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Grilled Desserts Make Sweet Endings for Summer BBQs

What turns dessert into something a touch more special? Your fiery grill. The grill transforms summer's ample fruits into something even more sublime, creating mouthwatering grill lines on plump summer peaches or caramelizing the sugar in a thick slice of pineapple. Flames intensify flavors, doing wonders for grilled sandwiches and sundaes, and shortcakes, plus s'mores an other campfire classics. With these top-rated recipes, you'll be heading to the backyard for dessert all summer long.

Grilling Fruit

There's nothing like the sugared char of grill lines on a ripe peach. K Douglas' husband says they "taste like a cobbler without the crust." Plain grilled fruit is plain amazing in the summertime, when produce shines. A little butter, a dusting of cinnamon and sugar, and a hot grill transforms fruit into a decadent, guilt-free dessert.

Grilled Pineapple Slices

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Skewers transform these simple grilled desserts into festive, handheld treats.

Skewered Cantaloupe

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Grilling S'Mores

It's a childhood classic, the perfect end to the perfect summer night. Don't worry, you don't have to dust off your scout skills and build a fire when the grill is already roaring. Stick to tradition, or give the old chocolate marshmallow combo a makeover with a few sweet tweaks. Not a graham cracker fan? Try a campfire banana split, a Girl Scouts classic.


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Grilling Sandwiches

Like s'mores, dessert sandwiches are fun and easy to assemble, but feel like the ultimate luxury. Set up a grilled sandwich bar with bowls of chocolates, marshmallows, and candy and use these recipes to guide your sandwich creation.

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

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Grilling Ice Cream Sweets

Think outside the basic grill tools and get your skillet in the mix. Warm, buttery skillet cookies toast up perfectly under the hood. And cold ice cream has never been better than when it's paired with freshly grilled pineapple and drizzled with butterscotch.

Grilled Pineapple Butterscotch Sundaes

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Classic Desserts, Remixed with the Grill

There are a few tried and true recipes that will always be a hit. Give them a boost with a little heat from the grill. It makes a familiar favorite unexpected and exciting, while intensifying the flavors you know and love.

Bananas Foster

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Grilling Cocktails

If an after-dinner drink is more your speed, the grill is still your friend. Add flavor and flare to your next cocktail by mixing in grilled ingredients.


Check out our collection of Summer Dessert Recipes.

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