7 Summer Throwback Desserts With a Twist
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...
…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.
Get the recipe: Peach Cobbler Ice Cream Cake
If You Like Banana Pudding...
…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!
Get the recipe: Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding
If You Like Strawberry Shortcake...
…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.
Get the recipe: Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Cream
If You Like Ice Cream & Booze...
…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...
…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.
Get the recipe: Tropical Upside-Down Biscuit Bake
If You Like Fruit Pie...
…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.
Get the recipe: Cherry Pie Inspired by an "Old Fashioned" cocktail
If You Like Coconut Cream Pie...
…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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.