Our Best Summer Fruit Desserts

One of our favorite things about the warm weather is the bounty of fresh fruit that it brings. It’s the perfect addition to any dessert. Cherry pie, strawberry shortcake, berry cobbler, peach-topped cheesecake — if you’re anything like us you’re going to be baking all summer long!

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Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar Cheesecake

The moist environment of a slow cooker works double duty on cheesecake: It prevents cracks from forming, and it helps achieve a smooth and creamy texture. We love this dessert topped with ripe summer peaches, but berries work well here too.

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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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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Anne's Peach Crisp

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

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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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Boozy Cherry-Chocolate Pies

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

Get the Recipe: Boozy Cherry-Chocolate Pies

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.

Get the Recipe: Summer Fruit Crostata

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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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.

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Peach Cobbler

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

Toasted Pound Cake with Strawberries and Chocolate Cream

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

Get the Recipe: Toasted Pound Cake With Strawberries and Chocolate Cream

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

Peach-Plum Galette

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

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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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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.

Get the Recipe: Peach Cobbler Ice Cream Cake

Country Peach Pie

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

Get the Recipe: Country Peach Pie

Balsamic Strawberries

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

Get the Recipe: Balsamic Strawberries

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.

Get the Recipe: Cherry-Chocolate Cobbler

Peach and Goat Cheese Napoleons

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

Get the Recipe: Peach and Goat Cheese Napoleons

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.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

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.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Sorbet Basket

Strawberries and Dip

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

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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.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Stone Fruit

Lemon Raspberry Tarts

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

Get the Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Tarts

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

Triple Strawberry Shortcakes

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

Get the Recipe: Triple Strawberry Shortcakes

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.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Peach Napoleon

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.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple-Citrus Shortcakes

Plum Tart

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

Get the Recipe: Plum Tart

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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Peaches and Cream Cupcakes

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

Get the Recipe: Peaches-and-Cream Cupcakes

Blueberry-Nectarine Crisp

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

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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

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!

Get the Recipe: Blueberry-Peach Buckle

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.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Peaches and Cream

Blueberry Cobbler

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

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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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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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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

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

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 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.

Get the Recipe: Triple Berry Buckle

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.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Blueberry Sunshine Tart

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.

Get the Recipe: Peach Crumble

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