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Sweet Summer Cookie Recipes Worth Turning on the Oven For

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You won’t even care about beating the heat after baking these tasty recipes

You’ll love these seasonal sweets.

In the summer, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven and make your kitchen hot and uninhabitable. You probably end up relying on no-cook meals, heading to your slow cooker for dinner, or simply ordering out more often. But one thing that you can’t quite order or whip up in the slow cooker is a tasty cookie.

Sweet Summer Cookie Recipes That Are Worth Turning on the Oven For

Cookies are magical desserts that have the power to transport us back in time. Who doesn’t remember a beloved cookie that Grandma baked every year or a recipe that reminds them of their favorite holiday? Cookies are so special that they’re well worth sweating over.

You’ll be excited to crank on the oven when you get a look at these seasonal recipes. If you’re looking for something to serve at a backyard soirée, check out our selections that have summery citrus flavors and hints of berry. Indulge with recipes like Linzer heart cookies or be creative with a crunchy tortilla cookie topped with avocado frosting. Get ready to sweat for some delicious sweets — we promise it will be worth it.

Chocolate Balsamic Macaroon Recipe

The chocolate and balsamic in these cookies play so well off of each other, and the coconut just adds a little nuttiness.

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Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Macaroon Recipe

You can change this recipe to suit your tastes — just keep the proportion of dry ingredients the same. For instance, if you don’t like coconut, add more cereal.

-Emily Jacobs


40+ Easy Desserts for Kids to Make this Summer

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Easy no-bake desserts for kids to make this summer will give them something fun to do and you’ll all end up with sweet treats to enjoy! And the best part is that there is no oven needed, so they are the perfect kid-friendly recipes to keep cool and whip up some favorite warm-weather treats. And as a bonus, these all happen to be some of the best gluten-free no bake dessert recipes too (without needing to buy any crazy ingredients)!

As the weather gets warmer, we are less likely to want to turn on the oven to make cupcakes, cookies, or muffins for the kids. But everyone still deserves a sweet treat every now and then, especially with baseball practice, swimming, and plenty of other activities. So how about some no-bake summer desserts to make with kids?!

A no-bake dessert recipe might require a little cooking on the stove. Or sometimes you might have to melt chocolate or butter in the microwave. But typically they require no cooking at all, making them perfect desserts kids can make.

In this collection, we’re covering all kinds of kid-friendly recipes, from frozen desserts to dessert dips, no-bake cookies to smoothies and shakes, and more! Keep cool and whip up some favorite warm weather treats with these easy recipes!


15 Easy Ways to Turn Summer Fruit into Dessert

Summer fruit is flooding the farmers’ markets, so it’s time to get your dessert on—from simple cakes and cobblers to no-bake desserts, and from stone fruit to berries, here are 15 tips for making easy summer fruit desserts.

You don’t necessarily need to turn the oven on, but even if you do decide to bake, you’ll still want to skew lighter than usual. And maybe employ some shortcuts, like store-bought pie crust (because sometimes, especially in summer, we love a time-saving hack).

But whether you want something cold and creamy, something light and bright, or simply whatever’s easiest, you’ll find a perfect summer fruit dessert idea below:

1. Give It a Dip

No, not in chocolate, though that’s another fantastic option. Mixing up an easy, creamy dip (the Cinnamon Fruit Dip recipe above has just five ingredients) is almost effortless yet feels so fancy. It’s a great way to entice any kids who aren’t enthusiastic fans of fruit already, too.

2. Make Stovetop Jam and Use It in Inventive Ways

Do you have too much summer produce on your hands? Not to worry—making jam is our go-to method for preserving the goodness of summer fruit. It’s less complicated than it sounds. Start with a basic recipe and follow the steps to can it, so you can enjoy it all winter. If you don’t want to bother with canning, eat it right away!

Your jam will last up to a week in the refrigerator and is not just for slathering on toast try it spread between the layers of a cake, dolloped inside a s’more or no-bake thumbprint cookies, stuffed into fritters, swirled into (or melted and poured over top of) ice cream, baked into bars, or melted and brushed onto a fruit tart as a shiny, tasty glaze. It can also help intensify the flavor of a fruit salad, or even make a quick cocktail (or mocktail) when you stir a spoonful into a spirit-based drink or simple seltzer water, perfect for when you’re too full for dessert but still want something sweet. Get our Fragrant Blueberry Jam recipe.

3. Rescue Stale Bread with the Power of Fruit

Summer fruit offers the perfect solution to saving stale bread. Classic summer pudding is made with fresh fruit (ideally berries) and slightly past-its-prime bread—the bread soaks up the fruit juices and turns the entire dessert into a sweet and moist, cake-like confection. And there’s no baking involved. Get our Almost Summer Pudding recipe.

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4. Chill Out with Fruity Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

Our ice cream machine is our very best friend all summer. Once you master a basic formula, like any of these easy frozen yogurt recipes—many of which don’t require an ice cream maker—you can adapt it to fit whatever summer fruit or dessert you have on hand. For example, add in a raspberry swirl with some quick-cooked fruit or make extra streusel from a pie recipe and stir that into the ice cream. Bake sugar cookies and crunch them up, then crumble them over top with fresh sliced strawberries. The world is your oyster—or, your empty ice cream bowl.

5. Make a Classic Move and Master Pie Crust

Stone fruit and berries basically beg to be turned into pie. So before summer ends, perfect your pie crust technique so that you can eat your daily servings of fruit in the form of pie (why not?!). The most important thing to keep in mind is to start with very cold butter or shortening. Keeping the fats cold in pie dough allows the butter or shortening to stay in lumps, which melt during baking into flakes. If you overwork the dough and warm the fat before baking, your crust will be leaden and dense instead of light and flaky. But once you get the hang of it, the added bonus is that you can make it ahead of time and stash it in the freezer for impromptu baking sessions.

6. Or Use Store-Bought Pie Crust in New Ways

Despite just extolling the virtues of homemade pie dough, we’re not against store-bought crust! It’s a great shortcut in our Easy Berry Cobbler recipe, which you can also make with peaches or a mix of stone fruit if you like. We draw the line at store-bought whipped topping, though—and homemade whipped cream is way easier than you might think.

7. Pair Any Fruit with Fresh Whipped Cream

In hot summer heat, eating dense chocolate cakes or overly sweet pudding isn’t really our thing. But light and airy whipped cream is a perfect partner to any ripe fruit. You can simply combine the two in a fool, or bring in a baked element, like shortcakes or layer cake see our Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake recipe, our Easy Berry Butter Cake recipe, or our Blackberry Angel Food Layer Cake recipe (above) for some delicious examples.

8. Go No-Bake & Harness the Power of the Icebox

No one really wants to turn on their oven in sweltering heat, but the good news is that you don’t have to in order to make dessert. We’ve got plenty of inspiration to turn to when you need to satisfy a sweet tooth. Ice creams, popsicles, mousses, puddings, and icebox cakes are all excellent choices for no-bake desserts. Get our Blackberry Chocolate Icebox Cake recipe, or Jessie Sheehan’s Strawberry Icebox Cake recipe (above) for some fruity examples of the form.

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9. Macerated Berries Are the Best

“Macerate” sounds fancy, but all it really means is to soak your fruit in sugar. The sugar helps draw out the juices of the fruit, turning your berries or peaches into a syrupy, chunky sauce. From there, you can stir it into yogurt or ice cream or eat it straight from a spoon! Try the technique here with our Angel Food Cake with Herbed Strawberries recipe. (It also features one of our other favorite things to do with summer fruit: grill it.)

10. Grilled Fruit Is Also Great

Applying a little smoky heat to fruit is a brilliant move and perfect when you already have the grill on anyway. A few of our favorite iterations include grilled stone fruit filled with streusel, grilled figs on top of ice cream, and grilled bananas served any way you please. We also love baking in cast iron skillets on the grill see this blueberry peach cobbler recipe for inspiration.

11. Make a Fruity French Pancake

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If you’re not familiar with the eggy French dessert already, clafoutis is an easy yet elegant way to showcase any summer fruit you like. It’s similar to a Dutch baby you can mix the batter in a blender or by hand, then pour it over the fruit and watch it puff up in the oven. It’s still delicious once it deflates. Cherry clafoutis is classic, but try this blueberry clafoutis recipe or pick your favorite fruit clafoutis.

12. Waffles Can Be Dessert Too

Waffles might sound staunchly breakfast-like, or even like wintertime fare. But we love them for summer dessert, and hear us out. Waffles don’t require your oven, and you can make them in advance. They’re a perfect blank canvas for everything from peach ice cream to sliced strawberries to blueberry sauce. Our favorite base for these experiments is our Buttermilk and Brown Butter Waffle recipe: try it out and tell us what summer flavor combinations you come up with!

13. Get into a Slump

Slumps don’t sound wildly appetizing, but you’d be surprised. They belong to a group of recipes, along with buckles and crumbles and cobblers, that utilize summer fruit. The techniques are similar for each: The filling is baked fruit and the topping is some sort of buttery, floury biscuit or streusel. Once you practice the basic recipes for each, you can experiment with spices and fruits to match whatever is in your farmers’ market. Get our Nectarine and Blueberry Slump recipe.

14. Tart It Up

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We love showcasing summer fruit in a pretty but simple summer tart. Buy a prebaked shell, or make one yourself, and fill it with pastry cream. Then top the tart with whatever fruit you have around. Next, learn the secret trick that bakeries use to pretty up their tarts (and that we already divulged in Tip #2): Melt berry jam in a saucepan over low heat until it turns to liquid. Then use a pastry brush to lightly glaze the fruit. The result is a show-stopping pastry that will impress your friends, no culinary school degree required. Try it out using our Strawberry Tart recipe, which looks impressive but is really just a matter of arranging, or our more casual but equally beautiful Rustic Blueberry Tart recipe (at the top of this page) and Raspberry Tart recipe. This style of tart with folded-over edges is also known as a galette, and it works with any fruit, including peaches or a mix of stone fruit.

15. Don’t Be Afraid to Put Fruit in Your Crock-Pot

Slow cooker desserts are a great middle ground when you want something baked but can’t bring yourself to crank up the oven. Our Slow Cooker Peach Crumble recipe is a perfect summer treat, but Mango Tapioca Pudding proves tropical fruit takes well to the Crock-Pot treatment too. You can also use it to make Blueberry Butter (then refer back to our ideas for using jam in brand new ways to make the most of it all summer long).

Bonus Tip: Don’t Forget About Summer Veggies Either!

Don’t think the rest of your farmers’ market haul has to end up in savory dishes. Just as sweet summer fruits are great in salads, savory main courses, sauces, and more, summer vegetables can be great in sweet applications. Get creative and turn your entire CSA box into dessert—try our Zucchini Bread recipe, our Zucchini Cupcakes recipe, or something less expected, like a sweet tomato sorbet recipe, sweet corn ice cream, or even fudgy eggplant brownies.

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Posie Harwood wrote the original version of this story in 2015. It has been updated with additional images, links, and text.


Easy Recipes to Bring to Any Summer Get-Together

Labor Day is the last big get-together of the summer, so celebrate in style—but don’t sweat it. These easy recipes to bring to the party (or picnic) will wow any crowd while keeping you stress-free in the kitchen.

Summer is the season for festive get-togethers, graduation parties, showers, neighborhood barbecues, and a couple major holidays. It’s the perfect time to work on your roster of easy-going recipes that are simple to put together. Summer food is light and full of abundant healthful ingredients that showcase produce and fresh fruit. Get ready to impress your friends and family at the next special occasion with these 13 delicious and simple recipes, from sides and starters to dessert. And you can bring them on repeat all season—next year, too.

Peach Caprese Salad

Healthy, simple, and bright. After making this rendition, you may always want to add peaches to your future caprese salads. The sweetness of the peach rounds out the richness of the mozzarella, and a drizzle of white balsamic adds a touch of acidity. This is the perfect salad to make from your stockpile of fresh, ripe, and sweet summer peaches. Get Joanna Gaines’s Peach Caprese Salad recipe.

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Moroccan Zucchini, Grape, and Bell Pepper Salad

This Middle Eastern-inspired salad is quite nutritious and filled with healthy eats such as zucchini, yellow squash, and red peppers, which are abundant in the summer months. The grapes add a sweet touch and the preserved lemon in the vinaigrette boosts the acidity, while the spices add a bit of heat. This balanced dish will certainly please your vegan and vegetarian companions—and everyone else. Get our Moroccan Zucchini, Grape, and Bell Pepper Salad recipe.

Roasted Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecorino and Pomegranate

Save time making this healthful salad by buying shredded Brussels sprouts and a package of pomegranate seeds. Guests will love the caramelized cooked sprouts coupled with the raw, crunchy sprouts, sharpness of the Pecorino-Romano cheese, and the sweet-tartness of the pomegranate seeds. Get our Roasted Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecorino and Pomegranate recipe .

Tangy Cabbage Slaw

While you will need to accommodate appropriate chilling time, this cabbage slaw is a cinch to make. This slaw skips the mayonnaise, replacing it with tangy lime. Latin-inspired flavors of chili powder, cumin, and cayenne add heat and coarsely chopped cilantro adds freshness. A light and zesty side dish to accompany all of summer’s grilled BBQ dishes. Get our Tangy Cabbage Slaw recipe .

Easy Shrimp Salad with Mango and Cucumber

This shrimp salad is light and refreshing. Despite being simple to prepare, its flavor profile is diverse it’s made up of a mayonnaise and Dijon mustard base, sweet mango, which adds brightness, crunchy cucumber, and aromatic fresh dill. Serve this salad over Little Gem or butter lettuce. Your gluten-free friends will love you. Get our Easy Shrimp Salad with Mango and Cucumber recipe.

Herbed Potato Salad

If mayonnaise isn’t your favorite condiment, then this potato salad is for you. It’s chock-full of fresh parsley, tarragon, and dill, and obtains its acidity from fragrant champagne vinegar and Dijon mustard. This potato salad works well served warm or at room temperature. Get our Herbed Potato Salad recipe .

Chinese-y Chicken Salad

This Asian-inspired salad will be a hit at your next summer gathering. Save time and skip turning on the oven by buying rotisserie chicken and toasted almonds. A vinaigrette composed of Asian flavors like hoisin, soy, ginger, and sesame oil goes well with shredded chicken and tons of cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, cucumbers, and peppers—and crunchy, nutty almonds too. Get our Chinese-y Chicken Salad recipe.

Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole

Stock up on your tortilla chips, because guests will swoon over this flavorful guacamole rendition, which combines sweet pineapples, crunchy cucumbers, and rich avocado. Easy to make and simply finished with cilantro, lime juice, red onion, and jalapenos, this take on guacamole may become your next favorite Mexican-inspired dip. Get our Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole recipe.

Tomatillo Salsa

Piggybacking on guacamole and abundant tortilla chips, salsa is another surefire way to please your friends and family. While store-bought salsa is easy to purchase, making your own only takes about 15 minutes. This tomatillo recipe features just a few ingredients and assembly is merely chopping and mixing in a large bowl. Super refreshing and perfect for summer get togethers. Get our Tomatillo Salsa recipe.

Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are a smart way to feed large groups of people and tend to be filling and simple to prepare. This rendition features fresh, summer vegetables such as corn, zucchini, and tomatoes, and salty, rich feta. Simply cook your pasta of choice and grill the vegetables. Finish with olive oil, lemon juice, feta, and cilantro. A delicious and healthful summer recipe. Get our Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe.

Easy Berry Butter Cake

This butter cake is a “piece of cake to make” and a delicious take on a shortcake. The filling is made with mascarpone cheese, but cream cheese can be used as a substitution. Top the cake with fresh berries and you have a summery, light dessert. Get our Easy Berry Butter Cake recipe.

Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie is always fun to bring to a gathering. It’s tart, sweet, and a graham cracker crumb crust is buttery and decadent without being too rich. Key limes are traditionally harvested in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Florida, but you don’t need to live in a warm climate to source these tart gems. You can now purchase key limes from Amazon ! Get our Key Lime Pie recipe.

No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Who doesn’t love an oatmeal cookie? And this recipe saves you from turning on your oven. Filled with oatmeal, semisweet chocolate chips, and peanut butter, these cookies are dense and chewy, and come together by chilling in the fridge or freezer. Elevate your cookies by adding ice cream and making your own ice cream sandwiches. Once assembled, roll the ice cream filling in fun toppings such as mini M&Ms or mini chocolate chips for an extra bonus. You will be the most popular person at the party. Get our No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies recipe.

S’mores Bars

S’mores are a classic summer dessert, but if you’re looking for a make-ahead option that doesn’t require live fire (or a bunch of sticks) and isn’t quite as messy, our s’mores bars are just what you need. We combine graham crackers, marshmallow, semisweet chocolate, caramel, and toasted pecans for a mash-up of s’mores and Christmas crack. The recipe makes 40 pieces, so you’ll have enough for everyone. Get our S’mores Bar recipe.

If you need more gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan options, though, check out our Crowd-Friendly Desserts Everyone Can Enjoy.


40 Dessert Recipes Everyone Should Bake This Summer

Bake your way through summertime with these seasonal dessert recipes. Summer is a great time to experiment with fresh flavors from fruits that are in season like berries and citrus. If seasonal fruit doesn’t catch your eye, there’s plenty of recipes that will help you keep your cool during the summer heat, like our Peach Melba Ice-Cream Pie. Choose a few recipes to make each week and you’ll be on your way to mastering some new baking skills by the time Labor Day rolls around. These refreshing ideas are jam-packed with fresh flavors like strawberry, Key lime, pineapple, and more. Some are even inspired by classic Southern drinks, like our Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake and our Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake. From Bundt cakes to cobblers, once you’ve made your way through this tasty list, you’ll be able to take on any baking project that comes your way.


5. Pineapple Casserole

This sweet and salty dish can be paired with any of the other pineapple recipes on this list! Plus, it requires little prep work, needing more time for baking than anything else. Crushed pineapple and French bread cubes become best friends in this dish, and after one bite, you will know why.

Begin by combining butter and sugar until fluffy. Next, beat in the eggs, then stir in drained crushed pineapple and lemon juice. Fold in the bread cubes, spread in a baking dish, and bake for just under an hour.


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Red Velvet-Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

Fresh Corn Tomato Salad

Individual No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes

10-Minute Fruit Tart

Papaya-Banana Smoothie

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Gazpacho

Crunchy Avocado Salad

The Sandwich King's Monster Muffuletta

Greek Salad

Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bars

Chilled White Gazpacho

Spiked Watermelon Pops

Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Chilled Creamy Cucumber Soup

Zucchini Salad

Dill Pickles

Boozy Blondie Milkshakes

Chinese Chicken Salad with Red Chile Peanut Dressing

Red Cabbage Slaw

Almost-Famous Milk Shakes

Zucchini "Fettuccine" with Tomato Sauce

Individual Summer Trifles

Arugula and Strawberry Salad

Watermelon Salsa

Breadless Cucumber Tuna Salad Sandwich

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Our Best Cookout Desserts

Serve up a tasty treat this summer with our sweetest and most delicious desserts. Pies, cookies, shortcakes, s’mores-inspired treats and more — these recipes are perfect for any cookout.

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Lemon Meringue Bars

Your lemon meringue pie just got squared — into bars, that is. Skip rolling out pie dough with this easy-to-make press-in version, then spread on the meringue and toast it under your broiler.

Blueberry and Nectarine Cobbler

When adding juicy summer fruit (like blueberries) to pies and cobblers, you generally need something to help the fruit coalesce into a sauce. Food Network Kitchen chefs love instant tapioca, as it thickens while fading into the background, letting the fruit shine.

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

Ice Cream Cone Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Not all ice cream cones melt in the blazing summer sun. Have fun shaping and rolling the colorful cookie dough so that every slice is super cute.

Boozy Piña Colada Bundt Cake

When a pineapple upside-down cake meets a piña colada, the drunken cake of your dreams becomes a reality. (You're welcome.)

Blueberry-Lemon Whoopie Pies

Peanut S'mores Magic Bars

These gooey treats bring the campfire indoors. Toasted marshmallows are the perfect pillowy topper for the ultimate bar packed with chocolate and peanuts.

Strawberry Pie Cake

Grilled Pineapple with Nutella

Blackberry Cobbler

Trisha's double-decker cobbler layers a blackberry-and-sugar mixture with strips of biscuit-like pastry. "The last time I made this, I didn't have time to make homemade pastry, so I tried store-bought refrigerated roll-out pastry shells and cut them into strips. It worked great!" says Trisha.

Angel Food Cake and Berry Trifle

Individual Key Lime Pies

Cin-ful Peach Cobbler

Chocolate Cream Pie

This creamy chocolatey pie couldn't be easier to make: Just spread chocolate-cream cheese filling into a store-bought cookie crust and dessert is ready in 10 minutes.

White Claw Black Cherry Cupcakes

You can have your favorite drink and eat it too with these fun, party-ready cupcakes. We took boxed red velvet cake mix and added a hefty dose of White Claw Black Cherry Hard Seltzer. Each baked cupcake is then stuffed with oozy, boozy jam to bump up the cherry taste, swirled with fluffy vanilla frosting and finished with a cocktail cherry on top!

Alton's Shortcake

Campfire Cookies

What kind of cookie can top a s'more at a cookout? One that is topped with an adorable candy campfire, complete with tiny toasted marshmallows on sticks. Bring a batch of these to your next campout — whether deep in the woods or just in your backyard — and watch the smiles break out among your troop.

Strawberry Cheesecake Galette

This light and springy dessert satisfies the cheesecake lover, but it is a bit easier to make. It's also a great way to use the first strawberries of the season.

S'mores Icebox Cake

The only baking you'll need to do for this icebox cake is a quick broil of the marshmallow topping.

Raspberry Cream Cupcakes

Nutella-Stuffed Cookies

Chocolate-hazelnut spread is cleverly chilled, making it easier to use as a filling for these gooey, molten-center treats. Eat them warm or even cooled — there won't be any left for the cookie jar.

Blueberry Buckle

Brownie Pudding

Ina's 5-star dessert is the perfect combination of crisp brownie edges and a gooey pudding filling.

Lemon Curd Trifle with Fresh Berries

S'mores Blossom Cookies

Peanut butter-chocolate blossom cookies are great, but they're even better paired with toasted, gooey marshmallows. Serve these at your next summer get-together, no bonfire required.

Blueberry Fools

Summer Cheesecake Mousse

Your favorite sweet and tangy dessert just got scoopable. We layered this creamy mousse with crushed graham crackers and berry jam in glass jars. As an alternative, spread the mousse on graham crackers and top with fresh berries or your favorite berry jam.

Stone Fruit Pouches

Berry Dessert Lasagna

This chilled berry trifle is an easy, crowd-pleasing dessert. No one will be able to resist the cake "noodles."

Blueberry Crumble with Cornmeal-Almond Topping

Grilled Rhubarb Brown Betty

Individual Strawberry Trifles

Giada's individual trifles are made with amaretto liquor for a kid-friendly version, substitute fruit juice.

School-of-Fish Cupcake Cake

Need a treat for a school (wink) or summer gathering? This cake-and-cupcake combo, which comes together easily with the aid of colorful chocolate candies, will go over swimmingly.

Peanut Butter Pie

Rich and creamy peanut butter pie is a cinch to pull together quickly, but plan ahead before dessert it should be refrigerated for at least an hour before serving.

Fruit Salad with Limoncello

S'mores Cookie Crumble Bars

Berry Trifle

Classic S'mores

Diner-Style Strawberry Shortcake

Blackberry-White Chocolate Fool with Toasted Hazelnuts

As in the traditional English recipe, Bobby uses a mixture of pureed blackberries and whipped heavy cream as the base for his "fool," but he adds white chocolate and crème de cassis, a liqueur made with blackcurrants, to deliver even more decadence.

Stars and Stripes Piñata Cookies

Give these patriotic cookies a shake to see the tiny red, white and blue stars inside the candy windows.

Crab Cupcakes

Make a splash with these crab cupcakes that are secretly a cinch to pull together thanks to store-bought cookies and colorful gummies.

Mini Taco S'mores

Brush flour tortillas with a buttery cinnamon-sugar mixture and prepare to wow guests. These little taco s'mores are super easy to make, thanks to a muffin tin, but they taste just like you went the campfire route.

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

The marbled effect in this Americana-inspired dessert is easier to achieve than it looks — simply alternate scoops of colored cheesecake batter and let a wooden skewer do the rest!

Muffin Tin Strawberry Pies

Muffin tins are so versatile — you can even use one to make mini fruit pies. Cute fluted rounds of baked pie dough stand in for a traditional double crust.

Campfire Skillet Cookie

Bring the great outdoors inside and let everyone relax around this skillet cookie.

Open-Faced Plum Tart

Classic Lemon Bars

Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Upside-Down Cake

Enjoy a slice of the classic pineapple upside-down cake or pick one of the other fun fruits &mdash or go ahead and try them all. We know we wouldn't be able to resist!

Doughnut Grills

This is the ultimate edible craft project for a barbecue: Chocolate doughnuts and piped chocolate turn into adorable mini grills decorated with all the usual cook-out fare &mdash only made from candy!

Peach and Raspberry Cobbler

Marcela's Strawberry Meringue Cake (Mostachon)

Marcela's summery dessert starts with a meringue-cake base, then moves up to a cream cheese frosting and is eventually crowned by fresh, plump strawberries.

Fireworks Cheesecake

Boom! A chocolate cake-bottomed no-bake cheesecake gets a splashy treatment thanks to some seriously clever (and easy) decorating tricks.

S'moreos

Say good-bye to graham crackers and make your s'mores with a new kid in town: the chocolate sandwich cookie! It's the perfect place to house a toasted, gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate. And thanks to your broiler, you can say farewell to the campfire too.

Banana Bread Ice Cream Layer Cake

Bored of banana bread? Give your classic recipe a refresh with a layer of peanut butter and chocolate ice cream &ndash just in time for summer!

White Claw Lime Cupcakes

These boozy, semi-scratch cupcakes are loaded with citrus flavor, thanks to a generous pour of White Claw Natural Lime Hard Seltzer. We upped the ante by adding a spiked lemon curd filling, and topped each cupcake with a dollop of vanilla frosting for a grown-up treat.

Deep Dish Peach Pie

This pie slices beautifully and has a delicious peach filling, but the real star is the crust: crisp, crunchy and perfectly sweet.

Pull-Apart Pool Cupcake Cake

It's everybody into the pool for this fun summer dessert that requires little more than box cake mix, frosting and colorful supermarket candy.

Jiggly Aquarium Pops

Make a splash at your next summer cookout with these pushable jelly treats filled with gummy fish, licorice seaweed and crunchy candy gravel.

Doughnut Hole Crabs

Combine your favorite red candies and leftover doughnut holes to create fun treat that's almost too cute to eat!

Seashore Cheesecake

Make a splash at your next cookout with this adorable beach-scene cheesecake.

Beach Day Cookies

Reminiscing about a wonderful day in the sun? Come inside and build these scenic sandcastle cookies to celebrate beach days all summer long.

Mini Watermelon Cake Cups

Frozen pound cake, vanilla frosting and melted white chocolate team up to make an adorable summer treat for a barbecue or pool party. No baking necessary!

Strawberry-Blackberry Summer Trifle

Blackberry Summer Pudding

Sweet and Crispy Spiced Bread and Berries

Grilled S'mores Cake

Grilled Bananas With Mexican Chocolate Sauce

When bananas doused in cinnamon-sugar grace the grill, the exterior caramelizes in the most decadent way.

Peach and Strawberry Crumble

Blueberry Delight

Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes

Individual No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes

Apple-Raspberry Crumble with Oat-Walnut Topping

Plum-Nectarine-Blackberry Crumble With Cornmeal-Pistachio Topping

Caramel Apple Grilled Mini Monkey Breads

Monkey bread couldn't be easier with store-bought biscuit dough. We made this recipe so you can take it on the go to your next backyard cookout or tailgate party and then pop it on the grill while everyone is eating. By the time they're ready for a sweet treat, it will be done!

Blueberry Crumb Pie

Fruit Pizza

Cheeseburger Cake

Berried Treasure

Instant Parfait

Blueberry Pie

Banana Cream Pudding

Bourbon Peach Cobbler

Red, White and Blue Meringues

These red, white and blue meringues are easy to make and use a clever decorating trick: Paint lines of food coloring gel up the sides of a pastry bag before filling it with meringue, and each cookie comes out striped as you pipe it. You can use this same trick with frosting for cupcakes.

Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pops

Kids will love these super-cool bite-sized pops. Don't surprised if they ask for more than one!

Grandma Monette's Cherry Jam Tart

This elegant tart is Melissa's Ten Dollar Dinners-style take on a recipe from her husband's French grandmother. Instead of using fresh cherries, which can be pricey, Melissa uses good-quality jam.

New York Cheesecake Cupcakes

Warm Plums with Gelato

Almond Shortcakes

Old-Fashioned Cherry Clafoutis

Tiki Cocktail Cake

Cherry and Peach Galette

Marshmallow S'mores Pops

Lemon Raspberry S'mores

Cherry Clafoutis

Root Beer Tiramisu

Here's everyone's favorite Italian dessert reimagined with a flavor profile that's purely American. Like a root beer float sent to finishing school, this sweet will completely delight.

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake Summer Pie Minis

When it&rsquos too hot to use the oven but don&rsquot want to miss out on dessert? Try these mini no-bake fruit pies &ndash held together by a nut-based crust.

Grilled Crispy Treat S’Mores

Take the favorite fireside treat to the next level &mdash instead of sandwiching your s&rsquomores between graham crackers, use gooey marshmallow cereal treats. These are on the larger side for easier grilling. The best part is you can make them ahead and unpack them at your campsite when your fire is ready to go. And if the weather isn&rsquot cooperating, these can also be made indoors, with a grill pan.


10 SWEET SUMMER DESSERT RECIPES

I may be jumping ahead a bit for some of you, but it certainly has started feeling like summer down here in Atlanta. We had a full week of rain, with 90º temperatures and full sun mixed both in the mix… which means 100% humidity! I may be the only one, but I actually love the hot weather and the humid air. But even more than that, I love the thick greenery, the bright berries and herbs, and the fresh tart relief of biting into a ripe fruit in the hot sun. As I look forward to berry-picking and watermelon season, I’ve put together a small collection of summer dessert recipes that welcome the season’s bright colors and sweet fruits. What’s your favorite dessert to make in the summer?


Hazelnut Blackberry Cake ( via Artful Desperado)

This beautiful cake is glorious, yet simple enough for any occasion.


Caramel Mascarpone Cake ( via Hummingbird High)

Late summer pears make this this delicate pear-topped tart worth the wait.


Strawberry Hibiscus Watermelon Ice Pops ( via Dagmar’s Kitchen)

A beautiful selection of red fruit make this popsicle sweet and colorful.


Roasted Berry Smores ( via Jelly Toast)

This simple summer treat is made even better with the addition of fruit!


Honey & Chamomile Ice Cream ( via 10th Kitchen)

Add this interesting ice cream recipe to your summer bucket list.


Vanilla Rhubarb Cake ( via Dagmar’s Kitchen)

This beautiful cake is gluten-free and is laced with a hint of vanilla to round out the tart rhubarb.


Strawberry Lime Basil Shortcakes ( via Artful Desperado)

These shortcakes bring the best of summer’s sweet and savory flavors together in one classic combination.


Nectarine & Lemon Verbena Shortcakes ( via Bojon Gourmet)

These shortcakes are light enough to enjoy at breakfast… and lunch and dinner.


Honeysuckle & Lemon Pound Cake ( via For the Love of the South)

A beautiful recipe inspired by memories of sprawling honeysuckle vines.


Blueberry Oatmeal Cookie ( via Lady & Pups)

A little blue summer sweetness is thrown into these quick and easy oatmeal chocolate cookies.

The fun doesn’t end here – follow along on Thou Swell’s SWEET Pinterest board to discover more dessert recipes!


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  • SHORTCRUST PASTRY
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • PASTRY CREAM
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Large pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon kirsch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups medium-size strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup strawberry jam, strained

Make pastry: In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Scatter butter over flour mixture and, using your fingers, work it into flour until mixture is the consistency of coarse cornmeal. In a bowl, stir together 1 tbsp. water and the vanilla. Drizzle vanilla mixture over flour-butter mixture and stir with a fork until evenly moistened. Gather dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest 30 minutes.

Press pastry evenly onto bottom and up sides of a 9-in. round tart pan with a removable rim. Line tart shell with foil and place in the freezer 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.

Fill tart shell with pie weights or dried beans and bake until light golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove pie weights and foil and continue to bake until tart shell is baked all the way through, about 5 minutes longer. Let cool completely on a cooling rack.

Make pastry cream: In a heavy saucepan, combine milk and salt over medium-high heat and heat until small bubbles appear along edges of pan. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together cornstarch and sugar. Add eggs and whisk until smooth. Slowly drizzle half of milk into egg mixture while whisking constantly. Pour egg-milk mixture back into saucepan of hot milk, return pan to medium heat, and continue cooking, whisking constantly, until custard thickens, about 2 minutes (do not boil). Remove from heat and pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Stir in kirsch and let cool 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add butter and stir until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly onto top of pastry cream, and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.

Spread pastry cream evenly into tart shell. Halve strawberries. Starting at edge of shell, arrange berries, cut side down, in tight concentric circles, covering pastry cream nearly completely.

In a saucepan, combine jam and 1 tbsp. water over medium-low heat and stir until jam liquefies. Brush berries with jam. Let set 20 minutes before serving.


Summer Cobblers, Crisps, and Crumbles

I grew up in the South, where it just wasn&rsquot summer without peach cobbler. This Ginger Pecan Peach Cobbler puts a little spin on the classic dessert with a hint of ginger in the filling and finely chopped pecans in the topping.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Crisp looks like a standard blueberry crisp, but then you take a bite and realize that there&rsquos a wonderful layer of what is essentially cheesecake underneath all that blueberry deliciousness!

If you find yourself with a little bit of a lot of different berries and cherries, then this Cherry Berry Crumble is just what you need to make the most of them. Combine all those sweet odds and ends into this quick and easy dessert. You can have it in the oven in about 15 minutes!

This Mixed Berry Cobbler is one of the most popular recipes I&rsquove ever shared. Its simplicity and wonderful flavor are to thank for that!

Skillet Berry Crumble is another great way to use up all those berry odds and ends. Toss in your favorites and top it all off with a sweet crumb topping. Just add ice cream!

There are a few summer fruit pairings that I find irresistible, and one of those is the combination of blueberries and peaches. That duo really shines in this Blueberry Peach Crisp!

One of my favorite things about this Strawberry Cobbler is the topping. It&rsquos not your standard biscuit topping. No, these biscuits are made with cream cheese and a little lemon zest for a soft, flavorful topping.

With just the two of us, this Blueberry Crumble for Two recipe is a handy one when we want just a little something sweet without making enough for a crowd. It&rsquos also a great way to use up that handful of berries you&rsquove got hanging out in your refrigerator.

Blackberry Peach Cobbler strays a bit from the standard cobbler by being a thicker and sturdier than most. You can cut into squares for serving instead of scooping it. It&rsquos been a favorite around here for a long, long time.

All of these desserts are easy ones, but this Brown Butter Cherry Cobbler is amazingly easy to make.

Cobblers, crisps, and crumbles are great candidates for individual desserts. I like to make these Strawberry Pecan Crumbles in individual bakers to make serving easy. I just love that nutty crumb topping, too!

Summer Fruit Crisp is like a magical dessert formula. Just use the basic recipe with your favorite fruits for a quick and easy summer dessert!

Blueberry Cobbler with Ginger Biscuits combines blueberries with a bit of lemon and ginger for a sure-fire summer hit. The flavor is amazing and the preparation is quick and easy. Those are big wins for a busy summer season!

I hope these recipes have inspired you to get baking with your favorite summer fruits. These cobblers, crisps, and crumbles will keep you well satisfied all season long!


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