Hot days, long nights, all the barbecues and the year’s sweetest produce. These are a few of our favorite things, and they call for one more: dessert. Whether you’re having family lunch on the patio, attending a Memorial Day cookout, hosting a 4th of July party or sneaking around the kitchen at midnight, these 82 easy summer desserts are guaranteed to hit the spot. There’s something on this list for everyone, whether you’re team berry galette or broiler s’mores.

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1. Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream

Charred fruit is a prime summer dessert and healthy to boot. That means you can go for double the homemade whip with zero guilt. You’re welcome.

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2. Campfire Grilled S’more Calzones

The kids will love stuffing these little pockets of deliciousness with their favorite fillings before they get melty on the barbecue. Wow them with homemade vanilla marshmallows.

3. Ombré Ice-Cream Cake

We love an impressive no-bake dessert. This one has five layers of ice cream and sorbet separated by fluffy whipped topping. We went with raspberry, strawberry and vanilla for a decidedly pink effect, but you can choose any color scheme.

4. Peanut-Butter Freezer Pie

Graham-cracker crust, meet easy PB filling, made with chunky peanut butter, sugar, cinnamon and heavy cream. Want to work in some chocolate? Top with chocolate syrup or curls.

5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

Meet your new favorite dessert. Homemade cookie dough gets mixed into a decadent fudge batter of brown sugar, butter and half-and-half. After a few hours in the fridge, it’s ready to cut and devour.

6. No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote

Guess what? You don’t need an oven to reach ultimate cheesecake nirvana. Plus, it’s super easy, thanks to a press-in graham cracker crust and two-ingredient raspberry sauce.

7. Fresh Fruit Ice Pops

You’re never too old for an ice pop on a hot summer day. You are, however, too old for ice pop-stained lips. Skip the fake stuff, substitute real fruit and freeze until solid.

8. Lemon Meringue Cookies

These cookies are softer and cakier than most and bursting with tons of lemony brightness. How do we do it? By rubbing lemon zest into the sugar at the very start.

9. Vanilla Bourbon Cherry-Blueberry Pie

You can never have too much seasonal fruit. Cherries and blueberries are peeking through the cutest star-studded crust that screams July 4th. Dig in while you and your family watch fireworks.

10. Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

Your cast-iron skillet is a secret weapon when it comes to dessert. We love cherries, but strawberries or blueberries will work beautifully too. Extra whipped cream, please.

11. Chocolate Waffle Ice-Cream Sandwiches

We’re pretty sure serving these at breakfast will win you the number-one mom award. Skip the store-bought waffles and bring on the sprinkles.

12. Broiler S’mores

You don’t need to build a fire in the yard to indulge in this campout classic. Layer graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows in a cast-iron skillet and pop that bad boy under the broiler for a few minutes. The marshmallows will be toasted and the chocolate melted just enough, without all the fuss.

13. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes

In the world of baked goods, the galette is pie’s cool cousin who always shows up rocking seasonal fruit and an effortless golden-brown crust. Just roll out premade dough, pile rhubarb slices in the middle and fold up the edges to hold it all together. Ta-da.

14. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust

Food coloring is so ten years ago. That’s why this gorgeous strawberry pie with strawberry crust gets its vibrant pink hue from freeze-dried strawberries (which you can pick up at Trader Joe’s) instead.

15. Neapolitan Pie

The hardest decision we’ve ever had to make: chocolate, strawberry or vanilla? Thankfully, this number makes it easy on us. Three layers of custard and a whole lot of whipped cream = the ultimate nostalgic dessert.

16. Puff-Pastry Plum and Thyme Galette

This galette can’t get any simpler. You don’t have to make pie dough; just crinkle store-bought puff pastry into a skillet, pile on the fresh fruit and your dessert will be ready in less than an hour.

17. Vegan and Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart

Vegan and gluten-free can sometimes taste a little too healthy, if you get our drift. But not this dessert, thanks to its fudgy consistency and irresistible combination of dark chocolate and ginger.

18. Ultimate PB&J S’mores

Quintessential lunch sandwich, meet camping’s official mascot. Gooey marshmallows and blueberry jelly layered between peanut butter-graham cracker sandwiches are a match made in dessert heaven.

19. Sweet Corn Doughnut Holes

If you want everyone to tilt their head back in bliss and say “wow,” make these sweet corn doughnut holes. Fresh corn kernels are whipped up into a light-as-clouds pastry cream that makes our mouth water just thinking about it.

20. Fourth of July Ice-Cream Cake

Now that’s how you celebrate America’s birthday. It’s all about assembly—no complicated steps or baking required—so you’ll have more time to focus on the rest of your dishes. We recommend adding a few candles for a festive touch.

21. Blackberry Panna Cotta Tartlets

This Italian gelatin dessert is as easy as it is beautiful. Whip up a quick shortbread crust, make the blackberry filling and wait for it to set in the fridge.

22. No-Bake Berry Tiramisu

A treat that has Fourth of July written all over it, thanks to vibrant fruit, raspberry jam and ricotta-cream cheese filling. These lady fingers won’t miss the coffee (and neither will you).

23. Four-Ingredient Ice Cream Pie with Peanut Butter Krispie Crust

We know, it sounds impossible, but your favorite ice cream *can* get even better. Spruced up on a layer of peanut butter crisped rice and all of your favorite toppings, it’s a ridiculously easy win.

24. Honey-Peach Semifreddo

We only ever see it on fancy dessert menus, but it’s easy to pull off the luscious Italian treat at home—no churning required. Combine diced peaches, peach jam, egg yolks, sugar and almond extract in a loaf pan, pop it in the freezer overnight and blow everyone at the picnic away.

25. Coconut Cookies

What do you get when you combine sugar cookies and macaroons? You’ll find out in just about 30 minutes.

26. Snickers Dip

Aside from using Snickers candy bars as a garnish, this dip incorporates everything you love about them—salty peanuts, gooey caramel and sweet milk chocolate—into one party-ready dip. Sign us up.

27. Vegan Spelt Plum Galette

Vegan butter holds this hearty crust together. Go all-out with a sweet glaze made from non-dairy milk, agave and demerara sugar.

28. Lemon-Berry Sheet Pan Trifle

Looking for a red, white and blue dessert for your Memorial Day cookout? Meet our modern take on the old-school British dessert, served on a single baking sheet instead of in a fancy crystal-cut bowl.

29. Botanical Shortbread Cookies

Hello, garden party. Violets, pansies, roses and lavender are all edible and easy to find, but if you’re looking for a fancier selection, order from a specialty store like Gourmet Sweet Botanicals. There’s no need to dry and press the flowers, either; just glue them to the cookies with egg wash and they’ll flatten in the oven.

30. Berry Galette

Load up on fresh berries at the farmers market and this treat practically makes itself. Just pile the fruit in the center, fold the crust over and bake. Honestly, the hardest part is choosing whether to eat it with ice cream or whipped cream. (Go for both.)

31. Nectarine Blueberry Pie

Blame it on the juice, baby. This goodie is loaded with tangy nectarines and plump blueberries. The stars of golden-brown pie crust are a flag-inspired topper too.

32. Churro Bites with Chocolate Sauce

These cuties can be summed up in one word: irresistible. And the fried doughy deliciousness is even more amazing when it’s bite-sized—and served with warm chocolate sauce for dipping. The best part? You’ll go from zero to OMG in 40 minutes.

33. Peach Cobbler

Since stone fruit doesn’t need much help in the flavor department, we coat sliced peaches with just the essentials: a little butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Then we layer mounds of scrumptious biscuit dough over the peaches to form a crust. All you need now is vanilla ice cream.

34. Peaches-and-Cream Ice Pops

When the weather goes above 70 degrees, you can pretty much guarantee we’re craving (or eating) an ice pop. And while you could wait around for the ice cream truck, making your own is way more fun. This one stars roasted peaches and Greek yogurt.

35. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

It doesn’t get more American than apple pie. The individual portions are just the right amount, and the mason jar look is way more impressive than a boring pie dish. Plus, they’re super easy to make, thanks to store-bought dough.

36. Glazed Doughnut Cookies

You love doughnuts. But heating up a giant vat of oil? Not so much. That’s why we’ve transformed the treat’s sweet icing and cinnamon-sugar flavors into a simple cookie that bakes in 15 minutes. Genius.

37. Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Floats

Root beer who? This is a festive take on a vintage drink everyone can get behind. Combine fresh berries with strawberry and lemon-lime sodas. Finish it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and voilà.

38. Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake

This cake has a confession. Wanna know? It’s actually not a cake at all. Graham crackers and whipped cream make this a breeze to put together, but homemade blueberry sauce makes it deceptively simple. It’ll be our little secret.

39. Dessert Nachos

Introducing dessert nachos. We repeat: dessert nachos. You already love starting a meal with the savory kind, so why not end one with a plateful of this sweet version, made with cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips and lots of toppings?

40. Strawberry-Mango Hawaiian Shave Ice

Cool off with a cup of Hawaii’s signature treat. This DIY version doesn’t even require a shave ice machine.

41. Coconut Choux Bites

It’s snack time, so we’re heading to France. These traditional cream puffs have a few twists up their sleeves: sweetened coconut and crunchy pearl sugar.

42. Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Fact: Sometimes, our bowl of cookie dough never makes it into the oven. (Just us?) So we embraced it and turned our favorite guilty pleasure into its own party-friendly dessert.

43. Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue

You’re looking for a baking project that’s impressive but attainable. Enter this striking, fluffy beauty. The light-as-air topping gets its lilac hue from—surprise—freeze-dried blueberries.

44. Cake Batter Dip

Once the kids try this, they’ll be asking for it for every year for their birthdays. That’s because it’s made with Funfetti cake mix, heavy cream, sour cream and confectioners’ sugar. Don’t be shy with the rainbow sprinkles.

45. Easy Key Lime Bars

One bite and you’ll be transported to a sunny Florida beach. Think homemade graham-cracker crust and condensed milk-lime filling with thin-sliced limes on top.

46. Summer Fruit Plate

No one’s turning down ice-cold fruit on a hot day. Substitute the pesto-rolled mozzarella for a sweet yogurt dip if you like to keep dessert strictly sweet.

47. Vegan Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

Coconut-buttermilk whipped cream. Almond flour shortcake. Hulled strawberries. Yeah, we’re gonna need more napkins.

48. Raspberry Lemonade Cookies

The prettiest drink of the season just got sweeter. Freeze-dried raspberries turn the cookies pink. And don’t get us started on the lemon glaze. (Oh, and for the pièce de résistance, homemade candied lemon slices.)

49. No-Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Tell your oven to take a seat. The fridge and freezer are all you need to pull this baby off. (Well, plus a can of cream of coconut, heavy cream and lots of sugar and toasted coconut shreds.)

50. Grapefruit Panna Cotta

This dish only takes six ingredients. It’s a great light option after you’ve spent all day eating hot dogs and hamburgers. Buon appetito.

51. Skillet Peach Cobbler

Skip all that kneading and rolling. With skillet peach cobbler, you can satisfy your craving in under an hour, minus all the heavy lifting. Pass the whipped cream.

52. Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Soufflés

When it comes to this light and airy dessert, intimidating is an understatement. But don’t worry: This version is quick, easy and foolproof, not to mention ridiculously impressive.

53. Gluten-Free Pistachio Apricot Tart

Why should gluten eaters have all the fun? This GF pistachio apricot tart is just as sweet, tangy and satisfying as the real deal. (It’s pretty darn photogenic too.)

54. French Silk Pie with Hazelnut Oreo Cookie Crust

Calling all chocoholics: This is one decadent dessert you’ll never forget. Raw hazelnuts, Oreos and melted butter create the crust, which is filled with dark chocolate and whipped cream. Yum.

55. Red White and Blue Icebox Cake

You’re only six ingredients away from the best dessert at the barbecue. Think graham crackers, homemade whipped cream, seasonal fruit and lots of powdered sugar.

56. Mini Strawberry Ice-Cream Pies

Crumbly graham cracker crust, warm roasted strawberries, a cold scoop of vanilla. Sold yet? Good. Sprinkle on some blueberries for a patriotic flourish.

57. Bite-Size Almond Raspberry Spoon Cakes

Lightly sweet and bursting with almond flavor, these cake bites can be whipped up by hand using just a whisk and a single bowl. Go ahead, have one (or five).

58. Cookies-and-Cream Shortbread Cookies

Don’t tell anyone, but Oreos are our secret obsession. Cookies-and-cream shortbread cookies have a classier vibe, but with that same addictive flavor, snap and creaminess. Plus, they’re ready in just 40 minutes.

59. Grapefruit Meringue Stacks

This looker is part pavlova, part meringue pie. Start by making five-ingredient meringue cookies, then stack them between layers of grapefruit curd.

60. Homemade Milano Cookies

That 16-cookie bag disappears pretty quickly in our house. With this recipe in your back pocket, you’ll never run out again.

61. Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

We love cheesecake. We love cookies. Naturally, we had to combine them to make the greatest thumbprint cookie recipe ever. Let’s waste no time and get right to baking. Not that you’ll need a ton of it—these are ready in a half hour.

62. Itty-Bitty Sandwich Cookies

These are so tiny you can eat them by the handful. And that’s exactly what we intend to do. A glass of milk is optional, but encouraged.

63. Oreo-Stuffed Brownies

An impossible choice: cookies or brownies? Well, let us fill you in on a secret. You don’t have to choose. These nine-ingredient brownies are truly the best of both worlds.

64. Coconut Popsicles

Finding ways to keep cool is your top priority in the summertime. Luckily, you can have these raspberry jam-coconut milk masterpieces in the freezer in just a few minutes. No molds on hand? Go old-school by using ice-cube trays or paper cups.

65. Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies

Think Russian teacakes, except they’re mind-blowingly easy to make. Like, three ingredients easy. Shake things up with peanut butter cups or caramels instead of Kisses.

66. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut-Butter Pretzel Bars

Pretzels. Peanut butter. Chocolate. Need we say more? We think not, but we will reiterate that these don’t spend a single second in the oven.

67. One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

Have you met the easiest dessert on the face of the earth yet? She’s pleased to make your acquaintance. Cool off with this genius treat made from twice-frozen watermelon purée. No one will ever guess that it’s pure fruit.

68. Dairy-Free Cheesecake with Blueberry Topping

You won’t believe how creamy this dessert is without any dairy. In fact, it’s—gasp—totally vegan.

69. Vegan Chocolate Fondue Dessert Party Platter

This dessert board has everything from fresh fruit to ice cream sandwiches. We’ll bring the wine.

70. Peaches and Meringue

The broiler transforms these brown sugar-coated peaches into a real-deal treat. Even the kids will be all over them.

71. No-Bake, Gluten-Free Rose Petal Brownies

Normally, we don’t like to play favorites. But we’re pretty obsessed with these gorgeous fudgy brownies. Buried under all that chocolate are macadamia nuts and dried cherries. Did we mention they’re sugar-free? Yeah, have another.

72. Vegan Mint Chip Nice Cream

Just combine cashews, coconut milk, coconut cream and a few pantry staples, and boom: homemade “ice cream” in 15 minutes.

73. Glazed Blueberry Cake

The cake’s moist, tender crumb means you can scarf down two slices without feeling totally weighed down. With all those berries (and icing) on top, it’s practically a fruit salad, right?

74. No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

Does it get any simpler than a press-in graham cracker crust and a citrusy, no-bake filling? Didn’t think so. It tastes just as decadent as standard cheesecake (and you won’t even need to fuss with the oven or a water bath).

75. Grilled Pineapple Split Sundae with Cherry Sauce

Keep the coals nice and hot after your steak dinner. Grilling the pineapple before assembling the sundaes makes the treat a million times summerier. The homemade cherry sauce is just….um, the cherry on top.

76. Cherry Slab Pie

Cherries aren’t at peak deliciousness for long, so we take every chance we get to bake with them. All this easy-to-slice pie is missing is fresh whipped cream and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

77. Grilled Angel Food Cake with Blueberry Sauce

Aka the easiest way to upgrade a store-bought dessert. Just char a few slices on the grill for a touch of smokiness and drizzle them with three-ingredient blueberry sauce.

78. Cantaloupe-Mint Sorbet

Four ingredients + a stint in the freezer = the most refreshing summer dessert you’ve ever made. Might we suggest dropping a scoop in a flute of Champagne?

79. Pink Lemonade Bars

Warning: Bring these to a picnic once and your friends will request them for every future summer shindig you ever attend. The secret to the dessert’s pink hue is raspberry purée.

80. Berry-Coconut Rocket Pops

Your favorite ice cream truck treat—only without the weird dyes and sweeteners. These are made from nothing but fruit, sugar and coconut milk.

81. Mini Apricot Meringue Pies

Coconut shortbread crust. Simple sugared apricots. Toasty swoops of meringue. Are you drooling yet or is it just us?

82. 3-Ingredient Strawberry Ice-Cream Shell

If you have ten minutes, this wow-worthy ice cream topper is within reach. Freeze-dried strawberries are the key to the shell’s vibrant color and fruity flavor.

For even more great recipes, check out our first cookbook, Only the Good Stuff.