When you think grilling, your mind probably starts entertaining thoughts about juicy steaks, pork ribs slathered in BBQ sauce or plump brats sizzling over the coals. We definitely have similar thoughts, but allow us to change your way of thinking for just a bit with this list of some of the best desserts you can make on the grill.
Grilled Strawberry and Shortcake Skewers
Starting off this list of seared sweets is simple cake-and-fruit skewer. Fewer ingredients doesn’t equal less taste, and this two-ingredient recipe for strawberry shortcake kebabs is proof of that.
The goodness of this dessert comes from nothing more than sliced strawberries and a coconut pound cake. If you’re really looking to fire up the level of goodness, Betsy from BetsyLife suggests making the pound cake from scratch or adding in some pineapple or peaches to the mix.
This recipe is a roasted reminder of how delicious grilled food can be.
Grilled Blueberry Lemon Pie
Besides having more time for outdoor eating, one of the great things about summer is that all of the school-related stress just vanishes. You don’t have to worry about your kids doing their homework or about getting ready super early so you can get your kids at the door to the bus stop. Couple those with a pie full of blueberries, a well-known stress reliever, and you’ve got the makings of a relaxing cookout.
The recipe only calls for a few ingredients, including a bit of lemon zest to add a zingy kick to the pie, and it can be cooked right on the grill! For outdoor grilling, however, you’ll have to trade in your pie tin for a cast-iron skillet. But after giving this Grilled Blueberry Lemon Pie a trial run with the family, you’ll want to try other delicious fruit fillings. Trust us: you’ll get plenty of summertime use out of the skillet.
Orange Grilled Cupcakes
Orange peels can do wonders for unpleasant odors around the house, but they can also do a whole lot more than just make things smell nice. With this recipe from Cupcake Project, you can reserve the shiny cupcake liners for your kids’ birthdays and use an orange peel instead!
Cupcakes put off a tantalizing aroma by themselves, so it’s definitely not the citrusy scent we’re looking for from the peels: it’s the flavor! Stef from Cupcake Project uses vanilla cake mix as her batter of choice because the natural zest from the peel and the mild-flavored cake mix bake together to create a creamsicle-like taste.
This recipe is so easy that it wouldn’t hurt to turn this into a family affair by having the kids do the mixing and the parents do the grilling.
Campfire Grilled S’more Calzones
Let it be known that calzones don’t need to be filled with marinara, parmesan or any number of pizza toppings to be considered a “calzone.” Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest featured a recipe for some of the most delicious calzones we’ve ever seen: Campfire Grilled S’mores Calzones!
Instead of filling pizza dough with “the works,” this recipe calls for “cinnamon-spiked dough” and all of the s’mores essentials: graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate bars and marshmallows. (If you’re feeling like going all out for this one, she even provides a recipe for homemade vanilla bean marshmallows!)
Fire up the grill and taste the sugary twist on the traditional calzone.
Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Honey Ricotta
Peaches are finally in season, and with the first crop of peaches comes thoughts of peach cobbler, but if you haven’t mastered the art of Dutch Oven cooking, that’s OK. We’ve got another recipe for you, and even though there isn’t any cake mix involved, we promise you that it’s just as peachy!
These grilled peaches are sliced, seared and sweetened with a scoop of honey ricotta and a bit of cinnamon.
Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Donuts
If we can remember correctly, cronuts were the hottest item in the pastry world. In fact, Time Magazine named them one of the 25 greatest inventions of 2013. These flaky donuts had their start in a New York bakery, but there’s another type of donut that can have their start right in your backyard.
The Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Donut or, as we like to call it, the Grillnut, is worthy of being added to pantheon of pastries both because it tastes great and it’s easy to make. The only thing you’ll need to head to the store for is a can of refrigerated biscuits — the rest of the ingredients are more than likely already in your kitchen!
While you’re cutting holes into the dough, you can be warming the grill up the so it’ll be ready to sear up some sweetness.
You may know this treat better as Banana Boats, but the change in name doesn’t translate to a change in flavor.
These Banana S’mores replace the graham cracker with a banana and use it to house the gooey marshmallows and melty chocolate. All you need to do is make a long slice in the banana from top to bottom. Make sure you leave the peel on the banana when you’re slicing it and cut a little bit into the actual banana itself — that’s where the sweets are stored.
Without smashing or bruising the banana, pull the cut apart and fill it with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Set the sugar-filled banana onto the heated grill and let it cook until the marshmallows have browned and the chocolate chips have softened.
If you thought you liked the taste of bananas before, you’ll love the taste of marshmallows and chocolate to add to the flavor.
Bloomin’ Grilled Apples
This recipe for Bloomin’ Grilled Apples is not your typical “bloomin’ ” snack. Not only is it a sweeter version of the famous appetizer, but because it’s not fried, the treadmill will only be calling your name for 30 minutes of your time instead of a full hour!
Tonia from The Gunny Sack has put together a recipe that calls for sweets and satisfaction — all in the form of baking apples, chopped pecans, maple cream caramel sauce and a few scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Grilled Raspberry Cheesecake Turnovers
When trying to decide between a baked cheesecake and a no-bake cheesecake, people often go for the latter because they can just mix it up and toss it in the fridge overnight instead of having it bake for an hour before letting it chill.
For these Grilled Raspberry Cheesecake Turnovers, though, no baking is required — only grilling, which makes for quick prep and even quicker eating. And with the flavor that this dessert brings to the table, quicker is definitely better.
Grilled Apple Cinnamon A La Mode Tacos
You can pretty much turn anything into a taco these days. Some restaurants offer Peanut Butter Carnitas, and there are other restaurants the feature tacos that use waffles as the tortilla and any breakfast food you can think of as the tortilla stuffers.
We think that these Grilled Apple Cinnamon A La Mode Tacos are an example of an appetizing addition to the taco lineup. These tacos stick with the traditional flour tortillas, but they are filled with grilled apples, cinnamon, caramel sauce and a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. So even though these aren’t your typical tacos, your taste buds won’t be bothered at all.
We don’t want to brag or anything, but we’ve got our own apple dessert recipe that we think takes the cake. Not only is our apple crisp dessert made from scratch and served to you hot from the oven, we like to serve it with some vanilla ice cream.
So if you’re out of propane, your coals just won’t seem to light, or you’re in the mood for some scratch-made dessert without lighting the grill, we’ve got you covered. Come out to the nearest Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and try our Apple Crisp A La Mode.