Sure, strawberries are sugary and juicy; blueberries have a certain summery charm. But our sights are set on raspberries, which are sweet-tart, succulent and worthy of eating an entire pint in one sitting. The berry also makes an excellent addition to some of our favorite treats, from lemon-raspberry whoopie pies to PB&J blondies with a scarlet swirl of fruity jam. Here, 26 raspberry desserts to savor all year long.
26 Raspberry Desserts That Are Perfectly Tart-Sweet, from No-Bake Cheesecake to Whoopie Pies
1. Bite-size Almond Raspberry Spoon Cakes
Aside from being über-cute, these tiny cakes come together with just a whisk and a single bowl. And since they’re so small, they bake up in just 15 minutes. Take that, layer cake.
2. Blueberry, Blackberry And Raspberry Soufflés
The soufflé is something you think you should know how to make (you’re a capital-A adult, after all), but here, intimidating is an understatement. No worries: With a delicate touch, success is within reach.
4. Chocolate Raspberry Fool
These decadent cups are deceptively elegant—no one will ever guess that they take 25 minutes to make, start to finish. Seriously, if you can make whipped cream, you can make this dessert.
5. Lemon-raspberry Whoopie Pies
Raspberry on its own is lovely. Raspberry paired with mouth-puckering lemon? Out-of-this-world delicious. Since these tender cakes (er, pies) transport well, they make a great picnic or lunchbox treat.
6. No-bake Cheesecake With Raspberry Compote
You’re in charge of dessert, but you can’t be bothered with turning on the oven. You’re in luck, because the press-in crust, cream cheese filling and simple compote of this cheesecake will never give you away.
8. Big Raspberry-rye Cookies
These humble-looking cookies are harboring a secret: There’s an entire bag of freeze-dried raspberries in there. Paired with the earthy rye flour, they bake up crisp, golden and vibrating with tart-sweet berry intensity.
9. Raspberry Choux Puffs
Whether you want to feel like a Parisian pâtissier or an extra in the latest Wes Anderson movie, these whimsical pastries have your name on them. The recipe is a bit involved, but the results are so worth the effort.
12. Berries And Cream Cookies
Bye, food coloring. These chewy cookies get their pretty pink color from crushed, freeze-dried raspberries, which also add plenty of tart, fruity flavor to the dough.
14. Lemon-berry Sheet Pan Trifle
Forget what you know about this old-school British dessert. We took it from kinda stuffy to totally modern by ditching the usual bowl and tossing it all together on a sheet pan. Now, where’s our spoon?
15. Jammy Shortbread Bars
Buttery brown sugar shortbread, tart raspberry jam and creamy vanilla frosting combine to make a dessert that’s as special as it is simple to make. Keep the layers thin and you’ll be able to stack the bars for lunchbox treats.
17. Raspberry Beet Tart With Oat Walnut Crust
Thanks to steamed beets (sneaky!) and plenty of fresh raspberries, this tart is bright pink and sweet but not too sweet.
18. Peanut Butter Cream Pie With Raspberry Meringue
This masterpiece may seem like a major undertaking, but know that you can make the dough—and even bake and fill the pie—ahead. Just snap a picture before you gobble it up.
19. Pink Lemonade Bars
Mouth-puckering and buttery, these bars are laced with raspberry purée to tame the sour citrus and add a blush pink tint.
20. Dessert Nachos
You already love starting a meal with the savory kind, so why not end a meal with a plateful of this sweet version? Yep, we went there.
24. Chewy Tri-color Sugar Cookies
These cuties were inspired by those layered, rainbow-bright cookies in every Italian bakery case. They’re flavored with matcha, almond and raspberry, but you can use any combination of ingredients (like cocoa powder or sesame paste).
25. Peanut Butter And Jelly Blondies
These are the chewy, sugary bars of our grade-school dreams. Piping the jam on top is the key to getting a good swirl—use a Ziploc bag with one corned snipped if you don’t have a pastry bag handy.
26. Raspberry White Chocolate Bûche De Noël
Behold, the sweetest Christmas Yule log we’ve ever seen. (C’mon, just try not to squeal at those itty-bitty raspberry-meringue mushrooms.)