45 Cookout Worthy Summer Desserts

So you’ve got the main dish and the sides covered and you realize there’s only one thing missing – the dessert! We’ve got you covered with a bunch of sweet summer desserts that will be the hit of your next picnic or cookout. 

a slice of No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with whipped cream and chopped peanuts on top on a black plate.

When you think of summer cookouts, what gets you excited? Is it the juicy grilled meats like Grilled Tri Tip or Grilled Steak or juicy Hamburgers? Or maybe you’re a sucker for the sides like Grilled Zucchini or Tuna Macaroni Salad. Whatever your favorite, you know that it’s the desserts that everyone looks forward to.

The Best Summer Desserts

No one wants to turn on the oven during the summer, even if it’s to bake a luscious peach cobbler or cherry crisp. Occasionally I will pull out some of those stand by recipes because let’s face it, it isn’t summer without a peach cobbler. But if you’re looking for some no-bake summer treats to cool off with, we’ve got you covered there, too!

If time is limited, grab a few ingredients at the store and make ice cream sundaes. Or make strawberry shortcake with some store-bought pound cake, fresh berries and whipped cream.

4 image collage of summer desserts in red and white colors

No Bake Desserts

Fluffernutter Dip
A bowl of Fluffernutter dip with fruit and vanilla wafer cookies
This sweet and creamy dip is flavored with peanut butter and marshmallow creme; serve with fresh fruit, cookies, pretzels, and more!
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Classic Pistachio Fluff Salad
A bowl of pistachio fluff salad with maraschino cherries on top
This Classic Pistachio Fluff Salad is a family favorite, classic dessert recipe that will take you back to your childhood.
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Scotcheroos
Peanut butter rice crispy treats with chocolate topping
Scotcheroos are a delicious no-bake treat that's perfect for parties and picnics. These Peanut Butter Crispy Bars need only six ingredients, and no baking!
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Peanut Butter Pie
Social media image of Peanut Butter pie
You'll never try another Peanut Butter Pie recipe again after taking a bite of this one! Thick peanut butter mousse nestled in a chocolate cookie crust, then topped with chocolate ganache and crushed peanuts - it's basically a giant no-bake peanut butter cup that you won't wanna share!
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Toasted Coconut No Churn Ice Cream
A bowl of Ice Cream
Ice Cream is one of the best summer treats you can have on hand. This no-churn version is super creamy and velvety smooth, with a slight crunch from the toasted coconut. Perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day!
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Chocolate Covered Banana Pudding Cups
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Chocolate Covered Banana Pudding Cups are a mashup of two classic dessert favorites, layered in beautiful glasses for a unique and fun dessert.
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Freezer Cheesecake
Jars with mini freezer cheesecakes
Creamy individual Freezer Cheesecake with luscious fruit toppings. A delicious dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth any night of the week, and it's perfect for company.
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Pina Colada Ice Cream
A half pineapple filled with ice cream
Cool, refreshing, and dairy free, this no-churn Pina Colada Ice Cream is a cocktail favorite turned frozen treat! Made with 4 ingredients, including coconut milk and fresh pineapple puree, you choose whether or not to add the 5th - a shot of rum!
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a vintage dessert with layers of salty pretzels, creamy whipped topping, fresh strawberries and strawberry jello.
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Twix Apple Fluff Salad
A close up of Twix and Apples in a bowl
It's the perfect time to splurge on this decadent, creamy Twix Apple Fluff Salad. It's simple to whip up and perfect for potlucks or picnics.
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Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
A close up of a slice of Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Cake is super easy to make, infinitely customizable, and perfect for all your summer parties. Layers of brownie,  two flavors of ice cream & whipped cream topping will have everyone oohing and ahhing!
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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle Recipe
A close up of strawberry popsicles
This strawberry lemonade popsicle recipe is so bright and refreshing! It's tangy, sweet, and the perfect summer dessert to cool off with!
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Oreo Icebox Cake
A piece of oreo chocolate cake on a plate
This creamy Oreo icebox cake is the perfect dessert for summer. Layers of Oreo cookies, no-bake chocolate filling, whipped cream and even more Oreos on top!
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Orange Creamsicle Icebox Cake
A plate of orange icebox cake
This Orange Creamsicle Icebox Cake taste just like your favorite creamy, dreamy popsicle!
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No Bake S'mores Pie
A piece of cake on a plate
This No Bake S'Mores Pie is creamy and sweet with toasted marshmallows, chocolate, and a graham cracker crust - a perfect summer dessert for those hot months when you really don't want to turn on that oven.
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No Bake Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake
A piece of Oreo chocolate cake on a plate
This No Bake Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake is the perfect summer dessert for backyard barbecues, picnics, or just because it's Tuesday. With creamy, rich chocoalte-y filling and tons of Oreos, you just can't go wrong!
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Strawberry Lemonade Ice Box Cake
A close up of a piece of cake on a plate
This Strawberry Lemonade Ice Box Cake is a perfect springtime treat, using lots of fresh ingredients like strawberries and homemade whipped cream.
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Lemon Whipped Cream and Berry Parfait
A jar with berry parfaits
Layers of angel food cake, berries and lemon whipped cream in serving sized jars.
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Green Jello Salad
Jello Salad is a vintage recipe that's part side dish & part dessert. This Green Jello Salad is deliciously creamy and perfect for sharing with friends!
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Chocolate No Bake Cookies
A stack of chocolate oat cookies
Chocolate No Bake Cookies are a simple, classic dessert recipe that takes hardly any time at all!
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S'Mores Dip
Close up of S'mores dip
S'Mores are pretty much the epitome of summer, and this amazingly addictive, ooey gooey S'Mores Dip will definitely be your next favorite take on this classic summer treat.
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Cherry Cheesecake Dip
A close up of Cherry Cheesecake Dip
Cherry Cheesecake Dip is an easy dessert dip made with sweetened cream cheese and cherry pie filling. Serve with graham crackers or pretzels.
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No Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream
Ice cream with colorful sprinkles being scooped by hand.
With this creamy, sweet No Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream, you can have your cake, and your ice cream too!
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Lemon Parfait Dessert
If you’re looking for a quick and easy no-bake dessert, look no further! This Lemon Parfait Dessert will be your new go-to sweet treat!
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American Flag Fruit Pizza
This American Flag Fruit Pizza is a festive dessert to bring to your next gathering! It’s light, fresh and seriously easy to throw together.
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Circus Peanut Jello Salad - The Salty Marshmallow
Circus Peanut Jello Salad is a light and fluffy classic jello salad recipe that will bring back memories of childhood! Orange Jello combines with circus peanut candy, pineapple and cool whip for an unforgettable treat!
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Blue Moon Ice Cream
Blue Moon Ice Cream is a staple in Midwest. Distinctive blue coloring and one of the most mystifying flavors around making people ask, “what is that flavor?”
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Peach Dessert — The Famous Peaches ’n Cream Dessert!
I’m sharing my families classic peach dessert recipe with you! A thick cinnamon graham cracker crust topped with juicy peaches ’n cream.
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Yum Yum Pie
Yum Yum Pie- Delicious no bake, layered dessert. Graham cracker crust with, creamy layer, blueberries & cherries. You will love this classic Cherry Yum Yum!
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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe prepared with real vanilla beans. This is a no fail recipe, churned in an ice cream maker.
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Chocolate Covered Bananas | Downshiftology
Chocolate covered bananas are a real treat! Frozen bananas are dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with a variety of toppings from nuts, to shredded coconut to dried fruit.
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Watermelon Margarita Popsicles | Recipes From A Pantry
Watermelon Margarita Popsicles are a delicious adults-only way to beat the heat! Boozy popsicles are a fun unexpected way to serve up favourite cocktails.
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Fried Ice Cream Cake
Fried Ice Cream Cake is a quick less mess and less prep version of traditional fried ice cream. Sweet pan-fried corn flakes, cinnamon ice cream, and a drizzle of honey make this a summer favorite- perfect for entertaining! #OurFamilyTable #IceCreamCake #FriedIceCream #NoBakeDesserts
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No-Bake Sour Cream Lemon Pie
This refreshingly tart and sweet No-Bake Sour Cream Lemon Pie is what summer dreams are made of! A golden Oreo crust crust, silky soft lemon custard filling, and swirls of sweetened whipped cream without ever heating up your kitchen by turning on the oven make this no-bake pie recipe the perfect de…
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Oreo Dirt Pudding Parfaits
Oreo Dirt Pudding made special! Make this classic chocolatey deliciousness into individual servings, for an easy dessert!
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Loaded Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert
Loaded Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert is the PERFECT summertime treat! So easy to make, use your favorite toppings. A definite family favorite, you’ll love it.
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Air Fryer Blueberry Hand Pies - Recipes From A Pantry
Golden Air Fryer Blueberry Hand Pies are quick, easy & a great make ahead treat!! These blueberry turnovers are good for breakfasts, snacks and picnics!
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Baked Desserts that Scream Summer!

These easy baked treats are delicious and use all that luscious summer fruit, like peaches and berries!

S’Mores Oreo Brownies
A stack of S'mores brownies
S'Mores on top of brownies, on top of oreos on top of brownies...these S'Mores Oreo Stuffed Brownies are the best of summer desserts all rolled into one deliciously ooey gooey treat!
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Cherry Crisp
square image of cherry crisp in a bowl
Classic Cherry Crisp is a summer must make! Topped with a comforting layer of oats and spices, this simple dessert is a semi-homemade recipe win!
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Easy Peach Cobbler
A bowl of Peach Cobbler
 The Best Easy Peach Cobbler is a summer staple. With just a few ingredients like Bisquick and frozen peaches you can make this dessert any time of the year!
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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
A dish of Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with ice cream
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is an easy fruit dessert made with fresh, sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb. It's a refreshingly classic dessert that is perfect for a warm summer night.
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Cherry Hand Pies
Want a quick and easy hand held dessert that everyone loves? With only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes you’ll have these delicious Cherry Hand Pies.
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Blueberry Cobbler - Sweet Juicy Blueberry Filling and Soft Cakey Topping
Blueberry Cobbler is a wonderful, warm, and comforting summer dessert recipe that is full of fresh berries and sweet, cake-like topping.
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Blueberry Dump Cake
This Blueberry Dump Cake is the most delicious and easiest 3-ingredient dessert you will ever make! Sweet blueberries are baked with a scrumptious cobbler topping. Top it with ice cream and a to-die-for blueberry sauce for an easy dessert that is perfect for any occasion!
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Blackberry Sour Cream Pie | TidyMom®
Sweetened sour cream swirls around sweet blackberries in this delightful Blackberry Sour Cream Pie featuring an easy refrigerated pie crust and quick crumble topping.
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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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