40+ Summer Desserts

During the summertime, we love making fruity, frozen, and no bake desserts! This collection of Summer Dessert Recipes include all of our favorites!

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Tips for Summer Dessert recipes

In the Autumn and Winter I love making warm and comforting chocolate, pumpkin, and apple desserts, but in the Spring and Summer I love all things cold and fruity. No bake recipes are another bonus during the hot summer months to keep the heat out of the kitchen.

I’ve combed through my site to share some of my favorites from each category—fruity, cold, and no bake. I’m sure you’ll find several summer dessert recipes that will become your favorites as well!

Keeping desserts cold when outside: 

  • The best way to keep your desserts cold when outside it to keep it in a cooler with ice, or a block of dry ice, until you’re ready to serve it.
  • Only bring out/serve what you will eat. Keep the rest in a cooler until needed.
  • If you’re placing the dessert out on a table one way to help keep it cold is to fill a tray/bowl with ice cubes and nestle the dessert right on top.   

See individual recipe posts for more specific tips, tricks and storage information. 

No Bake Desserts

No Bake summer Desserts

No Bake: What’s not to like about a no bake treat?! You don’t have to heat up the kitchen with a hot oven and you can still have delicious desserts. From chocolaty oat bars to sweet strawberry shortcake, you’ll be able to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

This no bake strawberry cheesecake is the perfect recipe for summer. So creamy, so easy & topped with fresh berries. Everyone goes crazy over this easy cheesecake recipe!
Dessert No Bake Cheesecake Recipe
This NO BAKE cheesecake is the perfect recipe for summer. With a delicious graham cracker crust, and a creamy vanilla cream cheese mixture, you can top it with anything - like these sugared strawberries! Everyone goes crazy over this easy no bake cheesecake recipe!
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
4.94 from 16 votes
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Dessert No-Bake Cheesecake Bars Recipe
No-Bake Cheesecake Bars are just the right amount of sweet, with a buttery graham cracker crust. Top them however you like—fruit, chocolate sauce, or caramel and sea salt!
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
4 from 2 votes
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Dessert No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars Recipe
Simple and delicious no bake Chocolate Oat Bars are a great dessert to enjoy any time of year without heating up the house!
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
One of the easiest desserts you'll ever make! This strawberry shortcake recipe takes minutes to make and is sweet and tasty.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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slice of strawberry shortcake lasagna on white plate
Dessert No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
NO-BAKE Strawberry Shortcake has layers of cream filled cookies, vanilla pudding, and strawberries. It's the perfect cool dessert!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert No Bake Snickers Cheesecake Recipe
Snickers cheesecake is a no bake dream. It is cool and refreshing with the perfect amount of rich chocolate and peanut flavor!
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert No Bake Cookie Recipe
Super quick, simple and yummy NO-BAKE Cookies - one of our favorite recipes! { lilluna.com } Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla, and quick oats!!
Total Time: 6 minutes
4.95 from 35 votes
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no bake chocolate cheesecake bar on white plate
Dessert No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
Easy, No Bake chocolate cheesecake bars are deliciously creamy with a crunchy Oreo cookie crust. They only take 15 minutes to make!!
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
4.75 from 4 votes
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Dessert No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
No Bake Oreo Cheesecake is a cool and creamy dessert with a crisp Oreo crust, and a rich cookie-filled cheesecake base. Made in 15 minutes, no oven required! 
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.67 from 6 votes
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Dessert Dessert Kabobs Recipe
Dessert Kabobs are a simple and delicious way to serve several "mini" treats at once. They are perfect for parties, BBQs and every day!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Recipe
Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies combine two cookie classics - No Bake Cookies + Peanut Butter Cookies. The combo of the two make a delicious, simple cookie recipe that is perfect for anyone who loves peanut butter treats.
Total Time: 11 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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Fruity Desserts

summer Fruit Desserts

Fruity Desserts: Some of my favorite Arizona summer fruits include peaches and strawberries. Some other delicious summer season fruit include blueberries, blackberries, apricots, and cherries. Though you may be able to find these fruits during other months of the year, when you buy in season you get them at their best. They are farm fresh and buying in season means you’re spending less.  

Dessert Strawberry Pie Recipe
Strawberry Pie is the perfect springtime dessert! Fresh strawberries piled high, coated in strawberry jello, and placed in a buttery crust.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Blueberry Delight Recipe
Blueberry Crumb Delight - a delicious layered dessert recipe with a cream middle and topped with blueberries and cool whip!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Dessert Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Pineapple upside down cake with a delicious caramelized pineapple and cherry topping. This classic dessert is so soft and moist, filled with the perfect amount of pineapple flavor!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 22 votes
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Dessert Berry Pie Recipe
This Triple Berry Pie isn't only easy but is fresh and delicious! This fruity dessert has an amazing berry pie crumble on top and is perfect all year long.
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Peach Bars Recipe
Peach Crumb Bars are one of our favorite summer treats! They're made from a buttery crust layered with juicy peaches and a crumbly topping.
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert Paradise Parfait Recipe
Paradise parfaits are a creamy combination of a delicious fluffy pudding and fresh fruit. They are simply heavenly!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert Berry Buttercream Frosting Recipe
This delicious Berry Buttercream Frosting is homemade with strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.82 from 11 votes
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Dessert Peach Pie Recipe
A delicious homemade pie with a fresh peach filling and flaky crust! Serve this peach pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a mouth watering dessert.
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Dessert Fruit Pizza Recipe
The BEST Fruit Pizza recipe ever! A super soft cookie dough with a pineapple cream cheese frosting topped with your favorite fruit!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Dessert Fresh Fruit Tart
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert Cherry Pie Recipe
This recipe for cherry pie is simple and elegant, but it tastes amazing. It's perfect for any special occasion or holiday!
5 from 12 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Bars Recipe
A soft vanilla cake-like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of whipped cream cheese frosting. Top it off with fresh strawberries for delicious strawberry shortcake bars!
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
4.91 from 20 votes
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Dessert Banana Cupcake Recipe
These Banana Cupcakes are so SOFT and have a delectable hint of cinnamon. They are also topped with a delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting, making them irresistible in every way!
Total Time: 21 minutes
4.83 from 17 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Cupcake Recipe
These strawberry cupcakes are the real deal! Fresh strawberries mixed into the batter, delectable cream cheese frosting on top, and sprinkled with toasted coconut. SO divine!!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Super easy key lime cake is bursting with fresh lime flavor and topped with whipped cream. It's a delicious summer cake recipe, and if you love key lime pie - then definitely give this recipe a try. 
Dessert Key Lime Cake Recipe
This super easy key lime cake is bursting with fresh lime flavor and topped with whipped cream. It's a delicious summer cake recipe, and if you love key lime pie - then definitely give this recipe a try. 
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 4 votes
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Dessert Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe
This super moist and delicious Lemon Sheet Cake recipe topped off with a tasty lemon buttercream frosting is our new favorite dessert, and it's perfect for feeding a crowd!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.56 from 18 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe
This strawberry sheet cake is especially tasty made with fresh pureed strawberries and topped with an amazing homemade strawberry frosting!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dessert Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Recipe
Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake - a sweet and delicious dessert filled with a creamy layer and topped with strawberries. It's so simple and so delicious!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.15 from 7 votes
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Dessert Lemon Buttermilk Cake Recipe
Lemon Cake is baked with a lemon zest and topped with a delicious lemony glaze. It is refreshing with the perfect amount of sweetness!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Chilled Desserts

cold summer desserts

Chilled Desserts: There are just a few weeks in the dead of summer when the heat of the day continues even when the sun has gone down. On these days, a cold treat is a must if you want to venture outside. Whether you’re swimming by the pool or having an evening chat on the patio, these desserts will hit the spot.     

Dessert Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe
Prep this ice cream sandwich cake in 5 minutes! It's perfect for hot summer days and your kids will LOVE it. Chocolate ice cream sandwiches topped with whipped cream and crushed Oreos!
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Dessert Jello Poke Cake Recipe
I Love Jello Poke Cake! I Went With Raspberry Here, But You Can Easily Make A Cherry Or A Strawberry Poke Cake.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.93 from 38 votes
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Easy No-Bake Berry Icebox Cake
Dessert Berry Icebox Cake Recipe
Easy Berry Icebox Cake is simple, light and full of fresh summer berries. It'll disappear in seconds at your next get together!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe
Lemon Icebox Pie is a classic Southern dessert that's perfect for summer. It has crunchy graham cracker crust, and a deliciously creamy, tangy, lemon flavor.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Frozen Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
Frozen Peanut Butter Pie consists of a graham cracker pretzel crust, frozen peanut butter filling, and a chocolate, pretzel, peanut butter cup topping.
Total Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes
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Dessert Grasshopper Pie
Grasshopper Pie - A delicious, cool dessert perfect for summer time - A mixture of cool whip, pistachio pudding, mint extract, on top of a yummy Oreo crust!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Dessert Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe
This Oreo Ice Cream Cake makes for the perfect no bake dessert during warm summer months. Best of all, it only takes 5 simple store bought ingredients! No one can resist the layers of crushed Oreos, Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, Cool Whip, and MORE Oreos!
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
4.95 from 38 votes
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Dessert Lemon Lasagna Recipe
This luscious lemon lasagna consists of 4 tasty layers, including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with whipped cream! 
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4.86 from 55 votes
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Dessert Banana Pudding Poke Cake Recipe
This Banana Pudding Poke Cake has all the flavors of banana cream pie, just in cake form. With layers of banana cake, pudding, cream, bananas, and vanilla wafers, it's sure to be a hit!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.96 from 42 votes
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Dessert Cream Puff Cake Recipe
The BEST Cream Puff Cake ever!! A cake version of the popular cream puff, it has a puffy crust, pudding and whipped cream layers and often drizzled in chocolate.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.87 from 37 votes
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Dessert Oreo Pudding Pie Recipe
No bake Oreo Pudding Pie is a quick and easy dessert perfect for any time of the year. It comes together in 15 minutes!!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Brownie Delight Recipe
Brownie Delight is a delicious 4-layer dessert that is cool, creamy and chocolate-y. It is deliciously refreshing!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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