Summer is here and stores are packed with fresh berries like strawberries and blueberries, juicy peaches, mango, and more. This collection of summer dessert recipes includes ideas for using up your fruit hauls and other unique creations on classic summer desserts like s'mores, rocky road ice cream, and more!
We have rounded up the 10 best and most popular summer dessert recipes including my favorite twists on classic desserts like strawberry shortcake cookies, rocky road brownies, creamy mango mousse cake, s'mores bars, and more!
Whether you need a delicious treat for a special occasion, birthday party, or summer barbeque, these sweet treats are made for sharing.
summer cookies & cinnamon rolls
Picture a strawberry shortcake in cookie form!
With fresh juicy strawberries and buttery shortbread crumbs, these strawberry cookies are perfect for strawberry season.
Inspired by a classic lemon bar, these soft cream cheese cookies are filled with sweet and tart lemon curd, and dusted with powdered sugar.
The perfect summery citrus cookie!
Your morning sweet tooth will devour these cinnamon rolls!
Take your strawberries from the farm and make them into a jam, then stuff it inside my super soft and fluffy cinnamon roll dough and top it with tangy strawberry cream cheese icing!
fruity summer recipes
This creamy mousse cake is perfect for a hot summer day! With a moist vanilla cake base and mango mousse filling, it's an easy and creamy dessert that easily serves a crowd.
This crumble cake is perfect for sharing at parties. A light and fluffy cake topped with blueberry jam and a buttery crumb topping.
It's the perfect way to put your fresh blueberry haul to use!
This simple recipe is a variation of my blueberry crumble cake but with fresh strawberries instead!
My number one recommend summer dessert is this cake! Serve it with a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top for the ultimate treat!
Lemon is the best citrus flavor of summer. Inspired by a classic lemon bar this cake features fresh lemon zest cake, lemon curd, and tangy cream cheese icing.
It's a gorgeous cake that will be the star of your summer party!
recipes inspired by classic summer desserts
The best dessert mashup! Layered with a graham cracker crust, fudgy brownie batter, and homemade vanilla bean marshmallow on top; it's the perfect summer dessert.
A summertime classic, these s'mores cookies are stuffed with graham crackers, marshmallows, and lots of dark chocolate. No campfire is needed!
Inspired by the classic chocolate ice cream, these brownies feature gooey marshmallows, crunchy almonds, and a fudgy brownie base.
Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate summer treat!
how to make ahead
You can make these summer desserts ahead of time with no problem! You can make cookies, brownies, and cakes ahead of time with ease.
Check the full recipe cards for instructions on how to make them ahead of time.
how to store summer desserts
Store cakes in the fridge for up to 5 days or at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Store cookies at room temperature for 3-5 days in an airtight container.
You can also freeze cookie dough, baked brownies, and cakes for up to one month. Check the full recipe cards for each post for accurate storage instructions.
Top 10 Summer Dessert Recipes
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- You can make these summer desserts ahead of time with no problem! Cookies, brownies, and cakes can all be made and stored ahead of time with ease.
- Cakes can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or at room temperature for up to 3 days.Cookies can be stored at room temperature for 3-5 days in an airtight container.You can also freeze the cookie dough and baked brownies for up to one month. Cakes can be stored in the freezer for up to one month as well.Check the full recipe cards for each post for accurate storage instructions.