50 Summer Fruit Desserts to Enjoy Before the Season Is Over

Cherry pie, strawberry shortcake, berry cobbler—if you’re anything like us you’ll be baking all summer long.

May 19, 2023

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Our Sweetest Summer Fruit Ideas

One of our favorite things about the warm weather is the bounty of fresh fruit that it brings—like fresh cherries, juicy peaches and sweet-tart blueberries to name a few. No matter what you have on hand after your trip to the orchard or farm stand, its sure to be the perfect addition to any summer dessert. Baking a pie? Preparing a fruit crisp or cobbler? Serving up shortcakes? They’re all better with in-season fruit. That’s why we’ve rounded up so many delicious recipes for you to try, starting with one that’s perfect for the warm weather: peach-topped cheesecake. We can never resist a good summer slow-cooker recipe (why heat up the entire kitchen if you don’t have to?) but the moist environment does double-duty for cheesecake: it prevents crack from forming and it helps achieve a smooth, creamy texture. Topped with our favorite stone fruit, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar Cheesecake

Blackberry Pie

While this pie is a favorite in Washington state, it is also a classic across the country. The cut-out crusts update the look of the old standard, but the taste is just as sweet, tart and velvety as you remember.

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Chocolate Cherry Galette

A galette is a great excuse for baking with seasonal fruit. For this version, we spread a thick layer of chocolate ganache in the center of the dough, and once set, top it with the cherry filling.

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Indigenous Dumplings with Berries

Crystal Wahpepah says, "Berries are as indigenous to American landscapes as are my people. That’s why you’ll find them in savory as well as sweet dishes, powdered for medicinal purposes and crushed for dye. They are a staple of our diets--and they are my jam. This simple recipe is evocative of a traditional stovetop cobbler with pillowy biscuit-like dumplings. The natural sweetness of the blueberries and blackberries is heightened by all-natural grape juice and pure maple syrup. Served warm from the stovetop, it’s both comforting and invigorating--and a window into my story with food."

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Anne's Peach Crisp

Classic peach crisp makes for an easy summertime dessert for a crowd.

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Strawberry Cobbler

Baked with a golden biscuit topping, this fruit dessert makes the most of sweet strawberries. To ensure that the filling sets correctly, be sure to let the cobbler cool completely before serving.

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Strawberries-and-Cream Tart

This picture-perfect tart pairs creamy vanilla filling with sweet summer strawberries for a refreshing twist on a classic combination.

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Plum Cheesecake Galette

This juicy galette is perfect for stone fruit season. Vanilla and brown sugar marry nicely with the plums and tangy cheesecake filling, and the final presentation makes a beautiful impression.

Get the Recipe: Plum Cheesecake Galette

Boozy Cherry-Chocolate Pies

Light rum is the key ingredient in this party-ready pie that features three full pounds of fresh Bing cherries.

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Strawberries and Dip

Serve sweet strawberries with simple dips for a no-fuss dessert.

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Watermelon Sorbet Basket

A frozen treat that leaves nothing to waste! Scoops of watermelon and sorbet fill this clever basket for a creative dessert and a beautiful centerpiece.

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Summer Fruit Crostata

Ina fills her homemade crust with a combination of peaches, plums and blueberries. Flour, a touch of orange zest and freshly squeezed orange juice are added to the fruit to act as a glue — and hold everything together.

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Triple Strawberry Shortcakes

Stack up on the yumminess with a triple-decker strawberry shortcake treat.

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Country Peach Pie

Cardamom, cinnamon and allspice complement sweet summer peaches in this beautiful lattice-topped pie.

Get the Recipe: Country Peach Pie

Pineapple Upside-Down Pound Cake

We've come up with a delicious mashup of two nostalgic favorites that will be sure to garner plenty of oohs and ahhs once it's tipped out of the pan. In addition to lining the bottom of the pan with pineapple, we mix piece of the fruit into the buttery batter for double the flavor. Baking ahead works beautifully for this dessert, which gets even better after resting a bit so the caramelized sugar and pineapple juice absorb into the cake.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple Upside-Down Pound Cake

Cherry-Chocolate Cobbler

The chocolate in this cobbler filling perfectly balances out the tartness of the cherries. When you’re ready to serve, top each bowl with a scoop of ice cream to add another layer of flavor.

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Slow-Cooker Plum Cobbler

Keep your oven (and home) cool this summer with a seasonal fruit cobbler baked in the slow cooker. Sprinkle with toasted almonds for some extra crunch.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Plum Cobbler

Peach Crumble

We added chopped pecans and a touch of ground ginger to this classic peach crumble for texture and subtle warmth. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delicious summer dessert.

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Cherries Jubilee

This old-school classic dessert makes use of the woefully underutilized art of flambe. Flambeing caramelizes sugars and deepens flavors; with ripe summer cherries, that's really all you need.

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Triple Berry Spoon Cake

Make the most of your fresh summer berry harvest with this beautiful and easy dessert. A touch of sweetness from both turbinado and brown sugar enhances the berries' natural flavor, while a hint of lemon zest in the tender cake adds balance. Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream for a seasonal treat.

Get the Recipe: Triple Berry Spoon Cake

Peach Cobbler Pound Cake

This summertime-centric pound cake was inspired by peach cobbler with a little coffee cake streusel thrown in. Serve it in slices topped with more fresh peaches and a dollop of brown sugar-whipped cream for a quintessential taste of the season.

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Cherry Pie

Sweet cherry pie! This classic is packed with a thick cherry filling and the crust is oh-so-flakey-and-buttery. Yum!

Get the Recipe: Cherry Pie

Toasted Pound Cake with Strawberries and Chocolate Cream

Store-bought pound cake (plus a few toppings) means that this dessert comes together with ease.

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Triple Berry Buckle

This buckle screams summer, thanks to the generous helping of fresh blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. We boosted the flavors by adding a good amount of lemon zest to the tender cake and a pinch of nutmeg and ginger to the sweet crumb topping. Serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of your favorite ice cream for a beautiful, seasonal skillet dessert.

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Strawberry-Pink Lemonade Icebox Cake

This easy icebox cake requires no oven at all and is a celebration of pink — 4 different shades to be exact! Ground freeze-dried strawberries lend color to the lemon-scented whipped cream. If your whipped cream looks like it's getting too stiff at any time, simply stir in a little extra heavy cream to smooth it out.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry-Pink Lemonade Icebox Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cherry Cobbler

Cobbler and cookies will never be the same! Chocolate chip cookie dough works as the perfect crumbly, golden topping for cherry cobbler. Add a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream to finish this ultimate dessert mash-up.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cherry Cobbler

Pineapple-Citrus Shortcakes

Incorporating lemon and lime zest into the shortcakes ensures that you’ll get a pop of citrus in each bite. Filling the cakes with pineapple and whipped cream adds a creamy, tropical flair to this in-season dessert.

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Peach-Plum Galette

This galette makes the most of summer peaches and plums, no expert-level pie dough skills required.

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Lemon Raspberry Tarts

Perfect for a summer brunch, Ree’s tiny tarts are as elegant as they are delicious.

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Vegan Cherry Cobbler with Almond Biscuit Topping

We love local spring cherries, but our cobbler works equally well with fresh or frozen cherries. We chose easy drop biscuits for the topping since they allow the jewel-like cherry juices to bubble up around them — a great visual showcase for a simple desert. Baking the cherries first without the topping gives them time to soften in their own juices, and dropping the biscuits on hot filling helps them cook through — no soggy bottoms. Almond goes beautifully with cherries, so we use almond extract in both the filling and topping, plus a little almond flour in the topping as well.

Get the Recipe: Vegan Cherry Cobbler with Almond Biscuit Topping

Peach Cobbler Ice Cream Cake

Layer ice cream with freshly made peach puree, pound cake and pecans for a frozen dessert that tastes just like the classic summer cobbler.

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Triple-Flavor Sheet Pan Cheesecake

As if having cheesecake for a crowd wasn't cool enough, this approach gives you three different flavors to choose from!

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Roasted Stone Fruit

All you need is a few pantry items to create this cast-iron dessert. The heat from the skillet and a sprinkle of brown sugar work together to bring out a double dose of sweetness.

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Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Sunny's cobbler requires only 20 minutes' prep time. Combine peaches and blueberries with flour, sugar, nutmeg, vanilla and butter cubes before pouring into a baking dish and covering with store-bought pastry. Bake until golden brown on top and edges are bubbling.

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Peach and Berry Summer Pudding

Ina layers macerated fruit and sweet brioche to make this easy no-bake dessert. Don’t forget whipped cream for serving!

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Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake

A swirl of fresh blackberries makes a big impact on this eye-catching addition to a party table.

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Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

Delicious layers of strawberries, cake and sweet whipped cream – this gorgeous trifle is more than worth the work that goes into creating it.

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Blueberry Peach Buckle

Though the name may be unfamiliar, a buckle is like a cross between a crisp and a coffee cake. The buttery batter is dotted with chunks of fresh fruit, then topped with a sugary crumble and baked until golden. Pairs perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Balsamic Strawberries

Sweet and simple: Make a mascarpone whipped cream to top strawberries coated in rich balsamic syrup.

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Lemon-Blueberry Sunshine Tart

This sunshiny tart looks super-impressive but doesn't require any special equipment or pans. Folded foil helps hold up the buttery star-shaped shortbread. The yellow filling is a tangy lemon curd and plump blueberries fill in the edges.

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Italian Fruit Toast

Use leftover ciabatta to make Giada's no-bake Italian Fruit Toast and have this summer dessert on the table in just 15 minutes.

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Blueberry-Nectarine Crisp

Serve this dish warm, with ice cream or whipped cream on top.

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Peach and Goat Cheese Napoleons

Make this impressive dessert with summer's best: fresh, ripe peaches.

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Lemon Ice Box Cake

Valerie calls this “the perfect no-bake cake, especially on a hot day.” She uses just seven ingredients for her tart and creamy lemon dessert.

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Peaches and Cream Cupcakes

A sweet softened peach wedge is the "cherry" on top of these dreamy cupcakes.

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Blueberry Cobbler

Make the most of fresh blueberries by baking this simple dessert for your next summer party.

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Roasted Peach Napoleon    

Save time with frozen puff pastry! Layered with roasted peaches and pastry cream, this dessert is as easy as it is delicious.

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Plum Tart

You need only a few ingredients to feature summer's plums prominently in Ina's crumb-topped tart.

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Grilled Peaches and Cream

Peaches and cream are the perfect summer dessert, especially when made on the grill. The peaches are brushed with butter and brown sugar, then grilled until warm and marked. To finish the dish, whisk together a cinnamon-sugar whipped cream and serve with candied pecans.

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Blueberry-Peach Mason Jar Lid Pies

Who knew you could use mason jar lids to create adorable, single-serve pies stuffed with sweet peaches and blueberries?!

Get the Recipe: Blueberry-Peach Mason Jar Lid Pies