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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Collage of summer dessert recipes.

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 easy summer desserts that will become your favorites as well!

Dessert Toppings

Fruit is not the only element to create your favorite summer desserts. Here’s a list of ideas and recipes you can use to send your desserts over the top! 

Summer Produce: Whether you’re making a delicious cobbler, filling yummy pies, or want to top a pound cake with fresh berries using your favorite summer fruits is delicious, easy and cost effective. Some favorite fruits include: 

  • Mango, Orange, Peaches, Lemon, Nectarines, Kiwi, Banana, Melons, Cherries, Rhubarb
  • Berries: Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry

Keeping desserts cold

  • 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. 

Transporting Desserts

Like other times of the year summer time parties happen all season long. Sometimes it can be tricky to transport a dessert to another location, especially when it’s a cold dessert. Here are a few tips that will hopefully, help make it easier: 

  • Many desserts have specifically designed carriers, like cupcakes and cake carriers. Often you can use pans, boxes and bins that you already have to protect the dessert. 
  • Keep them at the right temperature. You can use a cooler packed with heating pads or ice packs depending on what type of dessert you have.
  • Be sure to set them on the floor where they cannot tumble off the seat. If you have a yoga, or other non-stick mat, place it on the floor to help keep them from sliding around. You can even place a blanket or towel around the container to keep it snugly in place.

No Bake summer Desserts

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 some summer dessert ideas to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars – Simple and delicious no bake Chocolate Oat Bars are a great dessert to enjoy any time of year without heating up the house!

No Bake Cheesecake With Strawberry Topping – 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!

No Bake Cheesecake Bars – 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!

Easy Strawberry Shortcake – Easy Strawberry Shortcake is one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make!! It’s light, refreshing and perfect for summer.

No Bake Strawberry Shortcake – NO-BAKE Strawberry Shortcake has layers of cream filled cookies, vanilla pudding, and strawberries. It’s the perfect cool dessert!

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake – Everyone’s favorite cookie is the star of this show! No Bake Oreo Cheesecake is a cool and creamy dessert with a crisp Oreo crust and a rich cookie-filled cheesecake base. It comes together in 15 minutes, no oven required!

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake – Easy, No Bake chocolate cheesecake bars are deliciously creamy with a crunchy Oreo cookie crust. They only take 15 minutes to make!!

No Bake Snickers Cheesecake – Snickers cheesecake is a no bake dream. It is cool and refreshing with the perfect amount of rich chocolate and peanut flavor!

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies – 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.

Dessert Kabobs – Dessert Kabobs are a simple and delicious way to serve several “mini” treats at once. They are perfect for parties, BBQs and every day!

No Bake Cookies Recipe – Quick, simple and yummy NO BAKE cookies – one of our favorite cookie recipes! Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla, and quick oats – These quick cookies will become a go-to treat.

SUMMER FRUIT 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.

Blueberry Delight – Blueberry Crumb Delight is a delicious layered dessert recipe with a cream middle and topped with blueberries and whipped cream!

Peach Crumb Bars – 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.

Triple Berry Pie – Fresh and fruity Triple Berry Pie is easy and delicious with only 30 minutes prep time. It’s perfect all year long!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Pineapple upside down cake is a classic dessert that is so soft and moist, filled with the perfect amount of pineapple flavor!

Strawberry Pie – Strawberry Pie is the perfect springtime dessert! Fresh strawberries piled high, coated in strawberry Jello, and placed in a buttery crust.

Easy Lemon Bar– These classic Lemon Bars are simple, delicious, and sweet, with just the right amount of tart! Add a bit of powdered sugar, and these easy lemon bars are irresistible!

Berry Buttercream Frosting – This delicious Berry Buttercream Frosting is homemade with strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

Peach Pie – 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.

Paradise Parfaits – Paradise parfaits are a creamy combination of a delicious fluffy pudding and fresh fruit. They are simply heavenly!

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!

Fresh Fruit Tart – Prettiest and yummiest fruit tart you will ever make! Sweet, buttery, and perfect for spring and summer parties, holidays or get togethers.

Key Lime Cake – 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. 

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes – These Fresh strawberry cupcakes are the real deal. Fresh strawberries and toasted coconut make these peak-of-the-season cupcakes SO divine!!

Strawberry Shortcake Bars – Simple, light and refreshing Strawberry Shortcake Bars are a perfect summertime dessert. This is a seasonal favorite, and one tempting treat!

Banana Cupcakes – 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!

Cherry Pie – This recipe for cherry pie is simple and elegant, but it tastes amazing. It’s perfect for any special occasion or holiday!

Strawberry Sheet Cake – This strawberry sheet cake is especially tasty made with fresh pureed strawberries and topped with an amazing homemade strawberry frosting!

Lemon Sheet Cake – 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!

Brownies And Cream Fruit Trifle – Chocolatey Brownies and Cream Fruit Trifle is utterly decadent. It’s a perfectly easy and stunning dessert to share!!

Lemon Buttermilk Cake – Lemon Cake is baked with a lemon zest and topped with a delicious lemony glaze. It is refreshing with the perfect amount of sweetness!

Strawberries And Cream Angel Food Cake – 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!

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.

Jello Poke Cake – Cake with Jello Drizzles poked throughout, and topped with a smooth layer of whipped cream! this light and cool Jello Poke Cake Recipe is always a crowd favorite.

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie – Frozen Peanut Butter Pie consists of a graham cracker pretzel crust, frozen peanut butter filling, and a chocolate, pretzel, peanut butter cup topping. It’s the most perfect salty and sweet combo!

Easy Berry Icebox Cake – Easy Berry Icebox Cake is simple, light and full of fresh summer berries. It’ll disappear in seconds at your next get together!

Lemon Icebox Pie – Deliciously creamy & tangy Lemon Icebox Pie is a classic chilled Southern dessert that’s perfect for summer!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake – Oreo studded Ice Cream Sandwich Cake is cool, creamy and refreshingly delicious. It is perfect for hot summer days!!

Oreo Ice Cream Cake – 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!

Lemon Lasagna – This luscious lemon lasagna AKA Lemon Lush consists of 4 tasty layers, including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with whipped cream!

Brownie Delight – Brownie Delight is a delicious 4-layer dessert that is cool, creamy and chocolate-y. It is deliciously refreshing!

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.


the complete list

Here are the picture cards for all of the delectable Summer Desserts listed above. With so many mouth watering recipes to choose from you’ll want to try them all!

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
4.95 from 17 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
4.8 from 10 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
4.78 from 9 votes
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Dessert Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Easy Strawberry Shortcake is one of the easiest desserts you'll ever make!! It's light, refreshing and perfect for summer.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 8 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 3 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
4.96 from 48 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
4.72 from 7 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 8 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
4.92 from 23 votes
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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
4.72 from 7 votes
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Dessert Blueberry Delight Recipe
Blueberry Crumb Delight is a delicious layered dessert recipe with a cream middle and topped with blueberries and whipped cream!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Dessert Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Pineapple upside down cake is a classic dessert that is so soft and moist, filled with the perfect amount of pineapple flavor!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.76 from 25 votes
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Dessert Triple Berry Pie Recipe
Fresh and fruity Triple Berry Pie is easy and delicious with only 30 minutes prep time. It's 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 9 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
4.72 from 14 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 15 votes
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Dessert Fresh Fruit Tart
Prettiest and yummiest fruit tart you will ever make! Sweet, buttery, and perfect for spring and summer parties, holidays or get togethers.
5 from 11 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
Simple, light and refreshing Strawberry Shortcake Bars are a perfect summertime dessert. This is a seasonal favorite, and one tempting treat!
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
4.85 from 20 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Cupcake Recipe
These Fresh strawberry cupcakes are the real deal. Fresh strawberries and toasted coconut make these peak-of-the-season cupcakes SO divine!!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 11 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 12 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
4.66 from 23 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 13 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
3.75 from 8 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 5 votes
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Dessert Brownies and Cream Fruit Trifle Recipe
Chocolatey Brownies and Cream Fruit Trifle is utterly decadent. It's a perfectly easy and stunning dessert to share!!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe
Oreo studded Ice Cream Sandwich Cake is cool, creamy and refreshingly delicious. It is perfect for hot summer days!!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 17 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
4.88 from 47 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
Deliciously creamy & tangy Lemon Icebox Pie is a classic chilled Southern dessert that's perfect for summer!
Total Time: 6 hours 50 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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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
4.84 from 6 votes
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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
4.97 from 53 votes
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Dessert Lemon Lush Recipe
This luscious Lemon Lush 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
4.87 from 58 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 44 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
4.88 from 40 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 7 votes
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