Easy, No-Bake Christmas Desserts

Know what you’re making for dessert on Christmas Day yet? Or perhaps you’ve decided to make your life loads easier and get a shop-bought pud? If you are doing that, we salute you for going for the fuss-free but still tasty option. If you fancy having a go at making something, know this: you don’t actually have to turn on your oven – which is ideal in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis.

Without further ado, then, here are some simple, no-bake Christmas dessert ideas…

No-bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Squares

Know a fan of either peanut butter or jelly – or both? Then you simply must make these no-bake cheesecake squares. While BBC Good Food says they’ve chosen a fruit topping for this recipe, the site suggests you could use chocolate instead. While the peanut butter and jelly version (or even the chocolate version, for that matter) don’t scream ‘Christmas’, what these desserts do yell from the rooftops is ‘simple’ and ‘no stress’. Try them out for yourself and enjoy smooth pre-Christmas dinner prep.

Traditional English Trifle

Who doesn’t love a trifle – and especially at Christmas?! This traditional English trifle is, of course, a no-bake dessert, but you will have to use your stove top to prepare the custard. That said, this really won’t take you very long to make and it’s the perfect December 25 showstopper for the festive table. If you want, you could go for this fun twist on a traditional trifle, in the form of an orange and ginger cake version.

Milk ‘n’ Cookies Icebox Cake

Not only is this cake easy to make, you also don’t need to buy many ingredients – win-win! This recipe uses only four items, two packets of chocolate chip cookies, cream, cream cheese, and powdered sugar (known in the UK as icing sugar). If you do want to incorporate some baking into this recipe – and you have time to – you could always bake your own cookies.

Peppermint Bark

Grab the candy canes…here’s an American favourite for you: peppermint bark. All it takes is just 10 minutes of your time to whip up this easy festive dessert, which you could serve with a dollop of ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

What we love about this recipe is that kids and adults alike will enjoy it. Plus, it’s so simple to make, any children in the family will also love making it with you.

Christmas Tree Cookies

The Recipe Rebel site is absolutely packed with festive recipes we think you’ll love – check them out here. This recipe for Christmas tree cookies is no exception and they look delightful – the perfect addition to your Christmas table this year. Give them a try and we reckon they will go down a storm.

Chocolate Mousse

We love a choccy mousse…don’t you? We’re keen to try this delicious-looking pud, via Funny Money Mom. Rich and indulgent, it’s ideal for any chocolate lovers amongst your Christmas guests.

Christmas Cornflake Wreaths

There are loads of Christmassy, no-bake recipes online – and we love the look of these cornflake wreaths, a fun and festive take on cornflake cakes. Will you be giving them a go – or indeed any of the other recipes we’ve listed here?

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Until next time…

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