Fresh Berry Desserts
Enjoy fresh berry desserts all summer long with these crowd-pleasing recipes.
A glossy buttermilk glaze lends the perfect sweetness to a cherry-studded sheet cake.
This jam blends blackberries and Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur that brings out the flavor of the fruit.
Recipe: Blackberry Chambord Jam
Cloud-like ricotta is the perfect complement to juicy cherries infused with herbal-citrus zing.
Unexpected but oh-so right, a touch of tangy-sweet balsamic vinegar combined with honey, cinnamon, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper magnifies the sweetness of blueberries. We love this buttery crust, but if time is short, substitute a store-bought one and simply crimp the edges.
Recipe: Honey-Balsamic-Blueberry Pie
Step-by-Step Video: Lattice Pie Crust
Don't have a reusable mold? No problem. We found 5-oz. paper cups to be a perfect no-fuss, disposable alternative.
Recipe: Buttermilk-Blackberry Pops
Here's a great baker's secret: Adding a splash of vodka to dough will give you a super-flaky crust, and the alcohol burns off while baking. We prefer to make this dough by hand; you can use a food processor, but the final result will yield a more crumbly, cookie-like texture.
Recipe: Double Berry-Almond Galette
When the heat turns up Blackberry Supremes are the perfect sized sweet and tart berry dessert to end summer meals. Offer a variety of tart flavors by using strawberries, blueberries or raspberries.
- Recipe: Blackberry Supremes
One of the South's favorites, strawberry shortcake is shorthand for a great spring or summer dessert. Though you've likely had those spongy little cups from the grocery store or angel food cake as a base, true shortcake is basically a big, sweet biscuit. Don't let the thought of making biscuits scare you. We've streamlined our version so there's no rolling or cutting involved--just a tender dough that you drop onto a baking sheet.
- Recipe: Classic Strawberry Shortcake
Store-bought cookies make preparing this new recipe spin on the beloved trifle a snap. Cover with a delicious, fresh raspberry glaze and you’ll have a splurge-worthy cookie trifle in half the time.
For an easy summer treat on the go blend strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries. This smoothie will fill you up and pack you full of much-needed and hard-working antioxidants.
- Recipe: Four-Berry Smoothie
Combine 1 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced, with 2 cups fresh blueberries; sprinkle with 3 Tbsp. sugar, and toss. Let stand 10 minutes. Spoon evenly over 10 vanilla or chocolate miniature ice-cream sandwiches; dollop with 1⁄2 (8-oz.) container thawed whipped topping.
Blueberries combine with summer’s signature fruit for a refreshing flavor combination. Mason jars make serving this parfait easy and stylish.
- Recipe: Peach-and-Blueberry Parfaits
Layer cakes are a crowd pleasing hit in any season. Top this Chocolate Strawberry Basket Cake with chocolate-covered strawberries and a wire handle woven with fresh flowers to make it double as a show-stopping summer centerpiece.
- Recipe: Chocolate-Strawberry Basket Cake
- Recipe: Lemon-Blueberry Cream Pie
Lavish amounts of semisweet chocolate and sour cream give rise to these luscious cake layers. No one will ever guess the recipe begins with a mix. A simple coating of coarsely chopped pecans and a handful of colorful berries will send this towering treat to the table in high style.
The simplicity of a cookie tucked into a foil baking cup and topped with ice cream is a subtle change of pace. Serve them as a midweek dessert, the main attraction at a birthday party, or a cool refreshment on a hot afternoon.
This classic French dessert features luscious pastry cream topped with a layer of sweet strawberries. Enhance the flavor of your tart by adding a teaspoon of rose or orange flower water to the cream.
- Recipe: Strawberry Tart
Familiar foods are the ones we love best, and this new twist on a family favorite makes it as easy to prepare as it is to eat. To transform the cobbler into a speedy dessert, we scaled it down to 5 classic ingredients with less than 5 minutes prep time.
- Recipe: TennTucky Blackberry Cobbler
This top-rated pie recipe features a unique combination of salty pretzel crust and sweet strawberry ice-cream. Garnish with lime rind curls, fresh whole strawberries, and pretzels for a stunning presentation.
No summer celebration would be complete with out the rich, sweet taste of Fresh Blackberry Pie. Though this pie should be assembled and served the same day, you can get a head start by combining the berries and sugar and chilling them the night before.
- Recipe: Fresh Blackberry Pie
These luscious little gems are so quick to fix you can make dozens at a time. Inexpensive shot glasses sparkle as contemporary dessert dishes. For large parties, miniature (5-oz.) clear-plastic tumblers, available from party stores, are a great option.
- Recipe Link: Raspberry Tiramisù Bites
Rev up your taste buds for a combination of sweet berries, sour lemon, and cool mint in this delicious pound cake dessert.
Fresh berries topped with a luscious, velvety cream are the perfect treat after a laid-back dinner party. If you want a smokier flavor add mezcal, which is similar to tequila, in the cream.
- Recipe: Berries With Tequila Cream
Bread pudding is an all-time summer classic dessert. Add blueberries and you'll have an instant hit! Make this easy, decadent recipe the day before, and chill; then bake and serve hot.
- Recipe: Blueberry Bread Pudding
Summer is all about simple, and this flavor-packed cheesecake tops our list of fun desserts. There’s no need to wrangle with a rolling pin--just pat the crust in the pan, fold together a creamy cheesecake filling, then sit back and chill. Homemade has never been so easy.
- Recipe: Icebox Cheesecake
Serve this juicy showstopper with sweetened whipped cream, or dollop on extra tiramisù flavor by folding together equal parts sweetened whipped cream and mascarpone cheese.
Recipe: Very Berry Summer Pudding
Offer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and, to save time, you can simply top with a mix of your favorite fresh summer fruit.
- Recipe: Whiskey Pie with Tipsy Berries
"I remember always wanting my grandmother to make this cobbler for me when I was a little girl," says country singer Lauren Alaina.
Recipe: Blackberry Cobbler
As pretty as petits fours, these luscious little two-bite gems can be finished with any kind of berry or preserves. Get ahead, and bake the cheesecakes in advance. After baking, they'll freeze up to one month. Thaw and top with preserves and fruit before serving.
Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes