Crowd Pleasing Summer Desserts

Satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your guests with this roundup of our favorite crowd-pleasing summer dessert recipes! From tangy citrus treats to cold ice cream treats, these family favorite recipes are perfect for any BBQ or potluck gathering.

Fun Summer Desserts for BBQ or Party

Bowl of the best rhubarb crisp with ice cream on the top

Best Ever Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

If you have some garden rhubarb on hand, this is the best ever recipe for rhubarb crisp! (It is my Mom’s recipe…) In fact, I use this buttery oatmeal crisp topping recipe for all my fruit crisp recipes. It’s so very delicious. Served hot with ice cream, it’s always a hit!

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Butterscoth brownies recipe - otherwise known as blondies - cut in squares and sitting on parchment paper

Butterscotch Brownies recipe

Bring back the nostalgia of Summer camp with these famous Summer camp butterscotch brownies! This simple one bowl brownie recipe is so quick and easy to mix up and the crowd will be wild for this chewy butterscotch blondie recipe studded with chocolate chips.

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Hot Fudge Sauce in a mason jar

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

This homemade hot fudge sauce is smooth & decadent! Make this ahead before guests arrive and store it in the refrigerator. Then when it’s time for dessert, heat it in the microwave and make the most amazing (and quick!) hot fudge sundae desserts.

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A piece of oreo ice cream cake on a plate

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

This oreo ice cream cake recipe has a delicious oreo crust and oreo crumb topping and can be customized with whatever add-ins you’d like!

It’s the perfect treat for a hot Summer day – and bonus! – it can be made and frozen ahead in preparation for guests.

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Fresh strawberry pie

Strawberry Pie

What says Summer more than a fruity Summer dessert? Fresh strawberry pie is one of our top fruit dessert favorites. This recipe can be made in a traditional pie pan, or multiplied and put into a 9 x 13 rectangle pan. The crust is a no roll crust and can be simply pressed into the pan before baking. The yummy filling uses strawberry jello and is poured over fresh strawberries. Once chilled and set, it’s all ready to go.

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A lemon square sitting on a plate

Lemon Bars Recipe

Bright and cheery lemon bars are a perfect sunny day Summer dessert. This old fashioned recipe of my Grandma’s turns out wonderful every time!

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Texas Sheet Cake Brownies with sprinkles on the top

Texas Sheet Cake Brownies

Ooey gooey moist chocolate brownies with a fudgy frosting, chocolatey flavour, this Texas sheet cake (the size of Texas!) is my absolute favourite and a definite crowd pleaser…

This recipe is made in a large sized jelly roll pan. The beauty and simplicity of this recipe is that the icing is poured over the hot brownies as soon as they come out of the oven!

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Grasshopper pie in a pan

Grasshopper Pie

I used to call this Chocolate Mint Dessert and I multiplied it by many and made it for large groups at the camp I worked at for a time. It was always a hit. It, too, can be made in a traditional pie pan, or multiplied and layered in 9 x 13 (or larger) pans for larger numbers of people.

Also a chilled dessert, it’s perfect for a hot Summer day – and bonus! – it can be made ahead of time.

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Cream cheese pudding dessert (also called Delicious Dessert) sliced on a plate.

Delicious Dessert

This dessert has other clever names, but the one in my mom’s recipe file says “Delicious Dessert” – and it lives up to its name!

A 3 layered dessert with a baked crust, cream cheese filling, and pudding top is a cool, refreshing treat to end a meal.

My favorite pudding flavor to use is chocolate, but you can substitute it for whatever flavor sounds good to you!

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4h chocolate brownies stacked up

4-H Chocolate Brownie Recipe

If guests are on their way and I need to whip up something quick, this easy brownie recipe (in an 8×8 inch pan) is my “go-to” recipe. It can be mixed up and put in the oven in minutes! They’re perfect for brownie ice cream sundaes with hot fudge sauce!

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Lemon blueberry dump cake with blueberry pie filling

Lemon Blueberry Dump Cake with Blueberry Pie Filling

“Dump cake” recipes are just like they are named. Just dump the ingredients into a 9 x 13 inch pan and you’ll have it ready for the oven in just minutes. Made with the convenience of cake mix and blueberry pie filling, this lemon blueberry dump cake is a sweet treat perfect for Summer.

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Other Ideas for Summer Picnics/ Potlucks

If you’re looking for recipes that can be easily adapted to feed a larger group of people, here are some of my favorites:

Pin these Summer Dessert Recipes to remember for later!

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