There are so many cool, creamy, and fruity desserts to enjoy in the summertime!
There's ice cream sandwiches and no-bake desserts. There's homemade popsicles and simple frozen sorbet. And don't even get us started on cooking with summer fruits. From pies to crumbles to cobblers—we could go on and on.
Whether you're looking for summer desserts for parties, something to put in a cup and eat by the pool, or a big layered summer dessert just for the heck of it, we've got the best ideas right here!
Blueberry-Lemon Loaf Cake
This pretty loaf cake is easy to assemble, and cooks (and cools) largely on its own. But the real clincher is the floral topping, which takes it from an everyday snack to a summer treat worthy of any celebration, occasion, or get-together.
Brandied Cherry-and-Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
Studded with fresh sweet cherries and chunks of chocolate, this ice cream will be on rotation all summer long! Leave out the brandy to make it kid-friendly!
Any Fruit Crisp
If you love all those delicious summer berries and fruits, you'll love this easy fruit crisp. This easy-peasy recipe works with whatever's in season—or in the fridge.
Strawberry-Lemonade Angel Pie
A delicious gluten-free option for summer parties, this refreshing and lemony pie starts with a light meringue shell and is topped with plenty of whipped cream and fresh berries.
Raspberry and Pistachio Semifreddo
This easy, creamy, fruity frozen-mousse dessert is like a more airy, lighter ice cream cake — and it's gluten-free!
Hot Chocolate Ice Box Pie
Enjoy your favorite winter beverage as a cool and creamy pie that's perfect for summer! Don't forget to add plenty of mini marshmallows on top.
Blueberry Whoopie Pies
These soft, tender treats are filled with sweet fruit and mascarpone, for a kid-friendly sweet that adults will love too.
Raspberry Crumb Bars
These bake-sale blue-ribbon staples are perfect keep-around treats. Bake a big batch and leave them on the counter for summer afternoon snacks.
Strawberry-Almond Crumble Pie
Get your strawberry fix courtesy of this crowd-pleasing pie that features a jam-like filling. This is one recipe you'll be making all summer on repeat!
Campfire-Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This loaf cake just might be the easiest dessert of the summer! The secret is that it starts with store bought pound cake. Grilled pineapples and an easy-to-make glaze come together quickly—and then whole deal gets well caramelized, either over hot coals or on the grill.
Rainbow Waffle Sandwiches
Whip up these genius waffle sandwiches for your next summer party, or anytime you need a no-bake dessert. They keep well in the freezer!
Cucumber-Key Lime Pie
A Key lime pie is the ultimate summer dessert, especially this one that uses cucumbers for a subtle and refreshing twist.
Brandied Strawberry Shortcakes with Malted Whipped Cream
This classic summer dessert is enhanced with brandy-marinated strawberries and malted milk powder in the whipped cream. They're a delicious treat for any summer gathering or cookout!
Rocky Road Pie
Chocolate lovers will adore this summer pie! Keep this cold chocolate delight in the fridge, and do your absolute best to make it last until after dinner.
Peach Upside-Down Cake
Almost magically simple to make, upside-down cakes make the most of caramel and fruit flavors. This bourbon-y peach version is full of Southern charm and great for outdoor gatherings, or simply as a weeknight summer dessert.
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