So Valentine’s Day snuck up on you this year—no big deal. You can still make your favorite person feel extra loved with a homemade dessert. Even if your baking skills are less-than-perfect. Even if you waited until the last possible second. Even if you don’t feel like turning on the oven. These delicious no-bake sweets take minutes to whip up, so they’re basically designed to be made with no advance planning. (That’s what you can tell yourself, anyway!)
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Free-form Strawberry Cheesecake
Enjoy all the creamy decadence of a cheesecake without fussing over a water bath. Ready-to-eat cheesecake filling is a great shortcut dessert, especially when dressed up with sweetened berries and crumbled cookies. Strawberries are traditional for Valentine’s Day, but you could use raspberries, or a combination of the two.
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Treat the chocolate lover in your life to dreamy layers of pudding and crushed cookies—without any guilt! Our test kitchen tried this recipe with sugar-free instant and regular pudding mixes and surprisingly, preferred the sugar-free.
Strawberry Pretzel Ice-Cream Pie
Make this sweet and salty ice cream pie tonight and it will be perfectly frozen in time for Valentine’s Day evening. If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day as a family, let the kids make dessert. This no-bake recipe is a great project for young bakers.
Combine dessert and a nightcap in one indulgent drink. These bourbon-spiked mocha milkshakes are seriously decadent.
Chocolate-Bourbon-Butterscotch Icebox Cake
Creamy, boozy, and chocolatey—what more could you ask for in a dessert? Oh, and it’s no-bake too. Make this icebox cake tonight so the flavors can meld thoroughly before serving.
Raspberry Tiramisu Bites (pictured)
Serve these adorable, single-serving tiramisus in your prettiest shot glasses. They taste best when chilled for two hours before serving, so assemble them before you sit down for dinner.
You can’t go wrong with this childhood classic, especially when it’s made from scratch. Serve this silky chocolate pudding with sweetened whipped cream and toasted nuts to make it look extra special.
Strawberry-Ginger Lemonade Floats
These light and fizzy ice cream floats will delight kids and kids-at-heart. Fresh ginger gives this dessert a little kick. If you really, really love ginger, substitute ginger ale for the sparkling lemonade.