42 Blackberry Recipes to Make While They're in Season

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When high summer rolls around, we’re most looking forward to one delicious thing: blackberry season. The sweet-tart (and totally underrated) fruit is officially at peak deliciousness, so we're using them in the kitchen every chance we get. Here are 42 blackberry recipes to make with this summer's harvest.

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1. Blackberry-Peach Grilled Cheese

Cheese is always in season. This ten-minute recipe boasts three types: goat cheese, fontina and Emmentaler.

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2. Berry Galette

Meet blackberry pie’s cool, hippie cousin. The recipe is super low-key, considering you won't need to fuss over crimping the pie crust just right.

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3. Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Soufflés

Don't let this fancy dessert intimidate you—it's easier to whip up than you think. The key to these light, airy soufflés is not overmixing the batter and being gentle with them from start to finish, so they don't deflate.

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4. Blackberry Plum Upside-Down Cake

Reasons we love upside-down cakes: 1) They're impressive, 2) they're easy to make and 3) they basically "frost" themselves.

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5. Vegan and Gluten-Free Apple Blackberry Crumble Tart

Gluten-free flour FTW. Feel free to substitute frozen berries, sliced pears or ripe peaches. (You can also go wild with additional warm spices, like cardamom or nutmeg.)

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6. Sweet Crepes with Caramelized Pears

Sunday breakfast has never looked so gourmet. We stuff these paper-thin pancakes with sweet whipped mascarpone cheese, but Nutella, jam or whipped cream would work just as well.

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7. Blackberry-Raspberry Skillet Cobbler

Not only does this confection require minimal effort, but it comes together in just 30 minutes. Drag a spoon through the batter before baking for a pretty marbled look.

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8. Blackberry Jam Pie-Crust Straws

When you have a craving for pie but aren't up to the task of making one, lean on this delicious compromise. All it takes is store-bought puff pastry, blackberry jam and a few pantry staples.

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9. No-Bake Berry Tiramisu

If the 4th of July was a dessert, we're pretty sure it'd look a little something like this. Think red, white and blue layers of store-bought ladyfingers, whipped ricotta-cream cheese filling and all the summer berries.

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10. Blackberry Panna Cotta Tartlets

Filling the three-ingredient shortbread crusts with panna cotta instead of pastry cream means you won't even have to break out your stand mixer to get the job done.

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11. Blackberry Smoothie Bowl

You know how your favorite smoothie bowl from that chic café costs, like, $12? It's *so* much cheaper to whip one up at home, and it only takes ten minutes max to boot.

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12. Lemon-Berry Sheet Pan Trifle

We took all the stuffiness out of this old-school British treat by serving it on a sheet pan instead of in a crystal-cut bowl. This way, the meringue, whipped topping and fruit are much easier to access.

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13. Blackberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin

We’re making alfresco breakfast a thing. The secret to the muffins' moist, tender texture is Greek yogurt and creamed butter.

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14. Arugula Kale Reggiano Salad with Blackberries

It’s the new strawberry-spinach. Blackberries offer just the right amount of acidic sweetness to cut through the bitter greens.

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15. Blackberry Hoisin Barbecue Ribs

This cookout main calls for napkins. Lots and lots of napkins. The recipe suggests making the ribs in the slow cooker, but they'll taste just as heavenly fresh off the grill or smoker.

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16. Honey Butter, Stone Fruit and Blackberry Meringue Tart

All our summer favorites in one pretty package. We're talking peaches, nectarines and cherries in all their farmers market glory.

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17. Blackberry and Brie Mini Pizzas

Unusual? Maybe. Delicious? Damn straight. Their flavor is impeccably balanced, thanks to sweet caramelized onions, earthy walnuts and zingy balsamic vinegar.

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18. Blackberry Caprese Salad

Take it from Maria Lichty: What grows together, goes together (and with cheese).

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19. Corned Beef with Blackberry Mustard Glaze

Blackberry preserves + Dijon mustard + soy sauce + brown sugar = the easiest, sweet-and-savory glaze of all time. We'll take ours with spuds and cabbage, please.

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20. Blackberry Lavender White Chocolate Scones

All the magic lies in the lavender glaze, made with butter, dried lavender and pantry staples. Might we suggest sprinkling each scone with more lavender for an elegant finishing touch?

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21. Blackberry Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

It tastes like cheesecake, coffee cake and berry crumble in every bite. Thanks to the brown sugar crumb topping, you totally don't need to finish it with lemon-vanilla icing (but why not go all out?).

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22. Blackberry Lemonade

Summer's official drink is more tart-sweet and refreshing than ever, since it's been spiked with easy, two-ingredient blackberry purée.

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23. Blackberry Lavender Cobbler

Four words: Cream. Cheese. Biscuit. Topping. If that doesn't convince you to make this treat ASAP, maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream will.

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24. Balsamic Chicken Salad with Avocado, Feta and Blackberry

Cue jealous glances from all your coworkers the moment this salad leaves your lunch tote. We're betting that trading raw red onions for pickled ones would be a total game-changer.

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25. Blackberry Lemon Bars

Bright, zingy citrus. Sweet-tart blackberries. An impossibly buttery shortbread base. Yeah, we'll take a dozen for the road, please.

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26. Raw Blackberry Coconut Cashew Slice

These babies are vegan, Paleo and naturally sweetened with nothing but Medjool dates, raw agave nectar and coconut cream.

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27. Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad

It doesn't get easier than four ingredients and store-bought honey mustard dressing. Feel free to use whatever dark, leafy greens you have in your fridge, or to substitute Brie or feta for chèvre.

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28. Shredded Hoisin-Blackberry Chicken Tacos with Crunchy Slaw

Warning: These handhelds could change Taco Tuesday at your place forever. Not only does the slaw star usual suspects like apple and radish, but it also boasts a third crunchy surprise: shredded broccoli stems.

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29. Blackberry Lime Margaritas

The fresh blackberry juice is what takes these cocktails over the top. It's as simple as heating blackberries in a saucepan with a bit of water, then mashing and straining them into juice.

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30. Kale Salad with Quinoa and Shrimp

The recipe calls for blueberries, but blackberries will pair with the greens, almonds and garlic shrimp just as well. Use millet, bulgur or wild rice instead of quinoa if you'd prefer.

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31. Old-Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler

Few things give us the warm-and-fuzzies like a rustic, lattice-topped dessert. Save time by using store-bought pie dough—your secret will be safe with us.

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32. Baked Blackberry and Cardamom Doughnuts

Not only are these morning glories baked, but they're also made with nonfat Greek yogurt and unsweetened applesauce instead of butter, shortening or oil.

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33. Slow-Cooked Blackberry Jalapeño Pulled Pork Tacos

Juicy pork tenderloin turns fork-tender after a stint in the Crock-Pot. The key to its sweet, spicy, slightly smoky flavor? Roasting the jalapeños before adding them to the blackberry marinade.

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34. Grilled Brie with Blackberry Basil Smash Salsa

Move aside, burgers and dogs. We're placing a whole round of Brie on the grates until its insides turn to melty bliss. Just let it cool briefly before breaking the rind and letting it ooze into the fruit salsa.

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35. Chocolate Cake with Blackberry Buttercream

It's fit for any summer birthday, bridal shower or revenge dinner party. Instant coffee powder gives the cake a touch of roasty intensity.

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36. Easy Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Hoisin-Blackberry Sauce

There are a million ways to serve this summery roast. Pile it onto sandwich buns, use it as taco filling, serve it over rice, add it to a crisp summer salad for protein or pair it with spicy mac and cheese.

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37. Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

There's both Greek yogurt and cream cheese in the cheesecake layer, so it's as tangy and flavorful as possible. All it takes to get that swirly pattern on top is running a toothpick or knife through the blackberry purée and cheesecake before it's baked.

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38. Blackberry and Chocolate Greek Frozen Yogurt Cones

Just like ice cream, only with more protein and wholesome ingredients. You don't even need an ice cream maker to pull it off—your blender will hold down the fort just fine.

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39. Blackberry Limeade Cupcakes

Good luck not eating the blackberry-vanilla buttercream straight from the mixer bowl while the cupcakes finish baking.

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40. Blackberry Bramble

This British cocktail is traditionally made with dry gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and a blackberry liqueur called Crème de Mûre. Here, fresh muddled berries take over for a fruitier twist.

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41. Blackberry Pineapple Float

Believe it or not, you're only ten minutes away from this summery sipper. If you have time, grill a few rounds of pineapple for a stunning garnish. (This is the best way to slice it, BTW.)

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42. Simple Blackberry Jam

Slather it on toast, use it as cake filling, make it the center of a batch of thumbprint cookies or spoon some onto your morning yogurt or oatmeal. The mason jar is your oyster.

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