There's nothing more satisfying on a warm summer evening than a cool, delectable dessert. Whether you're hoping to divulge in a cake rich with berries, a light, fruity mousse, or a cold, refreshing popsicle, we've got just the dessert recipe to satisfy you.

Beat the heat and enjoy our 28 favorite summer dessert recipes.


Raspberry and Mascarpone Cream Charlotte


Fresh summer raspberries get the ladyfinger treatment in this tasty dish. Whether you opt to buy your ladyfinger cookies or make them yourself, you’ll be delighted at the combination of that satisfying crunch with creamy mascarpone cheese and tangy berries.

Recipe for Raspberry and Whipped Mascarpone Cream Charlotte from For the Love of Yum


Key Lime Popsicles


If only your favorite pie could be put on a stick as a delicious frozen treat. Oh wait, it can! Zesty, sweet and perfectly matched with some crunchy graham cracker crumbs, we bet you can’t eat just one of these bad boys.

Recipe for Key Lime Popsicles from Yum Sugar


Blueberry Ice Cream with Maple and Cinnamon


Homemade ice cream isn’t as crazy as it sounds. And the best part? Coming up with incredible flavor combinations like this one.

Recipe for Blueberry Ice Cream with Maple and Cinnamon from Drizzle & Dip


Loaded Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bars


This new take on cookie dough ice cream definitely confirms its status as a fan favorite. These bars are the ultimate alternative to an ice cream cake, and an absolute must-try for every cookie dough lover.

Recipe for Loaded Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bars from Chelsea’s Messy Apron


Mint Julep Popsicles


These frozen delights will make you feel like it’s summertime on the race track. Bourbon and mint come together to make what is bound to become your greatest guilty pleasure.

Recipe for Mint Julep Popsicles from Honestly Yum


Summer Fruit Crumbles


Strawberries, nectarines and rhubarb share the summertime spotlight in these individual crumbles. This dessert is the perfect way to highlight fruits in season by letting their flavors shine with just a little bit of help from a moist but crunchy topping.

Recipe for Summer Fruit Crumbles from The Lucky Penny Blog


Vegan Coconut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream


Only five ingredients make up this dairy-free, perfect-for-summer ice cream flavor. Big chocolate chunks taste at home in the tropical coconut base. One scoop won’t be enough.

Recipe for Vegan Coconut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream from Two Peas and Their Pod


Homemade Waffle Cones


If you’re going to make the ice cream from scratch, might as well make the waffle cones to accompany it! It’s the perfect opportunity to use your waffle iron for something other than breakfast. Feel free to compliment your ice cream flavor by coating the rim with something adventurous, like white chocolate and coconut.

Recipe for Waffle Cones from Design Love Fest


Mango Jello Bites


When mangoes are in season, summer has finally arrived. This dessert is made from mango nectar and sweetened with shredded coconut. A spoonful of these is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of your favorite time of year.

Recipe for Mango Jello Bites from Sugar & Cloth


Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Dessert


The heat can melt your peanut butter cups, but here’s a dessert that can keep them cool. Freeze this cream mixture with some hot fudge, peanut butter cups and an Oreo cookie crust to end up with a fun dessert appropriate to serve on those warm summer days.

Recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Dessert from Jamie Cooks It Up


Fire Pit S’mores Cake


If you’re looking for a dessert that screams summer, look no further than this fun novelty cake. This one might require an artistic hand, but the end result is a sight to see! And nothing can beat the familiar s’more flavor of summer camp fires.

Recipe for Fire Pit S’mores Cake from Hungry Happenings


Summer Sangria Berry Crumble


Turn your summer sangria into a delicious dessert with this fruity, boozy dessert. Summer fruits soaked in wine gives you the tang, ice cream delivers the smoothness, and oats bring the crunch.

Recipe for Summer Sangria Berry Crumble from How Sweet It Is


Chocolate Diablo Ice Cream Sandwiches


You won’t find this at your neighborhood ice cream truck. Chewy salted chocolate cookies bookend a scoop of your favorite version of vanilla ice cream. The result is sinfully delicious.

Recipe for Chocolate Diablo Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Artful Desperado


Mango and Lemon Syllabub


If you didn’t know what syllabub was before this post, you probably aren’t alone. Mango, lemon and fluffy whipped cream make up this quick and fresh summer dessert. It’s too easy and too delicious not to try.

Recipe for Mango and Lemon Syllabub from Grace’s Sweet Life


Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles


If you’re craving that little extra something to pop into your homemade popsicles, give Greek yogurt a go. Fresh strawberries, honey and lemon juice are the only other ingredients you’ll need to whip these up. A few hours in the freezer and you’ve got yourself a treat.

Recipe for Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles from The Corner Kitchen


Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Cereal Bars


Something about rice crispy treats always brings us back to summer picnics in the park. Try this new spin on the popular pot luck dessert. No baking is required, so look forward to a cool home with your oven turned off.

Recipe for Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Cereal Bars from The Frugal Girl


S’mores Cupcake Ice Cream Sandwiches


What do you get when you combine cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches and s’mores? The ultimate Franken-dessert! Marshmallow ice cream made from scratch is sandwiched between cupcake and graham cracker crust in this irresistible recipe.

Recipe for S’mores Cupcake Ice Cream Sandwiches from 52 Kitchen Adventures


Creamy Grape Goodness


Even without a proper name, this treat will satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking your calorie budget. Who knew that summer fruits and cream cheese could be so simple and yet so delicious?

Recipe for Creamy Grape Goodness from Slice & Dice


Sour Cream Gelato


Try your hand at making this yummy sour cream gelato the next time you’re in the mood for a cool dessert. The final product is rich, but not so much that you can’t enjoy it several different ways. Try it with frozen summer berries or ripe pan-grilled peaches.

Recipe for Sour Cream Gelato from Lady and Pups


Lemon Mousse with Fresh Summer Berries


Light and fluffy mousse is the perfect warm weather dessert. Add the tart and tang from lemon and berries, and you’ve got yourself a no-bake winner.

Recipe for Lemon Mouse with Fresh Summer Berries from Stephie Cooks


Thai Iced Tea Pops


Creamy coconut milk and black tea are the main ingredients for these refreshing popsicles. It’s all the flavor of a Thai iced tea packed into an easy, snackable frozen goody.

Recipe for Thai Iced Tea Pops from Oh My Veggies


Ice Cream Sandwich Donuts


While they’re not technically donuts, there’s nothing stopping us from making these adorable delights. Ice cream sandwiches are always a hit, and they’ll be even more popular when they masquerade as donuts with white chocolate “frosting” and sprinkles.

Recipe for Ice Cream Sandwich Donuts from Studio DIY


Tangerine Sorbet Champagne Floats


Remember when root beer floats were all the rage when you were a kid? Well, prepare to graduate to these champagne floats. It’s well known that champagne goes well with citrus, so this combination shouldn’t surprise you. The only surprise will be how quickly you went through those two bottles.

Recipe for Tangerine Sorbet Champagne Floats from Completely Delicious


Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes


This lemon poppy seed cupcake makes for a sweet summer flavor. But then you bite into one and realize that the frosting is blueberry cream cheese. And your second bite reveals a lemon curd filling! There are way too many unique surprises in these for you to pass up making them.

Recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes from Adventures in Cooking


Brownie Batter Soft Serve


It might not have all of the fresh summer fruits you have come to expect from these desserts, but it’s still a frozen treat that you’ll crave when temperatures rise. The best part about this soft serve is that it’s actually high in protein and dairy-free.

Recipe for Brownie Batter Soft Serve from Healthful Pursuit


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake


Stop going to the nearest drive-thru to get your shake fix and start making your own! A cold, thick milkshake is one of the best ways to treat yourself on a hot summer day, and we found a way to make it even better.

Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake from The Glitter Guide


Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries


It isn’t difficult to eat a bunch of strawberries straight out of the basket. Stuffing them with rich cheesecake filling will guarantee that all of them are gone in one sitting.

Recipe for Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries from The Girl Who Ate Everything


Banana Pudding Ice Cream


If you’ve taken a stab at homemade vanilla ice cream in the past, you’ll be thrilled to know that adding banana pudding to the mix is a risk worth taking. Serve yourself two scoops with some crumbled vanilla wafers on top.

Recipe for Banana Pudding Ice Cream from Big Bear’s Wife

The Taste of Summer

What are your favorite summer desserts? Is it always about using in-season fruits and avoiding the oven? Or do they just need that chill factor? Let us know in the comments below or get cooking today with some of our favorite gifts for the kitchen.