22 Decadent Flourless Dessert Recipes

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
Photo: Victor Protasio

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.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

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.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: 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.

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Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
Victor Protasio

Recipe: 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.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Caitlin Bensel

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.

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Peach Icebox Cake

Peach Icebox Cake
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Peach Icebox Cake

Southerners love our Peach Cobbler, but for those extra-humid days, Peach Icebox Cake cools you down like no other.

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Banana Ice Cream

banana ice cream
Greg DuPree; Prop Stylist: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey

Recipe: Banana Ice Cream

Don't have the flour necessary to make banana pudding? Make this fresh Banana Ice Cream instead.

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake

This fusion of banana pudding and cheesecake topped with vanilla wafers is unlike anything you've tasted before.

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Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever

easy pumpkin pie
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Our Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever

Use up those pie crusts that've been sitting in your fridge with our easiest Pumpkin Pie recipe.

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Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Petite Blueberry Cheesecake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Why fuss over slices when you can have pre-portioned, picture-perfect blueberry cheesecakes?

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Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie

Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie
Southern Living

Recipe: Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie

With a mile-high tower of meringue, this Lemon Meringue Pie is our best-ever for a reason.

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Easy Fudge

Easy Fudge

Recipe: Easy Fudge

This simple fudge recipe—which makes 5 dozen pieces—comes together entirely in your microwave.

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Instant Pot Double Chocolate Cheesecake

Instant Pot Double Chocolate Cheesecake
Southern Living

Recipe: Instant Pot Double Chocolate Cheesecake

Double the chocolate, double the fun. Nobody will believe that this stunning cheesecake comes together in your Instant Pot.

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Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake

Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake

This tiered meringue stunner will be the centerpiece of any holiday lunch or dinner.

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Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls

Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley

Recipe: Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls

Everything's better with a splash of bourbon, including these Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls.

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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.

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Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

Recipe: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

These Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies only call for 4 ingredients, and flour isn't one of them.

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Strawberry Lemonade Pie

Strawberry Lemonade Pie
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Pie

Sweet and sour, this no-bake pie with a stunning marbled top will charm adults and kids alike.

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Chocolate Torte

Chocolate Torte
Micah Leal

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.

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Mamie Eisenhower's Chocolate Fudge

Mamie Eisenhower’s Chocolate Fudge
Southern Living

Recipe: 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.

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Millionaire Pie

Millionaire Pie
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Millionaire Pie

Gelatin desserts are back in style, and we're whipping up this Millionaire Pie to prove it.

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Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Hadas Smirnoff

Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Banana pudding meets strawberry shortcake in this Southern icebox cake meant for warm summer days.

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Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Fresh Peach Ice Cream
Southern Living

Recipe: Fresh Peach Ice Cream

If you've never tried your hand at making homemade ice cream, this is your chance.

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