20 Summer Potluck Desserts Sure to Disappear Quickly

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Photo: Mackenzie Schieck

When you take any one of these summer potluck desserts to your gathering, you'll want to bring copies of the recipe with you—like, a tall stack. Because you will get requests. From fruit crisps, cobblers, and pies to decadent chocolate desserts, all are sure to disappear quickly and make you a very popular potluck goer.

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Ginger Rhubarb Crisp

ginger rhubarb crisp
Photo by Mackenzie Schieck.

"An outstanding recipe," says Kathryn. "The combination of rhubarb and fresh ginger was a hit at my church's picnic. I garnished with strips of fresh ginger, so it looked as good as it tasted."

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Peach Pie the Old Fashioned Two Crust Way


"This is the most delicious peach pie recipe out there," says Laura M, who's also done some fruit experimentation: "I sometimes make this pie with three cups of peaches and two cups of blueberries, but you can really make it with any fruit combination. Just make sure to adjust the sugar accordingly if you use something sour. It's a winner—people will beg at your feet for more."

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Lemon Lush

Lemon Lush
Mackenzie Schieck

"This is a definite family request at our holiday get-togethers and all our summer picnics," says MANOPA. "It tastes just like a cool and creamy version of lemon meringue pie, but better."

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Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

"I made this for an office potluck, and now I'm asked to bring it every time," says MANDT2. "Many complimented how great the fresh strawberries tasted, and quite a few compared it to a really good strawberry shortcake."

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S'mores Brownies

smores brownies
Photo by Mackenzie Schieck.

"I made these for the 4th of July and our guests couldn't devour them quick enough," says Shelley Rose Peters. Shelly also had some great tips that were echoed by other reviewers: "Next time I'll bake the brownie a little longer before topping it with the s'mores mixture, and cover it with foil to avoid too much darkening of graham crackers and marshmallows. I will definitely bake it again in the future. It would be a great dessert to take to a potluck."

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Blueberry Crumb Bars

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Blueberry Crumble Bars | Photo by magicallydelicious.

"I made these bars several times, most recently for a bridal shower and they were a big hit," says Barbara M. She shared a tip that other reviewers also recommended: "I used real butter instead of the shortening and it made a HUGE difference in the taste. Delicious!"

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Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

"I made this for 30 people and everyone loved them," says Buck & Suzy's Kitchen. "It's super flaky, and not too sweet—just right. The strawberry juices soaked in a little, and OMG, so good!"

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Best Brownies

three fudgy-looking brownies on a white plate

"I doubled the recipe and made a 9x13 pan of these brownies for a party, and everybody loved them," says Mama Cass. "These are neither 'cake' brownies nor 'fudge' brownies—they fall somewhere in between."

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Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

MommyfromSeattle describes these as pretty much perfect in every way: "Buttery, moist, crunchy, and sweet. Not dry or crumbly at all, and SO easy to make." She also recommends doubling the recipe: "These disappear fast! And one tip—if using cold jelly, warm it up about 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave. This will make spreading much easier!"

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Toffee Nut Cookies

toffee nut cookies

"I made this recipe exactly as it says and they turned out great," says jay_cray. "I cut them into long rectangles because they're very rich, and a small cookie is enough for one person. They sort of reminded me of a chocolate covered shortbread cookie. One pan made so many cookies! I will be using this recipe again."

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Mango Cheese Tart with Blueberries

mango cheese tart with blueberries

"It was incredibly simple to make and absolutely delicious. I chilled for 3 hours before serving." – DFIALLO

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Frosted Banana Bars

frosted banana cake
Kims Cooking Now

"My only complaint is that I can't give this recipe 6 stars! These are won-der-ful! It's so great making a bar recipe that comes out of the pan perfectly and makes a great presentation." – Laura Jean

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Fig-Ricotta Cake

a sliced loaf cake with figs on the side
Fig-Ricotta Cake. lutzflcat

"Texture is moist and slightly dense, and taste is sweet, buttery, and rich." – lutzflcat

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Gluten-Free Cherry Cobbler Muffins

gluten free cherry cobbler muffins
Buckwheat Queen

"This is an amazing gluten-free muffin recipe that can be adapted to almost any fresh berry or chopped fruit. The streusel topping sinks into the muffin as it bakes, giving it a lovely cobbler effect. Living gluten-free doesn't mean deprivation!" – Autumn1965

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Key Lime Cake ll

Key Lime Cake II

You can bake this as a cake or as easy-to-serve cupcakes, as shown. "This cake is moist, nice, and tart. Everyone thinks it's store-bought, and it's always the first to go at a function." – Celeste

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Peach Jam Coffee Cake

slice of peach jam coffee cake

"This coffee cake gets a double hit of peach flavor from using both jam and fresh fruit. For best results, use a good- quality peach jam, and make sure to let the cake cool before slicing." – Kim

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Precious Pineapple Cake

Precious Pineapple Cake

"This wonderful cake starts with a cake mix to which you add pineapple and pecans. It's very moist, and even better the second day." – Linda

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Outrageous Lemon Berry Trifle

Outrageous Lemon Berry Trifle

"I needed to make a last minute dessert for a party. I went through my cupboards and found instant lemon pudding mix. I came up with this recipe, and it was so tasty and delicious!" – cookiequeen

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Baron's Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry cobbler garnished with raw blackberries, a mint sprig, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Baron's Blackberry Cobbler | Photo by abapplez.

"This is terrific! Easy and fun—I love to bake," says Linda. "All my friends asked for the recipe before they left."

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Creamy Orange Cake

creamy orange cake
Mackenzie Schieck

"This cake was awesome! Everyone loved it and I've had multiple requests to make it again," says THEJAKES. "I also shared the recipe with a friend and it was a big hit at her party, too. I did follow the advice of the other reviewers and used the Duncan Hines Butter White cake with 1½ teaspons of orange extract in the batter."

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