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My Favorite Carry-Along Summer Desserts

Two Cold Desserts to Take to Hot Parties


Fourth of July or any summer event is perfect for two of my favorite summer carry-along dessert recipes: Dirt and Margarita Pie. Dirt is especially good for picnics with lots of kids. Margarita Pie is great for adults at a picnic or pool parties. The salty pretzel crust really makes it.

Hint: Both recipes can be kept in a cooler with an ice block or bag of ice. To keep them really cold, I place a section of newspaper firmly pushed down over the top of the cold items. Store your cooler in the shade.

Below you'll shopping lists for each recipe. Click on the titles for the complete recipe. Enjoy!


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 8oz pkg. cream cheese
  • 3-1/2 cup milk
  • 2 (3 1/2 oz. each) packages instant French or regular vanilla pudding
  • 1 (12oz.) container whipped topping
  • 1 (20oz.) package chocolate sandwich cookies
  • gummy worms
  • 8-inch plastic flower pot (unused)
  • garden trowel (unused)
  • aluminum foil

Margarita Pie

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 ounces ounces pretzels
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 quarts vanilla ice cream
  • 3 ounce* frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 whole lime
*Sometimes I have trouble getting the 3 ounce size of limeade. I end-up buying the bigger size and use the rest of the concentrate to make limeade.
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