Easy and Refreshing Summer Dessert Recipes

Summer has many advantages, but there is one thing that we all detest doing in those months: turning on the oven. Even when the heat becomes unbearable, we still crave homemade treats, don't we? That's when no-bake summer desserts like these come in very handy.

  1. Campfire Berry-Peach Cobbler

Source - delish.com

This easy-to-follow recipe is ideal for a barbecue dessert and is practically impossible to mess up.


For the berry-peach filling: 

  • 3 c. sliced peaches (if using frozen peaches, thaw and drain first)
  • 2 c. raspberries
  • 1 c. blackberries
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt

For the topping:

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar, plus more for topping
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, cold, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Prepare a grate placed over a campfire. (Or preheat the grill to medium heat.) In a large bowl, toss together filling ingredients then transfer to a large cast iron skillet.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and use your hands to incorporate until butter pieces are pea-sized. Add buttermilk and vanilla and stir until just combined. 
  3. Spoon mixture on top of fruit and sprinkle with more sugar. Cover the skillet with a lid or with foil. 
  4. Place over campfire (or grill) and let cook until biscuit mixture is cooked through and fruit is bubbling, about 20 minutes.

  1. Strawberry Citrus Ice

Source - tasteofhome.com

This ice-cold concoction of strawberries, lime juice, and orange juice is all you'll need to cool down on a hot summer day.


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


  1. For sugar syrup, place sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Remove to a bowl; cool slightly. Refrigerate, covered, until cold.
  2. Process strawberries and juices in a blender until smooth. Add sugar syrup; pulse to blend.
  3. Pour into the cylinder of the ice cream maker; freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. Serve immediately or store in freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion.

  1. Grilled Peaches

Source - loveandlemons.com

These sweet grilled peaches are a great summer treat when topped with vanilla ice cream.


  • 4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and crushed
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat.
  2. Brush the cut side of the peaches with a little olive oil and grill cut-side down for 3 minutes, until char marks form.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Remove the peaches from the grill and serve with vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with the walnut mixture.

  1. Raspberry and Pistachio Semifreddo

Source - countryliving.com

Choose this recipe for a quick, fruity, creamy, and most importantly, refreshing dessert to round out your summer meal.


  • 1/4 c. cold sour cream  
  • 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 c. cold heavy cream
  • 1/4 c. pistachios, chopped
  • 2 pt. raspberries, divided
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. pure honey
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint leaves


  1. Line an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang on all four sides.
  2. Beat sour cream with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, 1 minute. Add sugar and beat to combine. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in heavy cream. Increase speed to medium and beat until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Fold in pistachios and 1 pint raspberries; transfer to prepared pan. Freeze until set, at least 4 hours or up to 1 week.
  4. Whisk together lemon juice and honey in a bowl until dissolved. Add remaining raspberries and toss to combine. Let sit, tossing occasionally, 18 to 20 minutes. Invert semifreddo onto a platter; discard plastic. Top with raspberries and mint leaves.

  1. Ice Cream Float

Source - goodhousekeeping.com

This traditional dessert is simple to prepare at home. Experiment with different soda syrup and ice cream combinations to spice things up.


  • 3 tbsp. soda syrup or cocktail syrup
  • 2 tbsp. half-and-half
  • Club soda
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)


  1. In a tall glass, stir together syrup and half-and-half. Add enough club soda so it comes about 3/4 up the glass. Add 2 scoops of ice cream and top with whipped cream if desired.




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