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This story was originally published July 29, 2014.
When the summer heat is climbing and a chocolate craving strikes, turning on the oven is a no-no. Here’s your solution for that sweet tooth on the dog days: the cool powers of icebox — er, refrigerator and freezer — desserts.
Sure, you could flag down a Mister Softee truck for some airy fro-yo, or stick a spoon straight into a tub of frosting (oh like you've never done that). But, sometimes, you want a real dessert.
Maybe it’s a three-layer frozen yogurt cake to impress your in-laws, or a geometric chocolate and strawberry tart to bring to a work potluck. Or, maybe it’s PB&J thumbprint cookies for something comforting, delicious, and easy (that you can eat by the handful).
For fruit lovers, there are juicy sautéed peaches with a no-bake crisp topping; and for chocoholics, a five-ingredient Nutella mousse. What are you waiting for? It’s time to not preheat the oven.
Photo: Courtesy of Lindsay Hunt.