Over 90 Recipes for Picnic Desserts

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Picnic Desserts are perfect for any spring and summer occasion. You can bring these easy party desserts to picnics, but also barbecues, pool parties, backyard blasts, and all kinds of other fun outdoor gatherings. Cakes, cookies, brownies, and more, these easy desserts for a crowd will be a sweet ending to your day, and there are plenty of gluten free options too!

collage of photos of fluffernutter cookies, chocolate cupcake, reese's poke cake, peach cheesecake bars, s'mores bars, and blueberry cheesecake parfaits

Over 90 Easy Party Desserts for Spring and Summer 

When the weather gets warmer, everyone wants to bring their parties outside! Sometimes it’s a picnic for two or just bringing along the kids, other times it’s a huge gathering or friends or family. And these occasions call for sweet treats! Typically in warm weather, we might want cool treats, but ice cream and popsicles aren’t the most portable party desserts when outdoors. Even fudge will get a little melty and messy. So…

What are the best easy picnic desserts for spring and summer?

  • Brownies and Bars – you can make a pan, cut them into squares, and everyone can just grab one in between innings of a baseball game or after a swim.
  • Cakes – while they may be a little harder to serve while outdoors, if you are celebrating a special occasion, sometimes you just need a cake. Layer cakes and bundt cakes may incorporate summer flavors, and sheet cakes in a pan are easy to pack and transport.
  • Cupcakes – everything you love about cake in an individual serving, and probably the kids’ favorite dessert.
  • Cheesecake Desserts – cool and creamy on a hot day, cheesecake is a favorite during any season. And you can take that classic flavor and use it in a dip, fruit salad, bars, or another type of dessert that is easy to serve and eat at a picnic.
  • Cookies – just like the brownies and bars, one batch of cookies makes a ton and there are no utensils needed.
  • Fruit Desserts – in the spring and summer, fresh fruit is perfectly ripe and in season, so it’s definitely the time of year to serve pies, crisps, crumbles, and other fruity sweets.
  • Desserts in a Jar – take a dessert that might not be easy to serve outdoors and layer it up in a jar, twist on the cap, pack it in your cooler, and bring some spoons and everyone can enjoy puddings, parfaits, and other treats.

Picnic Dessert Recipes

Key to finding gluten free recipes:

GF – gluten free recipe
GFO – recipe with gluten free option

Bars and Brownies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cup Swirl Brownies | GF

Flourless Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Gluten Free S’Mores Magic Bars | GF

three smores magic bars stacked on a plate with a bottle of milk

Flourless Nutella Cheesecake Swirl Brownies | GF

stack of three nutella cheesecake brownies, each wrapped with a strip of wax paper and twine

Butter Pecan M&M’s Magic Bars

m&m's magic bars stacked on a dish

Monster Cookie Bars | GFO with certified gluten free oats

Best Monster Cookie Bars topped with M&Ms on a plate

Flourless Turtle Cheesecake Brownies | GF

More bars and brownie recipes:

Cake Recipes

Reese’s Poke Cake | GFO

reese's poke cake in a baking pan with one slice being picked up

Strawberries and Cream Cake or Gluten Free Strawberries and Cream Cake | GFO

Strawberries and Cream Cake is one of the Best Easter Dessert Recipes for Spring

Banana Chocolate Chip Nutella Cake | GFO

slice of banana layer cake with layers of nutella and cream cheese frosting

Peanut Butter Cup Flourless Chocolate Cake Roll | GF

Peanut Butter Cup Flourless Chocolate Cake Roll

Lemon Pound Cake or Gluten Free Lemon Pound Cake | GFO

three stacked slices of the loaf on a small white plate

More cakes:


Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes | GF

A Single Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting on Two Stacked Plates

Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes filled with cocnut pudding

Lucky Charms Cupcakes | GFO

three lucky charms cupcakes on a white rectangular plate

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes | GF

A Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Frosting and a White Cupcake Liner

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

cupcakes with peanut butter frosting and one with a dollop of jelly on top

Rocket Pop Cupcakes or Gluten Free Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes | GFO

4th of July cupcake with red, white, and blue frosting

More cupcake recipes:

Cheesecake Desserts

No-Bake Peach Cheesecake Bars | GF

One of the No-Bake Peach Cheesecake Bars being eaten on a small plate

Blueberry Maple Mini Cheesecake Parfaits | GF

Blueberry Maple Mini Cheesecake Parfaits

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Dip | GF

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Dip

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries | GF

One of the cut open cheesecake stuffed strawberries dipped in chocolate

More cheesecake dessert recipes:

Flourless Fluffernutter Cookies | GF

stacked up fluffernutter cookies and a glass of milk

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies | GF

stack of chocolate chip cookies and one broken in half next to it

Worms and Dirt Cookie Cups

cookie cups filled with oreo dirt and gummy worms

M&M’s Macaroons | GF

Coconut Macaroons with M&M's chocolate candies on a red plate

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups | GF

Gluten free chocolate chip cookie cups filled with swirls of chocolate frosting on a green cake stand.

Trail Mix Monster Cookies | GFO with certified gluten free oats

bowl of trail mix monster cookies

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cookies | GF

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cookies on a striped napkins with more on a cookie sheet

More cookies:

Fruit Desserts

Red, White, and Blue Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad | GF

a serving bowl and two small bowls of fruit salad coated in a dressing with mint leaves

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcakes | GF

A Close-Up Shot of a Sweet Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Apple Nachos | GF

slices of apples topped with peanut butter and strawberry jam on a cutting board

Red, White, and Blue Berry Pound Cake Bites | GFO with gluten free pound cake

Berry Pound Cake Bites

Dulce de Leche Banana Cream Pie | GF

A fork with a bite of Gluten Free Chocolate Crust Banana Cream Pie on the plate

Waldorf Fruit Salad | GF

Bowl of creamy fruit salad tossed in honey yogurt dressing

Healthy Apple Candy Bar Salad | GF

glasses filled with apple candy bar salad and topped with peanuts

More Fruit Dessert Recipes:

Desserts in a Jar

Rainbow Fruit Gel Parfait Cups | GF

rainbow gelatin parfait in a jar

Banana Berry Cheesecake Quinoa Parfaits | GF

Banana Berry Cheesecake Greek Yogurt Quinoa Parfaits

Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits | GF

peanut butter and jelly yogurt parfaits in jars

Carrot Cake Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Parfaits | GFO with gluten free carrot cake recipe

carrot cake parfaits in jars

More Dessert Recipes in a Jar:

  1. Tiffany

    I love that Paska bread was a favorite. It has been a tradition in my family for many generations. Always one of my favorites (along with the Perogi).

  2. Thanks for this great roundup! Might actually encourage me to have some more picnics this year. 😉 And thanks so much for including my Raw Fig & Cherry Bars, too! 😀

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