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, 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

    Angel Food Cake

    Angel food cake

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    This simple dessert uses just angel food cake, lemon curd, and whipping cream, along with powdered sugar and vanilla. It's light, fluffy, and so delicious.

  • 02 of 07

    Tiramisu Cake

    Slice of tiramisu cake on a serving plate

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    Here's another dessert that begins with a purchased angel food cake. What results is 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.

  • 03 of 07

    Fastest Cheesecake



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    This fasted cheesecake truly is the easiest cheesecake in the world. Remember to only use ingredients made with real fat and real sugar and you too can be enjoying a bite in about an hour.

  • 04 of 07

    Graham Cracker Icebox Cake

    Graham cracker icebox cake

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    This old-fashioned graham cracker icebox cake is very special and spectacular to look at. You can vary the pudding flavor to change the flavor of the recipe. It serves a crowd too; since it's rich, it serves at least 16 people. Just make sure you let it chill for the full four hours before serving.

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    Old Fashioned Chocolate Dessert

    Chocolate cream dessert

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    This old fashioned chocolate dessert recipe is simple and elegant and delicious. Just make sure you let it chill in the fridge for at least eight hours to let the cookies have time to soften in the flavored cream. Slice on an angle so you cut through the cookies for proper presentation.

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    Strawberry Creme Parfait

    Dessert with fresh strawberry, cream cheese and strawberry jam
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    This super simple and easy five-ingredient strawberry creme parfait dessert recipe is one of the best. The combination of a melted marshmallow creme with whipped cream, crumbled meringue cookies, and strawberries is sublime.

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    Cherry Dessert

    Cherry pie

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    This cherry dessert is another blast from the past. You can use any type of pie filling you'd like to top this luscious blend of flavors.