Greetings and TGIF! Thanks to the hot weather we've had in Boston this week, I've been inspired to share some easy, cool summer desserts with you this week...ones that do not require the oven! We've all had those days when the last thing we want to be doing is standing by a hot oven baking when it's already 90 degrees out, yet we've agreed to bring a dessert to a potluck or make goodies for a coworker's birthday. What to do? Well, today I've got some ideas for you that you should definitely check out!
1) Pretzel Nutella Ice Cream Bites from Perry's Plate
(photo from Perry's Plate)
These look so simple and so yummy! Who doesn't love nutella? But then you pair it with ice cream? Even better...
2) Ice Cream Sandwich Cake from Mommy's Kitchen
(photo from Mommy's Kitchen)
Again, here's another simple recipe. It only requires a few ingredients! And it allows for creativity too since you can easily use different candies and ice cream flavors to make this treat. Love it!
3) Cookies & Cream Parfaits from the Food Network
Layered pudding, whipped cream, and crushed cookies... Piece o' cake! This would be a great, quick dessert on a hot summer night when you'd like to make a treat for the kids or dinner guests. And it could easily be made more healthy too by using sugar-free pudding with low fat milk and maybe the addition of some fruit in the parfait layers?!
4) Carved Watermelon Hedgehog from the Family Kitchen at Babble.com
And speaking of healthy, check out this super cute watermelon hedgehog! I think fruit is a fabulous option for summertime desserts. Different fruits could definitely be added to the hedgehog too to make more of a fruit salad or medley. Easy and healthy! If you wanted to indulge a bit more, you could serve the fresh fruit with some ice cream or sorbet to make it more dessert-like.
5) Fun, Creative Ice Cream Sandwiches from the Food Network
Make sure to scroll through all the ice cream sandwiches on this Food Network website. They've put together some combinations that are quite creative! Coffee and doughnuts? A chocolate doughnut filled with coffee ice cream... Or what about a banana bread ice cream sandwich? I don't think I'd ever think to put ice cream between two slices of banana bread, but boy, does that sound good!
There you have it - some cool, summer desserts that won't require your hot oven! Have a fabulous weekend, friends. I'm looking forward to some outdoor activities like camping and hiking! :)