsession. The puffed grain basically works just like puffed rice cereal. It’s super crunchy and adds a great pop of texture to whatever it is in, especially these chocolate quinoa crisps. The little crisps are basically a healthier version of the classic chocolate Crunch bar. Do yourself a favor and double the recipe when making these crisps and keep the extras in the freezer for a late-night treat.
Circus Animal Cookie Truffles
I think we can all agree that animal crackers are a pretty underrated snack. Give them the attention they deserve and make them the star of the show with this circus animals cookie truffle recipe. The recipe uses crushed animal crackers and combines them with cream cheese to make an irresistible bite-sized treat.
No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars
With these no-bake cookie dough bars, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating all of the cookie dough before it hits the oven. These cookie dough bars are loaded with chocolate chips and sprinkles, but the recipe is egg-free, unlike real cookie dough. You’ll probably have a hard time just eating one!
No-Bake Rocky Road Bars
Rocky road is packed with chocolate, marshmallows, and peanut butter— truly, what’s not to love? These no-bake bars combine the standout flavors of Rocky Road and put them right into a Rice Krispie treat. Check out Just So Tasty for the full recipe.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars
We all know Rice Krispie treats are made with puffed rice cereal. But have you ever thought to swap out the classic rice puffs with another breakfast treat? That’s exactly what The Life Jolie does in her no-bake Cinnamon Toast Crunch bars. The simple swap turns the classic bars into a super gooey cinnamon-sugar dessert. Not into Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Replace it with any other cereal for a sweet — and somewhat sticky — treat.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
Don't love baking but still want to make something fun with your family in the kitchen? Then out these chocolate peanut butter Ritz cookies. To make these bite-sized treats, all you have to do is spread peanut butter on Ritz crackers and dip them into chocolate — it’s really that simple! If you want to jazz up the treats, add on some sprinkles, some sea salt, or top them with some crushed up Oreos.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
The First Year Blog
If you looked up the word indulgence, I am pretty sure you’d find a picture of this chocolate and peanut butter pie. This pie is piled high with chocolate and peanut butter, starting with a peanut butter filling and ending with a chocolate ganache topping and plenty of Reese’s cups. Oh, did we mention there’s an Oreo crust too? See what we mean about indulgence? Check out the recipe and try it for yourself over on The First Year Blog.
No-Bake Millionaire's Shortbread Bars
Shortbread cookies are always a good idea — especially when they're topped with caramel and chocolate, just like in this millionaire shortbread bar recipe. In this recipe from Savory Nothings, she uses premade shortbread cookies to fast-track the dessert. It might be hard to wait for all the layers to come together on this one, but hold out — it's definitely worth it.
Lasagna for dessert? I know what you're thinking, but hear me out. Instead of using savory noodles and tomato sauce, this recipe incorporates thick layers of Oreos, pudding, and whipped cream for the ultimate savory-to-sweet swap. Tell your kids you need their help making lasagna for dinner, but have all of the ingredients for this dessert out on the counter. They will truly be in for a sweet surprise!
Want to give Oreos a fancy new look? Turn them into truffles with this recipe from Fifteen Spatulas. All you need is the classic cookie, cream cheese, and some melted chocolate. Let your little ones channel their inner chocolatier while decorating the truffles and set up a bar with different toppings like sprinkles and dried fruit and let them decorate away.
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