Now that the weather is warming up, I can’t help but have picnics and potlucks on the brain. Outdoor gatherings with plenty of good food are one of my favorite parts of spring and summer, and as far as I am concerned, the dessert is often the best part. Having a few go-to recipes for sweets that are easy to transport and easy to eat is simply non-negotiable, so I’m sharing my favorites — the ones I’ll be making again and again.
1. Lemon-Blackberry Cheesecake Bars with Toasted Coconut Crust
These eye-catching cheesecake bars can be adjusted to feature all your favorite berries as they come into season. Try them with blackberries first, then swap in blueberries or raspberries.
2. Trail Mix Cookies
I suggest you make a double batch of these hearty, trail mix-inspired oatmeal cookies. Bring half to your gathering and save the rest so you can grab one as an afternoon snack through the week.
3. Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake
To make this cake picnic-friendly, pour the glaze over the top once the cake is completely cooled. That will also allow the glaze to harden and keep things from being a sticky mess.
4. Blueberry Crumb Bars
Nothing says spring and summer like a fruit pie, but unfortunately most are a little tricky to transport. Instead, opt for this handheld version.
5. Easy Mini Cheesecakes
Since these mini cheesecakes are protected by their paper wrappers, they’re totally mess-free to transport. Feel free to top them with anything from fresh berries to mini chocolate chips.