Your favorite cool desserts for hot days

Ice cream cones, cakes, or sandwiches? No-bake cheesecakes, brownies, or bars? Popsicles of any kind? We shared a little list of desserts that will keep your kitchen cool: And we'd love to know: What are the refreshing desserts you turn to?



702551 June 18, 2021
I'm a fan of both ice creams and sorbets, the latter are especially good in the summer with seasonal fruit (stone fruit, berries, melons).

When I was a kid, I enjoyed shave ice as well. It's not particularly popular in most of the USA, but it's a favorite in Hawaii and southeast Asia.

As an adult I'm a big fan of the coffee-ice cream combo. The aforementioned affogato is good but perhaps even better is eiskaffee which is popular in German-speaking countries.

I'm also one who always considers fresh fruit as an excellent choice for dessert.
Food52-Community June 23, 2021
All things we love! Thanks, 702551.
drbabs June 18, 2021
Ice box cakes! I made this one for aargersi's birthday a few years ago.
I also love the old school one with Nabisco chocolate wafers and whipped cream. I even put maraschino cherries on top.
Food52-Community June 23, 2021
Love this cake and the story behind it :).
HalfPint June 18, 2021
Frozen grapes

I just made chocolate avocado ice cream, too. No-churn and vegan, but still delicious and cooling :)
Food52-Community June 23, 2021
So refreshing! Thanks for these suggestions.
AntoniaJames June 18, 2021
* Homemade ice cream, especially no-churn recipes that involve no custard cooked on the stove!

These are my favorites -- both are Genius Recipes, for reasons that will become immediately apparent if you try them:

Dori Sanders’ No-Churn Fresh Lemon Ice Cream

Nigella Lawson’s No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream

I haven’t made it yet, but you can be sure that I’ll be trying this new no-churn ice cream soon:

No-Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream

And, moving on:

* Homemade maple and vanilla Greek yogurt over fresh strawberries, topped with a few toasted pecan pieces - just a touch of yogurt, with the strawberries cut and sprinkled with a touch of sugar to macerate them, ideally done a few hours in advance. Chill everything well!

* Affogato (ice cream with coffee drizzled over it

I go off-piste with this, using the coffee ice cream linked above, with rum. Vanilla ice cream or a dark chocolate ice cream with espresso (or coffee liqueur!) also never fail to please.

* Frozen yogurt made with my homemade Greek yogurt, plenty of best-quality vanilla extract (I really push the boat out for this) and fresh strawberries, plus some dried strawberries, crushed, for extra flavor.
Food52-Community June 23, 2021
Such great no-churn ice cream recipes! Love these ideas, too.
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