Summer Fest: The 5 Best Picnic Sweets

You’ve lunched on sandwiches, nibbled on potato salad and slaws, then washed it all down with a refreshing iced tea. What’s next? Dessert, of course. But with the summer sun pounding up above, it’s best to avoid delicate layered cakes or quick-to-melt ice cream. Before you head out, fill up your baskets with these champion travelers and we guarantee dessert will be a grand finale.

1. S’mores Bars (pictured above)
Kelsey layers chocolate chips and marshmallow fluff between graham-flavored blondies to make bars that possess all the campfire flavor of s’mores, minus the gooey mess.

2. Apple and Blueberry Hand Pies
No need to fumble for forks and plates. These flaky, grab-and-go pies — stuffed with cinnamon-dusted apples and blueberries — are as easy to devour as they are to transport.

3. Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Creamy mascarpone cheese keep Giada’s pint-sized cupcakes moist and fluffy, while a thin layer of strawberry glaze gives them tangy sweetness. Carry the glaze separately and top the cupcakes on-site so they don’t get soggy in the heat.

4. Blueberry-Lemon Tart
If you decide to bring a large-format dessert, opt for this sturdy fruit tart. Tyler fills the buttery crust with an Italian lemon curd, then sprinkles in a handful of fresh blueberries. Dust it with powdered sugar before serving to further impress family and friends.

5. Mini Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies with Maldon Sea Salt
Chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate on-the-go confection. A sprinkle of high-quality sea salt gives these bite-sized treats an unexpected sweet-and-salty contrast.

More sweets from friends and family:

The Lemon Bowl: 5 Ingredient No-Bake Fig Newton Bites
Dishing: Caramelized Pineapple with Mint
Weelicious: Raspberry Cheesecake Jars
Virtually Homemade: Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Salted Brownies
The Heritage Cook: Anzac Biscotti
Taste With The Eyes: Cherimoya Brulee
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Chambord Raspberries
Red or Green: Healthy Ginger-Molasses Cookies
Cooking With Elise: Salted Caramel Brownies
Swing Eats: S’Mores Bars (Gluten-Free)
Domesticate Me: Summer Berry Parfaits with Vanilla Bean Ricotta and Toasted Almonds
Dishin & Dishes: Triple Berry Pretzel Salad Dessert in a Jar
Food For 7 Stages of Life: Oats and Peanut Laddoo (No Bake Energy Bites)
Bacon and Souffle: Mason Jar Overnight Oats
In Jennie’s Kitchen: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
FN Dish: Make-and-Take Picnic Desserts