10 Best Frozen Summer Dessert Recipes

The Top 10

I only make frozen desserts in the summer. Even though they're perfectly appropriate for other seasons, there's something wonderful about the cooling effect of eating something sweet and really cold on a very hot day. These recipes are all easy, obviously make ahead, and delicious. They're all my favorite, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the first one.

  • 01 of 10

    Strawberry Mint Dessert

    Strawberry Mint Dessert. Linda Larsen
    This incredible dessert with a crispy brown sugar crust and creamy and fluffy strawberry and mint filling is simply perfect.
  • 02 of 10

    Peanut Chocolate Parfait Bars

    Peanut Chocolate Parfait Bars. Linda Larsen
    This fabulous dessert has the best combination of flavors and textures. A peanut butter crumble is blended into a creamy, smooth peanut butter topping, then layered on a fudgy brownie. Wow.
  • 03 of 10
    Black and White Frozen Dessert
    Black and White Frozen Dessert. Linda Larsen

    This spectacular recipe uses just six ingredients, but it tastes like something you would get at a fancy restaurant. Everyone will swoon when they take the first bite.

  • 04 of 10

    Buster Bars

    Buster Bars. Linda Larsen
    This recipe can be varied so many ways. Layer different types of ice cream and sherbet, add chopped toasted nuts or ice cream toppings. Fold frozen whipped topping into softened ice cream, or use all the same flavor. I have this in my fridge right now, with just frozen sherbet topped with the spectacular fudge sauce.
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  • 05 of 10
    Chocolate Crunch Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake. Linda Larsen

    I love making ice cream cakes, once I learned the secret to the crunchy layers: crushed cookies coated with melted chocolate! This cake is just sublime in every way.

  • 06 of 10

    Ice Cream Tartlets

    Ice Cream Tartlets. Linda Larsen
    This recipe is deceptively simple, but the end result is so much more than the sum of its parts. Tiny graham cracker crusts are filled with ice cream and toppings to make the perfect little dessert.
  • 07 of 10

    Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Ice Cream Sandwiches. Linda Larsen
    Use any cookie you like, and any ice cream flavor that's your current favorite and make these delicious little sandwiches. They're perfect for snacking. And if you use the type of sherbet that's a good source of Vitamin C, actually good for you!
  • 08 of 10
    Frozen Chocolate Velvet
    Frozen Chocolate Velvet. Linda Larsen
    This wonderful and gorgeous recipe takes minutes to make, but it looks like it came from a fancy bakery. Have your kids make this recipe - it's that easy!
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  • 09 of 10
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    Chocolate ice cream with cherries is formed into small balls, then dipped into melted chocolate. Eaten separately, they're perfect little bonbons. Piled in a glass and topped with fudge sauce and whipped cream, they're a spectacular dessert.
  • 10 of 10

    Ice Cream Cone Parfaits

    For children's parties or just hot summer days, these little premade cones are quite the treat. The secret is coatng the inside of the cone with melted chocolate chips so the ice cream doesn't make it soggy.