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25 Desserts that Aren't Chocolate

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Hey, don’t get us wrong: We’d be thrilled to dive into a hot tub of melted fudge any old time.


BUT. There are days when you want something a little fresher, a little different, a little on the other side of the dessert menu. Well, prep your sweet tooth and put on your stretchy pants: Here come 25 of our favorite ways to put some sugar on it.


1. Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Handheld desserts are the way to go—how else could you enjoy the fresh flavor of strawberries and tender flakiness of mini cakes without the pesky slowdown of knife-and-fork?


2. Grilled Toaster Strudel™ Strawberry Shortcake

Grilled Toaster Strudel Strawberry Shortcake

When we say it’ll be a fast favorite, we’re not kidding. Toast up some Toaster Strudel™, stack ’em up with whipped cream and strawberries, and send us the thank you note later.


3. Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie

Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie

A layer of lime. A layer of lemon. A layer of meringue. A lot of HECK YEAH in every bite.


4. Luscious Lemon Squares

Luscious Lemon Squares

The classic bar, tart/sweet and deliciously bite-sized. Pucker up, buttercup—you’re in for a treat.


5. Peach Melba Lemon Bar

Peach Melba Lemon Bar

Everything that’s awesome about in-season fruits, with a mix of luscious raspberries, fresh peaches and a little zip from lemon curd.


6. Blueberry Cheesecake-Stuffed Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Blueberry Cheesecake-Stuffed Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Lemon cupcake? It’s a start. Vanilla frosting? Yes, naturally? And THEN add a cheesecake filling? This is why double batches were invented.


7. Strawberry Cream Cheese Mini Wraps

Strawberry Cream Cheese Mini Wraps

Easy as pie just got easier. Teeny wrap-ups hold a scrumptious dollop of filling; a delightful way to pre-make party treats that’ll delight a crowd.


8. Frozen Strawberry Crunch Cake

Frozen Strawberry Crunch Cake

Super simple to make ahead of time, and topped with crunchy granola. Bring on the heat, summer: We're ready.


9. Mini Trifles in Jars

Mini Trifles in Jars

Fancy and delight-filled, with parfait-style cake layers in between fresh berries and lighter-than-air whipped cream. Use a variety of jars to up the hip factor!


10. Orange and Lemon Cupcakes

Orange and Lemon Cupcakes

Do you love your oranges—and your lemons? Here’s a treat for a citrus lover, as easy as using a mix and adding a slice of delicious on top.


11. Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon-Sugar Dipping Sticks

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon-Sugar Dipping Sticks

Here’s a twist that’s perfect for warm-weather parties: cinnamon-sugar dippers that let you load cheesecake filling into every bite.


12. Silly Rabbit Ice Cream Cocktail

Silly Rabbit Ice Cream Cocktail

Think Trix™ are just for kids? Silly rabbit. These grown-up shakes add luscious liqueur plus a vodka kick; hopping for joy is absolutely encouraged.


13. Churro Cheesecake Bites

Churro Cheesecake Bites

Hola, churro lovers. We picked out this recipe just for you, with a Mexi-tastic cinnamony crust and one-bite size (leading to another bite... leading to another bite... etc. etc.).


14. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

“No fuss” might be our favorite term in the English language. Next to “peanut butter”. Oh, now we’re adding “cheesecake” to the mix? Sorry, we need a moment. Ok, we’re back.


15. PB&J Cheesecake

PB&J Cheesecake

The question isn’t why this wasn’t invented before. The question is how fast can you get to your kitchen and get busy so you can taste how amazingly incredible it is. Sheer joy, 30 minutes in the making.


16. Mock Fried Ice Cream

Mock Fried Ice Cream

So, remember the days when you had to go out and suffer through entire appetizer and entrée courses before you could get to why you REALLY went out to dinner? The deep-fried ice cream? RIP us, because we’ve died and gone to heaven.


17. Mini Mandarin Orange Cheesecakes

Mini Mandarin Orange Cheesecakes

It’s amazing what you can do in a half hour—including create a dessert that’ll impress even your most persnickety foodie friends. Ready. Set. Cheescake.


18. Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Bars

Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Bars

Key lime season is a time of year that devoted dessert lovers mark on their calendar. The best part of this recipe: you won’t waste a moment of that short window of time because it’s so quick and easy to make.


19. Sky Parfaits

Sky Parfaits

Nothing but blue skies ahead! We sigh over the fluffy whipped cream clouds and cerulean gelatin sky. So simple, and 100% wow.


20. Meringue Fruit Cups

Meringue Fruit Cups

Yes, they take some skill and effort. Yes, you will WIN at dessertmaking if you serve these at your next big event. How can you say no?


21. Greek Yogurt Caramel Fruit Dip

Greek Yogurt Caramel Fruit Dip

Sometimes you just need a super-fast dessert. Only super-faster. For those days, we offer this light and creamy dip, guilt-reduced with the crunch of apple slices.


22. Pistachio-Cherry Bundt Cake

Pistachio-Cherry Bundt Cake

Pistachio pudding puts the punch in a pound cake. Say that five times fast, and then dig in, with every slice deliciously topped with cherry-flavored glaze.


23. Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Bars

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Bars

Ooey. Gooey. Chewy. Did your head just go kablooey? These bars are a cake/candy/cookie mashup extraordinaire, and we wish we could see your face when you take your first bite. Post a pic, would you?


24. Easy Peachy DIY Fro Yo

Easy Peachy DIY Fro Yo

No need to go over the top with the sugar—or go out to the fro yo store when you get a craving. This simple mix uses two—count ’em–two ingredients to get the job done, and done deliciously.


25. Rainbow Sprinkles Donut Pie

Rainbow Sprinkles Donut Pie

Like sprinkles much? They’re in it. And on it. And shortly thereafter, they’re in you. If only your mouth could do a happy dance.

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