13 Cool Summer Dessert Recipes

Beat the Heat With These No-Bake Sweet Treats

Let's face it—the last thing you want to do on a hot summer's day is turn on the oven. But that doesn't mean you need to give up delicious desserts. There are plenty of ways to make cool desserts, from using purchased cakes and toppings to cooking on the stovetop or in the microwave. Make a no-bake cookie, which needs only one minute on the stovetop, or a sinfully sweet cheesecake or pie that need no cooking at all.

If you are planning on entertaining, let your guests build their own...MORE shortcakes with purchased sponge cake, whipped topping and a variety of fresh sliced fruits and berries. Keep frozen fruit juice pops on hand for the kids, along with instant puddings and flavored gelatin for a dessert that can be put together without a sweat. Here are 13 dessert recipes to help you keep your cool.

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    Frozen Blueberry Lemonade Pie
    Diana Rattray

    Fresh blueberries give this frozen lemonade pie extra color and flavor. The pie takes just a few minutes to mix in a blender, then freeze and eat—an ideal dessert for a hot summer day. 


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    Maple Walnut Ice Cream With Maple Flakes
    Diana Rattray

    Pure maple syrup is the star ingredient in this rich ice cream, and chopped walnuts and maple sugar flakes add a bit of crunch. You will need to plan ahead with this recipe as the mixture needs to be refrigerated for 3 to 4 hours before being churned in the ice cream maker.


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    Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (stracciatella)
    Diana Rattray

    This recipe for the popular ice cream flavor is enhanced with vanilla bean paste and sugar cane syrup. You can use chocolate chips, but if you include shaved chocolate instead it will become more like stracciatella, the Italian gelato.



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    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie
    Diana Rattray

    This incredible frozen peanut butter cup pie is the perfect dessert or weekend treat for a hot summer day. The classic graham cracker pie shell and simple cream cheese and peanut butter filling take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to prepare—just mix, freeze and enjoy!


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    Lemonade Pie
    Diana Rattray

    This easy lemonade pie is made with a three-ingredient filling. Use a purchased graham cracker crust to make assembly even quicker. This recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk but you can also make it with vanilla ice cream.


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    Dirt Dessert Recipe
    Stephanie Gallagher

    Surprise the kids with this popular novelty dessert. Layered with whipped topping, pudding and chocolate cookie crumbs, this adorable treat is perfect for a summer birthday party or family gathering.


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    Chocolate Delight Layered Pudding Dessert
    Diana Rattray

    By using a store-bought graham cracker crust, you can assemble this creamy dessert in no time without turning on the oven. Feel free to make your own variation by swapping the chocolate pudding for your favorite flavor, or add chopped candy bars or banana slices to the top.

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    No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie
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    This simple chocolate cheesecake requires no oven time and is made with melted chocolate chips, sugar, cream cheese and butter, mixed with whipped topping and chilled in a graham cracker crust. 


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    Red White and Blue Ice Cream With Raspberry and Blueberry Jam
    Diana Rattray

    Don't wait for the Fourth of July to enjoy this fabulous ice cream. The vanilla ice cream is accented by swirls of raspberry sauce and blueberry jam to create a delicious and beautiful frozen treat.

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    Buttermilk Ice Cream
    Diana Rattray

    Buttermilk might not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of ice cream, but you'll be pleasantly surprised. The tang of the buttermilk in the sweet creamy ice cream is pure heaven.​ 

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    Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream With Wafer
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    A perfect solution when blueberries are in season and you find yourself with a plethora of this dainty and delicious fruit. Refreshing on its own, served on lemon pound cake or topped with a mixed berry sauce. You will need an ice cream maker for this recipe.


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    Peanut Butter Silk Pie
    Diana Rattray

    This creamy peanut butter pie is easy to make with a graham cracker crust, a thin layer of fudge and a cream cheese and peanut butter filling. Make this special and delicious dessert for any occasion.

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    10 Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
    Diana Rattray

    Just because it is summertime doesn't mean people don't love their pumpkin! Treat your guests to this impressive but easy pumpkin pie. And it really takes only 10 minutes to prepare, especially if you use a store-bought graham cracker crust.