Baking a pie from scratch or busting out your ice cream maker might feel arduous during the lazy days of summer, but there’s no other season where your dessert efforts are more handsomely rewarded. So consider this list your summer dessert bucket list: You cannot let summer go by without making these quintessential sweet treats.
These 10 summer desserts are the most delicious of the season and include all the classics, from ice cream to no-bake cheesecake to lush berry desserts.
1. Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches
Let’s start off with the easiest dessert of summer: these ice cream sandwiches. The components — chocolate chip cookie dough and vanilla ice cream — can be store-bought or homemade, and are always a family favorite.
2. The Easiest Strawberry Shortcake
You can’t let June pass by without at least one serving of strawberry shortcake! This recipe focuses your efforts on a super-simple shortcake and homemade whipped cream so that those ruby berries can really shine.
3. The Best Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
Of all the ice cream flavors that you can make at home, chocolate is the most rewarding; the richness of the chocolate is such a stark contrast to all the juicy berry and peach flavors of the season. Plus the chocolate slows the ice cream’s melt, making this the most long-lasting scoop of summer.
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4. Easy Peach Cobbler with Fresh Summer Peaches
After you’ve gotten your fill of eating peaches over the kitchen sink (you know, to catch all the juices that run off your chin and down your arm), make this peach cobbler. This biscuit-like topping is a perfect partner for sweet peaches and a lovely little scoop of vanilla ice cream.
5. Make a Fruit Crumble with Any Kind of Fruit
Do you ever excitedly buy way too many berries in June and July? This is the move to use them up: Toss them with a little sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice and top them with this crumble topping. While you’re at it, make a double batch of the crumble and freeze it for late-summer peaches and nectarines.
6. Easy, No Bake Cheesecake
There are so many reasons to love a no-bake dessert, and not turning on the oven in the middle of a heat wave is one of them. Cheesecake makes our summer dessert bucket list because it can serve as a vehicle for so many summer fruits or be completely satisfying on its own too.
Recipe: How To Make a No-Bake Cheesecake
7. The Ultimate Fresh Blueberry Cobbler
Blueberries are the most underutilized berry of summer (perhaps because we can get them at the supermarket all year long), and that needs to stop right now with this cobbler. They have the most balanced sweetness of any summer fruit and give off the most gorgeous juices when baked as a cobbler.
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8. The Best-Ever Cherry Pie with Fresh Summer Cherries
9. Maine Blueberry Milkshake
Honestly, this is the best summer milkshake to make at home. You can either use fresh blueberries or the fresh berry haul you froze for this gorgeous shake.
Recipe: Maine Blueberry Milkshake
Popsicles are a must for summer, so why not make a dessert that also doubles as a cocktail and uses fresh summer berries? These pops are a more portable version of frozen rosé slushies that we love to sip in the summer.
Recipe: Berry Frosé Ice Pops