15 Crowd-Pleasing BBQ Desserts

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Banana Splits On A Stick

The Spruce

These BBQ-friendly dessert recipes are the perfect sweet ending to summer meals (or tailgating parties) enjoyed with friends and family. From delicious pies and cobblers that make the most of seasonal fruits to ultra-fudgy brownies, s'mores cereal treats, and over-the-top cake bars, these desserts are guaranteed to be a hit.

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    S'mores Rice Krispie Treats

    S'more Rice Krispie Treats

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Enjoy all the indulgent flavors of traditional campfire s'mores—sans the sticky mess— with these easy, hand-held treats. Make them in only 10 minutes by combining melted marshmallows and butter with Rice Krispies cereal, graham crackers, and chocolate chunks. The recipe doubles or triples very easily.

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    Strawberry Cupcakes

    Strawberry Cupcakes

    The Spruce

    Moist, tender strawberry cupcakes bursting with sweet summer berry flavor, topped with luscious strawberry buttercream frosting and chopped fresh berries, are an inspired way to enjoy this popular summer fruit and create an pretty dessert for backyard buffet tables.

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    Ultimate Brownies

    Ultimate Brownies

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    Fudgey, dense, and chocolatey as all get-out, these are the ultimate brownies to serve at summer parties. Use good-quality, unsweetened baker's chocolate for rich-tasting, cake-like brownies that are rich enough to stand on their own without frosting.

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    Amazing Pineapple Meringue Pie

    Amazing Pineapple Meringue Pie

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    Pineapple meringue pie is a summery, tropical take on the traditional lemon pie. Use a store-bought frozen crust to make this easy pie, filling it with divinely sweet and tangy pineapple curd, and topping it with fluffy clouds of fresh meringue, which you bake until peaks are beautifully browned.

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    Banana Splits On A Stick

    Banana Splits On A Stick

    The Spruce

    Delight kids with these fun, deconstructed banana splits on sticks that make a great hand-held summer dessert. You can even invite children to help you make the easy treats by threading wooden skewers with sliced bananas, pineapple chunks, and halved strawberries. Then roll the loaded skewers in melted chocolate and sprinkle with optional chopped nuts.

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    Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

    Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Strawberry shortcake ice cream bars are the perfect sweet treat for hot days. Coat strawberry ice cream with crunchy sugar cookies and strawberry pieces for a from-scratch version of the popular ice cream truck bar that is even better than the original.

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    Classic Magic Cookie Bars

    Classic Magic Cookie Bars

    Claire Cohen

    These "magically" delicious cookie bars are a popular bake sale treat that are always welcome at cookout parties. Make them with layers of graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, chopped pecans, flaked coconut, and sweetened condensed milk.

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    Funfetti Cake Bars With Chocolate Glaze

    Funfetti Cake Bars With Chocolate Glaze

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Scrumptious cake bars exploding with rainbow sprinkles and drizzled with melted chocolate on top are sure to be a hit with kids at backyard gatherings. Adding candy sprinkles to the batter, as well as on top, makes these tasty, portable treats colorful through and through.

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    Key Lime Bars

    Key Lime Bars

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Key limes are a true summer delight. They are also the star ingredient in these chilled tangy bars with a crunchy graham cracker crust and a fluffy, lime-infused custard filling. They're even more summer-friendly than key lime pie.

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    Texas Sheet Cake With Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting

    Texas Sheet Cake With Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Hailing from the Lone Star State, Texas sheet cake is big, rich, and assertively chocolatey. Including buttermilk in the batter, along with cocoa powder and a few other baking ingredients, makes for a wonderfully moist cake. Top with chocolate buttermilk frosting and watch it disappear!

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    Vegan Cherry Cobbler

    Vegan Cherry Cobbler

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    Treat vegan guests to a delicious dairy-free cherry crisp with all of the comforting flavor you crave in a cobbler. Make the filling a day ahead using frozen cherries. Then on party day, use your food processor to assemble the vegan cobbler topping, which includes soy milk and soy margarine. Serve warm, topped with dairy-free vanilla ice cream.

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    Sour Cream Blueberry Pie

    Sour Cream Blueberry Pie

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Oodles of fresh blueberries go into this stunning fruit pie that you can make with a prepared frozen crust for a fabulous buffet centerpiece. Sour cream adds a tangy flavor to juicy, fresh berries, and the no-fuss pecan streusel topping is easier to make than a classic rolled pastry.

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    Winning Lemon Bars

    Winning Lemon Bars

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    Lovely lemon bars are refreshing, tart, sweet, and tangy all at once. Bake up a crowd-pleasing batch with this recipe that needs fewer than 10 ingredients, and takes only an hour, making it a great party contribution when you get a last-minute invite.

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    Mini Cheesecakes With Vanilla Wafer Crust

    Mini Cheesecakes With Vanilla Wafer Crust

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    Miniature cheesecakes infused with tart-sweet grapefruit juice, topped with grapefruit sections, and finished with a delectable strawberry glaze make a stunning, gourmet-style dessert for summer parties. Allow at least two hours for chilling these desserts in the fridge before serving.

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    Fresh Peach Cobbler

    Fresh Peach Cobbler

    The Spruce/Diana Rattray

    Celebrate the juicy goodness of summer peaches by baking up a fresh peach cobbler for BBQ parties. This classic version is nicely spiced with cinnamon and baked under a delicious, buttery biscuit topping. Sprinkle the top with a little cinnamon-sugar before baking if you like, for added crunch, and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.