Summer Dessert Recipes

Find fun, easy recipes for no bake desserts, cold desserts, fruit desserts, and other dessert ideas for your summer BBQ, picnic, or party!

Staff Picks

Raspberry Icebox Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 50
What a lovely refreshing dessert for those hot summer days.

Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake

Rating: 4.5 stars 428
Serve with whipped cream on top.
By sal

Lemon Ice II

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
A nice and easy, healthy option for those with ice-cream machines and a little extra time. Deliciously creamy yet also light and refreshing!

Strawberry Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 1248
Half of this pie's strawberries are arranged in a baked pastry shell, and the other half are crushed and cooked until thick and bubbly. This lovely glaze is then poured over the whole berries in the pastry shell. Chill this pie for several hours and serve it with mounds of whipped cream.

Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Ice Pops

Rating: 5 stars 126
Simple and wholesome popsicles. My mom used to help us make these when we were kids and I still enjoy them years later. Use honey as an alternate sweetener, and blend the fruit to be either chunky or smooth.

Peach Pie the Old Fashioned Two Crust Way

Rating: 4.5 stars 704
Summer peach pie made with two crusts, fresh juicy peaches, and cinnamon.

How to Make Fruit Trifle Your Easiest, Prettiest Summer Dessert

We're calling it: Fruit trifles are the prettiest desserts of the summer.
By Vanessa Greaves

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 1363
One really delicious and really unhealthy Sunday coffee cake. I have no idea where I got this recipe from but it was about thirty years ago and has been a family favorite since. The bake time is a bit longer if you're using frozen berries.

Grilled Pineapple

Rating: 4.5 stars 252
These are SO easy and really good. The hot sauce gives it an extra kick and cuts the sweetness. They can help with patience while the rest of the grilled feast comes together, but be warned, they go quickly!

Crisp Peach Cobbler

Rating: 4.5 stars 273
This recipe was inspired by one from Renee Erickson's in cookbook, 'A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus.' It's a lot crispier than a regular cobbler, and you can use the technique for other fruit cobblers. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Fresh Cherry Pie

Rating: 4 stars 1
A classic cherry pie with a hint of vanilla.

Inspiration and Ideas

Strawberry Chantilly
Rating: Unrated 66
"AMAZING. Made it like a billion times last summer." – pinkskull1013
Summer Fruit Galettes
Rating: Unrated 89
"Delicious and super easy! Gorgeous presentation." – Stella Reynoso
Strawberry Sheet Cake
Rating: 5 stars 1

This strawberry sheet cake uses fresh strawberry puree for big flavor.