Summer is a great time to be able to bring the family together for food and fun! There is absolutely nothing better than sharing a nice, tasty dessert with your kids and their friends at the end of a long summer’s day. However, during the summer you may feel like the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven and bake cookies, so what else are you supposed to eat? The desserts you need over the summer are the kind that are refreshing and cool you down. Here are six dessert ideas for the summer to help you and your kids cool off in the summer sun.
Cheesecake-stuffed strawberries, or any other dessert that involves fruit, are perfect for the summer. You will simply need to mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract together. Cut the tops off of the strawberries and fill the insides with filling. Desserts like this are perfect this time of year because a lot of fruit is in season and super yummy! By taking a dessert like this to your next family pot-luck you will be sure to be a big hit! I mean, who doesn’t love cheesecake?
Sherbet and summer melon
Scoop sherbet and add summer melon. To make it more delicious, add mint to a cheesecloth bag, then place the bag in a pot. Add sugar and water. Stir the sugar and water together until it dissolves. Finally, refrigerate the syrup and drizzle it over the sherbet before serving. This will make a tasty and tangy treat that will be sure to cool everyone down from the heat of the day.
Nice cold shakes are perfect for a hot summer. Mixed berry shakes are especially refreshing. Simply place ice cream, milk and whatever berries you want in a blender. This is something that would be perfect for a family party, or even a BBQ. Kids are always up for a yummy milkshake. However, if you are having a night out with just your friends you can alternatively use the blender to make adult coffee drinks such as those offered at places like Monin.
Frozen yogurt pops
Frozen yogurt pops can be made easily by mixing French vanilla yogurt with whichever pieces of fruit you would like to add to your yogurt pops. Put the mixtures in kid-sized small paper cups and stick popsicle sticks within them. Then, place them in the freezer until they have completely frozen. This is a super yummy treat that is really easy to make. This is also something that kids love. You can even have them help you make it so that their treat is even more rewarding.
Watermelon granita with cardamom syrup
Watermelon Granita with Cardamom Syrup is a cool dish that is high in Vitamin C. Make syrup in a saucepan with sugar and water. Then, puree watermelon in a blender and mix it with the syrup and lemon juice. The granita should be placed in a baking pan and frozen for 30 minutes. To finish, stir it with a fork until it is frozen and fluffy, every half an hour for three hours.
To make the cardamom syrup, add water, sugar and cardamom pods to a saucepan. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to stand for a few minutes. Then, strain it and refrigerate it. Next, remove the granita from the freezer and fluff it with a fork again. Drizzle the cardamom syrup on top and serve. This may seem like a complicated dessert to make, but it really isn’t hard to do. Once you take the time to make it, it is definitely something that your kids will be asking you to make over and over.
Grasshopper icebox cake
Grasshopper Icebox Cake can be made by placing mint chocolate chip ice cream over parchment that is placed in a loaf pan. Simply place crushed cookies over it and place it in the freezer. This is something that is super easy to make and only takes a few hours. However, it is something that most everyone is guaranteed to love.
Overall, you can’t celebrate summer without some delicious desserts for your family! Treats like this can really help give everyone an excuse to get together and enjoy the sunshine. Be sure to take the time this summer to get together with your kids and try out all of these different tasty treats! With all of these different fun summer recipes, everyone will be sure to find something they love!
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Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.