The Pioneer Woman's 10 Best Summer Desserts


You might dream of juicy barbecued meats and tender grilled vegetables at summer cookouts, but you also know that one of the best parts of warm-weather dining comes at the end of the meal. When your sweet tooth is aching, follow Ree Drummond‘s lead and break out tubs of chilly homemade ice cream, indulgent cakes layered with fresh seasonal fruit and more sweet treats, like the fan-favorite recipes below.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake (pictured above)

For her cake-focused take on strawberry shortcake, Ree swaps the usual whipped cream for a smooth, rich cream cheese frosting.

Individual Key Lime Pies

It takes only four ingredients — lime juice, sugar, butter and eggs — to make the tangy filling for these personal pies.


Blackberry Chip Ice Cream

Fresh blackberries add both a subtle tartness and gorgeous purple color to Ree’s homemade ice cream.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Upgrade this classic ice-cream truck treat by sandwiching your favorite store-bought ice cream between two homemade chocolate chip cookies. Ree rolls the edges of the cookie sandwiches in candy-coated chocolates for a fun pop of color and added indulgence.


Missy’s Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes

Coat the blueberries for these elegant cupcakes with flour before adding them to the dough, to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the tin.

Blackberry Cheesecake Squares

Instead of using a traditional graham cracker crust for her cheesecake squares, Ree opts for a simple alternative made from vanilla wafers and crushed pecans.

Ice Cream Freezer Pops

Featuring an ice cream base and a cookie-candy topping, these kid-friendly bites are frozen on sticks, making them an ideal on-the-go dessert for busy little ones.


Billie’s Italian Cream Cake with Blueberries

Ree adds whipped egg whites to the batter of this cake to give each layer an extra-fluffy texture.

Peach Crisp with Maple Cream Sauce

Seasonal fresh peaches star in this sweet and buttery crisp. Ree uses cinnamon and nutmeg in the pastry mix to elevate the dish with warmth.

Bananas Foster

Caramelized bananas and walnuts in a spiked brown sugar-butter sauce is a no-brainer ice cream topping. Bonus: This dessert is ready to eat in a hurry.