Summer Dessert Ideas

By Ruth Topper

In the summer, picnics are popular and often are of the “potluck” variety where everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.  Desserts are my specialty so that’s usually what I whip up. Below are the recipes for two of my family’s favorite summer desserts–enjoy!

E-Clair Dessert – Whether you are 2 or 92 – you will love this one:

Eclair Dessert - Photo Credit:

Eclair Dessert – Photo Credit:

Spray a 13 x 9 pan.  Line it with graham crackers.

Mix in one bowl:  1 box chocolate instant pudding with 1 ¾ cup milk.  Beat 2 minutes.

Mix in another bowl:  1 box vanilla instant pudding with 1 ¾ cup milk.  Beat 2 minutes.

Divide an 8 oz. container of whipped topping (Cool Whip) in half.  Add ½ (or 4 oz.) to the chocolate pudding mixture.  Add the other ½ (or 4 oz.) to the vanilla pudding mixture.

Pour the chocolate pudding mixture over the graham crackers.   Add another layer of graham crackers.  Pour vanilla pudding mixture over this layer of graham crackers.  Add a third layer of graham crackers.  Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Finish with the following:

Melt 2 – 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares or use 6 tablespoons of cocoa + 2 tablespoons of oil instead of the squares.  (No need to heat if using cocoa/oil).

Add to it:  2 teaspoons white Karo syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 tablespoons margarine

3 tablespoons milk

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

Beat until smooth.  Spread over graham crackers.  Refrigerate for 24 hours.  Enjoy!!!!  Yum!!


This is a recipe my mom used to make all the time in the summer for picnics and special occasions:

Mmmm... Scotcheroos - Photo Credit:

Mmmm… Scotcheroos – Photo Credit:

Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup corn (Karo) syrup – Cook over moderate heat until it bubbles or you can heat in the microwave.  Remove from heat and stir in:

1 cup peanut butter

6 cups rice krispie cereal

Stir until blended and press into a buttered 13 x 9 pan.

Combine 6-9 oz. butterscotch bits and 6-9 oz. chocolate chips – Melt either in the microwave or on top of the stove.  Spread over the rice krispie layer.

Refrigerate until set.  Cut into squares.  Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite recipe you make in the summer to take to picnics or family reunions?  Do you have any special memories of this recipe/dish?  We’d love to hear about it!

3 thoughts on “Summer Dessert Ideas

  1. Ruth, thanks for sharing your recipes–both winners! I think desserts taste even better when shared among friends. Have you ever tried using different flavors of pudding in the Eclair Dessert? Just a thought… I might experiment with that. 🙂

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