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14 Must-Make Desserts for Summer

What are you making for dessert this summer?! If you need some ideas, we've got plenty for your bucket list! Fresh Strawberry Pie, Blueberry Frozen Yogurt, S'mores Pie, and more.

14 Must-Make Desserts for Summer

Living in Oregon for the past eight years has really spoiled me. Going berry picking during the summer is an absolute MUST for our survival all year long. We pick buckets and buckets of berries, which we turn into jam or freeze for later use in smoothies, on top of pancakes and yogurt, or just to munch on.

When we go berry picking, we get the freshest of the fresh berries, and their taste is absolutely indescribable. It makes me smile when I see my girls munching on the berries as they fill up their buckets, and I’m always inclined to just keep my mouth shut because there’s no way I’m going to stop them from eating all the fruit they want!

PS: Remind me to tell you about the time my husband and I started canning fresh peaches at 11:30 at night... that was an adventure!

With all the fresh summer fruit around, there are countless ways to bask in their glory. I’m talking about pies, cobblers, ice cream, muffins, and even fresh salads! I want it ALL, but sadly, I don’t have a million hours to make it all!

That’s why I’ve narrowed it down to 14 recipes. Not all of them are made with summer fruit, but they all just feel summery and are perfect for backyard parties, afternoon snack breaks, and post-dinner nibbles as the sun goes down.

I can’t even begin to tell you the agony I went through to trim down the giant list I originally had, because every recipe seemed to make my heart sing.

  • Sweet Cherry Cobbler

    Easy Cherry Cobbler Recipe
    Cindy Rahe

    If you want something that isn’t over-the-top sweet, this is the cobbler for you! The cherries dial down the sweetness factor, and the biscuit topping makes for a fantastic contrast to the warm fruit!

  • Fresh Strawberry Pie

    Homemade Strawberry Pie slice on serving plate
    Sally Vargas

    You definitely can’t let summer pass you by without making a strawberry pie! Oh, hey, that rhymes! Just make sure you have fresh whipped cream to go along with it.

  • Classic Lemon Bars

    Lemon Bars Recipe - lemon bars on blue plate
    Alison Bickel

    I don’t think these bars need any further introduction. If you want to make your friends and family smile for days, then bust out this recipe!

  • Blueberry Slump

    Blueberry Slump
    Elise Bauer

    If you want a sweet treat, but don’t want to necessarily bake anything complicated, then go for this slump! It’s made completely on the stovetop in about half an hour.

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  • Hummingbird Cake

    beautiful Hummingbird Cake ready to serve to guests
    Steve-Anna Stephens

    I grew up on the sheet pan version of this cake. The pineapple + bananas + cream cheese combo is oh-so-phenomenal.

  • Summer Peaches with Baked Meringue

    Baked Peaches Dessert
    Sally Vargas

    Let’s all take a moment to really appreciate the magnitude of this fabulous meringue. You can use any stone fruit you’d like, and even throw in some raspberries or blueberries, but let’s be honest... the meringue will be the show-stopper.

  • No-Bake Cheesecake

    No Bake Cheesecake made with easy no bake cheesecake filling and graham cracker crust
    Emma Christensen

    I served cheesecake at my wedding reception, so it’s obvious I’m in love with it. Adding gelatin to this recipe helps the cheesecake firm up and makes it easy to slice. Bathe it in a simple berry syrup for a dessert that will make you dance!

  • S'mores Pie

    Easy S'mores Pie
    Aaron Hutcherson

    I can’t talk about summer without mentioning S’MORES! The pudding filling is made in the microwave, so your house can stay cool. We also have a little trick up our sleeves for cutting this pie with ease!

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  • Easy Dump Cake from Scratch

    How to Make Dump Cake from Scratch
    Cindy Rahe

    Dump cakes are extremely popular, and it’s not hard to see why... but I definitely think you should take the extra 10 minutes required to make it from scratch. Your taste buds will thank you.

  • Raspberry Cheesecake in a Mason Jar

    Mason Jar Raspberry Cheesecake
    Elise Bauer

    Desserts in jars are just the cutest, and they’re fun for parties. While most cheesecakes have a graham cracker crust, we decided to rebel and go for an Oreo crust!

  • Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad

    Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad
    Elise Bauer

    If you’re not in the mood to bake, I understand. I really do...but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the juicy sweetness of fresh fruit! And I’m here to tell you the addition of mint adds a little coolness factor that you’ll be craving on hot summer days.

  • Coconut Cake with Lemon Curd and Vanilla Buttercream

    Coconut Cake with Lemon Curd and Vanilla Buttercream
    Sally Vargas

    This cake does take a little bit of time to make, so break the steps down over a few days. When everything comes together, your guests will ooh and ahh over your mad baking skills. Cross my heart.

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  • Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

    Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
    Elise Bauer

    I’m *almost* inclined to eat this for breakfast because blueberries + yogurt = healthy, right? It really comes down to simple math, so if you want to join me in the #frozenyogurtforbreakfast movement, be my guest!

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

    Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake
    Cindy Rahe

    This personally has been on my baking list since the moment I laid eyes on it. It boasts not one, not two, but THREE kinds of lemon. I am totally on board with all that lemon!