Food

25 summery sweets to make for dessert right now

Some are no-bake, some are ice cold, and all are perfect for afternoons with soaring temps.

Some are no-bake, some are ice cold, and all are perfect for afternoons with soaring temps

(Photography, left: Nassima Rothacker; right: CBC Life)

From park hangs to backyard BBQs, afternoons eating in the sun are synonymous with summer. And they wouldn't be complete without something sweet!

So we created a list of 25 desserts that simply scream summer. That means lots of ice cream, pies, popsicles, and seasonal selects, bursting with fresh berries and mango. Many are no-bake, some are ice cold, and all are perfect for soaring temps and pair well with the laid-back vibes only summer can bring.

Easy No-Bake Mini Doughnut Cake

Layers of strawberries, cream and soooo many doughnuts make this a true warm-weather dessert staple.

Flognarde with Plums or Berries or Pears

A custardy French dessert worthy of your fresh summer fruit.

(Photography by Ellen Silverman)

Strawberry Cobbler with Bourbon & Brown Sugar Sour Cream

We're calling it dessert, but no one said you can't serve this as a main dish at your next brunch.

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Pink Margarita Popsicles

Tart with lemonade and topped up with tequila, to cool down underneath the summer sun.

Royal Icing Sugar Cookies

Creamy, from-scratch icing and playful packaging will keep these cookies at the top of your baking rotation.

Rainbow S'Mores

A campfire classic that's bursting with colour and ooey-gooey flavour.

Frozen Cheesecake Bites

Made from crushed graham crackers and rich, fluffy cream cheese, these teeny, candy-coated cheesecakes are creamy and indulgent.

Deep Dish Peach Pie

Peachy keen! An unforgettable pie perfect for summer.

Ice Box Lemon Squares

Lemon squares — with a tiny twist to make them a bit healthier but every bit as delicious.

Blueberry Cornmeal Scones with Homemade Jam and Maple Mascarpone

This is the kind of recipe that even self-proclaimed 'non-bakers' need not fear.

(Photo: David Bagosy; Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Orange-Infused Blueberry Pie with Braided Top 

This event-worthy braided crust is actually easy to create — watch and see.

Strawberry "Shortcake" Drop Scones

With a simple scone and lightly flavoured cream as the backdrop, this dessert is the perfect way to celebrate fresh, local berries. 

Salted Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

These chewy double-chocolate cookies stuffed with ice cream are going to go fast at any summer table they land on.

(Photography by Marcella DiLonardo)

Chocolate-Tahini Fudge Sundae with Grilled Peaches

Prepare to add this chocolate sauce to your repertoire of desserts.

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Cardamom Strawberry Country Slab Pie

Put all those fresh berries to use in this picnic-perfect pie.

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Berry Tiramisu

With its fresh berry topping, creamy filling and base of rum-soaked ladyfingers, this dessert promises to be nothing short of downright delicious.

(Photography by Steve Giralt)

Shikanji Granita with Lemon Crème Fraîche

A sweet 'n' salty, shaved ice delight full of surprising flavours.

(Photography by Martin Poole)

Banana Caramel & Walnut Fro-Yo Sandwiches

Bye for now, banana bread, these frozen treats are the new way to use up those overripe bananas.

Mango Vanilla Mousse

Made from fresh mango, coconut oil and real vanilla, it's a light and fruity dessert that only requires a few minutes of prep.

(Credit: Nassima Rothacker)

Strawberries and Cream Freezer Fudge

A vegan, super-chill, summer dessert.

(Photography by Walker Jordan)

No-Bake Orange, Honey & Pistachio Trifle

A delicious and easy dessert to whip up if you're just too hot to turn on the oven.

Raspberry Mousse

Chef Bruno Feldeisen's mousse is the perfect recipe to highlight a seasonal fruit at its peak.

(Photography by Henry M. Wu)

Mixed Berry Galettes

The perfect kid-friendly pastry recipe. (And no, that's not an oxymoron!)

(Credit: Kyla Zanardi)

Triple Berry No-Bake Tart

With no gluten, no dairy and no refined sugar, go ahead and call this dessert from Joy McCarthy a triple threat.

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