Summer Fest: The 5 Best Picnic Sweets

By: Patty Lee

You've lunched on sandwiches, nibbled on potato salad and slaws, then washed it all down with a refreshing iced tea. What's next? Dessert, of course. But with the summer sun pounding up above, it's best to avoid delicate layered cakes or quick-to-melt ice cream. Before you head out, fill up your baskets with these champion travelers and we guarantee dessert will be a grand finale.

1. S'mores Bars (pictured above)

Kelsey layers chocolate chips and marshmallow fluff between graham-flavored blondies to make bars that possess all the campfire flavor of s'mores, minus the gooey mess.

Photo by: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

No need to fumble for forks and plates. These flaky, grab-and-go pies — stuffed with cinnamon-dusted apples and blueberries — are as easy to devour as they are to transport.

Creamy mascarpone cheese keep Giada's pint-sized cupcakes moist and fluffy, while a thin layer of strawberry glaze gives them tangy sweetness. Carry the glaze separately and top the cupcakes on-site so they don't get soggy in the heat.

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Photo by: Renee Comet ©Renee Comet

Renee Comet, Renee Comet

If you decide to bring a large-format dessert, opt for this sturdy fruit tart. Tyler fills the buttery crust with an Italian lemon curd, then sprinkles in a handful of fresh blueberries. Dust it with powdered sugar before serving to further impress family and friends.

Photo by: Marcus Tullis

Marcus Tullis

Chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate on-the-go confection. A sprinkle of high-quality sea salt gives these bite-sized treats an unexpected sweet-and-salty contrast.

More sweets from friends and family:
The Heritage Cook: Anzac Biscotti
Taste With The Eyes: Cherimoya Brulee
Cooking With Elise: Salted Caramel Brownies
Bacon and Souffle: Mason Jar Overnight Oats

In Jennie's Kitchen: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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