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24 Impressive Desserts That Are Definitely Worth Making This Summer

Whip up any of these desserts and you'll be the talk of the barbecue.

It's summer! That means parties, barbecues, and social gatherings with plenty of food, drinks, and (the best part) desserts. 🍰

Whether you're hosting a party or attending someone else's and don't want to show up empty-handed (don't be that person), you can't go wrong making any of the desserts below. 

1. Apple Pie From Scratch

The flaky crust and creamy cinnamon apples in this pie will wow all of your guests, guaranteed.

Recipe: Apple Pie From Scratch



2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Box Brownies

No one will be able to guess that these started with a box mix. They're that good.

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Box Brownies

3. Lemon Bundt Cake

This lemon Bundt cake is the ideal dessert to bring to any summer gathering. The cake's sweet and tart flavors will be the talk of the summer, and it travels well.

Recipe: Lemon Bundt Cake



4. Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cookies

These easy-to-make cookies are filled with Oreo chunks and cream cheese. What more could you want?

Recipe: Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cookies

5. 3-Ingredient Hazelnut Brownies

If you're short on time and need to whip up something quick, these gooey hazelnut brownies will do just the trick. 

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Hazelnut Brownies



6. Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie

When making this microwave cookie, some readers warned not to be scared if the center is soft and squishy at first because once it cools, it becomes completely solid. 

Recipe: Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie

7. Baked Churro Bites

Nothing says summer like crispy churros. In a few short steps, you can relive childhood memories of going to the fair with this yummy baked churro recipe. 

Recipe: Baked Churro Bites



8. No-Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

No need to crank up the oven on a hot summer day because this no-bake cheesecake is made with a few ingredients and four hours of refrigeration. 

Recipe: No-Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

9. Strawberry 2-Ingredient Sorbet

All you need are strawberries and honey to make this subtly sweet and refreshing sorbet. 

Recipe: Strawberry 2-Ingredient Sorbet



10. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's an option that every eater will love. You might as well make a double batch, tbh.

Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

11. Strawberry Cream Cheese Bites

If you're looking for a sweet treat that's also on the lighter side, these strawberry bites are just the thing. 

Recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Bites



12. Apple Pie Crumble Blondies

This apple pie crumble blondie is the best of both worlds when you're indecisive about what to bake. You can't go wrong with a treat that has chunks of apple in it.

Recipe: Apple Pie Crumble Blondies 

13. Marbled "Box" Cake

Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day...whatever the warmer-months holiday is, this beautiful marble, semi-homemade option — that starts with a box cake shortcut — should be your go-to. 

Recipe: Marbled "Box" Cake



14. Rainbow Crepe Cake

Who wouldn't want to eat a bright, fun rainbow dessert like this stunning crepe cake? A reader's tip when making this delicate cake is to "put the entire cake in the fridge for a few hours before cutting because it’s super soft at first."

Recipe: Rainbow Crepe Cake

15. One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Some call it breakfast, some call it dessert. No matter when you choose to eat it, know that banana bread will always be delicious. (And easy to make!)

Recipe: One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread



16. Froyo Fruit Cups

This yogurt fruit cup is so yummy and heathy, it can easily be a summertime breakfast treat. 

Recipe: Froyo Fruit Cups

17. DIY Rolled Ice Cream

This rolled ice cream can look intimidating to make, but it requires only a few simple steps. The key to make the rolling process easier is to make sure you wait a few minutes after taking the tray out of the freezer. 

Recipe: DIY Rolled Ice Cream



18. Key Lime Pie With Toasted Marshmallow Meringue

Key lime pie might be one of the most underrated pies ever to exist. If you're planning on making this delicious (and easy) pie, one commenter who tried the recipe suggested using less key lime juice if you don't want the pie too tart.

Recipe: Key Lime Pie With Toasted Marshmallow Meringue

19. Easiest Banana-Cocoa Ice Cream

If you have a sweet tooth for some ice cream, this healthy, fruit-filled recipe will satisfy any craving. 

Recipe: Easiest Banana-Cocoa Ice Cream



20. Berry Cheesecake Crepes

This recipe is absolutely perfect for summertime. The combination of berries and cream cheese makes it a light but decadent dessert.

Recipe: Berry Cheesecake Crepes 

21. Classic Cheesecake

A light, creamy cheesecake with a crispy crust is what you get when you make this traditional cheesecake. The fun part is getting creative with toppings. 

Recipe: Classic Cheesecake



22. Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

This carrot cake muffin recipe that consists of Greek yogurt and whole wheat flower is a great compromise when you want to satisfy a sweet tooth but also eat something on the lighter side. 

Recipe: Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

23. Lemon Meringue Bars

I can't think of a more perfect dessert: a zesty lemon flavor with a flaky crust and meringue on top. These bars are so good, you'll feel tempted to eat the whole tray. 

Recipe: Lemon Meringue Bars

24. The Ultimate Confetti Cake

Who doesn't love confetti cake? To make sure this cake exceeds your confetti expectations, one reader who tried the recipe suggested putting the cake in the fridge in between frosting each layer to make the process easier.  

Recipe: The Ultimate Confetti Cake

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