Grab a carton of your favorite ice cream and turn it into something memorable! Easy summer desserts from terrines and sundaes to ice cream cakes, milkshakes, and pie!
ice cream based summer dessert recipes
There’s enough to worry about when you’re entertaining in summer – wilting salads on the buffet table, grill flare-ups, ice melting in the cooler…let’s make dessert easy! A carton of good ice cream gets you halfway to some of my favorite warm weather treats, from roasted seasonal fruit served with a scoop of vanilla, to a fancy (but easy!) layered ice cream terrine.
want to make your own ice cream?
- Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream
- Fresh Lemon Ice Cream
- Old Fashioned Rhubarb Ice Cream
- Manhattan Cocktail Ice Cream
- Chocolate Frozen Custard
- Maple Walnut Ice Cream
- Honey Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
- Black Raspberry Ice Cream
- No Churn Bailey’s Ice Cream
I can guarantee this will be the most fun you’ll have in the kitchen this summer. Store bought ice cream in all your favorite flavors are layered, terrine-style, in a loaf pan for a colorful eye-catching summer treat. Save me a slice!
If you have fresh seasonal cherries, you have to make this unbelievable cherry sauce! It’s divine with a bowl of good vanilla ice cream, but I also love it over cheesecake or a slice of grilled pound cake.
When was the last time you had a hot fudge sundae? This is my mom’s recipe, and I think it’s the best hot fudge recipe in the world. As far as summer desserts go, this is right at the top.
Take your ice cream up a notch by making your own super fun be-dazzled ice cream cones! Kids will love the colorful cones and it’s a great excuse to break out the sprinkle collection this summer.
Simple cooked seasonal fruit with ice cream is one of those treats I don’t think to make very often, but every time I do, I’m floored by how delicious and sophisticated it is! Plums make a beautiful pairing with vanilla bean ice cream, but lots of other seasonal fruit will work just as well. Try peaches with butter pecan ice cream, or strawberries with chocolate.
These little bite sized summer desserts are so easy and fun to make, and so customizable! Use any ice cream flavor you want and decorate them with sprinkles, chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, or whatever you love.
This fun take on the flavors of tiramisu uses store bought ice cream and a store bought pound cake, so it’s super simple and all the focus is on the fun assembly. Once you’ve tried this grown up version of an ice cream cake, I bet you’ll be dreaming up other flavor combinations!
Remember drumsticks? Well I’ve just taken the concept and made it into an ice cream pie. You’re welcome.
Revive this rum and Kahlua-spiked staple of ’60’s in your own backyard this summer. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Bourbon fried peaches is a gourmet summer dessert on its own, but pair them with some classic vanilla bean ice cream, and you’ve got a company-worthy dessert that took next to no effort to put together.
This is one of those times when the homemade version of a classic commercial product outshines the original by a long shot. This is truly magical!!
A classic milkshake is an old fashioned summer dessert I can never turn one down! This toasted almond version is layered with nutty almond flavor and crunchy texture.