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12 Contest-Winning Recipes to Keep You Cool This Summer

Celebrate the 4th of July with a coconut-lemon ice cream cake or sit poolside with a key lime smoothie bowl. These contest-winning recipes will keep you cool all summer long.

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Creamy Biscoff Pie Exps Tohjj20 242479 E02 05 4b 6

Grand Prize: Cookie Butter Pie

I tasted Biscoff cookie spread at a grocery store one day, and it was so delicious that I decided to create a no-bake pie with it. You can make this pie your own by substituting peanut butter or another kind of spread for the Biscoff spread and then matching toppings. —Katrina Adams, Mount Olive, Alabama
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Lemon Coconut Streusel Ice Cream Cake Exps Tohjj20 242458 E02 06 8b 3

1st Place: Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream Cake

This lemon ice cream cake is a cool treat my family loves anytime, but we find it especially refreshing on a hot summer day. The cream of coconut and lemon juice make a delicious combo, and the streusel adds a nice crunch. You can substitute any crunchy sugar, lemon or coconut cookie in place of the shortbread, as long as each cookie is about 2 inches. —Janet Gill, Canton, Ohio
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Margarita Ice Cream Floats Exps Tohjj20 242387 E02 06 6b 3

2nd Place: Margarita Floats

On a hot afternoon, what could be better than a cold margarita float? The addition of creamy ice cream really takes this treat to the next level. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
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3rd Place: London Fog Ice Cream

I took one of my favorite coffee shop beverages and turned it into this elegant London fog ice cream. For a star dessert, serve it with lemon sandwich cookies or in a simple glass rimmed with sugar, lavender and lemon zest. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Berry Cool Cream And Pretzel Pie Exps Gbdbz21 242812 E01 08 3b 8

Runner-Up: Strawberry Pretzel Pie

This cool no-bake strawberry pretzel pie is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth this summer. Made with pantry staples and, well, as easy as pie to make, it’s become one of my family’s most requested warm-weather treats. —Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah
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Runner-Up: Cinnamon-Basil Ice Cream

I started experimenting with herbal ice creams when I was teaching classes at our local college. Not only were the ice creams popular with my students, but my family loved them as well! One of our favorites is made with a variety of basil called cinnamon basil; however, unless you grow the variety yourself, it can be rather difficult to find. I decided to try to re-create the flavor, and this delicious basil ice cream recipe is the result! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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Easy Citrus Seafood Salad Exps Tohjj20 242786 E02 05 1b 6

Runner-Up: Easy Seafood Salad

This easy seafood salad was inspired by a dish I had in the Bahamas that featured conch. I substituted crab and shrimp and like it even more! —Cindy Heyd, Edmond, Oklahoma
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Frozen Grand Marnier Soufflés Exps Tohjj20 242325 E02 05 3b 2

Runner-Up: Grand Marnier Frozen Souffles

This delicious frozen souffle is perfect for summer and will impress just about anyone. It's a great make-ahead dessert! —Andrea Potischman, Menlo Park, California
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Indian Kulfi Ice Cream Exps Tohjj20 242404 E02 05 9b 4

Runner-Up: Kulfi

I grew up near Little India in California, and I loved the desserts from Indian sweets shops. One of them sold kulfi, a spiced and nutty frozen custard in cone molds. Here I use a shortcut method to make kulfi quickly and without any special equipment. The whole milk can be replaced with mango pulp for mango kulfi. —Justine Kmiecik, Crestview, Florida
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Key Lime Coconut Smoothie Bowl Exps Tohjj20 242694 E02 06 3b 4

Runner-Up: Key Lime Coconut Smoothie Bowl

This Key lime and coconut smoothie bowl is the most refreshing thing on the planet! —Madeline Butler, Denver, Colorado
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Runner-Up: Fizzy Peach Shake

This easy recipe came about when I was a child living in Washington. There were fresh peaches everywhere, so my mom and I came up with this tasty peach shake. This recipe says summer to my family and I. —Teresa Jarnot, Monroe, Washington
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Summer Strawberry Shortcake Soup Exps Tohjj20 242107 E02 06 4b 5

Runner-Up: Summer Strawberry Shortcake Soup

When folks are longing for something sweet and refreshing, this soup is sure to hit the spot. To serve it with dinner or as an appetizer, simply omit the shortcake. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.
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