No Time? No Bake! 13 Deliciously Easy Thanksgiving Desserts For a Lazy Baker

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After wrestling with a turkey and juggling side dishes like a circus act, who has the energy to bake a dessert? These 13 no bake desserts embrace the art of minimal effort for maximum deliciousness. Forget about preheating the oven or rolling out pie crusts.

side view of piece of chocolate lasagna
Chocolate Lush. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

We’re taking the road less traveled (and far less stressful) to Dessertville. These 13 treats are the perfect way to end your Thanksgiving feast on a sweet note without adding to the kitchen chaos. So enjoy one (or two) of these no-bake wonders that even the laziest of chefs can master!

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Chocolate Lush

Chocolate Lush is what happens when your favorite childhood desserts decide to have a reunion. Layers of Oreo, peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate pudding, and cool whip create a no-bake wonder that’s as easy to make as it is sinfully good. Perfect for when you want to impress with minimal effort.
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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake topped with whipped cream and pecans.
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake is your Thanksgiving game-changer. Forget slaving over a hot oven; this beauty pairs a snap-to-make gingersnap crust with a velvety pumpkin filling. It’s like all the best parts of fall mixed together to be the star of your dessert table.
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Peanut Butter Pie

Side view of a slice of peanut butter pie topped with whipped cream on a plate.
Peanut Butter Pie. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

For a dessert that screams ‘I put effort into this’ (but you really didn’t), try this no-bake Peanut Butter Pie. Just 6 ingredients stand between you and a creamy, dreamy peanut butter paradise. It’s the Thanksgiving dessert for when you’d rather spend more time eating than cooking.
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Ice Cream Pie

Ice cream pie with swirls of hot fudge on top and cinnamon cereal around the edges.
Ice Cream Pie. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Ice Cream Pie: because sometimes, even Thanksgiving needs a little summer throwback. With its unique cereal crust and creamy filling, this 10-minute wonder is your ticket to being the cool cousin at the dinner table. Bonus points for serving something cold after the turkey-induced heatwave.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

Mason jar with pumpkin cheesecake trifle topped with whipped cream and pecans.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle is like that classy guest at Thanksgiving who ends up being the life of the party. Layers of angel food cake, pumpkin cheesecake filling, and whipped cream, all in a mason jar, make this dessert both easy and unexpectedly chic. It’s pumpkin spice and everything nice.
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No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

slice of fresh blueberry cheesecake on a plate
No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake is here to add a dash of easy elegance to your Thanksgiving. Rich, creamy, and bursting with berry goodness, it’s the kind of dessert that says ‘I tried hard’ without actually having to. A perfect way to end your feast on a high (and delicious) note.
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Caramel Cheesecake Jars

Caramel Cheesecake Jars. Photo credit: .

Caramel Cheesecake Jars are the no-bake heroes of the Thanksgiving dessert world. Creamy cheesecake and rich caramel come together in a jar, proving once and for all that the best things in life don’t require an oven. Grab a spoon and indulge; these little jars of joy are worth every calorie.
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Tiramisu Trifle

Layers of cake, coffee pudding and whipped cream in a trifle glass.
Tiramisu Trifle. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

This no-bake Tiramisu Trifle is the lazy chef’s answer to a fancy Italian restaurant dessert. With layers of coffee-soaked cake and smooth Mascarpone, it’s like a little slice of Italy right on your Thanksgiving table, minus the hassle of actually making a traditional tiramisu.
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Icebox Cake

Icebox cake with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries on a pink plate.
Icebox Cake. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

The old-fashioned Icebox Cake is the no-bake, no-fuss dessert your Thanksgiving needs. Just layer graham crackers, berries, and whipped cream, and voilà – a dessert that’s as easy as it is tasty. It’s like going on a nostalgic vacation, minus the awkward family photos.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate coated peanut butter balls stacked in a pyramid.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are for when you want a no-bake treat that tastes like you actually did something. Peanut butter and chocolate come together for a bite-sized delight that’s perfect for popping while you dodge those awkward Thanksgiving conversations.
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Frozen Lemonade Pie

Slice of lemonade pie on a plate with lemonade in the background.
Frozen Lemonade Pie. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

When you want to cool down the Thanksgiving food coma, bring out the Frozen Lemonade Pie. Four ingredients, five minutes, and bam – a dessert that’s as refreshing as it is easy. It’s the culinary equivalent of chilling out, perfect for those who’d rather hang out than hang around the oven.
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Mini Cheesecake Parfaits

Cheesecake parfaits in shot glasses with blueberries and strawberries for a red white and blue dessert.
Mini Cheesecake Parfaits. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Mini Cheesecake Parfaits are for when you want to get fancy but can’t be bothered to bake. Layer up some creamy cheesecake goodness, add your favorite toppings, and watch your guests marvel at your ‘hard work.’ It’s your little secret for a hassle-free, totally customizable dessert hit.
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Creamy Eggnog Dip

Gingerbread man in eggnog dip.
Creamy Eggnog Dip. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Creamy Eggnog Dip is what happens when eggnog decides to get a little cheeky. Whip it up with cream cheese and Cool Whip, and you’ve got the perfect dip for those Christmas cookies you swore you wouldn’t eat. It’s the holiday season in a bowl, ready to party at your Thanksgiving dinner.
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