Top 10 Recipes to Kick Off Summer

Top 10 Recipes to Kick Off Summer | ButtercreamBlondie.comWho’s ready to dive into summer?  It may not officially be summer for another few weeks, but it doesn’t have to be official for me to get on board with ice cream sandwiches, boozy s’mores milkshakes and a margarita granita that’s so good, you’ll want to dive right into it.

I’m always pretty pumped about Memorial Day weekend and after this past winter, which I kind of thought might never end, I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy about it!  I had to put together a collection of my top recipes to celebrate the warm weather and the start of ice cream season!  I’ve included everything form apps to shakes, so this is a list you’ll want to keep on hand throughout the summer!

Before we dive into the sweets, let’s kick things off with some lighter fare to balance it all out.  These Skinny Avocado Chicken Salad Bites are little bites of heaven and perfect for summer entertaining because they have no mayo.  Dish it up in wonton cups, on top of some grilled rustic bread or little sandwiches.

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Next up are the Goat Cheese & Avocado Portobellos.  Throw the portobellos on the grill, let the goat cheese melt & then top with mashed avocado.  The roasted tomatoes are like the sweetest little savory sprinkles ever.

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Okay, time for the sweet stuff.  Let’s just dive right into the mama of all ice cream sandwiches, Nutella Frangelico Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Two soft baked Nutella cookies filled with Frangelico ice cream and rolled in Callebaut dark chocolate.  There are no words…

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Continuing on with ice creams that will make you melt, Dark Chocolate Ice Cream is where it’s at. Put a few scoops in a sprinkled-up cone and call it a day!

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If fruity is more your style, these Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Sandwiches are a must.  Strawberry rhubarb creme fraiche ice cream sandwiched between two soft baked brown sugar cookies are like biting into a frozen strawberry shortcake.

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Summer is all about the fruity drinks, so as soon as the warm weather shows up, so does the Strawberry Margarita Granita!  Word to the wise, this stuff doesn’t last long.

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Blueberry Bliss Oatmeal Cream Pies deserve an invitation to all your summer parties.  These little hand-held treats are easy to whip up and as the name says, simply blissful.

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Strawberries are everything right now and these Roasted Strawberry and Mascarpone Cupcakes are all sorts of divine.  Make sure to make extra roasted strawberries as they have a tendency to disappear right off the pan ;)

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I couldn’t possibly talk about summer desserts without including the Ultimate No Bake Peanut Butter Pie.  I love it, you love it, it’s basically a party on a plate.

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Last, there’s no way you can kick off summer without s’mores!  Break out the blender and whip up these Boozy S’mores Shakes for the ultimate summer treat!

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Do you guys have a favorite summer dish?  A dessert that must make an appearance at all your summer parties?  I’d love to hear about it!  Hope you all have a great holiday weekend and I’ll see you next week with a new dessert!

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3 Responses to “Top 10 Recipes to Kick Off Summer”

  1. 1
    dc says:

    They look killer! Today, however, the only one I printed was the portabellos and goat cheese…weird!

  2. 2

    These recipes look like the perfect way to welcome in summer!

  3. 3
    Liz says:

    Is it wrong to want them ALL? And ASAP? Terrific round up!!!

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