68 Easy Fruit Desserts to Make All Summer (and Fall, Winter and Spring Too)

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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 alllll the apples. From skillet peach cobbler to Meyer lemon loaf cake, here are 68 easy fruit desserts to make in every season.

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Summer Fruit Desserts

1. Cherry Slab Pie

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

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.)

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2. Cherry Clafoutis

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes

  • Why We Love It: less than 500 calories, special occasion–worthy, beginner-friendly

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.

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3. Blackberry-Raspberry Skillet Cobbler

  • Time Commitment: 30 minuets

  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly

When summer berries are ripe for the picking, you don’t need to get complicated with dessert.

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4. Lemon-Berry Sheet Pan Trifle

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 45 minutes

  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, special occasion–worthy

If the word “trifle” sounds totally stuffy, it’s because you’ve never tried our modernized, sheet-pan version.

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5. Puff Pastry Plum and Thyme Galette

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes

  • Why We Love It: one pan, beginner-friendly

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).

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6. Blackberry Plum Upside-Down Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy

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.)

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7. Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, one pan,

If you don’t want to pit a bunch of cherries, pick up some blueberries from the farmers market instead.

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8. Mini Apricot Meringue Pies

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Fluffy meringue is too tasty to be relegated to citrus desserts only. We’re making these cuties as soon as apricots are in season.

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9. Honey-Peach Semifreddo

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours, 20 minutes (includes freezing time)

  • Why We Love It: no cook, make ahead, special occasion–worthy

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.

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10. Peaches-and-Cream Ice Pops

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

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.

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11. Apricot and Frangipane Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes

  • Why We Love It: gluten free, special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients

This elegant cake calls for less than ten ingredients, and the almond meal base is naturally gluten-free.

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12. Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Soufflés

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes

  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Behold, the ultimate “choose your own adventure” dessert—make raspberry, blueberry, blackberry or all three. (You can even use frozen fruit to make these beyond the summer months.)

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13. Skillet Peach Cobbler

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes

  • Why We Love It: one pan, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

This cast iron recipe calls for a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. Look for peaches that are firm with a little bit of give when pressed with your thumb, like a tennis ball.

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14. Poached Apricots and Peaches with Toasted Almonds

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

This simple, light summer dessert has alfresco written all over it. If you need us, we’ll be eating one outside.

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15. Cantaloupe-Mint Sorbet

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 40 minutes (includes freezing time)

  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, dairy free, gluten free, make ahead

Few things are more refreshing than a slice of ripe summer melon. This cantaloupe sorbet is one of the easiest desserts you can make.

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RELATED: How to Pick a Cantaloupe That’s Sweet, Ripe and Ready to Eat

16. Glazed Blueberry Cake

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

This cake would make a mighty fine breakfast, too (you know, if you happen to have leftovers).

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17. Gluten-Free Pistachio Apricot Tart

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes

  • Why We Love It: gluten free, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

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.)

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18. Berry Galette

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

Any ripe berries will make this galette shine—we like to use a mix of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries to keep things interesting.

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19. Bite-Size Almond Raspberry Spoon Cakes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

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.

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20. One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours (includes freezing time)

  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, gluten free, dairy free, less than 500 calories, no cook

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.

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21. Lemon-Raspberry Whoopie Pies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes

  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

When you’re on the hunt for a confection that’s bound to impress, look no further. These cake-like lemon cookies are filled with fresh raspberries and sweet-tart raspberry cream.

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22. Blackberry Panna Cotta Tartlets

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 32 minutes

  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

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.

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23. Coconut Popsicles Recipe

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours

  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, make ahead, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

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.)

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24. No-Bake Berry Tiramisu

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 40 miinutes

  • Why We Love It: no cook, make ahead, special occasion–worthy

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 need to turn on the oven to pull it off.

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25. Watermelon-Kiwi Ice Pops

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours

  • Why We Love It: make ahead, no cook, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients

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 have your back if you need help cubing the watermelon.)

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26. Cherry Pie Bars

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes

  • Why We Love It: on pan, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly

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.

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27. Grilled Angel Food Cake with Blueberry Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes

  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

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.

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28. No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours

  • Why We Love It: no cook, beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Press-in graham cracker crust? Check. Egg-free cheesecake filling? Check. The easiest two-ingredient raspberry sauce of all time? You bet.

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29. Sweet Corn Doughnut Holes

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes

  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

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.

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30. Blueberry Crumble Pie

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy

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.

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Fall Fruit Desserts

31. Fig Tarte Tatin

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes

  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

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 have nothing to lose.

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32. Vegan and Gluten-Free Apple Blackberry Crumble Tart

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegan, gluten free, dairy free

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.

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33. Apple Tart with Soft-Pretzel Crust

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 15 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, kid-friendly

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.

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34. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

You say “mini dessert” and we say “we’ll take the whole batch.” If you don’t have mini mason jars, you can use any small ramekin instead.

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35. Rosé Poached Pears with Ginger and Vanilla

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes

  • Why We Love It: gluten free, <10 ingredients, less than 500 calories

Whoever decided rosé season ends after Labor Day was so wrong, and these poached pears are proof.

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36. Sourdough Doughnuts with Concord Grape Glaze

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

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.

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37. Baked Pears with Maple Syrup and Almond Crumble

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, less than 500 calories

They’re easy and elegant, and they come together in just 35 minutes. (Psst: This one works with apples, too.)

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38. Brown-Sugar Pear Puff Pastries

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

These pretty pastries make an excellent breakfast treat paired with a cup of coffee, but you can also turn them into a full-fledged dessert with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of caramel sauce.

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Winter Fruit Desserts

39. Citrus Shortcake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 35 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

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.

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40. Ombré Citrus Upside-Down Cake

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, less than 500 calories

It’s part cake, part of work of art. We almost don’t want to take a slice, it’s so beautiful. Just kidding.

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41. Kumquat Upside-Down Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

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.

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42. Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes

  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

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.)

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43. Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 35 minutes

  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser, less than 500 calories

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.)

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44. Ruby Red Grapefruit Panna Cotta

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

You only need six ingredients to pull off this citrusy showstopper. The toughest part? Not eating them all in one sitting.

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45. Orange and Chocolate Brioche Tarts

  • Time Commitment: 12 hours, 30 minutes (includes rising time)

  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

According to recipe developer and pie queen Erin McDowell, anything that has a crust is a pie—hence these brioche babies.

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46. Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

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.

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47. Lemon Curd with Whipped Cream

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, make ahead, ready in <30 minutes

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.

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48. Grapefruit Meringue Stacks

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy

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.

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49. Lemon Meringue Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, less than 500 calories

If a lemon meringue pie and a sugar cookie had a (very delicious) baby, these cookies would be it.

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50. Muffin Tin Lemon Meringue Tarts

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

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.

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51. Blood Orange Eton Mess

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 20 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, gluten free

What is it about blood oranges that’s so—dare we say it—sexy? These parfaits have all the right textures: soft, creamy, crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth.

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Spring Fruit Desserts

52. Pineapple and Ginger Upside-Down Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 45 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Fun fact: Pineapples might make you think of summer, but they’re actually in-season in spring.

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53. Grilled Pineapple Split Sundae with Cherry Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

Take it from us: If you’ve already busted out the grill for dinner, it’s worth keeping those coals glowing a little longer.

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RELATED: 20 Refreshing Fruit Pops to Make All Summer Long

54. Hummingbird Cupcakes with Pineapple ‘Flowers’

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, kid-friendly

In our humble opinion, a batch of cupcakes beats a bouquet of flowers every time.

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55. No-Churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

  • Time Commitment: 12 hours (includes freezing time)

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, make ahead, beginner-friendly

Whipped heavy cream provides the fluffy texture of homemade ice cream, while sweetened condensed milk keeps it from getting icy in the freezer while it sets. Use strawberries while they’re in season, or any other fruit you like.

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56. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 45 minutes

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

The secret to this impressive, pretty-in-pink dessert is freeze-dried strawberries. (What can we say? We love baking with freeze-dried fruit.)

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57. Strawberry Upside-Down Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy, less than 500 calories

No frosting, no problem. This gorgeous cake relies on fresh fruit to decorate the top—it’s like a magic trick when you remove it from the pan.

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58. Strawberry Sponge Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes

  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

We’d eat that strawberry glaze by the spoonful, just saying. Plus, it only takes two ingredients to make.

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59. Cheater’s Mini Strawberry-Vanilla Galettes

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy

How many ready-in-less-than-an-hour treats can you make with a batch of store-bought puff pastry? The limit does not exist.

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60. Strawberry, Cardamom and Pistachio Pavlova Bites

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 25 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, gluten free

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.

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61. Sheet Pan Strawberry Shortcake with Black Pepper, Whipped Honey Ricotta and Togarashi

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes

  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

The addition of black pepper is unexpected, but so delicious paired with sweet berries.

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62. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes

  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

Shhh , these mini rhubarb tarts start with store-bought puff pastry. (Genius, right?)

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63. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

A cupcake a day keeps the—wait, you mean that’s not how the saying goes? News to us…

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64. Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Whipped Cream

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

They’re just as fun to make as they are to eat, thanks to store-bought biscuit dough.

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65. Strawberry-Mango Hawaiian Shave Ice

  • Time Commitment: 5 hours, 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, no cook, <10 ingredients

It’s like a sophisticated snow cone (and you don’t need a special machine to make it).

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RELATED: 36 Sweet and Savory Mango Recipes to Try This Summer

66. Coconut Rice Pudding with Rhubarb Compote

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: make ahead, ready in <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser

FYI, rhubarb is not just for pie. Here, sweet, creamy rice pudding complements the tart fruit compote quite nicely.

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67. Cheater’s Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Cups

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes

  • Why We Love It: vegan, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, gluten free

Need dessert pronto? These cupcakes are ready in 35 minutes. (No one would ever guess that they actually start with vegan boxed cake mix.)

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68. Mini Strawberry Ice Cream Pies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

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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