Picnic Desserts that Don’t Need Refrigeration

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Enjoying a picnic on a hot summer day near the lake is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. You can pick sun friendly desserts so you don’t have to worry about brining an ice pack for your dessert.

You can serve many different picnic friendly desserts such as macarons, brownies, turnovers, donuts, loaves, tarts, cookies or Danishes.


Macarons are chewy and melt in your mouth cookies. Macarons can be stored for 24 hours at room temperature.

Macaron cookies typically are filled with buttercream, jam, ganache, custard, or curd.

Macarons can be filled with fruit flavors, dessert flavors, tea and coffee flavors for a lovely afternoon picnic.

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Donuts are airy and have a delicate, texture that crumbles apart when you bite into them.

Donuts are a easy dessert you can bring to your afternoon picnic, without having to worry about them melting in the sun.

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Vanilla Danishes

Vanilla Danishes have a buttery puff pastry dough, with a creamy vanilla bean custard in the center.

Vanilla Danishes can be kept at room temperature for several hours.

They’re a specialty dessert that you can bring to your next picnic for a lovely vanilla flavored dessert.

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Brownies are full of chocolate, and chewy goodness.

You can cut brownies into squares so they are individually portioned for your picnic.

Brownies are always kept at room temperature, and only need to be placed in an airtight container so they don’t dry out.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Vanilla bean sugar cookies are soft, chewy, and melt in your mouth. Sugar cookies are a favorite dessert for many, and can be easily placed on a plate for serving at a picnic.

You can also ice the sugar cookies with some vanilla bean buttercream for an added sweetened flavor for the sugar cookies.

Picnic Desserts that Don't Need Refrigeration sugar cookies


You can serve mini tarts, or tartlets for your picnic so that they are bite sized, or small enough to be eaten in a couple of bites.

Tarts have a buttery crust that melt in your mouth, and are filled with lemon cream, chocolate ganache, pumpkin, and more for a sweet dessert for your picnic.

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You can make a full sized loaf, and cut them into smaller pieces so people at your picnic can take a small pieces of loaf as a dessert.

You can cut them so they can fit into a cupcake liner, or arrange them lying spaced out.

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Scones are a flakey and buttery dessert with a sweet glaze on top of them.

Scones are a type of bread dessert that isn’t too sweet. Typically scones have a thin glaze on top to add a small amount of sweetness to them.

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Biscotti is a dry, crunchy, and hard cookie that is usually flavored with almonds.

If you’re having tea with your picnic, biscotti is the perfect dessert to dip into your tea and enjoy!

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Shortbread is a buttery cookie that melts in your mouth. You can flavor shortbread with a variety of spices and herbs, or glaze the shortbread with a flavored icing.

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Tuile Cookies

Tuile cookies are crunchy cookies you can shape into cones, logs, or simply flat.

You can dip cookies in chocolate, or leave them as a crispy, crunchy cookie to enjoy.

Picnic Desserts that Don't Need Refrigeration

Apple turnovers

Apple turnovers are a buttery pastry oozing with a brown sugar and cinnamon sauce.

You can top the apple turnovers with a vanilla glaze right before you’re ready to serve them at your picnic.

Picnic Desserts that Don't Need Refrigeration apple turnovers

Rose Marshmallows

Rose marshmallows are floral flavored gooey dessert marshmallows.

Marshmallows are a light dessert that you can bring to a picnic, and you won’t have to worry about them melting in the sun.