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The Best No-Bake Pies You Can Make for Cool Summer Treats

A smores pie; a peach pie; a sliced chocolate pie
Butternut Bakery/Half Baked Harvest/Baker by Nature

It’s a hot summer day, and you’re craving something sweet—but the idea of turning on the oven is super unappealing. The solution? No-bake pies!

A no-bake pie is exactly what it sounds like: A pie that doesn’t actually require any baking. Typically, they’ll be some kind of chilled pie with a creamy filling and a crumbly crust. The toppings can range from super-simple plain whipped cream to more complicated layers. No matter what your favorite flavor is, there’s sure to be a no-bake pie for you!

Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie

Slices of chocolate cream pie with whipped cream and chocolate shavings
Baker by Nature

Chocolate cream pie is a staple of cold-dessert season, and it’s never been easier to get a richly flavored, low-effort version ready for your table! This recipe uses a grand total of five ingredients to produce a chocolate cookie crust and a creamy dark chocolate filling, topped with fresh, light whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It’s decadent and surprisingly easy, plus cool and creamy for summer.

Get the Recipe: Baker by Nature

Pyrex Glass Bakeware Pie Plate

This pie plate is freezer and oven safe.

Peaches and Cream Pretzel Pie

Pie topped with sliced pieces, on a wooden table
Half Baked Harvest

Excited for summer peach season? This no-bake pie is a simple way to jazz up your usual summer fruit dessert, combining the sweet and tart fruit with simple cream and a salty crunch for extra flavor and texture. The pie consists of a crunchy pretzel crust, a sweet crème-fraiche vanilla cream filling, and a topping made from the sweetest, juiciest summer peaches. It’s messy, true, but it’s so worth it!

And, if you end up loving this delicious (and oh-so-photogenic) recipe, then absolutely check out Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple, a collection of yummy recipes from Half Baked Harvest founder Tieghan Gerard.

Get the Recipe: Half Baked Harvest

No-Bake German Chocolate Pie

Slices of chocolate pie with German chocolate topping
Baker by Nature

The light chocolate flavor and gooey goodness of German chocolate cake make it an incredibly popular cake recipe, and this pie captures all the delicious flavor and texture of German chocolate cake but in no-bake pie form. Start with a chocolate cookie crust, fill with a rich, silky chocolate ganache filling, and finish with that classic, gooey, coconut-pecan-caramel sticky topping that’s made on the stovetop in just a few minutes.

Get the Recipe: Baker by Nature

FineDine Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

You'll need bowls that can fit all your delicious ingredients.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Tart

A tart topped with strawberries, sliced, and placed on a surface with pretzels
Butternut Bakery

It’s a clever recipe that basically is the tart version of that “salad” you definitely have had at potlucks, but so, so much better. The recipe calls for a unique and crunchy pretzel/pie dough hybrid for the crust, which forms a buttery, just-salty-enough base. It’s followed by a layer of sweet cream cheese filling, then finished with strawberry topping. The strawberry topping is made from macerated strawberries, which are simply sliced and left to soak in a bit of sugar to bring out the natural juices (rather than taking the time to make a cooked syrup), bringing out the flavor even more!

Get the Recipe: Butternut Bakery

No-Bake Black Forest Pie

A Black Forest pie; the same pie with a slice cut out of it
Blue Bowl Recipes

This one’s for the grown-ups: the flavors of a slightly boozy, classic black forest cake but reimagined as a silky no-bake pie. A basic chocolate cookie crust is filled with rich chocolate mousse, then layered with adults-only cherry sauce (it includes Kirsch liquor, which is typical of black forest cake) and topped with a mound of fresh whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and cherries.

Get the Recipe: Blue Bowl Recipes

Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Electric Hand Mixer

You'll need a hand mixer for this recipe.

Strawberry Margarita Pie

A pie, seen from above, with pink filling and white whipped cream, next to sliced lime and strawberry
Grandbaby Cakes

Another one for the grown-ups, this time based off of a favorite refreshing summer drink: the margarita. A graham cracker crust is filled with a sweet and creamy filling full of strawberries, citrus, and, yes, tequila, then topped with whipped cream and sliced fruit. It’s a cool and creamy dessert that captures all the summer vibes of sipping on a drink while hanging out on the patio with your family and friends.

Get the Recipe: Grandbaby Cakes

No-Bake S’mores Cheesecake

A pie with chocolate ganache and toasted whipped cream; the same pie cut open
Butternut Bakery

This decadent recipe is taking the no-bake pie trend to the next level with a rich, gooey cheesecake “pie” that pulls together all the flavors of a classic s’mores treat. There’s a graham cracker crust, an extra-creamy cheesecake filling (the secret ingredient: white chocolate!), a rich chocolate ganache layer, and fluffy piles of toasted marshmallow meringue on top.

Get the Recipe: Butternut Bakery

KITCHENAID Professional Stand Mixers

Invest in a Kitcheaid for all your pie-making adventures.

No-Bake Frozen Blueberry Pie:

A slice of blueberry-flecked creamy pie; the whole pie as seen from above, in slices
Handle the Heat

Want a fruity frozen dessert that’s actually pretty quick and easy to make and serve? This no-bake blueberry pie is the answer! Start with a graham cracker crust, add a creamy, blueberry-laden filling, and just pop in the freezer! It’s even a little bit lighter than some of the super-creamy no-bake pies out there because the filling includes yogurt.

Get the Recipe: Handle the Heat

When you’re craving a delicious homemade treat during the summer, these easy-to-make pies are perfect for a cool, flavorful dessert that doesn’t require heating up the house with an oven. If you’re looking for even more tips for cold summer treats, take a peek at our guide to the best ice cream machines to whip up a batch of your favorite flavor at home!

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Amanda Prahl is a freelance contributor to LifeSavvy. She has an MFA in dramatic writing, a BA in literature, and is a former faculty associate focusing on writing craft and history. Her articles have appeared on HowlRound, Slate, Bustle, BroadwayWorld, and ThoughtCo, among others. Read Full Bio »
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