Last Days of Summertime Favorite 30 Recipes


I can’t believe summer is winding down and fall is just around the corner. In Southern California, it’s usually warmer in September and October than it is in May and June, so summer isn’t over anytime soon here.

I plan to milk the gorgeous weather – my favorite weather of the year – as long as the sunny, 78F days with no humidity and crystal clear blue skies want to stick around.

Last Days of Summertime Favorite 30 Recipes - at averiecooks.com

I wanted to reflect on 30 of my favorite recipes I made this summer, spanning mid-May until now.

Some are seasonal, some aren’t, but all are worth being made. I truly love each of them. They’re all easy, straightforward, and nothing complicated. Just solid recipes that taste great that you and your family will love.

I’m thinking Labor Day party food with some of them.

1. Peanut Butter Caramel Twix Bars

Peanut Butter Caramel Twix Bars averiecooks.com

2. Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Cookies

Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Cookies averiecooks.com

3. Strawberries and Cream Coffee Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze

Strawberries and Cream Coffee Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze averiecooks.com

4. Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee

Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee averiecooks.com

5. Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies averiecooks.com

6. Six-Banana Banana Bread

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

7. Bourbon Maple Slow Cooker Baked Beans (vegan, GF)

Bourbon Maple Slow Cooker Baked Beans (vegan, GF) Recipe at averiecooks.com

8. Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donut Muffins

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donut Muffins - Recipe at averiecooks.com

9. No-Ice-Cream-Maker Funfetti Cake Batter Golden Oreo Ice Cream

No-Ice-Cream-Maker Funfetti Cake Batter Golden Oreo Ice Cream - Recipe at averiecooks.com

10.Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes with Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes with Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce - Recipe at averiecooks.com

11. Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

carrotcakecupcakes-26Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - Recipe at averiecooks.com

12. Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

13. Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF)

Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Bars (vegan, gluten-free) - Recipe at averiecooks.com

14. Blueberry Muffin and Buttermilk Pancakes Cake

Blueberry Muffin and Buttermilk Pancakes Cake - Recipe at averiecooks.com

15. Skinny Caramel Frappuccino – Just like Starbucks, except only 50 calories

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving - Recipe at averiecooks.com

16. No-Ice-Cream-Maker Salted Caramel, Bourbon, Nutter Butter, and Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

No-Ice-Cream-Maker Salted Caramel, Bourbon, Nutter Butter and Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream - Recipe at averiecooks.com

17. Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

18. Easy Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bagels (vegan)

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bagels - Recipe at averiecooks.com

19. The Best Vegan Blueberry Muffins

The Best Vegan Blueberry Muffins (with a Secret Ingredient) - Recipe at averiecooks.com

20. Softbatch Funfetti Sugar Cookies

Softbatch Funfetti Sugar Cookies (from scratch not a mix) - Recipe at averiecooks.com

21. Triple Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Bars

Triple Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Bars - Easy One-Bowl Recipe at averiecooks.com

22. Soft and Chewy Seven Layer Magic Bar Cookies

Soft and Chewy Seven Layer Magic Bar Cookies - Cookies Made Like the Classic Bars. Recipe at averiecooks.com

23. Cream Cheese-Swirled Cherries and Mixed Berries Cake

Cream Cheese-Swirled Cherry and Mixed Berries Cake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

24. Two-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (GF)

Two-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (Gluten-Free) - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

25. Peanut Butter-Swirled Strawberry Cake

Peanut Butter-Swirled Strawberry Cake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

26. Malibu Sunset

Malibu Sunset from Aruba - Fun, Fruity, Easy Drink Recipe & Island Pics at averiecooks.com

27. Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

28. No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

29. Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Fluffernutter Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Fluffernutter Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream - Recipe at averiecooks.com

30. Peanut Butter-Swirled Cheesecake Bars with Brown Sugar-Graham Cracker Crust

Peanut Butter-Swirled Cheesecake Bars with Brown Sugar-Graham Cracker Crust - Easy, One-Bowl, No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

What did you make this summer that you loved?

 

   

27 Responses to “Last Days of Summertime Favorite 30 Recipes”

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    Ellen — August 23, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I made sooo many watermelon slushies-basically watermelon, frozen, then a variety of different add-ins. Also, watermelon gazpacho:
    http://scrumptiousgruel.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/gazpacho-and/

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 23rd, 2013 at 2:08 am

      Last summer I went nuts on watermelon and this summer I had a few meh ones early on and they sort of ruined it for me this year. So sad. But I need to try again before the season is over!

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    Paula — August 23, 2013 at 3:31 am

    The end of summer is usually bittersweet for me because I really enjoy fall but dislike winter. I tried and loved several of your recipes–the caramel PB Twix bars, skinny caramel frappuccino (I’m having one of those today), bourbon maple beans, and that very special caramelized banana upside down cake from your cookbook!! Two other favorites this summer have been cream of tomato soup with copious amounts of cilantro and a pear-cucumber smoothie with cinnamon and cardamom. Great round up–lots of yummy ideas for any occasion! The tomato chutney is on my to-do list today. Can’t wait to taste it and thanks for the idea to add a splash of bourbon!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 23rd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      pear-cucumber smoothie with cinnamon and cardamom = that sounds great! I am doing a juice cleanse right now and there’s lots of cucumber and also the last one of the night is vanilla and cardamom. The pear sounds great!

      And so glad you’ve tried and enjoyed so many of my summertime faves and have loved them. AND the caramelized banana upsidedown cake from my book. I was tickled pink when I read your email about that one…thank you :) Glad that it turned out to be a wonderful bday cake!

      LMK how the chutney goes – I loveeeee it. I have made it a couple times already. I actually froze some for about 3 weeks, unthawed, and totally perfect. So you could probably get away with making that for 1-2 months I would suspect, at least. All the vinegar kills everything anyway :)

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    Madison — August 23, 2013 at 4:06 am

    I love Fall and am excited for cooler temperatures and boot weather. However, summer is amazing because of beach times, ice cream, and that I got married this summer! :) Can’t forget that little gem. Have a great Friday!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 23rd, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Congrats on getting married! Wonderful :)

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    Laura Dembowski — August 23, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I am not saying good bye to summer yet. I think about moving to SoCal all the time. The way you describe it has me working even harder to make it happen.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 23rd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      It’s stunning here this time of year. Actually Sept is the nicest month of the year. 78F and sunny by day, the nights are crisp and cool. The tourists are gone. It’s totally peaceful. In MN growing up, we got like 1 day of the year like this. In CA we get a good 2 mos solid. It’s also my dream photography weather :)

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    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — August 23, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Love all your recipes :)

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    Tieghan — August 23, 2013 at 5:55 am

    So much awesomeness! I swear, you have the best recipes!! Every time I just drool over the amazing photos and food! You are a rock star!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 23rd, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Wow, what a super sweet comment, Tieghan! Thank you!!!!! xoxo :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    So much yum!! I’m not quite ready to give up summer but at the same time I’m totally ready for fall… weird right?

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — August 23, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Such gorgeous photos! Such incredibly delectable looks treats!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — August 23, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I can’t believe the summer is almost over. My little girl is going to official be starting preschool! Where did the time go?? And when am I going to find the time to bake all your awesome sweets??

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 23rd, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Thankfully none of them take too long to make :)

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    Eric Pepple — August 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Terrific recipes Averie! Can’t wait to make some of these :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I’ll take one of everything, please!

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    Pete — August 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Awesome recipes. Made the tripe peanut butter cookie bars and loved it. Very quick to make. I also made the Malibu sunset drink! Awesome for summer. Thank for great recipes. Love this.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 23rd, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Glad you made & loved the Triple PB Bars and the Malibu Sunset! Those are awesome choices. Thanks for trying them and coming back to LMK about it!

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    Katie — August 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Everything….literally everything, in this post looks incredible. I actually thought to myself (and not for the first time) about halfway through scrolling “I really wish I lived next door to Averie” I know I’ve said that before, but DAMN.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 23rd, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you :) I wish you lived closer too! I was drafting this post when we were talking about selling things and I would love to sell some of this stuff JUST to recoup my grocery money. Most things I make are pretty cheap to make, all things considered, but it’s groceries aren’t free as you know :) Or, i wish I could give some to you or to anyone who I know would really appreciate it rather than who ever I can find! lol

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    Michele Sparrow — August 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    This is a fantastic round up of summer recipes! How ever do you even choose? I would just say “all my recipes!” LOL! I have made a bunch of these: the bourbon maple beans, the soft and chewy smores cookies, softbatch funfetti sugar cookies and the chocolate buttermilk pancakes are on the next list! I had a bunch of watermelon this summer, also grapes, papaya and figs. Dates are one of my favorites, too! But the most yummy thing was a homemade dark, sweet cherry sorbet I made in my ice cream maker: just organic, frozen sweet cherries, lemon juice, water and a bit of vanilla stevia. Topped with cinnamon and chopped dates! YUM! Weather warming up around here as well. I prefer it to the cold weather that was creeping up on us at this time of year when I lived in Alaska. Winter (hardcore) was literally around the corner about now. Love living in California! Fantastic recipes, Averie, as always!! xoxo

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 24th, 2013 at 1:43 am

      Your little cherry sorbet sounds so refreshing and yes, here’s to living in CA. I dont know how I grew up in MN and IL and lived my entire life there (I hated the weather, that’s for sure!) but it makes San Diego that much sweeter.

      And thanks for trying so many of my recipes – as always. A couple of the cookies, the beans (if you liked those beans, make this http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/08/one-hour-sweet-with-heat-tomato-and-pepper-chutney.html same flavors and it’s vegan, GF, etc.)

      Have a great weekend, Michele!

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    Kate@Diethood — August 24, 2013 at 10:06 am

    EVERYTHING looks absolutely delicious!!! And your PB Twix Bars are beyond! LOVE ‘em!

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    Valerie — August 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    We so need to have a bakapalooza someday! Everything looks so yummy, and kind of sad…I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer. :(

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 30, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Oh goodness, all of these dishes look SO indulgent :) love it!

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