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Summertime is the perfect season for sharing sweet treats with friends and family! This convenient roundup features classic summer desserts like apple pie and banana pudding, easy no-bake options like ice cream pie and icebox cake, and fruit-based treats like strawberry crisp and blueberry cobbler. There’s something sweet for everyone — whether you’re looking for easy, cheap, refreshing, light, or make-ahead summer desserts!

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No-Bake Desserts

No-bake desserts are perfect for those hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven!

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Your family’s new favorite, easy dessert! This 5-ingredient ice cream sandwich cake is a no-bake treat that’s ready with just 10 minutes of prep. Just layer ice cream sandwiches with Cool Whip…

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Quick and Easy Banana Pudding
This quick and easy Banana Pudding just might be the perfect dessert! The no-bake treat requires only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes of prep for a cool, creamy, sweet treat that you…
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Old-Fashioned Icebox Cake
You only need 5 ingredients for this simple old-fashioned icebox cake! Layers of chocolate graham crackers or chocolate wafer cookies and freshly whipped cream create an easy and delicious no-bake dessert that…
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Eclair Cake
It doesn’t get any easier than this no-bake chocolate Eclair Cake! Layers of graham crackers, vanilla pudding and Cool Whip are finished with a rich chocolate frosting for a creamy, dreamy dessert…
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars {No-Bake!}
These no-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are a rich, decadent and easy dessert recipe! The sweet and salty goodies are perfect for summer picnics, family cookouts, after-school treats or late-night snacking. Peanut…
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Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers
You only need two ingredients and about 5 minutes to make these sweet-and-salty no-bake Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers! They’re much easier than baking a batch of cookies, and they’re one of my…
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Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
An easy dessert that’s perfect for your next picnic, cookout or family supper! These 3-ingredient Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are no-bake treats with just 10 minutes of prep. Bring on summer vacation!
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Cornflake Cookies
You only need 5 ingredients and 15 minutes for these no-bake Cornflake Cookies. The sweet-and-salty combination of crunchy peanuts, creamy peanut butter, and crisp Corn Flakes cereal creates a chewy and delicious…
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Watergate Salad Recipe
This vintage Watergate Salad recipe is a classic 5-minute side dish or easy dessert that has been loved for generations! The sweet, creamy, and fluffy pistachio salad with pineapple, coconut, pecans and…
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Easy No Bake Cookies
These Amish No Bake Cookies are a rich combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and oats — and there’s no need to turn on your oven!  It’s a recipe that’s near and dear…
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Snickers Salad
A salad that’s named after a candy bar?! YES! This fresh apple and Snickers Salad is an easy dessert recipe or sweet side dish for your next potluck party or holiday gathering!…

Refreshing Summer Pies

Few things rival a slice of cool, creamy pie with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day. Here are a few of our favorites!

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Chocolate Pudding Pie
A family favorite for generations, this homemade chocolate pudding pie with a graham cracker crust is the perfect easy dessert recipe for any occasion! Garnish the simple Jello chocolate pudding pie with…
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Mom’s Easy Apple Pie
My mom’s easy apple pie is the dessert that I grew up on, and my own children now love it as well! This simple, quick treat takes advantage of a shortcut store-bought…
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Ice Cream Pie
A homemade layered Ice Cream Pie is easier than you think! This Oreo Ice Cream Pie recipe includes a chocolate cookie crust, cookies and cream ice cream, fudge sauce and whipped topping…
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Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe
This easy Key Lime Pie recipe is quick to assemble, bursting with bright citrus flavor, and perfect for warm summer days! A homemade saltine crust pairs beautifully with the rich, creamy filling…
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Old Fashioned Lemon Buttermilk Pie
Buttermilk pie is an old-fashioned Southern dessert that has been loved for generations. Much like a chess pie, this dessert includes a buttery, flaky crust and a rich, tangy, lemon custard filling.…
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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie
An old-fashioned peanut butter pie is a classic Southern dessert! With a vanilla wafer cookie crust and a cool, creamy peanut butter filling, it’s the perfect combination of salty-and-sweet flavors with smooth…
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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie Recipe
Mom’s Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie recipe is a classic easy dessert for the spring and summer months! Fresh berries are coated in a sweet glaze and finished with a dollop of whipped cream,…
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Dutch Apple Pie {Apple Crumble Pie}
This easy Dutch Apple Pie is a traditional, old-fashioned dessert that always wins rave reviews! With the flaky pastry crust, tender, warmly-spiced apples, and buttery oat and brown sugar streusel crumb topping,…
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Peach Galette
This easy and rustic peach galette is the perfect summer dessert! Use a store-bought Pillsbury pie crust or make your own from scratch — the simple free-form pie is delicious either way.…
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Damson Plum Pie
This old-fashioned Damson Plum Pie, also called Damson Pie or Caramel Pie, is a classic Virginia dessert that’s been loved for generations. The simple custard filling comes together in just minutes, thanks…
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Apple Galette
While it might look and sound fancy, an apple galette is really just an easier, more rustic version of an apple pie! You don’t need to make your own crust from scratch,…
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Chocolate Chess Pie
Rich, gooey and fudgy Chocolate Chess Pie is a favorite Southern dessert that’s perfect for every occasion. Best of all, the easy pie recipe is ready for the oven with just 10…

Summer Fruit Cobblers and Crisps

A crisp or cobbler that takes advantage of fresh peaches, berries, apples, or plums is one of our favorite ways to enjoy summer produce. These make-ahead summer desserts can be served warm, at room temperature, or even cold. Don’t forget a scoop of ice cream on top!

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Strawberry Crisp
This easy strawberry crisp recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a bounty of fresh berries! Juicy, sweet strawberries are topped with a buttery, crunchy oat streusel for a classic spring or…
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Plum Crisp
This easy Plum Crisp recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a bounty of fresh fruit! Sweet, juicy and tender plums are topped with a buttery, crunchy oat streusel for a rustic…
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Peach Crisp
This easy Peach Crisp recipe is a perfect summer dessert! Juicy, fresh peaches are topped with a buttery, crunchy brown sugar oat streusel for a classic treat that everyone loves. Bake the…
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Easy Apple Crisp
This Easy Apple Crisp recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a bounty of fresh fruit! Sweet and tart warmly spiced apples are topped with a buttery, crunchy oat streusel for a…
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Old-Fashioned Blueberry Buckle
Enjoy fresh summer produce in this easy, old-fashioned blueberry buckle recipe! The moist cake is piled high with cinnamon streusel topping, making it a perfect coffee cake for your next breakfast or…
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Easy Blueberry Cobbler
This easy blueberry cobbler is a delicious way to enjoy fresh summer berries! The cake-like batter puffs up around the fruit, giving the dish that classic “cobbled” texture on top. It’s warm,…
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Peach Blueberry Cobbler
This Southern Peach Blueberry Cobbler is the best way to enjoy fresh summer fruit! The warm filling is topped with light, buttery biscuits for a special breakfast or an easy dessert. Don’t…
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Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler Recipe
This Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler recipe is a delicious way to enjoy fresh summer blueberries! The warm fruit filling is topped with light, buttery biscuits for a special breakfast or an easy dessert.…
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Easy Peach Cobbler
The most delicious summer dessert! This easy peach cobbler recipe can be made with fresh, frozen, or canned peaches in just 10 minutes! Top the warm cobbler with a scoop of creamy…
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Blackberry Cobbler
Inspired by the most delicious baked goods from a beautiful little farm stand on Martha’s Vineyard, this is truly the best old fashioned blackberry cobbler recipe! With about 10 minutes of prep,…

Cakes

Heading to a cookout? Hosting a summer picnic, potluck, or birthday party? A crowd-pleasing cake is always a hit!

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Cinnamon Streusel Peach Cake
There’s no better way to enjoy sweet, ripe, and juicy peaches than in this easy Cinnamon Streusel Peach Cake! It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack, or dessert and it comes together in…
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7UP Pound Cake
This old fashioned 7UP Pound Cake recipe is a simple Southern dessert that’s perfect for just about any occasion. The smooth, buttery pound cake is made from scratch with just a hint…
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Chocolate Bundt Cake
With a little bit of help from a boxed mix, chocolate pudding mix, sour cream, and chocolate chips, this easy Chocolate Bundt Cake recipe is ready for the oven in about 10…
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Peach Pound Cake
Add a sweet touch of summer to a classic Southern dessert with this simple and easy Peach Pound Cake! The rich sour cream cake is studded with warmly-spiced peaches for a moist,…
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One-Bowl Buttermilk Chocolate Cake
This old-fashioned buttermilk chocolate cake requires just one bowl and a whisk! You don’t even need an electric mixer to stir together the simple batter or the rich, fudgy icing. Best of…
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Pig Pickin’ Cake
This classic Pig Pickin’ Cake is a traditional Southern dessert that starts with a box of yellow cake mix and a can of mandarin oranges. The moist, citrus-flavored cake is topped with…
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Earthquake Cake
This easy chocolate Earthquake Cake is loaded with so many delicious flavors and textures! Layers of German chocolate cake, coconut, pecans and chocolate chips are swirled with decadent cream cheese. Whip up…
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Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
This easy, homemade Strawberry Cake is the best dessert for spring and summer! It’s an old-fashioned strawberry cake recipe that’s made with a box of cake mix, Jello, buttermilk and fresh or…
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Grandma’s Texas Sheet Cake
Grandma’s Texas Sheet Cake is a moist chocolate cake baked in a jelly roll pan and smothered with a rich, chocolate fudge frosting. The old-fashioned dessert is a crowd-pleasing treat for birthdays,…
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Chi-Chi’s Famous White Texas Sheet Cake
This is the only cake recipe that you will EVER need! My mother-in-law is famous for her Texas Sheet Cake, and we’ve all decided that her “white” version is the absolute best!…
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Orange Juice Cake
This old-fashioned Orange Juice Cake is incredibly moist and bursting with fresh citrus flavor! Best of all, the easy homemade bundt cake comes together in minutes thanks to help from a box…
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Strawberry Shortcake Cake
The perfect dessert for spring and summer! This easy Strawberry Shortcake Cake starts with a boxed cake mix, is topped with a light and fluffy cream cheese frosting, and is finished with…
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Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Make an old-fashioned Strawberry Shortcake recipe from scratch with just a few simple ingredients! This classic dessert has been a favorite for generations, thanks to tender, flaky biscuits that are topped with…
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Watergate Cake
This vintage Watergate Cake is a pistachio, pecan, and coconut dessert that’s topped with a creamy whipped frosting. The beautiful green cake is a classic, old-fashioned treat that has been a favorite…
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Chocolate Cherry Cake
Thanks to help from a boxed mix, this Chocolate Cherry Cake with fudge icing is an easy dessert recipe that’s perfect for any occasion! It’s decadent, it’s moist, and it’s a simple…

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Aunt Bee’s 5-Ingredient 5-Minute Cherry Dump Cake
This tried-and-true family recipe could not be any easier! Just combine 5 simple ingredients in a cake pan, bake it in the oven, and Aunt Bee’s 5-Minute Cherry Dump Cake is warm,…
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Coca Cola Cake
This Coca Cola Cake is a classic Southern dessert recipe made easy — thanks to help from a box of cake mix! The moist and fluffy chocolate cake is covered in a homemade…
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Oreo Poke Cake
The perfect party food, this Oreo Poke Cake is an easy dessert recipe that everyone loves! A chocolate poke cake with vanilla pudding is topped with a fluffy frosting and crushed Oreo…

Cookies and Bars

Set out a tray of cookies or bars and watch your friends and family smile! They’re a great way to feed a crowd, they pack well for picnics, beach days, or hikes, and the flavor options are endless. Here are a few recipes that taste especially good during the warm summer months…

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Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
A thick layer of rich, creamy, lemon cheesecake that’s studded with fresh blueberries sits on top of a graham cracker crust for the most decadent and delicious summer dessert. Bake these easy…
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Raspberry Crumble Bars
With an oatmeal shortbread crust, a raspberry jam filling, and a buttery crumb topping, these Raspberry Crumble Bars are a delicious, easy dessert! You can even prepare a batch of the sweet,…
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Thick and chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are an easy dessert that’s perfect for any occasion! Grab a cold glass of milk and whip up a batch! These crowd-pleasing, rich and buttery…
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Fannie’s Frosted Lemon Bars
With help from a boxed cake mix, Fannie’s Frosted Lemon Bars are a perfect easy dessert to welcome Spring! The refreshingly sweet and slightly tart squares are slathered in a thick coat…
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Easy Fudgy Brownies
These easy homemade Fudgy Brownies are a chocolate-lover’s dream! After many rounds of testing, the thick, decadent brownies with chewy edges, crinkle tops and a moist, fudgy center are the absolute winners.…
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Funfetti Cookies
Soft and chewy homemade Funfetti Cookies start with a box of cake mix, vanilla instant pudding, and Funfetti chips! They’re loaded with rainbow sprinkles for a sweet treat that appeals to kids…
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Sprinkle Cookies
Thick, soft, bakery-style cut-out Sugar Sprinkle Cookies are a fun way to delight the kids! The best sugar cookies are loaded with rainbow sprinkles, then glazed and topped with even more sprinkles.…
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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Crisp, golden brown edges, thick, soft and chewy centers, and plenty of melty, gooey chocolate chips make these the best chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever taste! Grandma’s classic recipe comes out perfectly…
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Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
Perfectly soft, thick and chewy Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are a family favorite dessert! Whip up a batch for your next afternoon snack, get your kids in the kitchen with you, or…

Breakfast

Blueberry Muffin Easy Oatmeal Cookies
These Blueberry Muffin Easy Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect mix between soft and fluffy blueberry muffins and a buttery and delicious cookie. They’re so much fun and easy to make and are…
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Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Blossoms
You just can’t beat the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate! Share these easy Peanut Butter Blossoms on Christmas cookie trays, serve them with a glass of milk for an after-school…

Light and Healthy Summer Desserts

If you’re looking for healthy and light summer desserts that won’t weigh you down, we’ve got you covered!

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Greek Yogurt Chocolate Zucchini Cake
No eggs, no butter and no oil! You only need 4 ingredients for this healthy, low calorie Greek Yogurt Chocolate Zucchini Cake! Best of all, this cake is 100% kid-approved!
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Healthy Strawberry Crisp
Fresh strawberries, whole grain oats, and crunchy almonds make this Healthy Strawberry Crisp an easy make ahead breakfast or low calorie dessert to enjoy all summer long! It’s gluten-free, contains no refined…

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Healthy Blueberry Peach Cobbler
The perfect summer dessert! This Healthy Blueberry Peach Cobbler is a delicious and light way to enjoy the season’s fresh produce!
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Peach Smoothie
Sweet and refreshing, this easy Peach Smoothie is a healthy breakfast or snack that’s ready in about 5 minutes! Kids can’t resist the simple and delicious combination of fruit, yogurt and milk…
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Banana Blueberry Smoothie
A simple and healthy Banana Blueberry Smoothie is an easy breakfast or snack that the kids go crazy for! Made with fruit, Greek yogurt and milk, the quick and refreshing smoothie is…
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Chunky Monkey Protein Smoothie
Loaded with chocolate, peanut butter and banana, this 5-Minute Chunky Monkey Protein Smoothie is a healthy breakfast or satisfying snack to fuel you through your day!

Fitness and Nutrition Coaching

Apple Pie Smoothie
On a busy weekday morning, serve your kids a healthy, all-natural, and easy breakfast on the go. Your kids will think that they are enjoying a sweet and creamy milkshake, but this…

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Healthy Strawberry Smoothie With Mango
Make a sunny escape in just two minutes with this high-protein, dairy-free Mango and Strawberry Smoothie! It’s the perfect nourishing breakfast or snack option to fuel your busy days — even when…
Strawberry Banana Smoothie garnished with a fresh strawberry on the glass

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie is made with yogurt, fruit and milk for a simple and satisfying breakfast or snack that your kids will adore! It’s a great way to take advantage…
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3-Ingredient Coconut Tropical Smoothie
Surprise! This thick and creamy Coconut Tropical Smoothie is made with just 3 ingredients, is dairy-free, is vegan, and is gluten-free as well! It’s a perfectly refreshing healthy breakfast or light snack…

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Strawberry Jello Salad
Isn’t this easy, 5-minute Strawberry Sunshine Jello Salad pretty? With an abundance of strawberries, peaches, and pineapple tucked inside, it’s a perfectly refreshing fruit salad for the warm months ahead!
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Easy Fruit Salad with Vanilla Pudding
This easy fruit salad recipe comes together in just minutes, and is packed with fresh flavor! Pick your favorite in-season fruit — from strawberries, blueberries and peaches to bananas, apples or grapes…

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Mint Julep Fruit Salad
“Run for the roses” with an easy and festive Mint Julep Fruit Salad that’s perfect for Derby Day! Whether you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby party, a bridal shower, or any other spring…

I hope that you’ve found some new, easy summer dessert recipes to share with your friends and family this season. Let me know about your favorite warm-weather treats in the comments below!

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