21 Easy Ice Cream Desserts to Try This Summer

Pint of ice cream
Photo: Rita Maas

Who doesn't love ice cream on a balmy day? From ice cream cakes and sandwiches to ice cream s'mores, these cool recipes are perfect for a hot summer night—or, honestly, pretty much anytime. And if you want to be a little bit extra? You can even make your own homemade ice cream to create these dreamy, creamy ice cream desserts.

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Peanut Butter Ice Cream Crunch Cake

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Crunch Cake
Tom Schierlitz

This sweet and salty dessert combines crunchy peanuts and creamy chocolate-peanut butter ganache.

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Ice Cream S'mores

Ice Cream S'mores
Tom Schierlitz

What would make the campfire dessert even better? Try it with a little vanilla ice cream inside.

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Mexican "Fried" Ice Cream

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Jen Causey

The secret to avoiding melting this fun treat? Cook up the crispy coating in advance, let it cool, then roll scoops of vanilla ice cream in the mixture..

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PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches

PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches
Greg DuPree

Feel like a kid again with this ice cream dessert that plays on the classic lunchbox sandwich. Freeze-dried strawberries and chopped peanuts add a satisfying crunch.

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Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake
Lisa Hubbard

Our recipe for ice cream cake calls for layers of yellow cake and coffee ice cream, but feel free to get creative—try devil's food with mint chocolate chip ice cream in the center, or a confetti cake with orange sherbet.

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Berry and Ice Cream Shortcakes

Berry and Ice Cream Shortcakes
David Prince

Shortcakes are the perfect way to take advantage of your farmers' market or pick-your-own bounty—you can choose whatever berries look best to adorn this sweet ice cream dessert.

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Easy Ice Cream Cake

Easy Ice Cream Cake
Marcus Nilsson

This ice cream cake comes together super fast—just layer in ice cream sandwiches and sweetened whipped cream.

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Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches
Yunhee Kim

This may be the easiest ice cream recipe—just sandwich softened ice cream between a pair of crispy cookies.

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Ice Cream Truffles

Ice Cream Truffles
Anna Williams

These cool ice cream truffles are the perfect way to serve ice cream to a crowd—each person gets their own truffle (or three).

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Vanilla-Orange Freeze

Vanilla-Orange Freeze
Anna Williams

Like a creamsicle in cake form, this recipe calls for vanilla ice cream with a sunny layer of orange.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ngoc Minh Ngo

Homemade peanut butter cookies are the perfect salty-sweet foil to vanilla ice cream.

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Mixed-Berry Shake

Mixed-Berry Shake
Quentin Bacon

Frozen berries and ice cream combine for a drink that serves double duty as a dessert.

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Fruity Ice Cream Cups

Fruity Ice Cream Cups
David Prince

Layer vanilla ice cream and fruit sorbet for a refreshing dessert that's easy to individually serve.

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Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie

Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie
Yunhee Kim

A chocolate Rice Krispie crust is the perfect foil for mint chip ice cream. If you really want to wow your guests, DIY your own mint chip ice cream.

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Shortbread With Oranges and Honey

Shortbread With Oranges and Honey
Amy Neunsinger

Honey drizzled oranges and fresh shortbread cookies are the perfect accompaniments for vanilla ice cream.

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Cupcakes With Vanilla Ice Cream Frosting

Cupcakes With Vanilla Ice Cream Frosting
Anna Williams

This is the perfect way to serve up cake and ice cream—swirl vanilla ice cream on top of your favorite cupcakes (and don't forget the sprinkles!).

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Tiramisu

Tiramisu
Anna Williams

Make the classic Italian dessert perfect for summer by swapping ice cream for the mascarpone.

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Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
Anna Williams

Fresh strawberries give this frozen dessert extra sweetness.

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Lemon Soda Float

Lemon Soda Float
Anna Williams

Not into root beer? Pair lemon soda and vanilla ice cream for the ultimate sweet-tart version of the ice cream float.

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Caramel-Almond Ice Cream Torte

Caramel-Almond Ice Cream Torte
David Prince

It takes just a few minutes to make this impressive-looking (and tasting!) ice cream cake.

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Vanilla Mango Ice Cream Cake

Vanilla Mango Ice Cream Cake
Philip Friedman; Styling: Colleen Riley

Layers of mango sorbet, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate cookie crumbs make for a crowd-pleasing ice cream dessert.

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