16 Cool Desserts for Hot Summer Days

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    Chocolate Delight Dessert With Variations

    Chocolate Delight Layered Pudding Dessert
    Chocolate Delight Layered Pudding Dessert. Diana Rattray

    This layered dessert is always a hit, and there are plenty of variations. It's an excellent dessert to take along to a potluck or cookout.  

    Chocolate Delight Dessert With Variations

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    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie
    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie. Diana Rattray

    Who wants to bake on a hot summer day? There are plenty of alternatives to baked  desserts, and many are quick and convenient. Whether you're preparing a cookout or need something sweet to take along to one, these desserts will delight your friends and family.

    The peanut butter cup pie, above, is super easy to make in a homemade or purchased graham cracker or cookie crust.

    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

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    Key Lime Pie S'Mores

    key lime pie s'mores
    Diana Rattray

     These delightfully different s'mores are made with homemade or purchased key lime curd.

    Key Lime Pie S'mores

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    Quick and Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Fool

    Quick and Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Fool
    Quick and Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Fool. Diana Rattray

    This layered "fool" is another super easy chilled dessert. Use fancy glasses for a special occasion. 

    Quick and Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Fool

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    Frozen Blueberry Lemonade Pie

    Frozen Blueberry Lemonade Pie
    Blueberry Lemonade Pie. Diana Rattray

    This fabulous pie is bursting with flavor, and it's made with only 5 ingredients. Fresh blueberries are combined with frozen lemonade and whipped topping. All you need is a homemade or store-bought graham cracker pie crust.

    Frozen Blueberry Lemonade Pie

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    Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcakes

    strawberry shortcake deconstructed with strawberry coulis and vanilla biscuits
    Diana Rattray

    Let your guests assemble their own desserts with this recipe. The dessert includes fresh strawberries, a luscious strawberry coulis, freshly whipped cream, and vanilla biscuits. Most of the elements can be made the day before.

    Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcakes 

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    Cherry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

    Cherry Pretzel Dessert
    Cherry Pretzel Dessert. Diana Rattray

    This popular dessert is made with a briefly baked pretzel crust (8 minutes in the oven). The easy cream cheese filling is topped off with cherry pie filling. The dessert is always a hit, and it's perfect for a summer gathering.

    Cherry Pretzel Dessert

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    Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Stracciatella)

    Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (stracciatella)
    Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Diana Rattray

    Melted bittersweet chocolate forms the chocolate pieces in this creamy, delicious ice cream. It's my take on my favorite stracciatella gelato. 

    Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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    Classic Chocolate Ice Cream

    Chocolate Ice Cream
    Chocolate Ice Cream. Diana Rattray

    This basic chocolate ice cream might not look fancy, but it is smooth, creamy, and delicious. It's loaded with chocolate flavor. Serve the ice cream with whipped cream and hot fudge sauce. It's all you need to cool you off on a hot summer day.

    Classic Chocolate Ice Cream

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    Classic Strawberry Pretzel Salad

    Strawberry Pretzel Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This is my mother-in-law's strawberry pretzel salad, and it is always a hit. The layered salad makes a nice fruit salad to serve with a holiday dinner. Or serve it as a dessert with any meal.  

    Classic Strawberry Pretzel Salad​​

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    Easy No-Bake Pineapple Cheesecake

    Pineapple Cheesecake
    Pineapple Cheesecake. Zoryana Ivchenko/Moment Open/Getty Images

    Crushed pineapple, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and whipped topping make up the filling for this heavenly pineapple pie. Use a prepared graham cracker crust, shortbread cookie crust, or a baked pastry crust.

    Top the cheesecake with extra whipped topping or whipped cream and macadamia nuts.

    Chill it and enjoy!

    Easy No-Bake Pineapple Cheesecake

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    Maple Walnut Ice Cream

    Maple Walnut Ice Cream
    Maple Walnut Ice Cream. Diana Rattray

    This easy ice cream starts with a simple stovetop custard made with eggs, maple syrup, and cream. If you happen to have maple flakes, they add even more great maple flavor. 

    Maple Walnut Ice Cream

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    Easy Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies (Gluten-Free)

    No-Bake Cookies
    No-Bake Cookies. Diana Rattray

    The fact that these cookies just take a minute to cook on the stovetop makes them a fabulous summer cookie. No baking required!

    Easy Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

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    Easy, No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

    Chocolate Cheesecake Pie
    Chocolate Cheesecake Pie. Dennis Gottlieb/Getty Images

    This amazing pie is made with cream cheese and melted chocolate chips, along with frozen and thawed whipped topping. Use a graham cracker crust or a chocolate cookie crumb crust for this delicious pie. Make it extra fancy with piped whipped topping and chocolate curls.

     Easy, No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

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    Layered Pudding Delight with Cherries

    Cherries
    Diana Rattray

    Cool and delightful, this dessert is easy and popular.  Just layer graham crackers, pudding, whipped topping, and cherry pie filling. Try the dessert with cheesecake pudding instead of the vanilla pudding.

    Layered Pudding Delight with Cherries

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    10 Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

    10 Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
    10 Minute Pumpkin Pie. Diana Rattray

    This is a cool slice of fall in the summer. The delicious spiced pumpkin pie is simply chilled in a simple store-bought graham cracker pie shell. If you prefer to make your own, here's a homemade crust recipe.

    10 Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie