My Favorite Summer Desserts


I love to cook in the summertime and today I am sharing my favorite summer desserts.  All of these recipes are amazing and delicious!

It’s my birthday so today I am sharing recipes for macarons, summer cakes, ice cream, a frozen pie, a summer pie, popsicles, s’mores, cobbler, and more tasty desserts. I loved making each of these desserts and I guess you could say these are all of my favorite summer desserts.

Homemade Macarons

Some of these tasty desserts are really simple and others are more difficult. And yet they all taste amazing! And they can all be made as a birthday dessert!

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Meyer Lemon Cream Pie with a Twist

Summer desserts can be similar and yet so different! I love light and fluffy desserts which can be lemon cream pie or homemade marshmallows. Both taste great and are so perfect for warm summer nights.

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But what about homemade marshmallows and s’mores? Hello! Desserts don’t get any better than this! Especially on a summer evening.


Many of you know how much I love to cook. It’s relaxing and I really enjoy it. It’s fun to open up the pantry and drab some ingredients and decide what to make. Especially if it is a summer dessert!

To me, nothing is better than serving a fabulous dessert at the end of a dinner. Summer evenings, when the air is thick with the lingering heat of the day and the heady scents of sunscreen and citronella, seem to beg for a sweet ending to the day. Everything is a little slower and sweeter in the summer.


If you want a really simple summer dessert, then I suggest you make this Frozen Limeaid Pie. It really is easy to make.

And I can promise you that it tastes delicious!

One of the reasons I love making desserts is that it is easy. What makes it easy? I have a well-stocked pantry. I put together a list of all of the things I try to keep in my pantry. You can find my list here.

Summer Dessert Recipes

Here is a list of all of my favorite summer desserts. I hope you will make some of these desserts and get as much pleasure as I did serving them to my boys. 

My Favorite Summer Desserts

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  1. Wow! These all look great! I can’t wait to try several especially the Meyer Lemon with Raspberry Olive Oil! I live near Paso Robles where we have a selection of wonderful olive oils. I can’t wait to try a recipe a girlfriend just told me about, brownies with tangerine/orange olive oil!!

    1. I made this in my mini Bundt pans. I used homemade strawberry jam and fresh strawberries. It was a big hit, will definitely make again. Reminds me of Italy.

  2. These all look so amazing….don’t know which one to make first!! You are truly talented in so many ways! crafts to cooking and decorating..You are so fun to follow!!!

    1. Happy Birthday Leslie! Each one of these desserts are beautiful and look delicious. The Citrus Stained Lemon Tart sounds intriguing to me 🍋! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  3. Is there a way to make the Pate a chous with a Vegan filling? It would be great if
    you can do some conversions with applesauce (rather than oil for example) etc.
    If you can make a super pastry like this or citrus cake orange/lemony for summer.
    Also the Pate a chous looks as though you could make them look festive for
    Christmas too…or for fall with cinnamon or pumpkin flavor? The summer ideas
    are Beautiful and Love the pastels and colored glass pedestals!
    The pink oven mitts and other things are Fun! Thank you.

  4. I just knew you must be a Gemini with this creative flair of yours! Today’s my birthday too! Happy Birthday and yes, you should eat Dessert first!

  5. Happy birthday! It is my birthday today as well. And this was just a perfect gift. I adore desserts although I don’t make them too often today I was browsing only whilst my husband and I both recover from Covid.

  6. Happy Birthday Leslie! Thank you for your wonderful blog and wonderful ideas. I appreciate your heart for your family and all things beautiful. God bless you!

  7. Happy Birthday Leslie,
    Mine was yesterday but I am celebrating today with my brother and husband ~ a patio lunch in our local Greek village. Cheers Leslie, have a great day.
    Louise from Toronto

  8. Yasay – Happy Birthday! One of each for me, please! 🙂 LOVE all your beautiful desserts – the cake with chef Moniqe is probably my favorite – so so beautiful! Thanks as always for the wonderful inspiration, and hope you have a lovely special day!

  9. Happy happy Birthday Leslie!! Hope your day is filled with joy and you are surrounded by your beautiful family! All these desserts look awesome!💕🎂💕

  10. Happy Birthday Leslie! Hope your birthday is as fabulous as all these delicious looking desserts you posted. My mouth is watering just looking at them.

  11. Happy Birthday, Leslie! We share the same birthday. Your summer desserts look great. I especially want to try the Limeaid Pie and the Meyer Lemon Creme Pie. Enjoy yourr day.

  12. Your Basic 1234 cake is absolutely beautiful!!! I’m definitely going to try to make it! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas❤️

  13. Happy Birthday Leslie. You deserve the best! So many great recipes! Now, I have to decide which one to make this Friday when i have guests for dinner.

  14. Happy Birthday Leslie. Hope you have a fabulous day and didn’t work too hard. All your recipes look so delicious and I really need to try the Mini Apple Pies in Ball Jars. My mom always made desserts when we were growing up, me, not so much. I always seem to run out of time. I am so going to make it a priority in making at least some of
    them. BUT that basic 1-2-3-4 Basic Cake – in the Kitchen is absolutely beautiful – a show stopper. Also, your presentation on all of them is amazing. Take care.

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