One of the best things about summer is that so many fruits are at their luscious peak. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, cherries, pineapple, watermelon, and peaches in season all make summer days that much more enjoyable. Whether you're trying to eat healthier, or you're just wild about the natural sweetness of summer fruits, turn to these quick and easy fruit dessert recipes. You can indulge your sweet tooth! Some of these recipes require no heat at all, and many are wonderful made with a variety of fruit, so you can substitute your favorites and the dessert will turn out fabulously. From classic banana splits and lemon bars, to fruit cobblers, cheesecakes, frozen fruit pops, and more, we hope you enjoy this collection of our favorite summer fruit desserts.
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Easy Strawberry Shortcake
If you've never tried making strawberry shortcake before, here's a simple recipe even beginning bakers can feel confident making. Only three ingredients are needed for this cake, which has a beautiful soft and velvety texture that melts in your mouth along with the strawberries and cream. Go ahead and tell people you made it from scratch!
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Easy Spiced Peach Cobbler
Fresh peaches in season make this a summer fruit dessert to swoon over. Juicy peaches are tossed with sugar and spices, slathered in a buttery syrup, then covered with a simple biscuit-like topping that's baked to a perfect golden brown. Serve topped with ice cream or whipping cream.
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No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake
It's hard to believe this delicious, layered cherry cheesecake dessert requires no cooking! Even the most novice baker will find this recipe easy to assemble. Tart cherry pie filling tops a rich, sweetened cream cheese layer, in a buttery graham cracker crust. You just pop the assembled cake into the freezer to chill and it's done.
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Strawberry Creme Parfaits
Who doesn't love the pleasing combination of strawberries and cream? With mini marshmallows and crumbled meringue cookies, these make-ahead parfaits are so indulgent and easy, they're sure to become a go-to treat in your repertoire.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Similar to Italian ice, this watermelon granita is a warm-weather treat that does not require an ice cream machine. It's made with only three ingredients and tastes like you're eating frozen fruity crystals. Now that's refreshing.
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A popular Hawaiian dessert, this refreshing fruit-flavored ice cream is the ideal treat on a hot summer day. Pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut milk, and vanilla ice cream are blended together until thick and creamy.
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Strawberry Angel Food Cake
Airy cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries create a stunning and delicious layered cake that's sure to impress. This strawberry angel food cake recipe is also surprisingly easy and one you'll use for all sorts of summer affairs.
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Fresh Strawberry Buttercream
Made with fresh strawberries, this strawberry buttercream is a perfect way to dress up your summer desserts. Fill macarons or sandwich cookies, or use it to frost your favorite cupcake recipe. It can even put a summer fruit spin on brownies.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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A blueberry grunt is similar to a fruit cobbler, except that instead of the oven it's cooked on the stovetop. It's a great way to showcase summer fruit and is especially delicious warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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The Perfect Banana Split
Banana splits are an all-American dessert treat that may just be the ultimate comfort food! Here's a simple to make banana split recipe with three flavors of ice cream to complement the taste of banana and the richness of chocolate syrup. Top these splits with whipped cream, nuts, and maraschino cherries, for a nostalgic summer treat you'll want to enjoy again and again.
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Pineapple Custard Pudding Cake
Wow your family and friends with this tropical, fluffy, pineapple custard dessert cake that's baked in individual ramekins for a pretty presentation. Light, spongy pineapple custard pudding cake is baked with pineapple chunks in the bottom of the dish, for a pleasant dessert with a sweet, zingy flavor and a hint of tartness from lemon juice.
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Fresh Plum Crumble With Spiced Crumb Topping
Fresh plums are topped with a fabulous spiced crumb mixture to create this winning summer fruit dessert that's so effortless to make. This is an excellent way to use fresh plums and you can add other fruits to the plum mixture. Try adding sliced pears, nectarines, apricots, blueberries, or peaches to the fruit filling.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Pureed and frozen cantaloupe has a remarkably creamy texture that has to be tasted to be believed. Your family will fall in love with this easy frozen fruit dessert recipe that's wonderfully refreshing when the summer heat is blazing.
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Semi-Homemade Cherry Cake
A box of yellow cake mix and prepared cherry pie filling makes this simple cherry cake a snap to make. The pie filling is swirled through the cake batter just before it goes into the oven, for a beautiful presentation when the cake is sliced. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or your favorite whipped topping.