Great-tasting desserts and sweet treats don't have to heat up the kitchen. 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. Let's face it: the last thing you want to do on a hot summer's day is to turn on the oven.
If you are planning on entertaining, let your guests build their own 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.
Keep your cool with one of the featured dessert recipes.
Frozen Blueberry Lemonade Pie Blueberries give this frozen lemonade pie extra color and flavor, and it is a fabulous pie for a hot summer day. The pie takes just a few minutes to mix - just freeze and eat!
Maple Walnut Ice Cream Chopped walnuts and optional maple flakes flavor this incredible ice cream.
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Stracciatella) This ice cream version of the famous stracciatella gelato is rich and delicious.
Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie 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!
Frozen Lemonade Pie Recipe This easy lemonade pie is made with a 3-ingredient filling. Use a purchased or homemade graham cracker crust.
Dirt Dessert Recipe This popular novelty dessert is made in a flowerpot with ice cream, whipped topping, and pudding.
Chocolate Delight Dessert With Variation This dessert is made with a baked crust, but it's only in the oven for 10 minutes.
Change it up with one of the variations.
Easy No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake This easy chocolate cheesecake is made with melted chocolate chips, sugar, cream cheese, and butter, mixed with whipped topping and chilled in a graham cracker crust.
Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Don't wait for the Fourth of July to enjoy this fabulous ice cream.
Creamy Southern Buttermilk Ice Cream Buttermilk might not be your first choice for ice cream, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. The tang of the buttermilk in the sweet creamy ice cream is pure heaven.
Blueberry Ice Cream 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.
Peanut Butter Silk Pie This yummy 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.
Deluxe Layered Strawberry Shortcake Bake the cake portion on a cool day or evening and enjoy the dessert the next day.
10 Minute No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Yes, it really takes only 10 minutes to prepare the filling for this pie. It's a snap to prepare, especially if you use a "ready" graham cracker crust. Or, if you have a little more time, make a homemade graham cracker crust. See the tips for a quick and easy crust recipe.