18 Blueberry Dessert Recipes for A Sweet Summer

Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Summer is here, which means our fridges are constantly bursting with the season's bounty. Whether from a U-Pick farm or local farmers' market, fresh berries are one of our favorite summer ingredients. Even though blueberries make a delicious snack or morning oatmeal topper, we love to include blueberries at dessert, too. These blueberry desserts are the tastiest way to use up your stock of blueberries if you went a little overboard at the market this week. Whether you're making a fresh blueberry tart for a new neighbor, bringing blueberry crunch bars to the church potluck, or enjoying a cozy blueberry cobbler with your family after a weeknight dinner, these easy blueberry desserts are major crowd-pleasers. Kids will love our blueberry desserts like popsicles, hand pies, and cupcakes, but you can serve dressier desserts like meringue with blueberry compote or whiskey pie with tipsy blueberries for your adults-only summer dinner party. These blueberry desserts are our favorite ways to enjoy fresh summer berries, with cool icebox pies, pretty cakes, and comforting cobblers.

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Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart

Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart

This make-ahead dessert is just the cool—both in temperature and quality—finale your summer party needs. You're going to want to use the buttery cracker crust for every pie you bake after trying it.

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Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Petite Blueberry Cheesecake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

No one can fight over who got the biggest slice when dessert is already pre-portioned into adorable mini cakes. Bonus: The cheesecakes can be made and frozen up to a month in advance, which is what we call a busy hostess win.

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Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler

Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler

Top this colorful cobbler with scoops of Homemade Cream Cheese Ice Cream for a personal touch that won't go unnoticed.

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Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

Southern cooks know the easiest way to achieve the dreamiest cake texture is to poke it!

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Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake

Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake

You can serve this fresh blueberry-studded cake from brunch to dinner, so it's the perfect, "What can I bring?" dish for any summer gathering.

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Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake

Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake

Talk about a standout! This decadent layer cake will blow the competition away at the Fourth of July dessert table (not that it's a competition, but if it were, you'd win).

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Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars

Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars

If you want to stand out from the stacks of fudge and classic chocolate chip cookies, this crumbly, fruity bar is the perfect dessert to bring to the summer potluck.

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Blueberry-Cheesecake Ice-Cream Pie

Key Lime Ice-Cream Pie
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Blueberry-Cheesecake Ice-Cream Pie

Icebox pies are a hallmark of Southern desserts, and this one is so refreshing for those hotter-than-hot summer days.

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Cornmeal Cookie Berry Shortcakes

Cornmeal Cookie Berry Shortcakes
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Cornmeal Cookies Berry Shortcakes

Each component of this adorable dessert can be made ahead to help you out as you prep for company.

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Triple Berry Sonker with Dip

Berry Sonker with Dip
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Triple Berry Sonker with Dip

If you've never heard of a sonker, it's time to get acquainted with this cobbler-like dessert (and its creamy vanilla sauce, "dip") with origins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Sour Cream Flag Cake

Flag Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Sour Cream Flag Cake

It doesn't get more patriotic for Independence Day than a flag cake made with fresh summer berries, but you can make this easy sheet cake all summer long and arrange the topping any way you like.

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Berry Cobbler with Pecan Sandie Streusel

Berry Cobbler with Pecan Sandie Streusel
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Berry Cobbler with Pecan Sandie Streusel

Instead of a traditional lattice crust or old-school drop biscuits, switch up your cobbler toping with this crunchy, sweet surprise.

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Lemon-Buttermilk Icebox Pie

Key Lime-Buttermilk Icebox Pie
Hector Sanchez; Food Styling: Erin Merhar; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Lemon-Buttermilk Icebox Pie

A cool filling surrounded by a timeless graham cracker crust and finished off with a beautiful lemon-blueberry topping? We've found your "looks impressive but is so easy" dessert of the summer.

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Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake

Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Photo: Alison Miksch

Recipe: Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake

Sheet cakes have long been the easiest way to serve dessert to a crowd, and this pretty cake is studded with all your favorite summer fruit.

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Red, White, and Blue Popsicles

Red, White, and Blue Popsicles
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Popsicles

Make this ice cream truck-favorite right at home with a recipe that the kids will go crazy over.

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Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars

If you need a big-batch (we're talking massive-batch) dessert for your Fourth of July get-together, you can't go wrong with this fruity cheesecake recipe that's easy to serve.

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Berry Cobbler

Berry Cobbler

Recipe: Berry Cobbler

Our slow cookers have never let us down, even when it comes to dessert. This recipe lets you focus on the main dish and still serve a delicious, beautiful finale.

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Whiskey Pie with Tipsy Berries

Whiskey Pie with Tipsy Berries
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Whiskey Pie with Tipsy Berries

If you're attending an adults-only cookout, bring an adults-only dessert your friends will love. We recommend serving it with a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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