Love fresh summer berries? Celebrate the best part of summer with this collection of 30+ Best Summer Berry Desserts highlighting ripe, juicy, sweet berries! From dozens of berry-centric recipes to tips on selecting the juiciest ones, here’s a collection of everything from cakes and brownies to ice cream and cheesecake!
Summer is rapidly winding down. But before we jump right into apples and pumpkin, let’s take a little more time to enjoy what I consider to be the absolute best part of summer: all the fresh berries!
We still have a few weeks left for glorious fresh berries, and I’m going to take full advantage. If you love berry desserts as much as I do, here are some of my favorites that you’ll want to make while the best summer berries are still available!
The best part of these desserts? The berries are interchangeable in most of the recipes! Want to make a bundt cake with blackberries instead of blueberries? Swap away! Brownies on the brain but have more strawberries than raspberries? Easy swap!
While not technically a berry, I’m also going to include cherries in the list, too. Chopped or halved pitted cherries are a perfect swap for berries in most recipes and bring so much flavor (and vibrant color!) to baked goods.
Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out on your culinary journey, there is a recipe in this collection for you! And if you’re craving fresh berries but it’s the middle of winter, don’t worry – many of these recipes also include instructions for how to use frozen berries instead of fresh ones.
Speaking of fresh berries, let’s start with a little rundown on how to select the best berries:
Color: Look for berries that have a bright, vibrant, consistent color. Avoid berries that are dull, discolored, or look blotchy.
Texture: Oft for berries that are slightly firm and plump, not those that are overly soft or mushy.
Aroma: Berries should smell slightly sweet – if they lack any fragrance they may be underripe, but if they smell overly sweet, they’re rapidly approaching being overripe.
No Excess Moisture: If you’re buying pre-packed berries, inspect the container for any moisture or signs of mold.
Doesn’t Stick to Container: Flip the berry container upside down. If any of the fruit sticks to the bottom of the container, don’t buy it – these berries are too soft and will spoil quicker.
So get ready to dive on into the best summer berry desserts that will have you reaching for seconds (And maybe even thirds!).
30+ Best Summer Berry Desserts
Bars and Brownies
Fresh summer berries are perfect for pie bars with golden brown crumble toppings, or folded into fudgy, chocolatey brownies!
Berry oatmeal crumble bars are the perfect use for fresh summer berries! A crispy oatmeal shell surrounding a sweet homemade berry jam – delicious with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries.
Layer cakes, bundt cakes, coffee cakes, and pound cakes are all perfect for summer with the addition of ripe fresh berries!
This Chocolate Strawberry Pie combines the rich, sweet flavor of chocolate with the tangy, fresh flavor of strawberries for a tasty and decadent dessert. Creating this masterpiece is worth every second!
Bursting with lemon and perfectly ripe raspberries, these glazed Lemon Raspberry Muffins are the ideal treat any time of day! An easy mix-by-hand recipe, the muffins are delicious whether they are standard, jumbo, or mini-sized.
I'm Julie, a full-time scientist who enjoys baking when I'm not in the lab. Here on Bunsen Burner Bakery, I share kitchen experiments focusing on decadent desserts and quick weeknight dinners. Thanks for stopping by -- I hope you find something delicious! Read More
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