Cobblers, crisps, ice cream, and more! Recipes for creamy, fruity, refreshing ways to sweeten your Fourth of July BBQ
The irresistible buttery, spiced oat topping and perfect balance of sweet to tart in the fruity filling make this a recipe we reach for every summer.
Recipe: Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp
Our favorite version of the classic summer dessert has a touch of lemon, a buttery topping, and just the right juiciness. All it’s missing is a scoop of ice cream.
Recipe: Blackberry Cobbler
If you’re looking for a dramatic but easy spin on shortcake, split butter cake layers with a long serrated knife, then stack and fill them with fresh berries, jam, and whipped cream.
Recipe: Strawberry Tall Cake
We originally created this version of berry shortcake with the flavors of late-harvest Zinfandel (a fine accompaniment) in mind. But the sophisticated combo of blackberries, chocolate, and mint suits any special meal.
Photo by Iain Bagwell
After grilling dinner, keep the fire going a little longer and cook these mini skewered shortcakes.
Best way to celebrate summer peaches? How about platter-size meringue layers, a silky caramel sauce, and plenty of whipped cream.
Baking this buttery cake in a big, shallow tart pan ensures that the cake doesn't get soggy, even as the fruit slices remain juicy. For the best texture, make and serve it on the same day.
Recipe: Apricot and Pluot Mosaic Cake
Photo by Shelly Strazis
A California cook shared her mom’s luscious version of Key Lime pie, made with loads of fresh lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and Mexican crema or sour cream. Good thing the recipe makes 2 pies, because 1 never seems to be enough.
Recipe: Long Beach Lime Pies
Peden & Munk
Staffers still smile when they talk about sampling what may be the most luscious fruit pie ever to come through our Test Kitchen.
Recipe: Anjou Bakery’s Marionberry Pie
Photo by Aya Brackett
Flaky pastry, summer’s best stone fruit, and a smidge of three spices: It’s a simple formula that brings rave reviews every time.
Recipe: Spiced Crostata with Pluots
Made mostly with juicy, soft-ripe fruit, these frozen pops have just enough cream and flavoring to make them party-worthy.
A famous San Francisco ice cream company shared their secrets for this dreamy version of a favorite ice cream flavor.
Recipe: Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream
As if you needed more excuses to make this outrageously good dessert, it’s brilliant for a party because you can start it several days ahead. At the last minute, just add a pouf of whipped cream and extra malted milk balls.
Recipe: Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream Pie
Dress up store-bought ice cream with fresh berries and chopped dark chocolate.
We reimagined pie à la mode with sweetened pastry shards and two flavors of fruit compote.
Recipe: Bluebarb Pie Sundaes
To create these big-batch treats, freeze the yogurt-cream cheese mixture in an ice cream maker and spread half in a pan lined with graham crackers. Add fresh blueberry sauce and more frozen yogurt, and swirl; then top with the remaining grahams.
Thomas J. Story
Every summer barbecue needs watermelon, and with this dessert, you can enjoy it free of sticky fingers.
Recipe: Watermelon Granita