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Sweet 'n' Smoky: 17 BBQ-inspired Desserts for Grilling Season

FEBRUARY 08, 2023
DESSERTS
BARBECUE
Sweet 'n' Smoky: 17 BBQ-inspired Desserts for Grilling Season
When the summer rolls around, and the aroma of grilled delights fills the air, you know it's time for an outdoor feast. But have you ever thought about finishing off your charcoal-charmed meal with a dessert fired up on the same grill? Barbecuing isn't just for the savories, my friends. There's an unexpected allure in combining smoky, charred flavors with the sweet finish of a dessert. This invigorating combination gives you the best of both worlds. All the while bringing a certain novelty to the table which is sure to excite your family and friends. Together we will venture into exceptional sweet endings, all kissed by fire and infused with the spirit of a genuine cookout. From grilled peaches with a dollop of creamy mascarpone to decadent chocolate brownies dancing with a hint of smoke, this series of recipes is designed to surprise and delight. Enjoy the harmonious contrast between sweetness and smoke with these 17 exceptional BBQ-inspired dessert recipes. Let them elevate your next summer gathering and make it an event to remember. There's nothing quite like capping off a great meal with a slice of something sweet 'n' smoky.
Dance Around The Kitchen

Twinkie Cake

This layered Twinkie Cake starts with a yellow cake mix and is filled with a fluffy, creamy, not-too-sweet vanilla filling. Like the Twinkie you've grown up with, but better!
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33
185
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$0.18
PER SERVING
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Twinkie Cake
Tatyanas Everyday Food

Summer Fruit Sangria Cake Recipe

The best summer fruit cake - sangria cake with fluffy sponge cake, whipped cream and fruit!
8
7,986
37
1 hr 50 min
TOTAL TIME
540
CALORIES
$1.49
PER SERVING
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Summer Fruit Sangria Cake Recipe
I Heart Nap Time

Fruit Pizza Recipe

The BEST summer dessert that's topped with fresh fruit, a cream cheese frosting and has a soft sugar cookie crust. Super simple to make and always a hit. You'll absolutely love this easy and colorful fruit pizza!
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46,927
139
20 min
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323
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$1.43
PER SERVING
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Fruit Pizza Recipe
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The Magical Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Blackberry Cobbler

From scratch blackberry cobbler made in the slow cooker! Great for a summer dessert along with ice cream or whipped cream.
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2,759
1,647
2 hr 30 min
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369
CALORIES
$1.62
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Slow Cooker Blackberry Cobbler
Two Peas and Their Pod

Classic No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies with chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal! These classic no bake cookies are an all-time favorite cookie and they are so easy to make!
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35 min
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160
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$0.19
PER SERVING
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Classic No Bake Cookies
Bunny's Warm Oven

Slab Strawberry Shortcake

Indulge in a classic dessert with our Slab Strawberry Shortcake! This easy-to-make recipe features layers of buttery shortcake, juicy strawberries, and rich whipped cream. Enjoy a decadent recipe that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Treat your family and friends to sweet and savory Slab Strawberry Sh...
6
16,956
17
20 hr
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597
CALORIES
$1.95
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Slab Strawberry Shortcake
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Make This Instagramable Watermelon Cake for Your Next Event

These towering tiers of summer-ripe fruit will make a stunning centerpiece for your next cookout, potluck, or shower. Use your favorite fruits to customize the design; simply secure firmly with wooden picks. Although it’s tempting to try and make this ahead of time, don’t make it any earlier than...
37
1,471
20 min
TOTAL TIME
190
CALORIES
$2.03
PER SERVING
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Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Get ready for the ultimate indulgence – Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies! Soft, chewy, and loaded with colorful sprinkles, these cookies are a surefire way to brighten up your day. Plus, they only require 4 ingredients and 20 minutes of your time! Get creative and top them with frosting or your favorite ca...
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574
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$0.56
PER SERVING
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Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies
Comfy Belly

Firecracker Pops

I used my trusty old plastic Tovolo pop molds, but you can use paper cups and pop sticks, or any other kind of mold. You can even put these in glasses or glass jars to make them scoopable. I used dripped yogurt, but you can use any yogurt you have around. These are good to prepare a day before you'...
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1
121
CALORIES
$1.23
PER SERVING
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Firecracker Pops
The Home Cook's Kitchen

Cheese and Cherry Strudel

This cheese and cherry strudel is everything you'll need for a delicious dessert to celebrate all things Oktoberfest!
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77
1
45 min
TOTAL TIME
1224
CALORIES
$5.85
PER SERVING
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Cheese and Cherry Strudel
Live Well Bake Often

Mini Cheesecakes

These Mini Cheesecakes feature a homemade graham cracker crust with a smooth and creamy cheesecake filling. This recipe is incredibly easy to make and includes several different topping options to use too!
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31,842
268
30 min
TOTAL TIME
256
CALORIES
$0.52
PER SERVING
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Mini Cheesecakes
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Perfect Lemon Bars

My favorite EASY Lemon Bars recipe is made with a buttery shortbread crust and creamy lemon filling.
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16,597
1,386
45 min
TOTAL TIME
363
CALORIES
$0.88
PER SERVING
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Perfect Lemon Bars
Handle the Heat

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars are ultra thick, chewy, gooey, and loaded with tons of sweet peanut butter and chocolate flavor!  Download my free cookie customization guide HERE
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17,085
42
45 min
TOTAL TIME
443
CALORIES
$0.48
PER SERVING
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars
Sugar Spun Run

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

A simple homemade strawberry cream cheese pie made with an easy graham cracker crust, a sweet cream cheese layer, and topped with fresh strawberries in a homemade jam glaze.
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26,790
386
30 min
TOTAL TIME
796
CALORIES
$3.00
PER SERVING
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Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie
Balancing Motherhood

Texas Sheet Cake

This classic Texas Sheet Cake is an easy-to-make, moist, and chocolatey dessert that will satisfy a crowd! Perfect for any occasion.
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18,448
22
772
CALORIES
$0.98
PER SERVING
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Texas Sheet Cake
Mom on Time Out

Orange Creamsicle Cake

This easy Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake is a wonderful addition to all your summer parties! A lovely vanilla cake that is bursting with orange flavor and topped with a fluffy orange and vanilla frosting that no one will be able to resist!
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42,672
6,263
38 min
TOTAL TIME
167
CALORIES
$0.45
PER SERVING
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Orange Creamsicle Cake
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Strawberry Delight

This Strawberry Delight is a luscious dessert of strawberries, cream cheese, gelatin, and whipped topping. It's easy, no-bake, and delicious!
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51,658
1,449
2 hr 40 min
TOTAL TIME
651
CALORIES
$2.38
PER SERVING
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Strawberry Delight