I’m always the one that shows up to the barbecue with a dessert in hand. Savory sides are fine, but sweets are where it’s at. I love experimenting with new recipes, but sometimes it’s nice to pull out my grandmother’s cookbook and whip up some crowd-pleasing classics. If you’re a fan of the old-school favorites, then you’ll love these new twists, too.
If You Like Peach Cobbler…
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine | Photo by Yunhee Kim
…then try peach cobbler ice cream cake.
Peach cobbler is the perfect way to finish any summer meal. Combine the beauty of cobbler, cake and ice cream, and you’ve just created the ultimate summertime dessert masterpiece that’s utterly irresistible. Get the recipe >>
If You Like Banana Pudding…
Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay for Cooking Channel
…then try milk chocolate banana pudding.
It’s the same banana pudding that you know and love, except you’re making homemade chocolate pudding and topping with chocolate shavings. There’s nothing wrong with that! Get the recipe >>
If You Like Strawberry Shortcake…
Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon for Cooking Channel
…then try grilled strawberry shortcake with lemon cream.
You need less than 10 ingredients to make this summertime staple. There’s nothing better than smooshing sliced strawberries and homemade lemon cream between pound cake slices. It’s ok to skip the napkin on this one. Get the recipe >>
More Sweet Treats to Try
I found out a little late that today is National Chocolate Chip Day which means I didn’t get to aggressively eat chocolate chips all day. (I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing yet.) But it has given me plenty of time to browse some drool-inducing recipes for later. Tonight may be a dessert first kind of night. Here are my favorite picks, with first place going to the chocolate chip banana bread. That glaze — I can’t stop staring.
Ganache-Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe >>
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies Recipe >>
Banana Bread With Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Glaze Recipe >>
3 More Recipes!
I love any day that gives me an excuse to eat sweets, including today, National No-Bake Dessert Day. No-bake desserts are my favorite because 1. they’re delicious, 2. they’re easy to make and 3. it frees up the oven so you can make other delicious food for guests. I’m sure everybody’s tried Sarah’s ever-so-popular no-bake peanut butter pie recipe, but here are a few other recipes that are worthy of trying.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Tiramisu Recipe
We added a fall twist to this classic Italian dessert with pumpkin puree and espresso. Yum!
Get the Recipe>>
Try More No-Bake Desserts
Today marks the start of the 2012 Olympics! Every four years, I forget that I’m not into sports and glue myself to the TV for event after event. Which dark horses will topple the favorites? Will the US win the most medals? Who will be the Michael Phelps and Shawn Johnson of London 2012? Also: What can I snack on while I ponder these important questions from the sofa?
I’m no sports analyst, but I can help with that last one. Here are some (adorable!) Olympic-themed treats to try for tonight’s opening ceremony or anytime during this athletics-filled summer.
Gold Metal Cookies From Sweet Sugar Belle; Hammer Throw Pops From Bird's Party
Going for Gold: Sweet Sugar Belle made these gold medal cookies with a sugar cookie base — get her step-by-step instructions for the decorations. Or try a Hammer Throw Pop — carrot cake pops decked out with cream cheese icing and gold and silver sprinkles. (from Bird’s Party via HWTM)
Graham Cracker Flags from Miss CandiQuick; Union Jack Cupcakes From Bird on a Cake
International Pride: Celebrate the veritable smorgasbord of nations at the Olympic Games with Miss CandiQuik’s sugar-coated cookies. They’re made from graham crackers coated in white chocolate and decorated with sanding sugar. Or, dedicate your dessert to this year’s host country with a white chocolate Union Jack cupcake topper.