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.

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

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