5 effortless, no-bake holiday desserts

It’s your fifth holiday party this season and, yet again, you were asked to make a dessert. This time of year, your calendar fills up quickly and it seems like you need to bring a treat every time you leave your house. But that doesn’t mean you need to turn on your oven.

From turkey and sweet potatoes to cookies for decorating, your oven works overtime during the holiday season. Give it a rest with these quick, no-bake holiday dessert ideas:

Peppermint ice cream

If you live in a warmer climate, it’s nice to add a refreshing treat to your holiday lineup. Let others do the baking. With only five ingredients, this ice cream is easy to make and pairs perfectly with holiday cookies.

Gluten-free hazelnut-cocoa tart

You can whip up a holiday tart without even turning on your oven. This hazelnut-cocoa tart combines two crowd-pleasing flavors into one delicious, decadent dessert. Easy-to-make and gluten-free, this recipe will become your new go-to for entertaining.

Decadent holiday fudge

Treat your friends and loved ones to this classic holiday recipe. Stick with the original chocolate and nuts recipe, or play around with pure coffee extract or pure orange extract to create a new signature fudge flavor.

Chocolate truffles

You don’t need baking experience to make delicious, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles. Perfect for the holiday season, these four-ingredient chocolate truffles come together in no time. Get creative and adorn with nuts, colorful sprinkles, cinnamon, peppermint candies, or even chipotle powder for an added kick. Nielsen-Massey Vanillas’ holiday bundle has vanilla, almond and pure peppermint extract in one convenient package to help add variety to your truffles.

Vanilla pudding with berries

This vanilla pudding recipe is perfect for a holiday brunch. Enjoy it on its own or add it to your fresh fruit tarts. For a frozen treat, you can use molds to create tasty pudding ice pops.

Let these no-bake dessert ideas relieve your holiday cooking stress. For more year-round recipe ideas, check out nielsenmassey.com.

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