65 Easy Fruit Desserts to Make All Summer (and Fall, Winter and Spring Too)
In our experience, you’re either a chocolate dessert person or firmly on team fruit. And while we have nothing against a decadently fudgy treat, when the produce is in season, why not embrace it? When the weather's warm, we crave fresh berries, juicy peaches, tart cherries (we wait all summer for the chance to make sour cherry pie), tender apricots and sweet corn. As things cool down, our sights turn to figs, blood oranges, grapefruit and allllll the apples. From skillet peach cobbler to Meyer lemon loaf cake, here are 65 easy fruit desserts to make in every season.
Summer Fruit Desserts
3. Blackberry-Raspberry Skillet Cobbler
When summer berries are ripe for the picking, you don’t need to get complicated with dessert.
4. Lemon-Berry Sheet Pan Trifle
If the word “trifle” sounds totally stuffy, it’s because you’ve never tried our modernized, sheet-pan version.
6. Blackberry Plum Upside-Down Cake
On first bite, this upside-down cake might remind you of a PB&J. (That’s because the batter is made with whole-wheat flour for a hint of nutty flavor.)
13. Skillet Peach Cobbler
This calls for a few scoops of vanilla ice cream.
15. Cantaloupe-Mint Sorbet
Few things are more refreshing than a slice of ripe summer melon. This cantaloupe sorbet is one of the easiest desserts you can make.
21. Lemon-Raspberry Whoopie Pies
When you're on the hunt for a confection that's bound to impress, look no further. These cakey lemon cookies are filled with fresh raspberries and sweet-tart raspberry cream.
27. Grilled Angel Food Cake with Blueberry Sauce
Tell the burgers and dogs to take a seat—tonight, we're tossing slabs of store-bought cake on the grill. No one will guess that the smoky, light-as-air treat wasn't homemade, especially once it's drenched in fresh blueberry sauce and whipped cream.
28. No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote
Press-in graham cracker crust? Check. Egg-free cheesecake filling? Check. The easiest two-ingredient raspberry sauce of all time? You bet.
30. Blueberry Crumble Pie
Aka the best of both worlds. Picture a traditional pie crust filled with lemon-kissed blueberries, topped with a streusel-like topping made from oats, brown sugar and a whole stick of butter.
Fall Fruit Desserts
32. Vegan and Gluten-Free Apple Blackberry Crumble Tart
The dough gets mixed in one bowl and pressed into the tart pan by hand, so there’s no need to knead or roll—so simple.
36. Sourdough Doughnuts with Concord Grape Glaze
You can make the fruit glaze using any juice, but Concord grape has a beautiful color and a tart flavor that pairs wonderfully with the soft doughnuts.
39. Citrus Shortcake
Shortcake is just another word for dessert biscuits, so of course we’re on board. Use just one type of citrus, or go all out with a mélange.
40. Ombré Citrus Upside-Down Cake
It’s part cake, part of work of art. We almost don’t want to take a slice, it’s so beautiful. Just kidding.
41. Kumquat Upside-Down Cake
Never tasted a kumquat before? They’re tart and a little bitter on their own, but a little butter and sugar transform them into something magical.
42. Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast
Toast for dessert? Yes, especially if it’s brioche bread slathered in cinnamon-sugar butter and ricotta, then topped with honey-broiled citrus and sea salt. (Yum.)
43. Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue
The light-as-air topping gets its lilac hue from freeze-dried blueberries, which you can find at Trader Joe’s. (And yes, you can use another freeze-dried fruit in their place.)
44. Ruby Red Grapefruit Panna Cotta
You only need six ingredients to pull off this citrusy showstopper. The toughest part? Not eating them all in one sitting.
47. Lemon Curd with Whipped Cream
This tart curd will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and happens to be endlessly versatile. Pour it into a tart crust, spoon it onto pound cake or serve it solo with a dollop of freshly whipped cream.
53. Grilled Pineapple Split Sundae with Cherry Sauce
Take it from us: If you’ve already busted out the grill for dinner, it’s worth keeping those coals glowing a little longer.
55. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust
The secret to this impressive, pretty-in-pink dessert is freeze-dried strawberries. (What can we say? We love baking with freeze-dried fruit.)
56. Strawberry Sponge Cake
We’d eat that strawberry glaze by the spoonful, just saying.
57. Strawberry, Cardamom and Pistachio Pavlova Bites
These tiny bites are spiced with a hint of cardamom for a je ne sais quoi factor that will have you going back for more.
58. Sheet-Pan Strawberry Shortcake with Black Pepper, Whipped Honey Ricotta and Togarashi
The addition of black pepper is unexpected, but so delicious paired with sweet berries.
60. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
A cupcake a day keeps the—wait, you mean that’s not how the saying goes? News to us…
61. Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Whipped Cream
They’re just as fun to make as they are to eat.
62. Strawberry-Mango Hawaiian Shave Ice
It’s like a snow cone for adults (and you don’t need a special machine to make it).
64. Cheater’s Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Cups
Need dessert pronto? These cupcakes are ready in 35 minutes. (No one would ever guess that they actually start with vegan boxed cake mix.)
65. Mini Strawberry Ice Cream Pies
If you don’t have mini pie pans (although you should consider getting a few, because they’re adorable), ramekins will work too. Roasting the strawberries concentrates their sweetness, so even if you make this with imperfect fruit, it will turn out delish.
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