Fruit Dessert Recipes To Make All Summer Long
It’s finally summer, which means the farmers’ market is packed with gorgeous fresh fruit. We like to take advantage of in-season produce, so during the summer, we include fresh fruit wherever we can. We have to admit, though, these fruit dessert recipes might be our favorite way to taste the season’s offerings. With easy desserts, like quick cobblers and no-bake icebox cakes, you’re covered for every last-minute summer getaway and get-together. Whether you pick up peaches, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, or apples, we’ve got recipes for you. Put your name down for desserts at this year’s Fourth of July and Labor Day gatherings because these recipes are perfect for feeding crowds. Dress up a luncheon with beautiful meringues, chill by the pool with fruit pops, or gift a fruity pound cake to a neighbor this summer. Stock up on fresh fruit at the farmers’ market this week.
Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake
Recipe: Strawberry-Blueberry Cupcakes
Have a batch of these double-berry cupcakes in the freezer for last-minute summer plans and guests.
Grand Marnier Cakes
Berry Sonker with Dip
Recipe: Berry Sonker with Dip
This dessert recipe hails from Surry County, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll want to make “dip” to accompany every cobbler you bake this summer.
Easy Peach Cobbler
Recipe: Easy Peach Cobbler
This six-ingredient recipe only requires 10 minutes of hands-on time, so you can throw it together anytime you have a craving.
Grapefruit Chess Pie
Recipe: Grapefruit Chess Pie
This pretty pie would be a hit at a ladies’ luncheon or afternoon tea. It’s no two-step recipe, though, so be sure to set aside enough time to make this masterpiece.
Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars
Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars
These crunch bars are full of fruity, buttery, crumbly goodness. Be warned: You will need a fork to conquer this berry treat.
Tart Mango Paletas
Recipe: Tart Mango Paletas
These Mexican ice pops will cool you down on the hottest days. They’re great to keep on hand in the freezer for scorching afternoons.
Peach-Ricotta Cheesecake with Pecan Crust
This beautiful cheesecake is the product of two Southern favorites—peaches and pecans. Show this recipe off at the next potluck or bring it to a new neighbor for a sweet surprise.
Banana Pudding Milk Shake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Milk Shake
This milk shake is the simplest way to get banana pudding flavor without putting in nearly any time or effort. Finish off a light dinner with this oh-so-satisfying dessert that screams summer.
Apple and Pear Crisp
Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars
If you have a family gathering coming up, make a few batches of these cheesecake bars up to two days in advance for no-stress prep. Pre-cut bars make serving incredibly easy.
Recipe: Peach-Raspberry Buckle
This streusel-topped cake was popular in the ’60s, and we’re more than happy to bring it back. We’d enjoy this crumby, fruity cake any time of day.
Blackberry Gelato Recipe
Recipe: Blackberry Gelato
This smooth gelato recipe is the most refreshing dessert for a hot summer night. Made with a mix of vanilla gelato and blackberry puree, it's infinitely better than store-bought.
Florida Orange Grove Pie
Recipe: Florida Orange Grove Pie
The Junior League of Tampa’s, The Gasparilla Cookbook, gave us this wonderful recipe in 1961, and it’s still just as delicious. Instead of a traditional pastry pie crust, this pretty pie has a fluffy meringue crust that will wow guests.
Recipe: Strawberry Kuchen
German for “cake,” kuchen might be your new favorite word. We’ll take this berry dessert with an afternoon cup of coffee on the porch.
Watermelon-Lime Pops with Chile Dipping Salt
Watermelon is one of the most refreshing things to eat on a hot summer day, so a watermelon ice pop is a summer dream. You can even make these treats boozy for an adults-only pool party.
Peach Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel
Bread pudding gets a summery makeover with fresh peaches and a caramel sauce that’s to die for. Remember that this recipe requires a lot of chill time for the bread to soak up a cinnamon-y liquid.
Strawberry-Apricot Hand Pies
Recipe: Strawberry-Apricot Hand Pies
An easily portable recipe that’s great for passing out at kids’ parties, these hand pies are both tangy and sweet. Get the kids to help put them together for a fun summer afternoon activity.
Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
Although the classic Hummingbird Cake is our most popular recipe of all time, layer cakes aren’t necessarily a snap to make. For easy serving and fun presentation, try this cupcake version instead.
Recipe: Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake
This Southern cake is filled with fresh blueberries, so stock up on your weekend trip to the farmers’ market. Perfect for a summer cookout or casual gathering, this simple recipe will be a go-to.
Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies
Chef and cookbook author Damaris Phillips let us showcase this sweet cookie recipe, which reminds her of her first love. We hear these are good enough to mend a broken heart.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pretzel Pie
Meringue Pillows with Blueberry-Mint Compote
If you want to impress dinner party guests, here’s your dessert recipe. Fluffy meringue topped with blueberry compote and fresh mint makes for a dessert that looks and tastes sophisticated.
Blackberry-Oat Crumble Bars
Recipe: Blackberry-Oat Crumble Bars
These buttery oat bars are filled with a simple blackberry jam that’s both sweet and tart. Bars are the best portable treats to take on summer picnics and road trips.
Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
You can thank the Junior League of Houston for this company-worthy pound cake recipe. Two kinds of icing mean double the deliciousness.
Recipe: Strawberry-Mango Semifreddo
This six-ingredient recipe couldn’t be prettier or easier. Mango sorbet and strawberry ice cream are a bright, tasty match in this cool dessert.
Recipe: Berry Cobbler
This four-berry cobbler is the ultimate summer dessert. Put it in the slow-cooker before a dinner party and it’s ready to go after the meal.
Clementine Upside-Down Cake
Recipe: Clementine Upside-Down Cake
This summery dessert has a wow-worthy presentation for showing off at potlucks and cookouts. Brown sugar and honey warm up bright citrus in this recipe.
Apple Fritters with Salted Caramel Sauce
Caramel and apple just make sense together, especially when deep fried and topped with cold vanilla ice cream. These fritters would be perfectly festive for a Fourth of July party.
Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Blackberry, Browned Butter, and Almond Tart
This crustless tart is like a cookie on the outside and a cake on the inside—so basically it’s perfect. Fresh berries are a must, so grab a basket at the farmers’ market.
Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars
These creamy berry treats make the perfect chilly summer sweet. You’ll need to allow 10 hours for this recipe to set, but only 40 minutes of that time will be active.
Berry Chantilly Cake
Recipe: Berry Chantilly Cake
There’s nothing like a layer cake simply dressed in white frosting with a smattering of berries acting as the only decoration. It’s perfectly festive for summer’s patriotic celebrations and the average Sunday afternoon in June.
Strawberry Cheesecake Salad
Recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake Salad
All you need is 15 minutes for this no-frills cheesecake-inspired confection. Top each serving with a few sliced strawberries and crushed graham crackers.
Peach Custard Pie
Recipe: Peach Custard Pie
Let this stunning pie act as the centerpiece on your summer supper table. A creamy custard filling and perfectly ripened but firm peaches create the ideal pair.
Strawberry Vanilla Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Vanilla Cake
This strawberry cake will convince you to skip the boxed mix, once and for all. And don’t even think about swapping the homemade Vanilla Buttercream for a tub of the pre-made stuff.
Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
Is it dessert or is it breakfast? You decide. The glaze is a simple mixture of fresh blueberries, lemon juice, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, and water. Really, it couldn’t be easier to throw together.
Peach-Plum Crumble Slab Pie
Recipe: Peach-Plum Crumble Slab Pie
There’s nothing like a big old slab pie to satisfy your summertime crowd. This one calls for ripe peaches and red plums for a perfectly fresh filling.
Deep Dish Berry Cobbler
Recipe: Deep Dish Berry Cobbler
What to do with all those u-pick berries? We found the perfect treat. Our Deep Dish Berry Cobbler calls for a whopping eight cups of berries. Just make sure you have a deep pie dish ready for filling.
Blueberry-Orange Blossom Honey Slab Pie
Now we went a little summertime overboard with the pie crust floral cutouts, but you can do a regular trellis or any other pattern you choose to give it a little flair.
Recipe: Raspberry-Rhubarb Bars
You can bake these bars a day in advance. Simply wrap in aluminum foil and store at room temperature.
Mini Strawberry Chiffon Pies
Recipe: Mini Strawberry Chiffon Pies
Now aren’t these sweet? Everyone will squeal with delight when they’re served their very own petite chiffon pie, topped off with a dollop of whipped cream and a sliced strawberry for good measure.