38 Summer Dessert Recipes for the Sweetest Cookout

It’s definitely hot, but when it comes to desserts, we’re just getting hotter.

Summer enjoys a good reputation as a season that encourages relaxation. Whether it’s chilling out after a busy day’s work or just enjoying the time to enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sun, there’s something special about the scorching sun and not having school. When it comes to these cherished morsels of time, nothing beats a frozen treat, summer cake or sweet berry pie. Because if there is such a special thing as a summer day, it is sweets at the end of it.

Between June and August, berries and peaches reach their peak, which makes any kind of bubbling cobbler—the natural sugar and juice saturated in buttercream toppings—perfectly dreamy. And while enjoying quality, small-batch ice cream doesn’t have to be limited to the family-owned parlor down the block. In fact, there are simple tricks to making easy, no-churning ice cream in your own kitchen. Other than ice cream, anything cold and flavorful is really a win-win for summer dessert spread. That means we’re making unique ice pops and decadent cakes that don’t require baking or baking.

So when it’s time to make something delightful for a party or just because it’s summer, here are some of our favorite desserts, specially selected for the fun season!


Strawberry Tiramisu by Anna Frances Gasso

This strawberry tiramisu takes all the classic moves of the traditional espresso-flavored dessert and gives it a summer twist. Bring it to your next summer barbecue and it will definitely be the talk of the party.

No-Bake Berry Cream Pie by Padma Lakshmi

“I love this dish because it’s easy and elegant,” says Padma Lakshmi. “No one wants to turn on their oven in the summer, so this no-bake dessert is a real crowd-pleaser.”

Blondie Ice Cream Cake by Martha Stewart

At the end of a good meal, everyone will say they’re stuffed—until they see Martha Stewart’s ice cream cake. This is a rich, buttery Blondie bar, made with vanilla ice cream (filled with more Blondie) and a soft, chewy, totally crazy chocolate-caramel topping.

Easy 5-Ingredient Blueberry Crisp by Grace Paris

The key to a super successful five-ingredient recipe is to choose ingredients that do double or triple duty. In addition to toasted oats, sweet spices and nuts are added to granola. Plus, self-rising flour contains yeast and salt, which makes crumbles especially light and crisp.

Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Cake by Samantha Seneviratne

Pre-made cookies and store-bought ice cream make a sweet and easy dessert. Assemble it ahead of time and let it cool in the freezer until you’re ready to dig in. Topped with some fresh strawberries, everyone will think you’ve become a gourmet pastry chef (we won’t tell if you don’t!).

Rose Panna Cotta by Erin French

Panna cotta, a smooth, gelatin-based dessert served cold, is infused with the natural flavors of summer gardenia in this easy Italian dessert. Heavy cream, vanilla bean and rose water make this panna cotta a simple dessert worthy of an elegant soiree or warm weather picnic. It goes well with fresh berries and honey.

Skillet Berry Crisp with Almond-Cornmeal Topping by Lazarus Lynch

“Skillet Fruit Crisps are probably my number one for desserts because they’re so easy to make,” says Lazarus Lynch. “You just toss in fruit, top it with a crumble, bake it and that’s it!”

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake by Laura Vitale

How pretty is this no-bake, summer strawberry cake in pink? The recipe is completely customizable and takes no effort to put together with a preparation time of only 15 minutes, which is perfect when feeding a crowd.

Devil’s Food Icebox Cake by Nicole A. Taylor

Nicole A. “Juneteenth coincides with the summer heat. It’s a time many of us are trying to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible,” says Taylor. “This dessert requires minimal baking and is therefore perfect for the dog days of June.”

Red Wine Granita by Cardia Brown

If chocolate and cake aren’t your thing, don’t waste that open bottle of red wine; Instead, use the remaining glasses to make Kardia Brown’s Fruit Granita, enhanced with mixed berry simple syrup to create a deliciously different dessert.

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake by Carrie Parent

Looking for a fun way to make different desserts? These mini, no-bake cheesecakes are simple, summery, and filled with fresh macerated strawberries. Not only do they look adorable, but they also taste great.

The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Icebox Cake by Ree Drummond

Ice box cakes are incredibly easy to make and make a great summer dessert. Ree Drummond’s Cold and Creamy recipe is made with layers of pound cake, blackberries, and sweet whipped cream.

Martha Stewart’s Brownie Sunday Ice Cream Cake by Martha Stewart

Slices of rich brownie cake make dramatic stripes in this striking frozen dessert, which has all the fixings of an old-fashioned sundae—and then some. Two types of ice cream — vanilla and strawberry — are used as the filling, along with crunchy peanut butter and crushed raspberries.

Skillet Peach Cobbler by Chris Scott

Sweet peaches and sugary plums are a nostalgic taste for so many people, especially those who grow up where peaches grow. Put it all together in a bubbly cobbler and top with ice cream and you have a spoonful of heat!

Valerie Bertinelli’s Mixed Berry Tart by Valerie Bertinelli

Seasonal berries, tangy cream cheese filling and flaky, buttery crust combine to create a dessert that’s rich in flavor but still has a light and airy feel.

Summer Fruit Crumble by Elena Besser

“This recipe is my favorite for summer entertaining because it celebrates the bounty of the season, but it’s also so easy to prepare,” says Elena Besser.

Strawberry Ice Cream Pie by Alex Guarnachelli

“I like to cook a fresh pie crust and then fill it with fresh fruit and ice cream. It’s easy and really takes me back to my childhood,” Alex Guarnaselli says of his summery recipe. “I find that strawberry ice cream works best with a drizzle of aged or reduced balsamic vinegar for some added acidity. If you want to get even more of the summer, try some fresh basil or mint leaves. Keep the jamuns on top.”

5-Ingredient Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake by Grace Paris

Skip the store-bought cake (who knows how long it’s been sitting in that freezer?) and make your own! We cheat a little with boxed cake mix, but let’s keep it to ourselves. Everyone else might think you’re a superhero. This chocolaty, minty dessert has only five ingredients and only takes 30 minutes to put together before freezing.

No-Murna Coffee Ice Cream by Maya Warren

Ice cream is always a treat, but it tastes even better when you make it yourself. This creamy, dreamy, no-churn ice cream comes together in just 10 minutes. The hardest part is just waiting for it to cool down.

Jenny’s Fabulous Vanilla Ice Cream by Jenny Britton Bauer

Jenny’s Splendid is one of President Biden’s favorite ice cream brands, and its founder, Jenny Britton Bauer, reveals her secrets to creating the ultimate vanilla ice cream. This creamy concoction made from real vanilla bean is easy to make but it’s no plain zen.

The Perfect Brownie and Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich by Jocelyn Dalek Adams

Transforming these delicious brownies into ice cream sandwiches is so perfect because the chew is so delicious, so delicious with ice cream and a great treat for special occasions. Plus, it’s easy enough to make with kids.

Dairy-Free Chocolate-Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich by Joy Bauer

Chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect pairing. The dynamic duo, hands down, is my favorite combo of Joy Bauer. Naturally, the nutritionist switched the flavors to the frozen sandwich format—and it’s dairy-free!

Cardamom-Dast Coffee Ice Cream Sandwich by Aarti Sequera

These sumptuous ice cream sandwiches, a nod to Bedouin culture from Aarti Sequeira, are rich in cardamom-scented coffee, dates and pistachios, swirled into a creamy, slightly crunchy confection.

Funnel Cake Ice Cream Sandwich by Brandi Milloy

It’s a carnival in your kitchen! Try this sweet ice cream sandwich, which has a nostalgic summer treat: funnel cake.

Treat Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Ice Cream Sandwich by Grace Parisi

The simple thing about this recipe is that Rice Krispies mimics the texture of a waffle cone. Be sure to use premium quality ice cream as it contains less air making it melt more slowly.

No-Murn Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream by Jocelyn Dalek Adams

You don’t need an ice cream machine to make this decadent Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream. This is definitely a project that anyone can take on. To develop a deeper flavor in her no-morn ice cream, Jocelyn Dalek Adams first cooks blueberries.

Coffee Popsicles with Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana by Francis Largeman-Roth, RDN

When you find yourself feeling less energized when you’re out in the hot sun on a day, try this calming treat that also has a kick of caffeine. These chocolaty coffee pops deliver just the right amount for an early afternoon boost.

Chocolate-Dipped Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich by Chloe Coscarelli

Ice cream sandwiches are great, but they make us so happy when you dip them in chocolate and roll them through the topping. Despite how casual these may sound, they can actually look quite sleek and trendy when lined up on a nice plate, making them work well in a dinner party setting.

Pink Lemonade Ice Pops by Elena Becerro

These four-ingredient pops are made with fresh ingredients like pink coconut water, lemon, agave nectar and a pinch of salt to balance acidity. You might never use lemonade from concentrate again.

Frozen Ice Cream Sandwich by Layer Cake

This frosty cake is made with just five ingredients and adds a fun and festive twist to the dessert.

Cookies-and-Cream Icebox Cake by Elena Besser

“This is one of my favorite easy dessert recipes,” Besser says. “It’s so rich and flavorful, but still light. Plus, it only has five ingredients and keeps for months in the freezer… unless it’s all eaten first!”

Eaton-ish Mess by Dr. Jessica B. Harris

It’s the perfect dessert for the height of strawberry season, and goes red, white and blue with the addition of a few blueberries, making it the perfect way to celebrate the Fourth of July or even Bastille Day. Put on your garden party hat, grab a flute of champagne and savor.

Dylan Dreyer’s Blueberry Buckle by Dylan Dreyer

“I had never heard of blueberry buckles before I met my husband,” Dylan says. “His grandmother makes it for him and it’s his absolute favorite. When he asked me to make it for him, I didn’t want to compete with his grandmother’s recipe or try to imitate her, So I created an entirely new recipe of my own. , mixing a few ingredients from different recipes. That way, we each had our own version of Buckle. Mine was a hit and passed the taste test. Whenever It’s blueberry season, I make it.”

Peach Crisp by Valerie Lomas

Crisps are a delicious and satisfying option for those who want the same peachy goodness of cobbler or pie but don’t want to fool around with pie dough. You can peel the peaches if you like, but I keep the skin because it fits the rustic nature of the dish and it makes preparation easier.

S’mores Chocolate Cream Pie by Anne Burrell

This wonderful, tempting pie will definitely have guests asking if they could have more. It incorporates all the elements of the classic campfire into a rich, decadent pie that’s impossible to resist.

Summer Cherry Lattice Slab Pie Gesine Bullock-Prado. By

This is slab pie, meant to feed a crowd and is usually a rustic affair, beautiful inside and out. And the beautiful mesh on top of the pie is the showstopper.

Coconut-Key Lime Pie Pops by Alejandra Ramos

Coconut milk adds an extra layer of tropical flavor to these Key Lime Pie-inspired Ice Pops on a stick for the ultimate summer dessert.

Honey-Balsamic Blueberry Pie by Elizabeth Heskell

Honey-Balsamic Blueberry Pie may sound unexpected but it is insanely sensational! A touch of sour-sweet balsamic vinegar mixed with honey, cinnamon, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper enhances the sweetness of the blueberries.