Frozen Summer Desserts

Strawberry Mint Dessert. Linda Larsen

When I think of summer, I automatically think of ice cream and frozen dessert recipes. Frozen treats are not only cool to eat, they're cool to make too. Ice creams, sorbets, ice milk, frozen yogurt, and gelato can all be used in these easy recipes.

Don't let summer pass by without trying a few of these easy and delicious frozen dessert recipes.

Frozen Summer Dessert Recipes

  • Strawberry Mint Dessert
    This wonderful dessert is so pretty and delicious.
  • Peanut Chocolate Parfait Bars
    This is my favorite frozen dessert recipe of all time. One bite and you'll know why.
  • Ice Cream Cone Parfaits
    It's fun to eat this recipe; the sundae is right in the ice cream cone!
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches
    These sandwiches are fun to make and eat.
  • Frozen Berry Mousse
    Use any berries you'd like in this recipe.
  • Lemonade Pie
    What's better than an ice cream pie? One made with lemonade!
  • Buster Bars
    This recipe tastes just like the dairy bar treat.
  • Easy Tartufo
    Tartufo is a slightly fancier ice cream dessert.
  • Chocolate Crunch Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake
    'Nuff said.
  • Fudgsicle Pie
    And this recipe tastes just like a fudgsicle in a pie crust.
  • Rocky Road Pie
    If you love rocky road bars, this recipe, with chocolate, nuts, and marshmallows, is just for you.
  • Super Fast Eclairs
    This recipe takes about 5 minutes to make.
  • Sorbet Parfait
    And finally, this dessert is as healthy as it is pretty.

There are a few tricks to working with ice cream.

It usually must be softened a bit before you can spread it in a pie shell or layer it between cookies. You can soften ice cream in the microwave oven at 30% power for 20 to 30 seconds. Make sure to check the ice cream at the 20 second point, then let stand for 1 to 2 minutes. Ice cream can also be softened by letting it stand at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.

And you can use your stand mixer to soften ice cream too; beat the ice cream on medium for 30 to 40 seconds until the consistency softens.

When your confection is completed, freeze it for at least 3 to 4 hours before serving, or follow instructions in the recipe. Remove the dessert from the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes before serving so it softens slightly and the flavors can bloom.

If you're making your own ice cream, you can freeze it in a traditional crank ice cream freezer, using proportions of 2 cups of crushed ice covered with 1/2 cup of rock salt. The ice cream will be much smoother and simply better if you let the custard sit in the refrigerator overnight before freezing.