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16 Things to Make for Dessert If You Suck at Baking

Who are we, Giada?

It happens to everyone: You’re having a dinner party and decide to make a new, amazing-looking dessert. But after whisking, sifting and baking for hours, you realize it was a teaspoon of salt…not a tablespoon. Next time, try one of these 16 recipes that are pretty much impossible to mess up. 

The 11 Best No-Bake Desserts


The Cookie Rookie

Triple Berry Tiramisu

No baking required (but your guests will have no idea). 

Photo: Eric Moran/Styling: Erin McDowell

Ombre Ice Cream Cake

All you need are a few store-bought frozen treats.

Photo: Liz McDowell/Styling: Erin McDowell

One-ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

It doesn’t get any easier than this.

The Noshery

Blueberry Balsamic Crostini

They practically make themselves.

Erin McDowell

Ricotta Honey Ice Cream

No ice cream maker? No problem. 

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

Statistically impossible to mess up. Just pop it in the oven and you’re good to go.

Half Baked Harvest

Vegan No-bake Chocolate Mocha Fudge Tarts

A tasty after-dinner treat with no dairy or eggs.

Crazy for Crust

Three-ingredient Nutella Truffles

Psst, Oreos are the secret ingredient. 

Chelsea's Messy Apron

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

We dare you to have just one.

Cooking on the Front Burners

Cannoli Cheesecake

The perfect treat after a home-cooked Italian meal.

Love Grows Wild

Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

Way easier than pie, but just as delicious. 

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Easy Lemon Bars

Breezily bring these in on a tray with a pot of tea. Your guests will be so impressed.

This Gal Cooks

Butterscotch Toffee Pudding Pie

You’ll nail this crust. We promise. 

Averie Cooks

Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars

Decadent, beautiful and yep, easy to make. 

What Sarah Bakes

Easy Lemon Cheesecake

Definitely beats buying one from the bakery.

Chef in Training

Peanut Butter Pretzel Magic Bars

You don’t have to be a magician to whip these up, but we bet you can make them disappear pretty fast.