25 Decadent Flourless Dessert Recipes
Just because it’s flourless doesn’t mean it’s not decadent. Along with butter and sugar, flour may be one of the staple ingredients that come to mind when you think of baking, but ever-resourceful Southern cooks have spent years devising creative dessert recipes that don’t call for any flour at all. Forgoing the flour in baked goods results in cookies, cakes, and brownies that are extra fudgy and indulgent. Better yet, some of these recipes don't require any baking at all, making them perfect for hot Southern summers.
If you’re running low on flour but still want to whip up something sweet, have no fear. We’ve collected 25 of our favorite flourless dessert recipes that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. From fudgy flourless cookies and tortes to cooling, fruity icebox cakes, these desserts suit all tastes and palates. If you’re looking for a challenge, try your hand at making homemade ice cream—our Banana Ice Cream pairs beautifully with caramel and roasted peanuts. Whether you’re craving chocolate or cheesecake, we have a flour-free recipe for you.
Strawberry Icebox Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Icebox Cake
Made with just 5 ingredients—including strawberry jam and chocolate wafer cookies—it doesn’t get much easier than this icebox cake.
Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
This resourceful little recipe combines souffle-like chocolate cupcakes and scoops of ice cream in place of frosting.
No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
With a crust made of chocolate rice crisp cereal and peanuts, this sweet-and-salty treat satisfies on the hottest summer days.
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
These extra-fudgy cookies are packed with cocoa, chopped chocolate, and pecans. They certainly won’t last long on your countertop.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Ice cream sandwiches on their own aren’t anything particularly special, but when they’re layered with whipped cream and chocolate, they become something truly remarkable.
Peach Icebox Cake
Banana Ice Cream
Recipe: Banana Ice Cream
Don’t have the flour necessary to make banana pudding? Make this fresh Banana Ice Cream instead.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake
This fusion of banana pudding and cheesecake topped with vanilla wafers is unlike anything you’ve tasted before.
Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
Recipe: Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
Use up those pie crusts that’ve been sitting in your fridge with our easiest Pumpkin Pie recipe.
Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Why fuss over slices when you can have pre-portioned, picture-perfect blueberry cheesecakes?
Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie
Recipe: Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie
With a mile-high tower of meringue, this Lemon Meringue Pie is our best-ever for a reason.
Peach-Ricotta Cheesecake with Pecan Crust
This cheesecake is thickened with tapioca starch instead of flour, making it one of our go-to showstopping flourless recipes.
Recipe: Easy Fudge
This simple fudge recipe—which makes 5 dozen pieces—comes together entirely in your microwave.
Instant Pot Double Chocolate Cheesecake
Double the chocolate, double the fun. Nobody will believe that this stunning cheesecake comes together in your Instant Pot.
Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
This tiered meringue stunner will be the centerpiece of any holiday lunch or dinner.
Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls
Recipe: Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls
Everything’s better with a splash of bourbon, including these Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls.
Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
Recipe: Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
A salty pretzel crust meets an electric pink strawberry filling in the icebox pie of your dreams.
Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
These Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies only call for 4 ingredients, and flour isn’t one of them.
Strawberry Lemonade Pie
Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Pie
Sweet and sour, this no-bake pie with a stunning marbled top will charm adults and kids alike.
Recipe: Chocolate Torte
You’ll only need a small slice of this super decadent flourless Chocolate Torte. Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
Mamie Eisenhower’s Chocolate Fudge
Filled with nuts and 2 kinds of chocolate, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower’s fudge recipe has earned a rightful spot in our culinary textbooks.
Recipe: Millionaire Pie
Gelatin desserts are back in style, and we’re whipping up this Millionaire Pie to prove it.
Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Banana pudding meets strawberry shortcake in this Southern icebox cake meant for warm summer days.
Recipe: Star-Spangled Cheesecake
Frozen strawberries and blueberries create the stunning star pattern crowning this sheet pan cheesecake.
Fresh Peach Ice Cream
Recipe: Fresh Peach Ice Cream
If you’ve never tried your hand at making homemade ice cream, this is your chance.