Over 80 Recipes for Picnic Desserts

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Picnic Desserts are perfect for any spring and summer occasions. 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.

The Best Picnic Desserts

Over 80 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 party 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 incorporated 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 other 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.

Bars and Brownies for Picnic Desserts:

Flourless Peanut Butter Cup Swirl Brownies Recipe Flourless Nutella Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Cakes for Picnic Desserts:

Cupcakes for Picnic Desserts:

Cheesecake Desserts for Picnic Desserts:

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Dip Gluten Free No Bake Peach Cheesecake Bars

Cookies for Picnic Desserts:

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cookies

Fruit Desserts for Picnic Desserts:

Desserts in a Jar for Picnic Desserts:

Rainbow Gel Fruit Parfait Cups

Best Easy Party Desserts

Desserts To Bring To a Picnic

18 Comments
  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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