Sweet and Hot: Grilled Desserts

As long as you're already heating up the coals for barbecue, you might as well grill your dessert too.

  • Cream-Filled Grilled Pound Cake
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Cream-Filled Grilled Pound Cake

    If you think that there's no way to improve on pound cake, just see what happens when you grill it and top with whipped cream and fresh berries.
  • Seared Figs and White Peaches with Balsamic Reduction
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Jan Gautro

    Seared Figs and White Peaches with Balsamic Reduction

    This simple yet elegant dessert is a great way to maintain the texture and floral flavors of these delicate fruits. Toasted whole black peppercorns add an interesting savory flavor.
  • Brandied Peach Shortcakes

    Brandied Peach Shortcakes

    In this peachy version of strawberry shortcake, you grill the peaches and spoon them onto squares of citrus-flavored shortcake, and then top with sweetened Greek yogurt.
  • Nutella-Banana Pizza

    Nutella-Banana Pizza

    No need to stress over making dessert with this 4-ingredient recipe. Starting with premade pizza dough is key; then, add Nutella, bananas, and toasted hazelnuts. What better way to end a summer meal?
  • The Ultimate S'more
    Photo: Erin Kunkel

    The Ultimate S'more

    The ultimate in campground dining, made with homemade graham crackers and marshmallows.
  • Grilled Stone Fruit with Balsamic Glaze
    Photo: David Tsay

    Grilled Stone Fruit with Balsamic Glaze

    Brush grilled peach, plum and apricot halves with a sweet balsamic glaze and top with shaved cheese for a fruit side dish or not-too-sweet grilled dessert.
  • Cheese and Chocolate Bruschetta
    Photo: Jeffrey Cross; Food Styling: Karen Shinto

    Cheese and Chocolate Bruschetta

    For a big party, a dessert bruschetta like this looks dramatic but doesn't require any plates to eat. We love the combo of the rich, creamy cheese, slightly bitter chocolate, and sweet-tart fruit.
  • Pineapple Satay with Coconut Caramel
    Photo: Erin Kunkel

    Pineapple Satays with Coconut Caramel

    Coat pineapple slices in a rich coconut-caramel sauce and grill until marks appear. Be sure to clean the grill well before cooking to ensure that the fruit flavor really shines through.
  • Peach Ricotta Tart
    Photo: James Baigrie

    Peach Ricotta Tart

    Grill pizza dough, then top with peaches, pumpkin seeds, and spiced sugar. Serve with sweetened ricotta for an easy summer dessert. In case of rain, see the recipe page for instructions on making this dessert in the oven.
  • Grilled Banana S'mores
    Photo: Fran Gealer; Styling: Julia Rutland

    Grilled Banana S'mores

    Lend a favorite campfire favorite lightly smoked fruit flavor by grilling banana slices until soft, then using the slices in place of marshmallows to melt the chocolate. It's a fun update to the classic treat.
  • Grilled Chocolate-Raspberry Dessert Sandwiches
    Photo: Stephen Devries; Styling: Lynn Nesmith  

    Chocolate-Raspberry Dessert Sandwiches

    While the coals are still hot, add dessert to the grill. Grilled Chocolate-Raspberry Dessert Sandwiches are as decadent tasting as they sound!
  • Strawberry Napoleons

    Strawberry Napoleons

    A Napoleon is a classic layered dessert of puff pastry with a sweet cream filling. For this easy, low-fat version, grill sheets of phyllo dough, and layer them with fresh strawberries and a honey-sweetened yogurt sauce.
  • Chocolate Pizza with Apricot Preserves and Bananas
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Chocolate Pizza with Apricot Preserves and Bananas

    Grilling pizza dough gives you a crisp crust with extra flavor, making it the perfect base for a dessert pie. Be sure to eat a slice right after it comes off the grill when the preserves are warm and the chocolate chips are slightly melted.
  • Marinated Grilled Apples with Mint
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Marinated Grilled Apples with Mint

    Transform fresh apples into an amazing dessert by marinating them in orange juice, honey, mint, ginger, and black pepper. Then baste the fruit with this mixture while they're on the grill. The acid in the orange juice keeps the apple from turning brown, and the dash of pepper brings out the sweetness in the fruit.
  • Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream
    Thomas J. Story

    Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream

    Grilling fresh peaches is easy–and you don't even have to peel them. Just cut peaches in half, remove the pits, and brush the cut sides with a little oil. Then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and grill just until the sugar melts.
  • Grill-Baked Apple Crisp
    Thomas J. Story

    Grill-Baked Apple Crisp

    When summer arrives and you're enjoying your outdoor space, there's just no need to turn on the oven, even for baked desserts. Instead, use indirect heat and bake a fruit crisp on the grill.
  • Rum-Spiked Grilled Pineapple with Toasted Coconut

    Rum-Spiked Grilled Pineapple with Toasted Coconut

    Grilling caramelizes the sugars in the pineapple, making the dish even sweeter and more luscious. It's a great light dessert on its own or served with low-fat vanilla ice cream.
  • Grilled Banana Splits
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Grilled Banana Splits

    Grilling bananas and pineapple slices for banana splits is a perfect way to end your backyard barbecue party.
  • Grilled-Peach Sundaes
    Photo: Andre Baranowski

    Grilled-Peach Sundaes

    Sprinkle fresh peaches with a bit of sugar and ground ginger, and then grill over low heat to bring out maximum sweetness in the fruit. Serve with vanilla ice cream for an easy summer dessert.
  • Grilled Peaches with Blackberry-Basil Butter
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Grilled Peaches with Blackberry-Basil Butter

    Top sweet grilled peaches with homemade, 3-ingredient blackberry-basil butter for a simple and refreshing end to a warm summer day.
  • Polenta Cake with Late-Summer Berries
    Tina Cornett

    Polenta Cake with Late-Summer Berries

    Grilling the cake slices makes for a lovely presentation. You can bake the cake a day ahead and grill just before serving. Serve with whipped topping, if desired.
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    Ginger Grilled Fruit

    Ginger Grilled Fruit is the perfect marriage of distinct grilled-flavor with the sweetness of the varied fruit. We'll let you choose if you want to serve Ginger Grilled Fruit as a fruity side or dessert.
  • Grilled Berries and Pound Cake with Bourbon-Butterscotch Sauce
    Photo: Luca Trovato; Styling: Dani Fisher

    Grilled Berries and Pound Cake with Bourbon-Butterscotch Sauce

    This easy fruit dessert features cubes of storebought pound cake grilled on skewers with strawberries and a simple bourbon-butterscotch sauce.
  • Grilled Dessert Pizza
    Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Susan Vajaranant

    Grilled Dessert Pizza

    Grill frozen pizza dough and top with fresh fruit and chocolate for a quiick and easy summer dessert.
  • Grilled Apricot Puffs with Honey Creme Fraiche
    Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Dani Fisher

    Grilled Apricot Puffs with Honey Crème Fraîche

    Use the grill to make these sweet muffins as well as to cook the fruit in a sugar mixture. Then top the puffs with the sweet apricots and creme fraiche for an impressive summer diessert.
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