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Elegant Cakes – 221 Summer Recipes
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221 Summer Recipes

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Happy unofficial first day of summer! Although the calendar states that the first official day isn’t until June 21st, I think most of us see Memorial Day weekend as the beginning of summer. To kick off the season, I’m sharing a plethora of my favorite summer recipes from the site. Summer typically means grilling, picnics, cook-outs, and fresh fruit. As a result, I always find appetizers, finger-foods, side dishes, and light and fresh desserts are high on everyone’s wish list. You’ll find a lot of those in the list below, as well as some other summer favorites of mine. Enjoy!

Appetizers & Snacks

Artichoke Spinach Dip
Beer-Battered Zucchini Fries
Black Bean Salsa
Cheddar Ale Spread
Chicken Spread
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Conch Fritters
Crab Dip
Cream Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños
Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fruit Dip
Homemade Cheez-Its
Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa
Hot Corn and Cheese Dip
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Mango-Pineapple Salsa
Seven Layer Dip
Soft Pretzels
Spinach Dip
Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
Sweet Onion & Parmesan Dip
Taco Dip
Tomato Mozzarella Tart
Traditional Hummus
Veggie Pizza Appetizer
Warm Black Bean Dip
White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip
Zucchini-Corn Fritters
Zucchini Squares


Blackberry Gin Fizz Float
Chocolate Italian Cream Soda
Classic Lemonade
DIY: Iced Coffee
Fluffernutter Milkshake
Ginger-Tea Lemonade
Malted Vanilla Milkshake
Strawberry Pimm’s Cup Cocktail
White Sangria

Bar Desserts & Brownies

Almond Joy Cookie Bars
Baked Brownie
Blackberry Pie Bars
Blueberry Crumb Bars
Carrot-Zucchini Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chubby Hubby Rice Krispies Treats
Ginger-Peach Granola Squares
Golden Grahams S’mores Bars
Key Lime Pie Bars
Lemon Bars
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars
Oreo Cheesecake Bars
Oreo Rice Krispies Treats
Peach Crumb Bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Peanut Butter Cup Bars
Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownie Bars
Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats
Rainbow Ribbon Jello
Raspberry Streusel Bars
Rocky Road Rice Krispies Treats
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Salted Caramel Rice Krispies Treats with Dark Chocolate
Sky-High Lemon Meringue Pie Bars
S’more Nut Bars
Snickers Rice Krispies Treats
Stained Glass Jello (perfect for the 4th of July!)
Strawberry Pretzel Squares
Sweet and Salty Brownies


Banana Nut Bread
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Hamburger Buns
Zucchini-Banana Bread
Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Cornbread
Zucchini Pineapple Bread

Breakfast & Brunch

Blueberry-Buttermilk Scones
Blueberry Muffins
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Meyer Lemon-Raspberry Scones
Orange Berry Muffins
Vanilla Bean Rhubarb-Ginger Scones


Angel Food Cake
Blueberry Boy Bait
Blueberry Buckle
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Blueberry-Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake
Coconut-Vanilla Bean Cake with Coconut Meringue Frosting
Flag Cake (From Scratch!)
German Chocolate Cake
Homemade Rum Cake
Honey-Vanilla Sour Cream Pound Cake
Icebox Cake
Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake
Neapolitan Cake
New York-Style Crumb Cake
No-Bake Banana Split Cake Dessert
Oreo Cheesecake Icebox Cake
Peach Coffee Cake
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Rhubarb Crumb Cake
Ricotta Cake with Fresh Berries
Root Beer Float Cake
Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Roll
Strawberry Mirror Cake
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake


Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies
Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies
Lemon Burst Cookies
No-Bake Cookies
Orange Cookies with Sweet Orange Glaze
Salted Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies
S’mores Whoopie Pies
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting
Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes (from scratch!)
Hummingbird Cupcakes
Lemon-Limoncello Cupcakes
Margarita Cupcakes
Mojito Cupcakes
S’mores Cupcakes
Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Buttercream
Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
Zucchini-Pineapple Cupcakes with Orange Sour Cream Frosting

Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

Banana Split Ice Cream Cake
Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet
Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake
Date, Rum & Pecan Ice Cream
DIY: Homemade Klondike Bars
Double Vanilla Ice Cream Cake
Dried Apricot-Pistachio Ice Cream
Fresh Peach Ice Cream
Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
Fried Ice Cream
Frozen Brownie Sundae
Homemade Fudge Pops
Malted Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanut Brittle & Milk Chocolate Chunks
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sandwiches
Peanut Butter Lover’s Ice Cream
Pistachio Nut Ice Cream
Red, White & Blue Firecracker Popsicles
Roasted Banana Ice Cream
Salted Caramel Ice Cream
S’mores Ice Cream
Tin Roof Ice Cream
Toasted Almond and Candied Cherry Ice Cream
Toasted Almond Fudge Ripple Ice Cream
Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream

Main Dishes

Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbasa & Sauerkraut (slow cooker – perfect for cookouts!)
Chipped Ham BBQ Sandwiches
Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce
Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce
Garden Zucchini Pizza Casserole
Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Spicy Apple Glaze
Grilled Fish Tacos
Italian Chicken Salad Sandwich
Pesto Chicken Salad
Pretzel Dogs
Roasted Shrimp and Orzo
Slow Cooker Honey-Balsamic Pulled Pork
Veggie Bean Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

Pies & Tarts

Banoffee Pie
Blueberry Cheesecake Pie
Blueberry Pie
Cherry Pie
Classic Apple Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie
Dutch Apple Pie
Fresh Fruit Tart with Pastry Cream
Fresh Strawberry Pie
Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie
Key Lime Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
No-Bake Butterfinger Pie
No-Bake S’mores Pie
Orange Cream Tart
Peach Crumble Pie
Peach Pie
Rhubarb Pie-Tartlets
Strawberry Cream Cheese Crumble Tart
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Tart

Side Dishes & Salads

Antipasto Salad
Barbecued Beans
Best Ever Potato Salad
Boston Baked Beans
Broccoli Salad
Chinese Coleslaw
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Creamy, Lighter Macaroni Salad
Egg Salad
Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad
Grilled Corn
Italian Pasta Salad
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
My Mom’s Legendary Italian Salad Dressing
Oil and Vinegar Coleslaw
Potato Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette
Seven Layer Salad
Thai Peanut Cabbage Slaw

Miscellaneous Desserts

Blueberry Cobbler
Dirt Dessert
No-Bake Oreo Layer Dessert
Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
Peach Strudel
Red, White & Blue Berry Trifle

What are your favorite summer recipes?

© Brown Eyed Baker

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