What makes the ideal summer dessert? It’s got to be cool and refreshing, light and fluffy, and perhaps reminiscent of campfire snacks! Luckily, you don’t have to choose just one. The following warm-weather dessert recipes will ensure your cookout, picnic, potluck, or barbecue ends on the sweetest note possible.

Here are nine tempting summer dessert recipes…

1. Chocolate S’mores Pie

This pie is an amazing reminder about what summer campfires are all about. It’s reminiscent of a family favorite campfire treat—with chocolate, graham cracker, and ooey-gooey mini marshmallows.

2. Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Talk about cool, refreshing, and healthy to boot! This homemade recipe for strawberry frozen yogurt only takes 3 ingredients and 3 minutes to blend together and stick in the freezer. It’s the perfect summer treat to stick a spoon into on those hot muggy days when a full dessert cake or piece of pie is just too heavy.

3. Lemon and Raspberry Bars

These cool, moist, creamy, bars combine tart lemon with sweet raspberry, reminiscent of another summer favorite, Key Lime pie. Not only are they delicious, but chances are, because they’re in bar form, that takers will see it worth their while to come back for seconds.

4. Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

For a quick and simple dessert that the kids can help assemble, these homemade ice cream sandwiches are your favorite kind of hard ice cream crammed between 2 of your favorite home baked jumbo cookies. You can even enlist the little ones to help you make, roll out, and bake the cookie dough for your sandwich “bread”. Once you stuff them with ice cream, just pop them in the freezer for an hour and they’ll be ball park ready!

5. Thai Mango and Sweet Sticky Rice

Thai mango sweet sticky rice, or Khao Niaow Ma Muang, is a cultural favorite in Thailand and it’s not too difficult to see why after you taste it. This easy dessert bathes sticky rice in coconut milk and then adds cool, sweet slices of fresh mango on top. It’s perfect to cool you down on a hot day.

6. Pink Party Meringues

Light, airy, sweet, and did I mention…fat free! Meringues always hit the spot, be it for afternoon tea or post-picnic snacking. They’re also ideal for road trips as they pack easily into a cooler or carry-on bag. Plus, you can make yours pink too by adding a touch of red food coloring or make them any color of the rainbow.

7. Fruit Pizza

This particular pizza offers up a bounty of summer—pizza form (but the crust is actually made using chocolate chip cookie dough)! Top yours with a plethora of sliced strawberries, kiwi, oranges, and mixed summer berries for a cool and refreshing finale to any meal.

8. Lemon Sorbet

An absolute summer dream in a sundae bowl, this tart yet sweet summer dessert might make you pucker, but only enough to kiss the wonderful person who made it for you. It’s simple to make—just sugar, water, and lemon juice mixed, then frozen, and topped with any garnish you like—such as fresh berries, whipped cream, or a mint sprig.

9. No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Pie

This recipe is ideal for a hot summer day for 2 reasons. One—its no-bake so you don’t even need to turn on the oven. And 2—it’s chilled to set in the fridge making a pie that’s just like cheesecake, but much more refreshing, light, and fluffy.


Angela Nightingale

If you want to know the best cupcake shop in any major city in America, just ask Angela. This girl knows her sweets, and she isn't shy about letting you know that your german chocolate cake needs more chocolate. If you want to find Angela on any given day, she's probably looking up reviews to decide where to grab lunch, or in her downtime, binge-watching the latest 'it-series' on Netflix.

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