Summer's 15 Best Portable Picnic Desserts
Bringing just the right dessert to a picnic can be a little tricky. You want it to be easy enough to transport without spilling or getting smooshed, it should be simple to serve without a lot of fuss, and it should look good enough to make your picnic feel like a party. These top-rated desserts are all that and more. Take a look, and take them along on your next outing.
Apple Hand Pies
Everyone will love the convenience of helping themselves to individual grab-and-go minis instead of having to deal with a whole pie. For one thing, you don't need plates and forks. To give these hand pies extra eye-appeal, use a cookie cutter to cut the pie dough into stars or circles, put a tablespoon of filling in the center of half the cut-outs, top with the other half, crimp with a fork to seal, cut steam vents, and bake until golden brown.
Apple Slab Pie
Here's another variation on classic picnic pie, but baked in a shallow pan instead of a pie dish. The result is everything you love about pie, but in a form that's a whole lot easier to slice up and serve to a crowd.
Cheesecake in a Jar
Talk about cute and convenient. These fillable, chillable, stackable, portable dessert jars will be your go-to all summer long. Infinitely customizable, they can be filled with endless combinations of cheesecake and fresh fruit. Choose a jar shape that's easy to stack in your cooler so they can stay properly chilled until you're ready to pass them around.
Creamy Chocolate Cupcakes
If you've ever tried to bring cupcakes to a picnic without using a special cupcake carrier, you know the heartbreak of smooshed frosting. But who wants to wrestle with another big thing to carry from the car? Try these no-frosting cupcakes instead. Their baked-in cheesecake centers are rich enough to satisfy the frosting factor, but they're easy to stack and pack. If your cupcake are very moist, put a sheet of waxed paper or parchment between layers of cupcakes.
Brookies (Brownie Cookies)
There's a practical reason why brownies and cookies are classic choices for picnic desserts. Aside from their comfort-food-level deliciousness, you can bake them in big batches and they're easy to pack. For best results, choose recipes without gooey toppings and frostings so they don't get smooshy or sticky.
Why choose these particular cookies over the hundred upon hundreds you can find on Allrecipes? Because they look like adorable little slices of watermelon! Are they picnic-perfect or what?
Fruity Fun Skewers
Blueberry Crumb Bars
"These are delicious! They are best a little warm with vanilla ice cream melted on top. The crust and crumble topping are great and stay crunchy days later. I used fresh blueberries the first & third time I made these and black raspberries the second," Darcy says.
Easy Fruit Cobbler
Use your favorite summer fruit to make this no-fuss cobbler, whether that's peaches, berries, or cherries. It takes just 15 minutes to prep!
Fruit Salad in Seconds
We call it a salad, but let's be real. Fruit coated strawberry yogurt can totally double as (healthy) dessert.
Lemon pudding gives this layered dessert a light, summery taste.
"There are many different techniques used for making financiers but, as usual, I've chosen the easiest one. This recipe works beautifully with pretty much any summer fruit like berries or other stone fruit. Remember, the fruit is really just a garnish so don't use too much. These little cakes are rich, buttery, and moist," Chef John says.
Guyanese Lime Cookies
"Outstanding, refreshing, and uniquely-flavored cookie, unlike anything I've ever had before. You can taste both the lime and the nutmeg, a spice I generally don't care for, yet the two combine and blend to create a delicious flavor." — naples34102
Raspberry and Strawberry Buckle
"This was delicious. Most of the people I served it to had never heard of a buckle but I quickly converted them to buckle enthusiasts. This recipe is the perfect blend of tartness and sweetness." — JESSTAG
"I had just enough left in a bag of dried mango and cherries to make this recipe so I left the cherries in. This baked up into a flavorful bar cookie." — lutzflcat