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5 Desserts to Make This Summer

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at IUP chapter.

Summertime is almost here! Whether you’re having a cookout with friends and family or you just want to try out your dessert-making skills, here are five delicious desserts to make this summer:


Puppy Chow

(Photo via Blog Chef)


  • 9 cups of crispy rice cereal squares (Chex)
  • ½ cup of peanut butter
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar


  1. Put cereal in separate bowl
  2. Melt chocolate on low heat in a sauce pan
  3. Add peanut butter mix until smooth
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Stir in vanilla
  6. Pour over chex cereal
  7. Pour powdered sugar into a large plastic bag
  8. Add coated cereal and shake until coated
  9. Store in an airtight container


Funnel Cakes

(Photo via Taste of Home)


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of milk (more if needed)


  1. Mix ingredients as you would for pancakes
  2. Pour batter through funnel into deep hot cooking oil
  3. Turn over when lightly browned
  4. Sprinkle with powdered sugar 


No-Bake Cookies

(Photo via Genius Kitchen)


  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 cups of dry oatmeal
  • ½ cup of peanut butter


  1. Boil the first five ingredients for one minute
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Add vanilla, oatmeal, and peanut butter
  4. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper and store in a cool dry place


Oreo Truffles

(Photo via Tip Buzz)


  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 18 ounce package of Oreos, crushed
  • 2 cups milk chocolate or white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of shortening


  1. Mix cream cheese with electric mixer until fluffy
  2. Add the crushed Oreos and beat on high until well mixed
  3. Chill for at least 2 hours in the freezer
  4. Roll the Oreo mix into 1 inch balls
  5. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening with a double boiler or microwave
  6. Dip Oreo balls completely into the melted chocolate using tongs or toothpick
  7. Put on wax paper
  8. Keep in refrigerator after they harden


Pineapple Angel Food Cake

(Photo via Cooking Mamas)


  • 1 store bought angel food cake
  • 1 container of cool whip
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple


  1. Slice cake horizontally
  2. Mix cool whip and pineapple together
  3. Spread mixture on top of bottom later
  4. Replace top layer
  5. Ice the rest of the cake


All recipes are from my family’s cookbook.

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Kate is a senior Communications Media major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from Bentleyville, Pennsylvania. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking long naps, eating ice cream with lots of sprinkles, photography, musicals, walking her dog, and listening to 60s/70s music.