Top 7 Chilled Desserts

Sometimes you want a cool dessert that isn't hard or icy, like ice cream desserts can be. A smooth, meltingly delicious, velvety dessert that doesn't take any effort to cut or serve. These chilled dessert recipes are perfect. There is some crunch: crusts and other goodies take care of that!

These chilled summer dessert recipes sit happily in your refrigerator or freezer, waiting until it's time to eat. Whenever you entertain in the summer, or just feel like treating the family, pull out one of these fabulous treats. You can vary them as you'd like; use raspberries in place of strawberries, or make a lemon dessert orange.

  • 01 of 07

    Tiramisu Cake

    Slice of tiramisu cake on a serving plate

     The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Here's a dessert that begins with a purchased angel food cake. The end result is a tiramisu cake that is tall and impressive and has all the coffee and chocolate flavors of traditional tiramisu. Expensive mascarpone cheese is replaced with sweetened cream cheese for a fabulous, fast, and more economical dessert.

    Plan accordingly, as this cake needs to sit in the fridge for two hours before serving. 

  • 02 of 07

    Fastest Cheesecake

    Fastest Cheesecake recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Rachel Riesgraf

    This fastest cheesecake recipe truly is the easiest cheesecake to make. A premade graham cracker crust and three simple ingredients—cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and fresh lemon juice—are all you need to make this dessert. Remember to only use ingredients made with real fat and real sugar, and you too can be enjoying a bite in about a little over an hour.

    Change it up a little by using a chocolate cookie pie crust, or top it with strawberries or raspberries.

  • 03 of 07

    Graham Cracker Icebox Cake

    Graham cracker icebox cake

    ​The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    This old-fashioned graham cracker icebox cake is very versatile and so easy to make. Instant pudding, milk, whipping cream, and vanilla are combined together for the filling, and the dessert is topped with chocolate frosting. You can vary the pudding flavor to change the flavor of the recipe and change up the graham crackers and use honey or chocolate, too. Sprinkle on some toasted coconut or pecans for a decorative finishing touch. 

    This cake is great for a larger gathering since it serves 12 to 16 people. Just make sure you let it chill for the full six hours before serving.

  • 04 of 07

    Chocolate Icebox Pie

    Chocolate silk pie
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    This chocolate icebox pie is so simple to whip up using instant pudding, whipped cream, and a graham cracker crust that you decide whether to make homemade or purchase. Chill for one hour and put a dollop of whipped topping on each slice before serving.

    You can fold in a cup of whipped topping into the pudding mixture if you want more of a mousse type of pie. 

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  • 05 of 07

    Strawberry Creme Parfait

    Strawberry Parfait

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    This super simple and easy six-ingredient strawberry creme parfait dessert recipe is so light and refreshing. The combination of whipped cream, crumbled amaretti biscuits with amaretto spooned over them, and juicy red strawberries is sublime.

    Since they are the star of the recipe, make sure to select ripe strawberries for this dessert. These parfaits are ready to put on the table in under 30 minutes. 

  • 06 of 07

    Frozen Lemonade Pie

    Refreshing Frozen Lemonade Pie Recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Light, tangy, refreshing, and so very perfect for a warm summer evening, this simple frozen lemonade pie will be an absolute delight to eat. Grab a storebought graham cracker crust or make your own, and combine three ingredients for the filling. That's it! The prep time is five minutes, but make sure to freeze the pie for a cool eight hours before serving. Prepare it the evening before and let it chill out in the freezer for the next day. 

    Great to serve as a dessert at a barbecue or picnic

  • 07 of 07

    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Peanut butter lovers will fall in love with this frozen peanut butter cup pie. Taking around 15 minutes to prepare and two hours in the freezer, this is the ultimate dessert for a hot summer day. The peanut butter and cream cheese filling include chopped-up peanut butter cups. Yum! You decide whether to use a graham cracker pie shell or a chocolate cookie crust.

    Take it one step further and drizzle chocolate sauce over the top and garnish with some additional pieces of peanut butter cups.