Deliciously Simple Desserts Sure to Be a Hit All Summer Long

Key Lime Mason Jar Cheesecakes in mini jars with lime slices
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Summer is the perfect time to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying fun in the sun. This collection of easy summer dessert recipes inspired by the flavors of the season will be sure to wow your guests while keeping your kitchen prep to a minimum.

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Dessert Fruit Pizza

Dessert Fruit Pizza
Scott Little

It's hard to think of a better combination than dessert and pizza! This recipe uses sugar cookie dough as the pizza crust, layered with a delightful whipped cream cheese spread, and topped with fresh, seasonal fruit. Finish with a drizzle of honey for some extra sweetness, and you'll have a fun, picture-worthy dessert for your guests.

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Watermelon Berry Sorbet

Watermelon-Berry Sorbet in metal pan
Andy Lyons

The fresh summer flavors of watermelon and mixed berries shine bright in this easy sorbet. The most complicated part about this recipe is the few minutes of prep before getting this delicious sorbet in the freezer. With minimal work, in a few hours, you'll have the perfect frozen sweet for a summer evening.

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Key Lime Mason Jar Cheesecakes

Key Lime Mason Jar Cheesecakes in mini jars with lime slices
Jason Donnelly

This classic tart pie gets a fun, simple twist by being assembled in individual mason jars. These delicious desserts are not only easy to create, but they are a perfect dish for your summer picnics.

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Dark Chocolate Banana Nut Pops

Dark Chocolate Banana Nut Pops
Karla Conrad

It's hard to beat a dessert with a dynamic flavor combination of banana, chocolate, and nuts (using your preference of peanuts or almonds)! This simple recipe uses a lollipop stick or skewer to make assembly (and eating) much more accessible, and you'll soon find that the most challenging part will be waiting for the dessert to chill before diving in.

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Confetti Cake and Ice Cream Pops

Confetti Cake and Ice Cream Pops
Carson Downing

Put a twist on everyone's favorite summer dessert—ice cream cake! Layer confetti cake with mango and raspberry sorbets to create these fun ice cream cake pops. Decorate them with whipped cream and sprinkles just before serving.

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Affogato Trifles

Affogato Trifles
Andy Lyons

A fantastic Italian dessert featuring layers of ice cream, coffee, and your favorite Italian cookie. This dessert is a showstopper and is the perfect way to combine coffee and dessert for the end of your meal. As a bonus, this recipe also offers s'more, spiked, and traditional versions if you're looking for fun variations.

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Blackberry Icebox Cake

Blackberry Icebox Cake

A perfect summer frozen cake option is this simple icebox treat that blends cream cheese, whipped cream, and blackberries with layers of graham crackers. Giving some time to freeze before serving, the slices of this easy-to-assemble cake will look picture worthy.

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Pick Your Cereal Milkshakes

Pick-Your-Cereal Milkshakes
Matthew Clark

One popular sweet trend is the nostalgic blend of cereals and dessert, which come together wonderfully in these milkshakes. The recipe includes variations for all of the greatest hits in the cereal aisle, so whatever flavors you and your family are craving, it is a breeze to create a personalized frozen shake in no time.

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Chocolate-Raspberry Bites

raspberry-filled chocolate bites
Kritsada Panichgul

The combination of chocolate wafers, preserves, and melted chocolate creates a sophisticated sandwich cookie you would expect to see in dessert shops. Possible flavors to include in the filling are strawberry, raspberry, or apricot, which all celebrate the fresh flavors of the summer while embracing a rich chocolatey flavor.

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Cornbread Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cornbread Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Carson Downing

Our homemade cornbread cookies stay soft enough to bite, even when frozen. Fill them with your favorite summer ice cream and you've got the ultimate ice cream sandwich recipe.

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Berry Trifle

Berry Trifle
Karla Conrad

Few desserts feel like summer more than a berry trifle. The blend of fresh summer berries, layered with pound cake and vanilla pudding, is a delicious way to create a showstopping dessert that will take center stage for your meal.

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Cherry Bake with Pound Cake Topper

Cherry Bake with Pound Cake Topper
Blaine Moats

Tart cherries and dried cranberries are paired with a creamy combination of cream cheese and brown sugar in this decadent and refreshing baked dessert. The topping is created by taking crumbles of frozen pound cake and baked until warm and bubbly. It is delicious on its own or paired with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Strawberry-Banana Smores

Strawberry Banana S'mores
Peter Ardito

This family-friendly dessert takes the fire out of the s'more and instead uses the microwave for a quick, handy way to enjoy a memorable dessert. This recipe is enhanced by adding sliced strawberries and bananas to add a delectable fruit flavor to a classic summer treat, and it is assembled and ready to eat in a matter of minutes.

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Polka-Dot Neapolitan Pie

Polka-Dot Neapolitan Pie
Carson Downing

A bit of assembly is all it takes to make this easy summer dessert. The crust is made from crushed sugar cookie cones and the fluffy meringue topping is flavored with freeze-dried strawberries.

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Eton Mess with Strawberries & Whipped Ricotta

Eton Mess with Strawberries and Whipped Ricotta
Carson Downing

Eton Mess is a classic English dessert made with layers of fresh fruit, crumbled meringue, and whipped cream. Here we've added orange liqueur, ricotta cheese, and fresh sliced strawberries. You'll want to serve this summer dessert right away so the meringue stays crunchy.

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Earl Grey Tea Cake

Earl Grey Tea Cake
Carson Downing

This easy summer cake recipe starts with a boxed mix. Dress it up with earl grey tea and layers of fluffy whipped cream and fresh berries.

Test Kitchen Tip: Make the tea-infused cream the day before you bake the cake for the most flavor.

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Wicked Good Whoopie Pies

Chocolate whoopie pies with cream filling and coated in rainbow sprinkles
Brie Passano

A classic whoopie pie is a creamy filling sandwiched between two chocolate cookies. We've kept the classic flavors but added a festive touch with rainbow sprinkles.

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