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Beat-the-heat sweets: 5 genius no-cook desserts, from cake to brownies

When boiling summer temperatures strike, baking may be the last thing on your mind. But that doesn’t mean you should forgo dessert. These completely no-cook recipes for decadent brownies, cake, cookie bars and more make it possible to get your sweet fix without ever breaking a sweat.

Hazelnut and chai brownies

Dried dates and rich, raw cocoa powder give these no-bake brownies their fudgy consistency. A hint of maple syrup and a few chai tea bags add layers of flavor.

No-bake hazelnut and chai brownies greenkitchenstories.com

Lemon graham icebox cake

No-bake lemon graham icebox cake sixsistersstuff.com

Would you believe every last one of this cake’s lemony layers come together with just a bowl and a spoon? Packaged graham crackers add crunch and contrast.

Hazelnut mousse strawberry pretzel parfaits

Hazelnut mousse strawberry pretzel parfaits theartfuldesperado.com

These parfaits make a perfect summer dessert—or breakfast: They're loaded with fresh ripe berries, toasty hazelnuts and creamy coconut milk.

Blackberry cheesecake popsicles

Blackberry cheesecake popsicles veryculinary.com

Smashed summer blackberries give juicy flavor to these purple pops, and a hint of creamy dairy and a graham cracker “crust” bring the rich, cheesecake-esque flavor.

Key lime meltaways

Key lime meltaways lemontreedwelling.com

Love Key lime pie? Try this tangy-sweet alternative: All you need to make these no-bake cookie bars are a few Key limes, crumbled sugar cookies, butter and sugar.