7 Summer Throwback Desserts With a Twist

Whip up the perfect summertime dessert for your next gathering with a twist on these tried-and-true favorites.
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I’m always the one that shows up to the barbecue with a dessert in hand. Savory sides are fine, but sweets are where it’s at. I love experimenting with new recipes, but sometimes it’s nice to pull out my grandmother’s cookbook and whip up some crowd-pleasing classics. If you’re a fan of the old-school favorites, then you’ll love these new twists, too.

If You Like Peach Cobbler...

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine | Photo by Yunhee Kim

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine | Photo by Yunhee Kim

…then try peach cobbler ice cream cake. Peach cobbler is the perfect way to finish any summer meal. Combine the beauty of cobbler, cake and ice cream, and you’ve just created the ultimate summertime dessert masterpiece that’s utterly irresistible.

If You Like Banana Pudding...

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay for Cooking Channel

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay for Cooking Channel

…then try milk chocolate banana pudding. It’s the same banana pudding that you know and love, except you’re making homemade chocolate pudding and topping with chocolate shavings. There’s nothing wrong with that!

If You Like Strawberry Shortcake...

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon for Cooking Channel

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon for Cooking Channel

…then try grilled strawberry shortcake with lemon cream. You need less than 10 ingredients to make this summertime staple. There’s nothing better than smooshing sliced strawberries and homemade lemon cream between pound cake slices. It’s ok to skip the napkin on this one.

If You Like Ice Cream & Booze...

Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson for Food Network

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson for Food Network

…then try a blackberry gin fizz float. When the summer heat sets in, I want to have my drink … and eat it, too. This cool, refreshing cocktail is more than just your new favorite drink; our gin fizz pick features homemade blackberry puree, fresh mint leaves and lime juice. The dessert portion comes into play with a topping of vanilla ice cream. Yum! 

Get the recipe: Blackberry Gin Fizz Float

If You Like Pineapple Upside Down Cake...

Photo and recipe courtesy of Pillsbury

Photo and recipe courtesy of Pillsbury

…then try tropical upside-down biscuit bake. This dessert favorite never goes out of style, but we’ve found a way to make the process a little quicker. Instead of going the handmade route, try using refrigerated biscuits to make it a snap for summer parties.

If You Like Fruit Pie...

Recipe courtesy of Nadia G

Recipe courtesy of Nadia G

…then try cherry pie inspired by an "Old Fashioned" cocktail. You read right. Chef Nadia G stews sour cherries with raw sugar, bourbon and orange bitters to create the filling for this naughty, adults-only pie.

If You Like Coconut Cream Pie...

Photo and recipe courtesy of Chow

Photo and recipe courtesy of Chow

…then try banana coconut cream pie. Banana cream pie, coconut cream pie … why not choose both? Sliced bananas fill the bottom of the pie crust while toasted coconut flakes sit delicately on a whipped topping. Is anyone hungry yet?

Get the recipe: Banana Coconut Cream Pie

25 Decadent Desserts for Any Occasion

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Chocolate Panna Cotta

Top off the evening with something sweet and chic, like this creamy Italian custard. Your guests will enjoy digging in to each of the three delicious layers — dark chocolate, praline and vanilla. Get the recipe.

Lemon Meringue Tartlets

Topped with a toasty meringue, these tangy citrus treats are the perfect not-too-sweet ending to any meal. Get the recipe.

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Pomegranate Blood Orange Tiramisu

Take advantage of in-season blood oranges to make this irresistible dessert that's sure to impress your dinner guests. Sweet-tart oranges and pomegranates pair perfectly with creamy mascarpone cheese. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Brownie Pudding

This chocolate brownie pudding is the ultimate sinful treat. One part brownie and one part molten lava cake, it's 100 percent delicious. Get the recipe.

Champagne-Glazed Fruit Tarts

These bite-size nibbles are the perfect light ending to a heavy meal. Glaze the mini tarts with leftover Champagne or sparkling wine for a sweet finishing touch. Get the recipe.

S'mores Spiked Pie

Kids may be tempted to dive right in to this take on the fire-side favorite but a heavy dose of bourbon makes this boozy, chocolate dessert adults only. Get the recipe.

Easy Tiramisu

This Italian trifle layers coffee-soaked ladyfingers with a rich mascarpone custard. Marsala wine, Grand Marnier and Kahlua give this traditional confection a sophisticated twist. Get the recipe.

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Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips

We promise: You can't eat just one. Super-crunchy, salty, kettle-fried potato chips are the perfect canvas for a thick coating of chocolate. A thin layer of caramel and chopped nuts ensures this treat will satisfy all your cravings at once. Get the recipe.

Cashew Dulce de Leche Cookies

Dress up basic sugar cookies with chopped cashews, cinnamon and creamy dulce de leche for a new spin on a classic. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake

Top moist pumpkin-and-spice cake layers with rich mascarpone cream and crunchy amaretti cookies for a seasonal dessert your guests won't soon forget. Get the recipe.

Pineapple Tartlettes

Savory hints of ginger and rosemary add an unexpected flavor to this fresh and fruity dessert while the homemade nut crust is the just-right crunchy contrast to the smooth pastry cream. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies

Sweet and tart, these sandwich cookies combine two favorite seasonal flavors and taste just as good as they look. Get the recipe.

Limoncello Cupcakes

Send your guests off on a citrus-sweet note by topping light and fluffy cream cheese cupcakes with a homemade limoncello buttercream. Get the recipe.

Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Madeleines

These traditional French cookies are the just-right treat to serve at any fall get-together. They're also the not-too-sweet complement to a cup of tea and party of one. Get the recipe.

Lemon Curd Tart

Tangy lemon curd combined with fresh whipped cream, a homemade pie crust and gorgeous berries make this tart one for the record books. The pie crust is super easy to make, so don't fear. And the lemon curd filling will have you licking the bowl. Get the recipe.

Baklava With Nutella Glaze

This flaky, nutty, layered dessert is easier to make than you might think. Add a homemade Nutella glaze for a chocolatey twist. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Bliss Dacquoise Recipe

This impressive, towering dessert combines the flavors of cranberries and almonds with a decadent white chocolate mousse layered between homemade meringues. Make the components ahead of time and assemble just before serving to really wow your guests. Get the recipe.

Maple Nut Toffee

Take the traditional taste of toffee up a notch with the addition of real maple syrup. Topped with a layer of semisweet chocolate, it's hard to resist snacking on just one more piece. Get the recipe.

Tasty Pecan Tassies

Maple syrup adds a warm flavor to this nutty, bite-size dinner party classic. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Mousse and Ginger Parfaits

Layers of creamy pumpkin mousse, crunchy graham cracker streusel and dense maple-ginger cake combine to create this delicious after-dinner treat. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Treat your guests to rich cheesecake with the indulgent flavors of chocolate brownies and two kinds of chocolate chips. Get the recipe.

Carrot Cake Cookies Recipe

This iced cookie recipe is a refreshing twist on the classic cake. Best of all, you can spread the homemade cream cheese icing on top of each cookie or layer them to create a sandwich cookie. Get the recipe.

Pecan Pie Tartlets

Pecan pie is a can't-miss treat. Our twist turns them into mini hand-held tartlets, perfect for treating your guests to a dessert buffet or serving after a large meal when just a few bites are all you need. Get the recipe.

Photo By: She-N-He Photography

Salted Caramel-Topped Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Top dense, moist chocolate brownies with a gooey salted caramel layer for a decadent dessert worthy of a special occasion. Get the recipe.

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe

The pilgrims were onto something — dense, spicy pumpkin pie is a tried-and-true crowd pleaser. Our recipe adds a dash of sea salt to bring out the pumpkin's mild sweetness. Get the recipe.

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