50 Fruity Summer Desserts That Are Easier Than Pie
Sun-kissed berries, puckery lemons and limes, tangy rhubarb and chin-drippin' peaches shine in our easiest, breeziest summer fruit dessert recipes.
“The rhubarb flavour in this tart balances nicely with the honey and amaretto. The mascarpone cheese makes it rich and creamy. Sometimes I’ll even double the rhubarb for really sumptuous tarts.” —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Grilled Angel Food Cake with Strawberries
“One night I goofed, accidentally using the balsamic butter I save for grilling chicken on my pound cake. What a delicious mistake that my entire family loved!” —Tammy Hathaway, Freeman Twp, Maine
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Pineapple RumChata Shortcakes
“This deliciously different dessert is made in the slow cooker instead of the oven. When done, add final touches to the cooled pineapple shortcake jars and serve.” —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream Cake
“My family loves this lemon ice cream cake anytime, but it’s especially refreshing on a hot summer day. The sweet cream of coconut and tart lemon juice make a delicious combo, and the streusel adds a nice crunch.” —Janet Gill, Canton, Ohio
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Creamy Layered Blueberry Ice Pops
“These delicious ice-pops can be made with raspberries or blackberries. The rosemary sprig and lemon rind brings another layer of taste. They’re quick, easy and kid-friendly.” —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois
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Strawberry-Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
“I prepare this colourful dessert quite often in the summer when fresh rhubarb is abundant. I make this rhubarb cake with cake mix and take it to church potlucks. People actually line up for a piece.” —Bonnie Krogman, Thompson Falls, Montana
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Peach and Berry Cobbler
“This is one of my favourite summer recipes, as it features peaches and berries that are in season. But it’s just as delicious with frozen fruit any time of the year. The quick biscuit topping brings it all together.” —Lauren Knoelke, Des Moines, Iowa
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Pina Colada Icebox Cake
“This icebox cake has all of the flavours of a pina colada. It takes just one bite to escape to a tropical island!” —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia
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Strawberry Rhubarb Cream
“A friend gave me this recipe a long time ago. It’s rich and creamy yet refreshing. I make this often in early summer when rhubarb is readily available.” —Norma DesRoches, Warwick, Rhode Island
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Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
“I won a bake-off contest at Purdue University with this recipe for lemon bars with cream cheese frosting. I think you’ll love the dreamy topping.” —Michael Hunter, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Strawberry Lemon Trifle
“This refreshingly fruity dessert is one of our favourites. It looks so beautiful layered in a glass bowl that people will think you fussed. The secret is starting with a purchased angel food cake.” —Lynn Marie Frucci, Pullman, Washington
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Rustic Orange-Rhubarb Tart
“This rustic rhubarb and orange tart is the perfect light dessert. We love it with fresh rhubarb in the spring, but it also tastes great with frozen fruit.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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No-Churn Blueberry Graham Cracker Ice Cream
“This sweet and creamy no-churn ice cream features a fresh blueberry jam swirl and graham cracker pieces. You can use raspberries in place of the blueberries for a different berry flavour.” —Heather King, Frostburg, Maryland
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Pineapple Coconut Tassies
“These cookies may sound and look fancy, but they’re rather easy to make Their simplicity makes them an ideal choice for baking with children. My granddaughter enjoys helping me measure the ingredients. Children also can help shape the dough into balls, and then you can finish them together.” —Connie Shuff, York, Pennsylvania
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Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Shortcake
“This scratch-made strawberry buttermilk cake is a family favourite. My grandma even carries out our family tradition by making this old-fashioned recipe each summer.” —Claudia Lamascolo, Melbourne, Florida
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Blueberry Zucchini Squares
“I saw a bar recipe on a box of muffin mix using apple and lemon zest. I tried it from scratch with shredded zucchini and fresh blueberries instead. It’s a tasty combo.” —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon
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Coconut Milk Strawberry-Banana Pops
“These four-ingredient freezer pops are a delicious way to use up a pint of fresh strawberries. You’ll love the hint of tropical flavour, thanks to the coconut milk.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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“This easy lime bar recipe is a dessert that will wow your guests. I baked these bars for a luncheon on a hot summer day. A gentleman made his way to the kitchen to compliment the cook who made them.” —Holly Wilkins, Lake Elmore, Vermont
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Roasted Strawberry Sheet Cake
“My Grandma Gigi loved summer berry cakes. Almost any time I’d call her during the warmer months, she’d invite me over to taste her latest masterpiece. This cake is an ode to her.” —Kristin Bowers, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Peach Crisp Parfait Pops
“My little ones love fruit crisps and ice pops. I created a healthy and delicious treat that combines the two. For a sweet addition, use cinnamon sticks in place of the pop sticks.” —Carmell Childs, Ferron, Utah
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Rhubarb Custard Bars
“Once I tried these rich, gooey bars, I just had to have the recipe so I could make them for my family and friends. The shortbread-like crust and the rhubarb and custard layers inspire people to find rhubarb that they can use to fix a batch for themselves.” —Shari Roach, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Iva’s Peach Cobbler
“My mother received this peach cobbler recipe from a friend of hers many years ago, and fortunately she shared it with me. Boise is situated right between two large fruit-producing areas in our state, so peaches are plentiful in the summer.” —Ruby Ewart, Boise, Idaho
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Grilled Stone Fruits with Balsamic Syrup
“Get ready to experience another side of stone fruits. Hot off the rack, these grilled nectarines practically melt in your mouth.” —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
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Blueberry Angel Dessert
“Make the most of angel food cake, pie filling and whipped topping by creating this light impressive dessert that doesn’t keep you in the kitchen for hours. It’s the perfect way to end a summer meal.” —Carol Johnson, Tyler, Texas
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