American summer desserts recipes with 400 or fewer calories

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Lemon Pastry Squares (a.k.a Lemon Brownies) - a new take on Lemon Bars!

Lemon Pastry Squares (a.k.a Lemon Brownies) - a new take on Lemon Bars!

This recipe has been circulating around the Internet as “Lemon Brownies”,…

Salad Foodie
May 2013
Professional
16 votes
8946 views
Magical Bars Made Skinny

Magical Bars Made Skinny

They’re super rich and decadent. And just six ingredients layered right in the pan. Each delectable bar has 133 calories, 6 grams of fat and 4…

Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox
Dec 2014
Professional
1 vote
85 views
Good Stuff Dessert (a chocolate pudding trifle)

Good Stuff Dessert (a chocolate pudding trifle)

Years ago a friend gave me this recipe saying it is as the name says, truly “Good Stuff.” Layers start with a…

Salad Foodie
Jun 2012
Professional
5 votes
3897 views
Graham Cracker Snowballs (a no-cook confection)

Graham Cracker Snowballs (a no-cook confection)

An easy confection ~ not a cookie, not a candy, but a cross somewhere between. No cooking, no baking. Easy to…

Salad Foodie
Dec 2012
Professional
2 votes
4133 views
Creole Pralines

Creole Pralines

Better than a cookie (sorry bakers, but this is a Creole group) and with the true taste of New Orleans, Creole Pralines are one of the signature…

Amos Miller
Feb 2011
Professional
5 votes
2455 views
Lemon Limoncello Bars

Lemon Limoncello Bars

Buttery shortbread crust with a smooth and tart lemon and limoncello filling.

SquirrelBakes
Jun 2010
Intermediate
1 vote
3651 views
Chef Gino's Peanut Blossom Cookies

Chef Gino's Peanut Blossom Cookies

Peanut Blossoms were developed by Freda Smith from Gibsonburg, Pa. in a National Pillsbury Bake-Offf…

J. Gino Genovesi
Dec 2013
Professional
2 votes
1469 views
Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy, delicious peanut butter cookies. The kids love them and can make them on their own, they're so easy.

Carolina Create
Apr 2013
Advanced
2 votes
1281 views
Mom's No Bake Cookies

Mom's No Bake Cookies

My mom used to make these all the time when my sister and I were young. She used to help her mother make them for the family when she was a kid.…

Syi
Mar 2012
Advanced
1 vote
852 views
Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Chocolate chiffon cake is a light and spongy cake. Goes well with a heavy chocolate ganaché coating.

Robyn Savoie
Feb 2014
Advanced
1 vote
2726 views
Easy Strawberry Jam Filled Cookies

Easy Strawberry Jam Filled Cookies

This recipe has cream cheese in the dough. Makes the dough smooth and rich tasting. I like making these with…

Syi
Mar 2012
Advanced
1 vote
1330 views
Applesauce Honey Cookies

Applesauce Honey Cookies

These sweet, moist, spice-scented cookies are a cinch to make.

Robyn Savoie
Oct 2013
Advanced
1 vote
1584 views
Calypso Blondies

Calypso Blondies

I so love blondies! Blondies are basically brownies without the cocoa and contain brown sugar instead of white sugar. Brownies seem so “old hat”…

Adam Janowski
Apr 2011
Intermediate
1 vote
2859 views
Decadent Cherry Chocolate Dirtcake

Decadent Cherry Chocolate Dirtcake

Spring and summer is busy season for a favorite southern dessert, dirtcake. It contains no dirt and isn't even…

Smokinhotchef
Jun 2012
Advanced
1 vote
850 views
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

One of my favorites growing up. One of my favorites still. One of my family's favorites. It will soon be one of…

Carolina Create
Jul 2014
Advanced
1 vote
330 views