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
1. Cherry Slab Pie
A slab pie is just like a regular pie, but made in a baking sheet. (And if you ask us, the crust-to-filling ratio makes it slightly superior.)
2. Cherry Clafoutis
Want to seem fancy without a ton of effort? Make this classic French dessert but tell no one it took you less than an hour.
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.
5. Puff Pastry Plum and Thyme Galette
Why bake a pie in a pan when you could go free-form? Plus, you can toss in any fruit your heart desires (we’re partial to juicy, sweet-tart plums).
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.)
7. Easy Cherry Skillet Cake
If you don’t want to pit a bunch of cherries, pick up some blueberries from the farmers market instead.
8. Mini Apricot Meringue Pies
Fluffy meringue is too tasty to be relegated to citrus desserts only. We’re making these cuties as soon as apricots are in season.
9. Honey-Peach Semifreddo
Semifreddo is an Italian treat that’s similar to ice cream, but lucky for you, there’s no special equipment required to make it at home.
10. 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.
11. Apricot and Frangipane Cake
This elegant cake calls for less than ten ingredients, and the almond meal base is naturally gluten-free.
12. Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Soufflés
13. Skillet Peach Cobbler
This calls for a few scoops of vanilla ice cream.
14. Poached Apricots and Peaches with Toasted Almonds
This simple, light summer dessert has alfresco written all over it. If you need us, we’ll be eating one outside.
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.
16. Glazed Blueberry Cake
This cake would make a mighty fine breakfast, too (you know, if you happen to have leftovers).
17. 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.)
18. Berry Galette
19. 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.
20. 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.
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.
22. Blackberry Panna Cotta Tartlets
Instead of being stuffed with pastry cream, these tiny shortbread shells are filled with blackberry panna cotta, an Italian dessert made from sweetened cream and gelatin. That means you won't have to fuss with your stand mixer to make them.
23. Coconut Popsicles Recipe
Cool off with a creamy coconut pops that only requires five ingredients and a stint in the freezer. Go the extra mile by adding a layer of tangy fruit jam to the top of each mold for a colorful finishing touch. (We like raspberry.)
24. No-Bake Berry Tiramisu
In the words of Paulette Bonafonté, this beauty looks like the Fourth of July. As if it wasn't summery enough already, thanks to the fresh berries and raspberry jam, you won't even need to turn on the oven to pull it off.
25. Watermelon-Kiwi Ice Pops
The only difficult step here is waiting for them to freeze before digging in. And they couldn't be simpler to make, since they only call for fruit and sugar. (BTW, we've got your back if you need help cubing the watermelon.)
26. Cherry Pie Bars
Nostalgic, shareable and ready in 45 minutes—that's a dessert after our own heart. These pie bars actually aren't pie at all, though; they're more like extra buttery pound cake stuffed with cherry pie filling.
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.
29. Sweet Corn Doughnut Holes
Did you know that corn is actually a vegetable, fruit and whole grain? Whatever you want to call it, its sweet flavor is synonymous with summer. See for yourself with these sugary doughnut holes filled to the brim with sweet corn cream.
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
31. Fig Tarte Tatin
It all comes together in a single skillet; the most work you’ll have to do is slice some figs and the results are sticky-sweet caramelized fruit cradled in a blanket of crisp pastry. You’ve got nothing to lose.
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.
33. Apple Tart with Soft-Pretzel Crust
OK, the pretzel-like crust on this beauty takes a little extra effort, but it will be worth it when you completely bowl over your dinner guests.
34. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies
You say “mini dessert” and we say “we’ll take the whole batch.”
35. Rosé Poached Pears with Ginger and Vanilla
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.
37. Baked Pears with Maple Syrup and Almond Crumble
They’re easy and elegant, and they come together in just 35 minutes. (Psst: This one works with apples, too.)
38. Brown-Sugar Pear Puff Pastries
Winter Fruit Desserts
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.
45. Orange and Chocolate Brioche Tarts
According to recipe developer and pie queen Erin McDowell, anything that has a crust is a pie—hence these brioche babies.
46. Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake
This is what we like to call sunshine in a cake. Meyer lemons are in season during the winter, but if you can’t find them, standard lemons work too.
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.
48. Grapefruit Meringue Stacks
These whimsical stacks only appear fussy and fancy. Once you’ve made the main components (meringue cookies and grapefruit curd), they’re actually very simple to master.
49. Lemon Meringue Cookies
If a lemon meringue pie and a sugar cookie had a (very delicious) baby, these cookies would be it.
50. Muffin-Tin Lemon Meringue Tarts
As it turns out, your muffin tin can do more than, well, make muffins. These lil’ tarts look like something from a bakery, but you deserve all the credit.
51. Blood Orange Eton Mess
What is it about blood oranges that’s so—dare we say—sexy? These parfaits have all the right textures: soft, creamy, crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth.
Spring Fruit Desserts
52. Pineapple and Ginger Upside-Down Cake
Fun fact: Pineapples might make you think of summer, but they’re actually in-season in spring.
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.
54. Hummingbird Cupcakes with Pineapple ‘Flowers’
In our humble opinion, a batch of cupcakes trumps a bouquet of flowers every time.
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.
59. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes
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).
63. Coconut Rice Pudding with Rhubarb Compote
FYI, rhubarb is not just for pie. Here, sweet, creamy rice pudding complements the tart fruit compote quite nicely.
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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