Classic Summer Sweets, With a Twist

We show you how to put a fresh spin on your favorite summer desserts. From mint-infused homemade ice cream to grilled peach pie, these desserts will surprise and delight you.


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Coconut Panna Cotta with Tropical Fruit

    Daisy Martinez, cookbook author and celebrity chef, makes this fresh fruit panna cotta the night before for a refreshing cookout dessert.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  6 hrs 
2/18
See Classic Blueberry Ice Cream Pie recipe

    Chef Scott Peacock's sensational seasonal dessert comes together with ripe blueberries, vanilla ice cream, and a few kitchen staples.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Freeze  8 hrs  to 24 hrs 
3/18
Sangria Peach Compote with Ice Cream

    "I use affordable, everyday wine for this sangria-inspired peach compote," says Food Network star Ted Allen. "Spoon it, fruit and all, over ice cream, and it's dessert."

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
4/18
Coconut Panna Cotta with Tropical Fruit

    Daisy Martinez, cookbook author and celebrity chef, makes this fresh fruit panna cotta the night before for a refreshing cookout dessert.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  6 hrs 
5/18
Roasted Peach Pies with Butterscotch Sauce

    Bake peaches in a biscuitlike crust; butterscotch sauce adds a touch of sweetness.

Prep   40 mins 
Bake   13 mins  450°F 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
6/18
Coconut Fruit S'mores

    Customize these indoor s'mores by swapping the blackberries for your favorite summer fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, or plum slices.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
7/18
Skillet Peaches a la Mode

    Fresh peaches cooked in peach nectar and brown sugar are topped with buttery pastry, fresh berries, and creamy vanilla ice cream. Sprigs of mint add a bright, fresh-from-the-garden touch.

Serving size: peaches, 1/8 recipe Sugared Pastry and 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Prep   10 mins 
Bake   10 mins  375°F 
Cook   5 mins 
8/18
Butter Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Grand Marnier Glaze

    Our simple to make glaze, coupled with lavender whipped cream, makes this fluffy butter cake stand above the rest. Fresh strawberries make a festive (and delicious) topper.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake  1 hr 20 mins  325°F 
9/18
Raspberry Angel Food Bruschetta

    Toasted slices of cake are topped with a mixture of raspberries, caramel sauce, and mint jelly. Sprigs of fresh mint add a garden-fresh touch. Serve it with a scoop of lemon or vanilla sorbet.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
10/18
Lemon Ice Cream with Blueberry Sauce

    There's nothing like homemade ice cream on a hot summer day, and this recipe is so simple to make. The combination of sweet-tart lemon ice cream and fresh blueberry sauce is hard to beat.

Serving size: 7 cups
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
Freeze  according to manufacturer directions
11/18
Cornmeal Sandies

    Finely shredded lemon and orange peel stirred into the cookie dough gives these bite-sized treats fresh flavor. Serve them with our homemade lemon ice cream and blueberry sauce.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: 3 dozen cookies
Prep   30 mins 
Chill   2 mins 
Cool   2 mins per batch
12/18
Neapolitan Sundaes

    For a new take on classic sundaes, arrange slices of Neapolitan ice cream with crispy cinnamon-spiced crepes.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   3 mins  375°F 
13/18
Puffy Shortcakes with Meringue

    Lighter desserts can be delicious. In this recipe, light pastry takes the place of biscuits or cakes, and golden-toasted sweetened egg whites replace whipping cream.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins 425/325 degrees F
14/18
Flower-Power Mini Cupcakes

    This summer slant on vanilla cupcakes is irresistible. Stirring snipped marigold leaves and petals into white cake mix adds a lively citrus flavor to the cupcakes.

Makes: 32 servings
Serving size: Makes about 32 cupcakes
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   10 mins  350°F 
15/18
Raspberry Custard Brulee

    Try this variation on classic creme brulee. Layer fresh raspberries and blueberries with creamy custard. Top with caramelized sugar.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
16/18
Tarragon Ice

    Snipped tarragon from your garden punches up the flavor of lemon ice -- and adds a pretty, party-worthy twist that's just right for summer get togethers.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 6 cups
Prep   20 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
Freeze  10 hrs 
17/18
Chocolate Cupcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Two classic favorites -- ice cream and cupcakes -- combine to make the ultimate dessert. Pair chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate cupcakes; top it off with tangy raspberry jam and chopped pecans.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Freeze  1 hr 
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