Let the sunshine in! Summer means more parties and gatherings. And we love to have some great go-to desserts we can make for a crowd. We’ve pulled together our favorites. These include fresh mint chocolate chunk cookies, fruit pies, berry tarts and crostatas, slab pies, shortcakes, desserts that can be prepped in the time the oven preheats, pavlovas, skillet cakes, one-bowl desserts, and more. We’ve also got S’Mores in all forms: cookies, brownies and cupcakes.
What is your favorite dessert to bring to a party?
The Berries Pie
We are blueberry pie fans, but the first time we tasted this pie that combines blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, a new craving was born! Encased in a flaky crust, this pie tastes like summer. Get the recipe for The Berries Pie.
Fourth of July Flag Slab Pie
A patriotic pie showcasing strawberries and blueberries in a buttery, flaky crust. Get out your tiny star cookie cutters for the stars on the flag – or you can use a small knife to cut stars out of the rolled out crust. Get the recipe for Fourth of July Flag Slab Pie.
This low calorie dessert is simply spectacular to behold. Glistening red gelatin is jam packed with fresh berries and molded in a loaf pan. A refreshing dessert or snack on a hot day. Get the recipe for Berry Terrine.
Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Mint and chocolate are a classic combo, but fresh mint? YES! Fresh mint leaves are infused into the batter creating the freshest and minty-est chocolate chunk cookie ever. Get the recipe for Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
Peach Blueberry Crostata
Blueberries and peaches go beautifully together and here they are nestled in a slightly sweet cristata crust. Easier to make them a pie or a formal tart, you simply roll out a disc of pastry dough and fold the edges up over the fresh fruit. Get the recipe for Peach Blueberry Crostata.
Mixed Berry Slab Pavlova
Looking for a berry filled dessert to feed a crowd? This is the one to choose! A variety of berries, crisp, sweet meringue, and whip cream folded together with yogurt. The slight Thang of the cream mixture works beautifully with the sweetness of the berries. Get the recipe for Mixed Berry Slab Pavlova.
Classic s’mores ingredients brought together in a cupcake. Moist chocolate cake batter baked right on top of a graham cracker crust form the base of these cupcakes, which are then topped with creamy marshmallow fluff (toasted with a torch), more graham crackers and chunks of chocolate. Get the recipe for S’Mores Cupcakes.
Gluten-Free S’Mores Chocolate Chunk Cookies
You don’t need a campfire to have s’mores. This recipe combines gluten-free graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate to bring you the classic summer treat in a cookie form that you can whip up in your home oven. Get the recipe for Gluten-Free S’Mores Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
Chunky Rice Krispie Treats
These are an ode to the Chunky candy bar, that combines chocolate, peanuts, and raisins. Here we have combined these ingredients with Rice Krispies, peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil and made a decadent snack! Sort of fancy, kind of homestyle at the same time, and easy to make! (The original candy bar features milk chocolate; I chose to use dark, but you can use milk). Get the recipe for Chunky Rice Krispie Treats.
3-Ingredient Gluten-Free S’Mores
S’Mores are a classic American combo of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Thankfully, we have come up with a quick n’ easy version that is not only gluten-free, but you can make it in your kitchen – no campfire required. Our S’Mores are FAST enough to assemble and cook, to make when the desire strikes! Almost instant gratification. Get the recipe for 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free S’Mores.
Hazelnut Shortcake With Berries
This shortcake features one large hazelnut filled shortcake topping with fresh berries that have been folded together with caramel sauce. Pass the whipped cream for an unusual dessert. Get the recipe for Hazelnut Shortcake With Berries.
Gluten-Free Blueberry Pie
Looking for a classic double crusted blueberry pie? In a flaky buttery crust? That just happens to be gluten-free? This is the one! Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Blueberry Pie.
Cornmeal Berry Snack Cake
This snack cake could not be easier to whip up, no mixer needed. Sort of like a sweet cornbread – half bread, half cake -buttery, soft and studded with raspberries and blueberries. You can prep the batter in the time it takes the oven to preheat. We love this for breakfast or brunch, but it makes a great snack mid-day, too. Get the recipe for Cornmeal Berry Snack Cake.
Crumb Topped Berry Slab Pie
A slab pie is a great way to feed a crowd and this one features a gluten-free crust, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and has a buttery, cinnamon-enhanced brown sugar crumb topping. Get the recipe for Crumb Topped Berry Slab Pie.
PB & J Cream Cheese Brownies
That quintessential beloved combo of peanut butter and jelly – in a cheesecake brownie. All of your favorite flavors and textures in one recipe. Get the recipe for PB & J Cream Cheese Brownies.
Fresh Blueberry Pie
What is Fresh Blueberry Pie? A pie that is so blueberry-y that it is practically incomprehensible. It is made by cooking blueberries on top of the stove until they are jammy, and then folding in fresh blueberries and the whole shebang is poured into a flaky, pre-baked crust. Get the recipe for Fresh Blueberry Pie.
Toasted Almond Coconut Fudge Brownies
Toasting the almond flour and coconut before it is incorporated into the batter creates a moist, rich brownie like no other. Get the recipe for Toasted Almond Coconut Fudge Brownies.
Fresh Strawberry Tart
If you love fresh strawberries and want to make a dessert, look no further. These berries are kept fresh and nestled in a buttery crust. The glaze is made from additional puréed and strained berries. It’s strawberries maximized! Get the recipe for Fresh Strawberry Tart.
Short on time, but need brownies? Our one-bowl recipe is quick, easy and yields a great result. Less clean-up, too. Get the recipe for One-Bowl Brownies.
One-Bowl S’Mores Brownies
Brownies, but better! These have a later of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. S’Mores flavors, but no need to be outdoors in front of a campfire. Get the recipe for S’Mores Brownies.
Sour Cream Blueberry Bundt Cake
This blueberry Bundt cake is incredibly moist due to the inclusion of sour cream. Baked in a Bundt pan, it is perfect four brunch, big sales, anytime you want to feed a crowd. Gluten-free too! Get the recipe for Sour Cream Blueberry Bundt Cake.
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
Cobblers are an easy dessert to make, especially when they are the kind that feature a drop-biscuits style topping, such as this one. The sweet juicy strawberries, and sweet and tart rhubarb are a classic combination, which works quite well with the buttery and rich cobbler topping. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler.
Crisp sugary meringue layered with strawberries and whipped cream create this classic dessert. Get the recipe for Strawberry Pavlova.
Vegan Red, White And Blue Popsicles
Few foods are more fun or tastier than our Vegan Red, White & Blue Popsicles – low FODMAP, too – and they are easy to make at home. You do need a popsicle mold, and they are not all created equal; more on that in the recipe. Get ready for a strawberry layer, a dairy-free coconut layer and a blueberry layer. These pops are sweet, but not-too-sweet, and happen to be vegan! Get the recipe for Vegan Red, White And Blue Popsicles.
Dairy-Free Strawberry Coconut Meringue Cake
This cake is gluten-free as well as low FODMAP and dairy free! Layers of crisp meringue with coconut whipped cream, coconut chips and fresh strawberries make this special occasion cake one to look forward to. Get the recipe for Dairy-Free Strawberry Coconut Meringue Cake.
Strawberry Cornmeal Yogurt Skillet Cake
This is an easy-to-make cake, baked in a skillet, with a rustic homespun texture from the cornmeal, and a slight tang from yogurt. Get the recipe for .Strawberry Cornmeal Yogurt Skillet Cake.
This is classic strawberry shortcake, based on buttery, flaky biscuits. The berries are sliced and half of them are crushed to create the perfect compote to layer between the biscuits along with homemade softly whipped cream. Get the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Strawberries and rhubarb are two spring fruit that have a natural affinity for one another. Here they are brought together underneath a brown sugar and oat-based crunchy crisp topping. Try this at breakfast or brunch with a dollop of unsweetened yogurt. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.
Towering Fruit Pavlova
This statuesque dessert is best for a fancy party. Discs of crisp meringue are layered with a variety of fruit and softly whip cream. It is a bit messy to serve and doesn’t exactly look neat on the plate, but no one ever complains because it is absolutely delectable for the eyes and the palate. Get the recipe for Towering Fruit Pavlova.
Arnold Palmer Popsicles
If you have never had that combo of half strong black iced tea and half lemonade, you are missing out – and in frozen form, such as these Arnold Palmer Ice Pops, it is refreshing to the nth degree! Get the recipe for Arnold Palmer Popsicles.
New York Style Cheesecake With Strawberry Glaze
This New York style cheesecake based on cream cheese is rich and creamy, nestled on a crisp crust. It is fantastic without the strawberry glaze, but we certainly highly recommend it. Get the recipe for New York Style Cheesecake With Strawberry Glaze.
Peaches And Cream Popsicles with Raspberries
Popsicles, or “pops” are not just for kids! These Low FODMAP Peaches and Cream Popsicles with Raspberries are beloved by kids and adults alike. They feature a low FODMAP portion of yellow peaches and honey, in addition to thick vanilla yogurt. They are creamy and a little sweet, but not too sweet. And the mashed raspberries add color, texture, and flavor. I was almost going to call these “peach melba” after the famous peach and raspberry dessert, but I couldn’t resist the “peaches & cream” title. Get the recipe for Peaches And Cream Popsicles with Raspberries.
Rhubarb Raspberry Crostata
A crostata is a free-form tart and as such, they have a more casual air to them, as opposed to those made in a tart pan. For this Rhubarb Raspberry Crostata, you will need a batch of our easy Crostata & Tart Crust and a bunch of fresh rhubarb as well as fresh raspberries. The natural tartness of the rhubarb and sweetness of the raspberries work beautifully together. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Raspberry Crostata.
Cannoli Cream With Berries
If you are a cannoli fan, or even if you are not (like me) you have to try this dessert. Lightly sweetened ricotta, orange zest, and shavings of dark chocolate combine to dollop on fresh berries. Elegant and so easy you barely need a recipe. Get the recipe for Cannoli Cream With Berries.
Vegan & Low FODMAP Strawberry Peach Coconut Crisp
This gluten-free and vegan Strawberry Peach Coconut Crisp features strawberries and yellow peaches nestled under a brown sugar oat crisp topping – that happens to be made with coconut oil. Coconut flakes are added to the topping, too. With or without a dollop of lactose-free or vegan) vanilla ice cream or yogurt, this is a fantastic homestyle dessert, that also happens to be very easy to make. Get the recipe for Vegan & Low FODMAP Strawberry Peach Coconut Crisp.
Strawberry Rose Tart
This tart is all about the berries – cut into little rose shapes. It is a little fiddly, as you will be making several cuts into each berry, but it is so pretty and always brings on exclamations from those lucky enough to be served this lovely tart. The base is a sweet tart crust, and the filling is a classic pastry cream. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rose Tart.
This well-known and be loved English dessert is a combination of meringue, sweet and strawberries and whipped cream. Simple and sublime. Get the recipe for Eton Mess.
Two-Ingredient Coconut Popsicles
Vegan and dairy free, all you need is coconut milk and a little light corn syrup – and of course a popsicle mold. These frozen treats are sweet, but not too sweet, creamy, and delicious. Get the recipe for Two-Ingredient Coconut Popsicles.
Cantaloupe Lime Popsicles
Easy to make – as long as you have a Popsicle mold, which are easy to find in supermarkets, big-box stores, even dollar stores. Then, all you need is a super-ripe cantaloupe, freshly squeezed lime juice, sugar, and water. And time in the freezer. Adults and kids will love these. Get the recipe for Cantaloupe Lime Popsicles.
Chocolate Covered Banana Popsicles
Kids and adults go crazy over these popsicles. You do need a popsicle mold, but the recipe is super simple. The liquid is canned coconut milk, to which you add very ripe mash banana. The chocolate dip is also easy to make and creates a shell that crackles when you bite into the creamy frozen dessert. Get the recipe for Chocolate Covered Banana Popsicles.
Red, White & Blue Trifle
We created this trifle for the Fourth of July, but it would be welcomed at any party. The cake component is angel food cake, which by its very nature is quite sweet. We have added a little bit of plain yogurt to the whipped cream, to temper the overall sweetness. Then a strawberry compote, and a blueberry compote, are each made, and everything is layered together in a trifle bowl. A great do-ahead recipe. Get the recipe for Red, White & Blue Trifle.
Coconut Water Fresh Fruit Popsicles
Clear coconut water, with a hint of coconut flavor, packed with fresh fruit make the most refreshing popsicles you have ever had! Get the recipe for Coconut Water Fresh Fruit Popsicles.
Lactose-Free Strawberry Yogurt Granola Popsicles
Popsicles for breakfast? When they are a combination of yogurt, fruit, and granola, we say why not? You will need a popsicle mold for this recipe. Get the recipe for Lactose-Free Strawberry Yogurt Granola Popsicles.
Cold Brew Latte Pops With Crushed Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
Cold brew is not just for drinking! On a hot day, when you need a pick me up in the middle of the afternoon, nothing satisfies like these coffee flavored popsicles. Crushed chocolate covered espresso beans are added for extra coffee value. Get the recipe for Cold Brew Latte Pops.
No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
No ice cream maker needed. You can easily make creamy vanilla ice cream at home, more quickly, and with less equipment, than you ever imagined. Get the recipe for No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream.
Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream
Sweet and creamy vanilla ice cream is layered with a sweet/tart rhubarb ribbon, along with crunchy, brown sugar and oat crispy bits for an ice cream experience unlike any other. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream.
No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Almonds
This super creamy and smooth vanilla ice cream is dotted with crunchy chocolate covered almonds. Divine! And you don’t need an ice cream maker! Get the recipe for No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Almonds.
This is the chocolate sauce you want to turn to for your ice cream when you want that shattering texture, which is created by the addition of coconut oil. Get the recipe for Chocolate Shell.
Banana Coconut Sorbet
Banana purée and canned coconut milk combine to make a creamy, yet dairy-free and lactose-free frozen dessert. The tropics in every bite. Top with optional toasted coconut flakes. You do need an ice cream machine for this recipe. Get the recipe for Banana Coconut Sorbet.
Frozen Hot Chocolate
Sound like an oxymoron? Frozen Hot Chocolate came to fame at NYC restaurant Serendipity, which opened in 1954. Envision a slushy, chocolate drink, rich yet icy, topped with whipped cream. Our version is lactose-free. Get the recipe for Frozen Hot Chocolate.
Chocolate Coconut Sorbet
Our Chocolate Coconut Sorbet, and its partner recipe, Banana Coconut Sorbet, are both incredibly creamy, yet dairy-free being based on canned coconut milk. You do need an ice cream maker for these, but you will be rewarded with super smooth ice cream-like frozen treats. This one uses semisweet or bittersweet chocolate for the chocolate component. A 60% cacao mass chocolate is perfect. Get the recipe for Chocolate Coconut Sorbet.
Papaya Lime Sorbet
When you process sweet, ripe papaya in a food processor and use it for a sorbet, the texture is so rich and creamy you won’t believe this is dairy-free. The lime juice is a must! The acidity of the lime pair perfectly with the papaya. Get the recipe for Papaya Lime Sorbet.
This chocolate sorbet is actually richer than ice cream! With no dairy to mute the chocolate flavor, you are in for the most chocolaty, frozen dessert! Get out the ice cream machine! Get the Chocolate Sorbet recipe.
Hot Fudge Sauce
This is a classic Hot Fudge, thick and a bit chewy. Makes a great host gift and it is lactose-free as well as low FODMAP. Get the recipe for Hot Fudge Sauce.
Salted Caramel Sauce
Caramel sauce is easy to make, and salted caramel sauce bumps this up a notch. We actually like a drizzle of this AND a drizzle of Hot Fudge Sauce on our ice cream at the same time. Get the recipe for Salted Caramel Sauce.
Mocha Vodka Frappuccino
Part dessert, part beverage, this coffee/chocolate combo (hence “mocha”) is a refreshing icy cold drink. You can make it without the vodka, too! Get the Mocha Vodka Frappuccino recipe.
Mint Stracciatella Semifreddo
A semifreddo is a frozen dessert that does not require an ice cream maker. This one features fresh mint in a creamy base. Melted chocolate is drizzled onto the cold mixture and creates a crisp chocolate ribbon throughout. Get the recipe for Mint Stracciatella Semifreddo.
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