There’s nothing better than that summer feeling. You know, the one you get at summer camp, when the sun warms your skin, activities keep your mind and body happy, and you’re ravenous for sweet and cooling treats. It’s a vibe we like to lean into at this time of year, complete with some delicious eats.
If you too want to indulge in hot lazy days and cool summer treats, we’ve got some easy summer desserts for you. Inspired by the newest Food Network Canada show, Summer Baking Championship, these recipes are the perfect summer treats.
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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Popsicles
Why have one summer dessert when you can have several summer treats wrapped into one delicious parcel? These pops have the creaminess of cheesecake, the tart lemon you crave on a hot summer day, and a dollop of meringue that brings it all together. Serve some up after your next barbecue and watch your guests’ faces light up.
Campfire S’mores Ice Cream
Sometimes you crave that toasted s’mores feeling but it’s too hot for a fire. Enter this genius, easy summer dessert that only takes 30 minutes to pull together. You’ll need to add in ample freezing time, of course. But this is old school, no-churn ice cream with a delicious twist that will have you coming back, scoop after scoop, all summer long.
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Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ice cream sandwiches are delightful, but if you want to put a spin on this staple summer treat, you should bust out some donuts. The Pioneer Woman has cracked the ice cream sandwich code with glazed donuts and salted caramel ice cream. Sure, you could make either ingredient on your own, but for a quick fix, store-bought works just as well.
Chewy Mochi Sweet Corn Cake
Not all summer desserts need to be sinfully sweet. Enter this riff on Hawaiian butter mochi, which uses up all of your fresh summer corn in a super tasty way. It’s a smooth and flavourful hit of summer corn, coconut, vanilla and butter, with crispy edges that will have you reaching for seconds… and thirds.
Lemon Sheet Cake
If you’re looking for a no-fuss summer cake recipe, look no further than this simple but tasty lemon sheet cake. It’s bright and citrusy and light enough for summer, plus it has a whipped sour cream frosting to add that extra layer of tang. The best part is that this recipe only takes about 15 minutes of active prep time.
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Foolproof Summer Pavlova
If you’ve been thinking about concocting a crispy-and-gooey pavlova but are intimidated by the task, this summer recipe will give you confidence. The stand mixer does most of the work, all you need is a little patience for it all to come together. And once it does, this impressive bake is the perfect base for fresh summer cherries, raspberries or other bursting summer flavours you crave.
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Air Fryer Churros With Chocolate Tahini Dip
Churros are the ultimate summer treat because they’re portable, easy to eat outside, and no matter how full you are, you can usually have at least one. They’re also simple to make at home thanks to this air-fryer recipe, which comes together in about 30 minutes. They’re delightful with this unique chocolate tahini dip, or you can have them on their own, with a fresh fruit dip, or with some classic dulce de leche.
Black Sesame Coconut Cream Pie
There’s something cool and calming about a coconut cream pie in the summer, but this riff involving black sesame is just next-level. It’s full of flavourful layers and topped with a generous serving of whipped cream, but it’s also a great recipe to make ahead before an event so that you can just focus on hanging out (and eating).
No-Bake Key Lime Pie Icebox Cake
If you’re looking for an easy summer dessert recipe that will also cool you off, reach for a slice of this key lime pie cake. We love it because it’s layered with ice cream, tangy lime curd and graham crackers, and it gives off a cake-like texture without you actually having to bake a thing. Make it ahead of time, then pull it out of the freezer and serve!
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Pineapple Dream Dessert
If you’re craving tropical flavours under that hot summer sun, what’s more tropical than pineapple and coconut? This easy summer dessert has both. This recipe is an updated take on a retro dessert that comes together effortlessly and is great to transport to any barbecues or pool parties you happen to have on the agenda.
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