17 Easy Fruit Desserts for Summer and Beyond
From peach pie to popsicles, some of the most delicious summer desserts involve mountains of fruit. The bonus is that most of these beloved sweets can be served year-round. (Because who doesn’t want to tackle the winter chill with some lemon bars?)
Summer Fruit Plate
Let in-season fruit take center stage in this ridiculously easy summer dessert. It doesn’t get simpler, more beautiful or more delicious.
Puff Pastry Plum and Thyme Galette
Why bake a pie when you could go free-form? Plus, you can toss in any fruit your heart desires (we’re partial to plums).
Ruby Red Grapefruit Panna Cotta
You only need six ingredients to pull off this citrusy showstopper. The toughest part? Not eating them all before your guests arrive.
Salted Citrus Bars
These lemon bars with a twist transform any trip to the park into an instant picnic. (Yep, that’s flaky sea salt on top.)
Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Soufflés
The ultimate “choose your own adventure” dessert—make raspberry, blueberry, blackberry or all three. (Don’t worry, you’ll use frozen fruit to keep things super simple.)
Blueberry and Peach Crostada
Shh, there’s no need to tell your friends this dessert took less than an hour to make. We love you, store-bought pie dough.
Gluten-Free Pistachio Apricot Tart
Why should gluten eaters have all the fun? This gluten-free pistachio apricot tart is just as sweet, tangy and satisfying as the real deal. (It’s really damn photogenic, too.)
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.
One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet
Just freeze a cubed watermelon until it’s solid, blend it into a smooth puree, pack the puree into a pan and then freeze again. Before you know it, the sorbet is ready to scoop and enjoy.
Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue
The light-as-air topping gets its lilac hue from—surprise—freeze-dried blueberries, which you can pick up from Trader Joe’s.
Peaches-and-Cream Ice Pops
When the weather is above 70 degrees, you can pretty much guarantee we’re craving (or eating) an ice pop. And while you could wait around for the ice cream truck, making your own is so much more fun.
Cheater’s Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Cups
Need dessert, pronto? Heather Saffer’s moist muffins to the rescue. (No one would ever guess that it actually starts with vegan boxed cake mix.)
Bite-Size Almond Raspberry Spoon Cakes
Lightly sweet and bursting with almond flavor, these almond raspberry cake bites can be whipped up by hand using just a whisk and a single bowl.
Baked Grapefruit with Mint
Sometimes the simplest desserts can be the tastiest. Case in point: Coterie member Liz Harris’s three-ingredient baked grapefruit with brown sugar and mint.
Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast
Some combinations just make sense: PB&J, ketchup and fries...and ricotta toast. Toasted brioche bread is slathered in cinnamon-sugar butter and ricotta, then topped with honey-broiled citrus and sea salt. (Yum.)
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.