17 Best Frozen Summer Dessert Recipes

Beat the Heat With These Frozen Treats

strawberry shortcake bars

 Leah Maroney

Frozen desserts are one of the best things about summer. There's just something wonderfully indulgent and pleasing about eating a cold, sweet dessert on a hot summer day. For all of you who love frozen desserts, we've thought way beyond ice cream and popsicles, to gather up this winning collection of our absolute favorite cold dessert recipes. These recipes require no cooking, and are so quick and easy to make, you'll be eating them before you know it. Enjoy!

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    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie
    Diana Rattray 

    Who wants to eat decadent frozen peanut butter cup and cream cheese filling in a graham cracker pie shell? Everybody, of course! Kids and adults alike will go bananas for this awesome frozen peanut butter cup pie that you could also make with a chocolate cookie crust. It's the perfect dessert or weekend treat for a hot summer day.

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    Frozen Lemonade Pie

    Frozen Lemonade Pie
    Diana Rattray 

    When it comes to fast and simple desserts, you can't get much better than this 3-ingredient delicious frozen lemonade pie that's made with sweetened condensed milk, frozen lemonade concentrate, and a store-bought crust, and takes just 5 minutes to make. It's sweet and tangy, with a nostalgic taste that's ideal for summer dessert.

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    Frozen Chocolate Velvet

    Frozen Chocolate Pie
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    Velvety smooth, rich, and creamy, this decadent frozen chocolate dessert is perfect for when you want to truly indulge. Rich, no-bake chocolate velvet cake has a texture you have to try to believe — and once you do, you're sure to be hooked. This is a great make-ahead dessert for entertaining.

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    Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

    Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

    Leah Maroney

    This stunning ice cream cake is a guaranteed show-stopper. With a homemade brownie base topped with store-bought ice creams, its impressive looks belie its ease of preparation, guaranteed to impress while saving time. If you can't get enough, there's another easy variation of this cake to make as well.

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    Ice Cream Cake

    Ice Cream Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    An ice cream cake is perfect for any summer celebration. For this fun recipe, you'll bake round white cake, then freeze chocolate, pistachio, and strawberry ice cream into the same shape. Build up the layers, then add the freshly whipped cream frosting, colorful sprinkles, and maraschino cherries.

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    Black and White Frozen Dessert

    Oreo Pie
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    Part cheesecake, part Oreo cookie cake, and all delicious, this beautiful black and white frozen dessert that was inspired by classic black and white cookies is one you'll be proud to serve to company. With an indulgently rich flavor, and a smooth, creamy texture that's similar to a frozen mousse, your family and invited guests will sing your praises when you serve this elegant, over the top frozen dessert.

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    Affogato Italian Espresso Dessert
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    Keep vanilla gelato or ice cream in the freezer, and you can make affogato anytime you want. It's an Italian recipe that pours hot espresso over ice cream, and it's utterly delicious. Make stovetop espresso or any strong coffee if you don't have a machine. To keep the ice cream from melting, just make sure the glasses are ice-cold.

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    Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

    strawberry shortcake bars

     Leah Maroney

    These perfectly delicious strawberry shortcake bars are a cinch to make. You'll just need your favorite strawberry ice cream, a popsicle mold, store-bought sugar cookies, melted butter, and freeze-dried strawberries. They're sure to be a hit with the whole family.

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    No-Churn Ice Cream

    No churn ice cream with cookie crumbs.
    Diana Rattray

    No fancy ice cream maker required for this creamy no-churn ice cream. There's no cooking required and you only need a few ingredients. Make ahead and fold in whatever toppings you like (crumbled cookies, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and more) before freezing and serving.

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     The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Semifreddo is an Italian word meaning "half-cold" or "half-frozen." This mousse-like frozen cake has an airy, creamy texture that's wonderfully satisfying and delicious, without making you feel overstuffed. You don't need fancy kitchen gadgets to make this sophisticated dessert that's perfect for dinner parties, either. If you have a mixer, a saucepan, and some bowls, you can put together a fabulous semifreddo that will keep your guests talking long after the last bite.

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    Mochi Ice Cream

    Mochi Ice Cream

     Kristina Vanni

    Mochi ice cream wraps Japanese sweet glutinous rice flour around an ice cream ball. Classic flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry taste delicious, but you can also try adventurous ice cream options such as Kona coffee, green tea, plum wine, and red bean.

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    Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

    Ice cream sandwich cake recipe

    The Spruce

    This ice cream sandwich cake is a genius dessert to bring to Memorial Day and 4th of July celebrations, or any summer picnic or party. What's not to love about a no-cook cake that's so effortless that kids can make it themselves! You can choose your favorite flavor of ice cream sandwiches to customize this cake. Go ahead and theme the sprinkles to the occasion of the day, too.

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    Peanut Butter Milkshake

    peanut butter milkshake

     Leah Maroney

    Combine just three ingredients—creamy peanut butter, milk, and vanilla ice cream—to make this sweet treat. You can use nondairy milk and ice cream to make a peanut butter milkshake if you're lactose-intolerant or vegan. A drizzle of chocolate sauce wouldn't hurt, either.

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    No-Bake Freezer Cherry Cheesecake

    No-Bake Freezer Cherry Cheesecake
    Diana Rattray 

    Your guests (or lucky family) will never know that this delicious layered cherry and cream cheese dessert wasn't baked in the oven. But it's true—it's an absolute snap to make this delectable cherries and cream frozen dessert, with a buttery graham cracker crust that requires no heat. Just assemble, chill, top with optional whipped cream, and enjoy. Freezer cherry cheesecake is a great summer dessert to serve at backyard parties or for a special weekend treat.

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    Oreo Ice Cream Pie

    Oreo Ice Cream Pie
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    Oreo cookies and ice cream is a flavor combination that's made in heaven. Putting these two ingredients together in a store-bought pie crust, and adding lots of chocolate syrup on top? Sheer genius! This special ice cream pie is sure to be a hit, from your summer parties to children's birthday and school celebrations all year round.

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    Easy Turrón Ice Cream With Chocolate

    Easy Turron Ice Cream With Chocolate
    Lisa Sierra 

    Turrón (almond nougat candy) is the most popular and traditional Christmas sweet in Spain. This Turrón ice cream recipe uses two authentic varieties of Turrón (one soft, the other hard) to create a spectacular summer dessert that's surprisingly simple to make, and delightful to enjoy. No special equipment is required, either — if you've got a blender and a freezer, you've got all the gear you need to create this yummy, European-inspired homemade ice cream recipe.

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    Old Fashioned Chocolate Icebox Dessert

    Chocolate cream dessert


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    Here's a super simple dessert recipe that's easy enough for beginner cooks to make, but tastes so good, your friends and family will beg you make it again. Just four ingredients are needed to make this sinfully delicious, chocolate icebox dessert that's wonderful for enjoying on a hot summer day.