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There’s no better summer dessert than pie

10 Amazingly Delicious Easy-To-Make Summer Pies

Summer is the perfect time to bake a pie. We’ve got 10 easy recipes for you to try.

Banana Cream Pie

This deliciously creamy pie uses a store-bought graham cracker crust, premade whipped topping, and an instant pudding mix for the ultimate easy-to-make pie.

Cherry Pie

Making the filling for cherry pie from scratch is easier than you think; just cook pitted cherries over medium heat for a few minutes and then add sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla and continue cooking until thickened. This pie is so good no one will guess it was that easy!

Coconut Cream Pie

This fluffy coconut cream pie is almost as good as a trip to the tropics. Top it with toasted coconut for even more flavor.

Key Lime Pie

Crushed gingersnaps make a great base for a quick pie crust. Try them here with a sweet and tart Key lime filling.

Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie

There’s no question that lemon meringue pie is a classic. And it’s perfect for summer — it has all the flavor of freshly squeezed lemonade!

Mixed Berry Pie

Next time you’re at your local farmer’s market, pick up some fresh berries; they’ll make a quick and easy filling for pie. This recipe calls for blueberries and raspberries, but you could add blackberries, too.

S’mores Pie

Jane Bruce

Even if you can’t build a bonfire, you can still finish your summer meal with the flavors of everyone’s favorite campfire treat — s’mores!

Spiced Peach Pie

Summer is the perfect time to bake a peach pie. Make it special by adding fragrant spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.

That Horse Race Pie

The mix of chocolate, bourbon, and nuts in this delicious pie is too good to only be enjoyed during the Kentucky Derby! Make it all summer long with this easy recipe.

Tipsy Apple Pie

Though you might think of apples as more of fall fruit, they actually come into season by late summer in warmer areas, making this pie a perfect end-of-summer treat.

Amazingly Easy Cool Whip Recipes for Summer

Since 1967, Cool Whip has been a key ingredient in countless summer dessert recipes. Whether it’s the topping of a no bake dessert or mixed with Jello, this whipped topping makes everything much more creamy and delicious. Although I completely understand if sometimes you want to just eat Cool Whip straight out of its container, I would highly recommend turning it into a wonderful dessert instead. We’ve pulled together our favorite Cool Whip Dessert Recipes You Can’t Live Without, so if you’re craving something sweet and creamy, take a peek at some of the recipes featured in the list. And if these recipes aren’t quite what you’re looking for, Recipe Chatter has tons of great dessert recipes here, and another amazing list of whipped cream desserts in this Whip it…Whip it Good: 14 Irresistible Cool Whip Desserts round-up.

25 Quick and Easy Mini Pie Recipes

Pies are a classic holiday dessert in many homes, but they can be difficult to serve and require another set of plates and forks. Why not eliminate the mess and added silverware by serving a variety of different mini pies? Here are 25 of our favorite single-serve pie recipes, from key lime pie right down to classic apple.

1. Mini Key Lime Pies

These mini key lime pies look incredibly mouth-watering, and they’re easy to make too. There are only five ingredients for the filling and three for the crust. Make your way over to Liv For Cake to find out how to make your own mini key lime pies, and to see tips for a successful crust.

2. Blueberry Meyer Lemon Mini Pies

These blueberry and Meyer lemon mini pies have crust on the top, allowing you to get creative with the design. Try the diamond shapes that they’ve done here, or perhaps a more traditional lattice pattern. Head over to The Creative Bite to check out the full recipe.

3. Miniature Pumpkin Pies

These adorable little pies have a delicious classic pumpkin pie filling, with beautiful leaf and pumpkin shapes decorating the tops. These are made in muffin tins for the perfect single serving size. Head over to Home Is Where The Boat Is to find out how to make these.

4. Mini Cherry Pies

This gooey, delicious-looking mini cherry pie has a wonderfully sweet flavor with that hint of tartness characteristic of classic cherry desserts. The woven top gives it some serious decorative flair, too. Make your way over to OMG Chocolate Desserts to check out the recipe.

5. Mini Pecan Pies

Pecan pie is a classic holiday dessert in many homes, so these mini versions are a great way to serve a classic without the extra plates and mess of regular-sized pies. And they’re pretty easy to make, too! Head on over to House of Yumm to find out how to make them.

6. Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

These little hand pies are filled with an amazing salted caramel apple filling, and they’re just the right size and texture to pick up and eat with your hands (hence the name!). Make your way over to Just A Taste to check out the recipe and to learn some helpful tips.

7. Chocolate Cream Mini Pies

For those of you chocolate lovers out there, these decadent-looking chocolate cream mini pies might be the perfect choice for you. They are filled with chocolate pudding and topped with sweet whipped cream. Head over to Flour Arrangements to see the recipe.

8. Two-Bite Lemon Meringue Pies

These tiny lemon meringue pies are filled with a tart lemon filling, and topped with a lightly browned dollop of meringue… they’re so good, you might just have to eat two. Or five! Head on over to Port and Fin to see the recipe and check out some helpful notes.

9. Mini Heart Shaped Pies

Your guests are sure to love (no pun intended) these adorable little heart-shaped pies. All you’ll need to make them are some jam, store-bought dough, sugar and milk. Try a couple of different jam flavors for variety. Check out the super simple recipe over at 24/7 Moms.

10. Pineapple Upside Down Mini Cakes

If you’re a fan of the tried-and-true pineapple upside down cake, then you’ll adore this miniature version. Simply recreate the classic recipe using muffin tins instead of a sheet pan, and voila – perfect single-serve portions. Check out the recipe right here.

11. Blueberry Hand Pies

These mouth-watering hand pies are filled with a rich blueberry mixture and are in the form of semi-circles so that guests can easily pick them up with their hands, eliminating the need for plates and forks. Head over to Dish By Dish to check out the recipe and more photos.

12. Apple Apricot Mini Tarts

Add some apricot into a traditional apple tart, and you have this fun variation on the classic. Simply make a small buttery pie crust and then fill it with this delicious fruity combination. Make your way over to Bunny’s Warm Oven to check out the full recipe.

13. Individual Frozen Creamy Chocolate Mini Pies

Here’s another one for the chocolate lovers in the group – a yummy frozen treat made with chocolate-y mascarpone cheese and topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings. Head on over to An Italian In My Kitchen to find out all the delicious details.

14. World’s Cutest Mini Pumpkin Pies

These adorable single-serving pumpkin pies were deemed the world’s cutest (by their author), but they are pretty darn cute. These are made with a unique crust – wonton wrappers! Make your way over to the Hungry Girl blog to find out how to make these yourself.

15. Vanilla-Cardamom Pear Hand Pies

Here’s a different type of hand pie – this time with a pear filling that has a hint of vanilla and cardamom. Again, they are simple to eat so they won’t create a terrible mess in the kitchen after a long evening of dish-washing. Head over to An Edible Mosaic to see the recipe.

16. Nutella and Chocolate Mini Pie Recipe

If you love the unique flavor of Nutella, then you’re sure to enjoy this decadent Nutella and chocolate mini pie recipe. The filling has a mix of cream cheese, vanilla and Nutella, with a topping of pure chocolate. Head over to The Gunny Sack to read the recipe.

17. Mini Banana Cream Pies

There’s something that’s just so darn cute about these tiny banana cream pies! The bottom mixture hides a slice of banana inside, so when you bite into it you get that delicious cooked banana flavor. And they’re topped with a banana slice too! Check out the full recipe here.

18. Raspberry Dark Chocolate Hand Pies

These little hand pies pack a big punch, filled with antioxidants from both red raspberries and dark chocolate… so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating one (or two or three!). Make your way over to Annie’s Eats to find out how to make these delectable treats yourself.

19. Peach Hand Pies

Unlike many other hand pies, these peach ones have a sugary glaze on the outside, giving them sweetness throughout. And they’re super simple to make, thanks to their easy-to-find ingredients. Head on over to Shugary Sweets to check out the full recipe.

20. Mini Boston Cream Pies

Usually Boston Cream Pies are large and harder to make… but these miniature versions have been simplified and they are the perfect size to pop into your mouth after a big meal. Head on over to the Winco Foods blog to check out the easy instructions.

21. Mini Coconut Cream Pies

These beautiful little pies are filled with a coconut mixture and topped with a rum-flavored whipped cream. And the crusts are actually made out of delicate layers of phyllo dough. Make your way over to Country Cleaver to check out the full recipe and more photos.

22. No Bake Lemon Cream Cheese Pies

These little pies are wonderful because you don’t have to bake them… simply grab some pre-made mini graham cracker pie crusts and fill them with a delicious lemon curd and cream cheese concoction. Head on over to Barbara Bakes to read all the details.

23. Mini Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Indulge your love of caramel and chocolate with these yummy turtle cheesecakes. (I know they’re not technically pies, but they look so good that I had to include them!). A bit of pumpkin flavor is added for a fall twist. Get the recipe over at Crazy For Crust.

24. Mini Sweet Potato Meringue Pies

Sweet potatoes make great pies, too! This relatively healthy dessert is filled with a mixture of sweet potatoes, bananas and spices to create a delicious little treat that won’t blow your diet. Check out the recipe along with some tips and tricks over at Skinny Taste.

25. Mini Cranberry Pies With Spiced Meringue

This last mini pie recipe is a great one… a delicious cranberry pie with a unique spiced meringue made using Chinese 5 Spice. And the crusts are made from scratch using a very simple mix of ingredients. Head over to In The Know Mom to check out this fabulous recipe.

50 Pie Recipes

3 pounds mixed apples (such as Granny Smith, Gala and McIntosh)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 disks dough for Basic Crust
1 large egg, beaten
Coarse sugar, for sprinkling

Peel and core the apples slice 1/4 inch thick. Toss with the granulated sugar and lemon juice. Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apples and cook, stirring, until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour, cinnamon and salt cook until thickened, 1 more minute. Let cool.

Roll out 1 disk of dough into a 12-inch round on a floured surface ease into a 9-inch pie plate. Add the apples, mounding them slightly in the center, and dot with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Roll out the remaining dough into a 12-inch round. Lay it over the filling press the edges of the crusts together, then fold the overhang under itself and crimp to seal. Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cut a few slits in the top crust. Chill 1 hour.

Place a baking sheet on the lowest oven rack and preheat to 425 degrees F for 30 minutes. Place the pie on the hot baking sheet lower the temperature to 375 degrees F. Bake until golden, 1 hour to 1 hour, 10 minutes. (Cover the edges with foil if they brown too quickly.) Cool on a rack.


Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

2. Apple-Berry Make Apple Pie, adding 1 extra tablespoon flour and 1 teaspoon vanilla to the filling. Off the heat, stir in 1 cup mixed berries. Top with a lattice crust, brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

3. Apple-Cheddar Make Apple Pie, adding 2/3 cup diced sharp cheddar to the cooled filling before baking.

4. Tart Apple Make Apple Pie with very thinly sliced Granny Smith apples toss with apple cider instead of lemon juice. Don't cook the filling. Omit the 4 tablespoons butter toss with 2 extra tablespoons flour, the cinnamon, salt and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.


Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

5. Apple Crumble Make Apple Pie, adding 1 extra tablespoon flour to the filling. Off the heat, add 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Omit the top crust. Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup oats, 3/4 cup each chopped walnuts and brown sugar, 6 tablespoons melted butter and a pinch of salt. Drop in clumps over the filling.

6. Apple Strudel Make Apple Pie with grated peeled Golden Delicious apples. Don't cook the filling. Omit the 4 tablespoons butter toss the apples with the cinnamon, salt, 2 extra tablespoons flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Dot with 1 extra tablespoon butter.


Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

7. Apple-Pear-Ginger Make Apple Pie, replacing half of the apples with pears and using ground ginger instead of cinnamon. Cut the top crust into decorative shapes arrange on top of the filling. Brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

8. Apple-Fig Combine 1 1/2 pounds sliced peeled apples, 1/2 pound each dried apples and figs, 1/8 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a food processor finely chop. Don't cook the filling. Assemble as for Apple Pie, dotting with 2 extra tablespoons butter. Bake 50 minutes.

9. Salted Caramel Apple Toss 3 pounds sliced peeled apples with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cook 2/3 cup sugar over medium-high heat until amber, about 10 minutes. Off the heat, stir in 1/2 stick butter and 1 tablespoon cream. Add the apples and cook until soft. Stir in 2 tablespoons flour let cool, then add 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Assemble and bake as for Apple Pie.

10. Hazelnut-Apple Crumble Make Apple Pie, using chopped McIntosh and Cortland apples. Omit the top crust. Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup oats, 3/4 cup each brown sugar and chopped hazelnuts, 6 tablespoons melted butter and a pinch of salt. Drop in clumps over the filling.

11. Pear-Cranberry Make Apple Pie, replacing the apples with pears and the lemon juice with orange juice. Cook the pears with 1/2 cup cranberries stir in 2 extra tablespoons flour and orange zest instead of cinnamon.

12. Pear-Chocolate Make Apple Pie, replacing the apples with pears. Add 1/3 cup chocolate chips to the cooled filling. Sprinkle the top crust with sliced almonds.

1 disk dough for Cream Cheese Crust
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Roll out the dough into a 12-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Ease into a 9-inch pie plate fold the overhang under itself and crimp. Chill 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Line with foil, fill with dried beans and bake until the edges are golden, about 20 minutes. Remove the beans and foil and bake 10 more minutes. Cool on a rack.

Whisk the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and spices in a bowl pour into the crust. Bake until the center is just barely set, about 1 hour. (Cover the edges with foil if they brown too quickly.) Cool on a rack.

14. Pumpkin-Orange Make Pumpkin Pie, replacing half of the sugar with honey, reducing the cinnamon to 3/4 teaspoon and adding 1 teaspoon orange zest.

15. Pumpkin-Sorghum Make Pumpkin Pie, replacing the sugar with 1/2 cup sorghum molasses and replacing the cinnamon and ginger with 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice.

16. Pumpkin Streusel Mix 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 stick melted butter and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. Make Pumpkin Pie sprinkle with the streusel mixture after 20 minutes of baking. Bake until set.

17. Pumpkin-Ricotta Make Pumpkin Pie, replacing the evaporated milk with ricotta cheese and omitting the ginger.

18. Pumpkin Brulee Make Pumpkin Pie cool. Just before serving, sprinkle generously with sugar and caramelize with a torch.

38 Frozen Pies That Will Keep You From Melting This Summer

Because it's just too hot for any other type of dessert.

Clear out your freezer! These no-bake icebox pies are coming in.

All of the ultimate summertime treats get rolled into one fabulous dessert in this lemon-raspberry icebox pie.

There's a very high likelihood that this melt-in-your-mouth brownie brittle grasshopper pie will be eaten in less than five minutes flat.

We never want to say goodbye to Girl Scout Cookies, but this Do-Si-Dos pie makes it a little easier to see them go out of season. Pop this pie into the freezer for a cool treat.

Just when we thought there wasn't anything else to do with a watermelon (kegs, bread, and shots), we saw this watermelon chiffon pie. Freeze this pie to make it even more refreshing.

Nothing says summer like pineapple, so give this Hawaiian icebox pie a shot. Not in the mood for macadamia nuts? Top it with graham cracker crumbs and crushed pineapple instead.

15 Best Easy Weeknight Mexican Recipes

It’s no surprise that Mexican food is a favorite around here. After all, we grew up in Los Angeles our entire childhood! So here it is: my top 15 Mexican favorites – dishes that I make at least once a month!

1. One Pan Mexican Quinoa – Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it is so easy to make – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan. [GET THE RECIPE.]

2. Enchilada Pasta – All the flavors of cheesy enchiladas are tossed together in this quick and easy pasta dish. [GET THE RECIPE.]

3. Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing – A tex-mex style salad with an incredibly creamy Greek yogurt cilantro dressing. [GET THE RECIPE.]

4. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers – These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal. [GET THE RECIPE.]

5. Beef Enchiladas – Loaded with a simple and hearty crumbled beef filling, these cheesy enchiladas will be on your dinner table in no time. [GET THE RECIPE.]

6. Mexican Rice – Restaurant-style Mexican rice can easily be made right at home, and it tastes a million times better too. [GET THE RECIPE.]

7. Cheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet – The easiest enchiladas you will ever make. No rolling, no folding. Just throw everything into a skillet and you’re set. [GET THE RECIPE.]

8. Taco Salad – All the flavors of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette. [GET THE RECIPE.]

9. Easy Taco Pie – The easiest, cheesiest pie you will ever make in a single skillet in just 30 min – perfect for those busy weeknights and picky eaters. [GET THE RECIPE.]

10. One Pot Mexican Skillet Pasta – This Mexican-inspired pasta dish can be made in 30 minutes or less in a single pan. You can’t beat that. [GET THE RECIPE.]

11. Chicken Enchilada Skillet – An inside-out enchilada skillet made in less than 30 minutes. [GET THE RECIPE.]

12. Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas – The easiest carnitas you will ever make in the crockpot, cooked low and slow for the most amazing fall-apart tender goodness. [GET THE RECIPE.]

13. Easy Burrito Bowls – Skip Chipotle and try these burrito bowls right at home. It’s easier, healthier and 10000x tastier. [GET THE RECIPE.]

14. White Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce – These enchiladas have the easiest cream sauce you could ever make. It’s so good, you’ll want to guzzle it down. [GET THE RECIPE.]

15. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole – A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness. [GET THE RECIPE.]

How To Make Key Lime Pie

Step 1: Make The Crust

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and melted butter in a mixing bowl. Stir with a fork first, and then your hands until the mixture is well combined.

Using your fingers and the bottom of a measuring cup or glass, press the crumbs firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in deep-dish pie pan. The crust should be about 1/4-in thick. (Hint: do the sides first.)

Bake the crust for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Then let the crust cool a bit while you make the filling.

Step 2: Make the Filling

Begin by zesting the limes.

It’s best to use a rasp grater, which is a long, skinny tool that works well for grating hard cheeses and zesting citrus.
Juice the limes using a citrus reamer, then combine the juice with the sweetened condensed milk, yogurt, and lime zest.

Pour the filling into the cooked graham cracker crust.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the filling is almost set.

Let the pie cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then place in the refrigerator to chill thoroughly, about 3 hours.

Step 3: Make the Topping

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or beaters), beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until medium peaks form. (Alternatively, the cream can be beaten by hand with a whisk.) Top the chilled pie with whipped cream and decorate with lime slices and zest.

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

No celebration is complete without a sweet treat, but when it's hot outside even the keenest baker would prefer not to turn on the oven. Our recommendation: Keep the kitchen cool by making one of our no-bake treats, such as the No-Bake Chocolate-Crust Cheesecake that's pictured here. You'll find that once you master a delicious dessert you can make without the use of your oven, you'll reach for the recipes time and time again. And they're certainly not just for summer: Whether your holiday dinner is monopolizing all of the precious cooking space or you're simply not in the mood to bake on a Saturday night in, these no-oven-required recipes are easy and tempting any time of the year.

Some of these no-bake desserts can be made quickly and served immediately. Others require making ahead, a boon for the host as this means the work is done ahead of the party. Delicious crowd-friendly options like icebox cakes and tarts and no-bake cheesecakes can be taken out of the refrigerator when it's time to dig in. The versatility of these no-bake desserts makes it easy to find something delicious based on your schedule.

Cheesecake is one of the most popular no-bake desserts. Traditional cheesecake requires oven time and a water bath to bake in, but the no-bake variety is much easier. The recipes leave out egg yolks for food safety but keep the richness intact. Try our No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake, which is topped with a gorgeous syrup cherry topping, or wow your guests with Individual No-Bake Cheesecakes.

If you're hosting a dinner party and want to serve a showstopping dessert, consider crème brûlée—it won't be the traditional baked custard, though. Instead, we suggest opting for one of our no-bake versions: The custards for both our No-Bake Chocolate-Eggnog Crème Brûlées and No-Bake Espresso Crème Brûlées set up in the refrigerator, rather than the oven, but you'll find that they still maintain that luscious, creamy interior. The only heat needed is a final swish of a blow torch to achieve a thin sheet of caramelized sugar just waiting to be cracked into.

All of these recipes are easy to make, easy to enjoy, and completely oven-free!

Silk-skinned and sunrise-colored, splitting deliciously along a ripe seam to reveal a pit neatly nestled in velvet, apricots are an ephemeral highpoint of summer's sequential stone fruit season. Their appearance at market is close to fleeting if you are enjoying regionally-grown fruit. Pay attention, then pounce as soon as they arrive.

At their best, apricots are tender, sweetly juicy, and perfumed, with a gentle but tongue-edging sense of acid. If you do discover apricot perfection (your nose and tongue will tell you), you should simply sit down quietly somewhere and eat them one by one, with no embellishments. Savor every drop of juice. It is a precious thing, this moment of apricot ripeness, and you will remember it.

When harvested and eaten too early, apricots are more crisp and sour, but they can be transformed by cooking: So, if your apricots are tart, plan to use them in desserts or to make jam. Even disappointingly insipid fruit, bred less for flavor and more for appearance and for enduring refrigerated journeys across the continent (or from another hemisphere), can be redeemed. Who has not been seduced by their vivid, supermarket curves as an interminable winter stretches on? It is always fun to cheat and buy apricots from climates whose summers coincide with our coldest months (and darkest thoughts).

Whether you are fortunate enough to celebrate an apricot glut, want to honor a coveted ripe handful, or have succumbed to out-of-season treasure at the local supermarket, here we have curated our best fresh apricot recipes to offer you snacks, drinks, bakes, broils, and more.

Creamy No Bake Pies

From chocolatey creamy pies to coconut cream and splendid creamy lime there's something for every craving in this list of creamy desserts. Smooth and silky pies like this make the best pie recipes.

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Joanna Gaines’ No-Bake Strawberry Pie Recipe Tastes Like Summer And Is So Easy To Make

This berry-sweet dessert has us wishing for warm weather!

Summer is around the corner and it’s time to start whipping up your favorite seasonal treats. Joanna Gaines has a recipe for an amazing no-bake strawberry pie that will instantly transport you to a warm and sunny day, even if it’s still cloudy and gray in your neck of the woods.

Although it looks fancy and tastes divine, this super-summery dessert comes together in just 20 minutes — and then it needs to set in the freezer for about six hours or up to overnight. Throughout much of the country, peak strawberry season arrives in June, so if you’re having trouble tracking down a fresh pint, you could also sub in frozen strawberries.

Because there’s no baking required, it’s perfect for making on a hot day when you don’t even want to think about turning on the oven. All that’s needed is some sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, powdered milk, strawberries, lemon juice, vanilla extract and a graham cracker crust.

Gaines’ new cookbook, “Magnolia Table, Volume 2,” was released on April 7.

In celebration, the “Fixer Upper” star has been sharing tutorials for some of her recipes on YouTube.

On March 19, she posted a tutorial for making her chocolate chip cookies, sharing that her family baked them while home together during quarantine:

Although she was set to go on tour for her new book, her plans were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, in a YouTube video entitled “Magnolia Table, Vol. 2 Book Tour (at home edition),” the Gaines family celebrated the launch in their own “unique, stir-crazy kind of way.”

Aww! Since Gaines was not able to greet fans across the country, her kids and husband subbed in as her customers coming to get their books signed, complete with kooky costumes and some impressive acting skills. They sure know how to make some lemonade out of lemons!

Speaking of lemonade, if you need a tasty seasonal beverage to wash down your strawberry pie, Gaines also has some great recipes for infused summer lemonades. Blackberries, watermelon, peach and more are all great flavors to accent this classic summer thirst-quencher.


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