5 Quick and Easy (Non-Cake) Desserts – short on time but looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth? I’ve got you covered! Today, I’m sharing 5 of my favorite quick and easy non-cake desserts you can whip up in no time!
Summer is HERE!! And so are the pool parties, picnics, and neighborhood and family barbecues! While cake is, and always will be, my favorite dessert, here are 5 of my favorite quick, easy, and crowd-pleasing dessert ideas that are sure to be a hit at whatever summer party plans you have.
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Peanut Butter Pie
It’s true, I’m not a huge pie lover, HOWEVER, a pie with a graham cracker and pretzel crust is a pie I can stand behind!
Years ago I made a Magnolia Bakery Peanut Butter Pie that filled a deep-dish 9-inch pie pan with a Nilla wafer crust, peanut butter and cream cheese filling and caramel. It was heavenly! I haven’t had it in years and suddenly started dreaming about it. As I thought about looking for the recipe, I wondered if I could create my own version. I remember thinking the original was a little too rich for me (like, how is that even possible?).
So instead of hunting down the recipe, I decided to create my own version of this decadent dessert. Check out the recipe HERE and see why it’s one of my 5 favorite quick and easy non-cake desserts!
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
One of my dad’s favorite treats as a kid was his mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. I remember him telling me over and over again how they were the best cookies he’s ever had and no one could make them better than grandma.
Over the years, any time we would visit my grandma Margaret, she always had a fresh batch of her cookies waiting for us. I loved opening the tupperware and having the scent of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies hit my nose. It’s a memory I’ll never forget and one I try to recreate often. These Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are my version of Grandma Margaret’s classic cookies.
I first learned about these Nanaomi Bars about 17 years ago when my husband returned home from living in British Columbia for a couple of years (before we were married). He actually spent time in the town of Nanaimo, where he first learned about this traditional Canadian no-bake dessert made of a graham cracker, coconut, cocoa and sometimes nut crust, with a custard filling and chocolate ganache. I remember thinking how decadent they sounded, but it was years into our marriage before I ever tried one.
When I finally did try one, I fell in love! The combination of the bittersweet crust and ganache, with the sweet custard filling and the texture just spoke to me. Try these easy, no bake bars HERE.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
I love recipes that remind me of a certain time and place in life. This Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble recipe does just that. Every time I make it, it reminds me of summer vacations at Ryan’s parent’s house. I think his dad has made us this crumble every summer we visit. It’s been one of my favorite desserts since joining the Rich family. A tradition of summer!
Blueberry Delight Bars
This recipe is over 60-years-old and one my mom remembers having at every Christmas dinner growing up. She actually just discovered the old recipe card when going through my grandma’s recipes not too long ago. She snatched up all the cards with my grandma’s writing and plans to make copies and recipe books with them for her siblings. Don’t you worry, I’m asking for one too! Old family recipes are treasures! Hold on to them forever.
These Blueberry Delight Bars are incredibly easy to make and are no-bake! Perfect for the end of summer when it’s too hot to turn on our ovens.