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No-Fuss Summer Desserts

On the whole, we Fresh Americans are pretty healthy eaters. But we find it hard to pass up dessert, especially when it’s light, fruity, fun, and takes almost no time to make. We’re sharing one of our summer dessert favorites, plus links to several other no-bake standouts that make use of the season’s bounty of beautiful berries.



Mascarpone Cream with Fresh Mixed Berries


5 cups fresh mixed strawberries (hulled and quartered), blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries

4 ounces mascarpone cheese

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar

3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

¾ cup whipping cream

2 teaspoons limoncello


1. In a large bowl, combine the berries with 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Allow to stand for about 30 minutes.

2. In a small bowl, mix the whipping cream, mascarpone, remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons sugar with an electric mixer until combined. Add the limoncello and beat until soft peaks form.

3. Divide the mascarpone cream evenly among 4 bowls, and top with the berry mixture. Drizzle the berry juices over the cream. Serve immediately.



Four-Berry Smoothie from Southern Living


Summer Berry Trifle from Fine Cooking


Rote Grutze from Martha Stewart 


Spring Fling Icebox Dessert from BHG


Now, what’s a delicious dessert without a chic table setting to serve it on? Allow us to help. Today we’re giving away a set of eight Pine Cone Hill Melody napkins and Straight Edge Key Lime placemats—a $180 value! All you need to do is leave a comment below telling us your go-to summer dessert. The contest runs from Friday, July 13, through 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, July 15. (Read the full rules here.)

Congratulations to our winner, Mary from Pennsylvania! 

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Diane Wespiser July 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

Definately Sweet, juicy Watermelon, sliced and served cold is my go to dessert!

Renee A July 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Growing up, my grandpa always carved the most beautiful watermelon “baskets” and fill them with melon balls. The display wasn’t complete without a tub of Cool Whip sitting next to it 😉 I’ve tried, but always end up with a big bowl & no handle…

This summer we’ve been making homemade popsicles for special treats – yummy!

Laura July 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

My go-to summer dessert is mixed berries with fresh whipped cream. Yum!

Cheryl July 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Fried fruit pies with homemade vanilla ice cream! Pure goodness.

Monica Flegg July 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

My go to summer dessert is blueberries and strawberries with whipped cream and nutmeg sparkle (1/4 t nutmeg and 1 T sugar).

Susan Gosman July 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm

My sister’s fresh strawberry pie. It looks beautiful and the taste is out of this world! I’m going to call her right now and ask if there is any left from last night.

Jess July 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Raspberries, blueberries, and chopped strawberries in a bowl with whole milk and a teaspoon of sugar over the top. The milk is cool and refreshing but rich, and the berries with sugar have just enough balance of sweet and tart.

Lee July 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

My go to summer dessert is a frozen key lime pie in a chocolate cookie crust, topped with a layer of softened vanilla ice cream, then refrozen and sprinkled with shaved dark chocolate. There’s almost always one, or a portion, in the freezer. Delicious and so easy for company!

Dorothy July 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

My favorite is strawberry rhubard crumble, made to be somewhat tart. It’s baked but soo refreshing and delicious. And gone in a flash!

Victoria July 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

Banana pudding is my go to summer dessert and always a hit at parties.

Tandi July 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Peanut butter pie. A family favorite recipe that I borrowed from the pages of a Country Living magazine in the 90’s.

Mary July 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

For generations, the traditional dessert for summertime events in my family is peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream. Simple, fresh, and filled with decades and decades of happy, happy memories!

Debra Lee July 16, 2012 at 12:01 am

Blackberry Cobbler of course!


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