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No-Bake Brownies Recipe

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 19, 2013

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Brownies_0021 copyThere’s something so special about baking for someone, whether it’s a birthday girl, an under-the-weather colleague, or a boyfriend with a new promotion. Unless, that is, your oven is off limits. No oven, no stove, no brownies.

However, this week, I tried my hand at non-baked brownies. Raw desserts are fascinating to me–the creative substitutions for categorically baked dishes remind me to keep an open mind in the kitchen. This recipe surprised me as well. For a brownie made of melted chocolate, graham crackers, nuts, cocoa powder, and sweetened condensed milk (no eggs, no vanilla extract, no flour?), they do taste like the real thing. The texture is not cake like, but still nice. They’re fudgier than normal brownies, and they should be served cold.

Adapted from Faith Durand’s No-Bake Triple-Chocolate Brownies on Food52.com

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Limoncello Raspberry Granita

By Allana Mortell | July 18, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Andreas Ivarsson

We consider the granita an adult version of a slushie. Full of fresh raspberries, lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of Italian limoncello, this recipe is certainly a grown-ups’ delight. Though easily omitted for the under 21 crowd limoncello adds a slight sweet bite.  It is reminiscent of the original lemon granitas found all over Sicily which have been served as an Italian street food for years. An added plus: they can be made in advance and stored for up to 2 weeks in the freezer. So, if you’re craving something sweet, start your own happy hour with this tasty ice pop. Bon Appetito!

Photo courtesy of Andreas Ivarsson

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

By Allana Mortell | July 13, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Annie's Eats

The best part about summer desserts is utilizing in-season berries and this blueberry cheesecake (and no-bake, at that!) is one of the best treats we’ve seen in quite some time. Crafted with fresh ricotta cheese, the texture is delicate and decadently tart from the cream cheese. Lemon juice and honey add sweetness to the cake but its the fresh blueberries on top that puts this cheesecake and your taste buds completely over the edge.

Photo courtesy of Annie’s Eats

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