20 Delicious Frozen Dessert Recipes
Our Best Frozen Dessert Recipes
Warm weather means it's time for cool treats. Frozen desserts like ice cream and frozen yogurt are easy to make at home (with or without an ice cream machine!). They're sweet, creamy, and if made well can be surprisingly healthy.
An easy introduction: Quick Berry Frozen Yogurt. All you need to make this melt-in-your-mouth dessert is 5 minutes and a food processor. It's easy to customize with your family's favorite berries or fruits.
Breakfast Parfait Pops
These kid-friendly parfait pops are a great option for breakfast on-the-run or a sweet protein-rich afternoon snack. Easily customize it with different fruits and flavors of granola.
Matcha-Tahini Ice Cream
It’s easy enough to make your own version of sesame ice cream at home. Use tahini (sesame seed paste) for loads of nutty flavor and creamy texture. Load on some matcha, and this ice cream is over-the-top good.
Poached Fruit Over Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
Any unsweetened juice (such as apple or cherry) will work. We love a mix of dried plum, pear, and apple. Dried figs, apricots, and cherries would also be delicious.
Lemon Verbena Ice Cream
"I remember discovering lemon verbena one summer at the green market in New York," says Chef Quinn Hatfield, of Hatfield's, in Los Angeles. "The smell is intoxicating, and it stays with you forever."
Banana-Mango Frozen Yogurt
Dark Cherry Merlot Sauce over Yogurt
We love the flavor of a tangy fro-yo with this sweet sauce, but ice cream works just as well.
Broiled Pineapple With Bourbon Caramel Over Vanilla Ice Cream
Sugar-coated fruit caramelizes beautifully under the broiler, deepening and intensifying its flavor. Toasted coconut has a sweet nuttiness and a texture that is both crispy and chewy.
Raspberry Frozen Yogurt
This light, refreshing frozen yogurt makes an ideal end to a nice dinner. Serve with biscotti and a garnish of fresh mint sprigs.
Mexican Hot Fudge Sundae Bowls
This delicious dessert earned raves from the Cooking Light staff. Although not traditional, a corn tortilla cup might just taste better than a beloved waffle cone.
This super easy recipe for frozen yogurt only uses 4 ingredients and doesn't require any cooking!
Lavender and Toasted Almond Ice Cream with Warm Figs
This delicious ice cream is redolent with lavender, almonds, honey, and figs. Look for dried lavender flowers in natural foods or specialty grocery stores, or buy it on Amazon.
Pineapple-Brown Sugar Frozen Yogurt
Brown sugar adds a caramel hint to this fruity frozen treat. Throw in some candied cherries for a pineapple upside-down cake twist.
Strawberry-White Fudge Crunch Frozen Yogurt
Frozen yogurt, pretzels, and baking chips create a sweet-salty, creamy-crunchy combination.
Almond Butter Nice Cream
A blend between frozen yogurt and ice cream, "nice" cream is the easiest and healthiest way to satisfy your sweet tooth. There's nothing better than the salty and sweet combination of nuts and chocolate. We've elevated this classic combo with creamy almond butter and high quality cocoa powder.
Frozen Yogurt Dots
These naturally flavored frozen yogurt dots are an easy and fast creamy treat. Make a batch on the weekends to keep handy when a sweet tooth craving hits.
Peppermint Ice Cream
Crushed peppermint candies turn this ice cream a soft pink. This is a great make-ahead recipe; if it's frozen solid, remove it from the freezer 30 minutes before serving so it can soften.
Frozen Yogurt Blueberry Bites
Frozen blueberries are absolutely delicious, and when dipped in creamy Greek yogurt and frozen again, they make for a delightful snack or slightly sweet dessert.
Honey-Lavender Ricotta Ice Cream
Infusing the syrup with lavender imparts a subtle floral flavor to this ice cream. Look for fresh ricotta cheese at gourmet markets, or you can make your own—go to CookingLight.com for our homemade version. It lends the ice cream wonderful richness. Serve with Easy Raspberry Sauce, and garnish with lavender sprigs.
Soft Serve Nice Cream
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “nice cream,” it refers to an ice cream–like concoction made by pureeing frozen bananas. This version takes on a smooth, creamy, soft-serve texture with the addition of a little coconut milk. A handful of soft, sticky dates and a sprinkling of salt also enhance the flavor, lending the dessert a caramel-like richness. The final touch is a crunchy coconut flake topping that adds an irresistible textural contrast that both counters and enhances the soft, creamy texture of the nice cream.