Summer Fruit Desserts

Summer's ripe, sweet fruit begs to be made into dessert.

When summer arrives, it brings with it ripe, sweet fruit begging to be made into dessert. Pies, crisps, ice creams, and more—they're all made better with summer peaches, strawberries, or cherries. We've rounded up our favorite summer fruit desserts recipes for you to try out.

Nothing's better than ice cream on a hot summer day. Our peach ice cream is summer in a bowl, with the juice from macerated peaches adding color and big chunks of peach mixed in. Pairing vanilla ice cream with Grand Marnier-soaked strawberries makes for a grown-up sundae.

The popsicle is summer's other great frozen treat. Try an ice pop inspired by classic strawberries and cream, made simply with those two ingredients, sugar, and a little lemon juice to make it pop. Or try our creamy strawberry rhubarb yogurt pop sweetened with orange blossom honey.

It's not summer without a fresh fruit pie cooling off on the windowsill. Blackberry and boysenberry are classic, but we love to make a sweet-tart plum pie with grape jelly. For something a little different, try a pie inspired by peach Melba, with peaches, raspberries, ginger, cinnamon, and peach schnapps.

Strawberries are one of our favorite summer fruits. We like to use them in a bright, rose-colored crisp—rhubarb is poached tender in red wine, sweetened with the strawberries, and covered with a poppy seed crumble. This sweet dessert has just enough puckering tartness.

Find all of these treats in our collection of summer fruit dessert recipes.

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops
These refreshing frozen treats come from pastry chef Jen Yee at New York City's Lafayette. Get the recipe Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops »Christina Holmes
Coconut Pistachio Semifreddo

Coconut Pistachio Semifreddo

Anna Watson Carl relies on sweetened condensed milk to add richness to this frozen dessert flavored with coconut milk, lime zest, and toasty pistachios. Simply macerated peaches provide a fresh, fruity counterpart.Matt Taylor-Gross
Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cantaloupe

Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce

In this elegant dessert, cantaloupe is grilled until it caramelizes and is then dressed with agrodolce, a sour-sweet Italian sauce made by reducing vinegar and sugar.Drew Anthony Smith

Grilled Strawberries

Grilled Strawberries
Roasting strawberries over mellow, barely glowing embers turns them from bright red bulbs to plump crimson pillows of deeply sweet juice. Get the recipe for Grilled Strawberries »Matt Taylor-Gross
Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes

Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes

Boozy, macerated strawberries top vanilla ice cream in this simple sundae. Get the recipe for Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes »Matt Taylor-Gross
Plum, White Chocolate, and Tarragon Parfait

Plum, White Chocolate, and Tarragon Parfait

The overt sweetness of white chocolate is tamed here by the addition of tart Greek yogurt. Chef John Karangis of Union Square Events serves it as a bed for juicy roasted plums and a sweet, anise-tinged tarragon white wine granita—it's an elegant way to end a summer dinner. Get the recipe for Plum, White Chocolate, and Tarragon Parfait »Matt Taylor-Gross

Strawberry Rhubarb Pâte de Fruit

Strawberry Rhubarb Pâte de Fruit
Instead of coating his pâte de fruit with plain sugar, William Werner of San Francisco's Craftsman and Wolves flavors Demerara sugar with Clément Créole Shrubb, a spiced liqueur made of aged and white Agricole rums and bitter orange peels. It adds a clean, bright flavor to the glittering topping. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pâte de Fruit »
Phillippine Fruit Salad

Phillippine Fruit Salad

"When I introduce this dish to my friends for the first time, they are confused and a little hesitant to eat it. Once they try it, though, they fall in love." – Leah Cohen of Pig & KhaoMatt Taylor-Gross
Egypt, recipe, spiced mango sorbet, pistachio tuiles

Spiced Mango Sorbet with Pistachio Tuiles

Look for ripe mangoes that yield easily to the touch, because they will have the most vibrant flavor to play off the warming spices in this refreshing sorbet from cookbook author Suzanne Zeidy.Helen Cathcart
Raspberry Financiers

Raspberry Financiers

These mini financiers make perfect portable treats for summer get-togethers. They're best eaten the day they're made, but if you want to start them ahead of time, you can make the batter the day before, refrigerate it overnight, and bake them in the morning.Matt Taylor-Gross
Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp

Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp

Rhubarb takes the spotlight in this bright, rose-colored crisp, sweetened with strawberries and topped with a crunchy poppy seed crumble topping, from Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga of Brooklyn's Ovenly. Get the recipe for Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp »Matt Taylor-Gross

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake
Pastry chef Anna Posey of Chicago's Publican blackens rhubarb in a wood-fired oven for the cheesecake's compote topping. A standard oven will also do the trick. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake »Christina Holmes
Strawberry Lemonade Ice-Pops

Strawberry Lemonade Ice-Pops

These simple, summery frozen treats are made with fresh strawberries and lemons. Get the recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Ice-Pops »Matt Taylor-Gross
Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

This ice cream recipe is pure, simple, and flavored with the freshest peaches available. To us, it defines the summer season.Laura Sant
Crazy Day Crêpes

Crazy Day Crêpes

These crêpes stuffed with fromage blanc and maple syrup and are topped with stewed blueberries, strawberries, and peaches.Corey Hendrickson
Huckleberry Crisps

Huckleberry Crisps

This dessert can be made with either fresh or frozen huckleberries or blueberries.André Baranowski
Glazed Grapefruit Cake

Glazed Grapefruit Cake

Broiled, sugared grapefruit slices and a citrus glaze top this moist cake scented with zest.Ingalls Photography
Sour Cream Ice Cream with Strawberries and Brown Sugar

Sour Cream Ice Cream with Strawberries and Brown Sugar

Sour cream gives this ice cream a tang that's balanced by a rich rum, strawberry, and brown sugar swirl. Get the recipe for Sour Cream Ice Cream with Strawberries and Brown Sugar »Laura Sant
Baked Ricotta with Orange Blossom Cherry Sauce

Baked Ricotta with Orange Blossom Cherry Sauce

Serve this creamy, sweet baked ricotta dish as an appetizer, as part of a cheese course, or for dessert paired with shortbread cookies.Helen Rosner
Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

A decadent custard batter is studded with juicy, ripe cherries for an elegant and satisfying treat.Todd Coleman
Moscato and Peach Gelée

Moscato and Peach Gelée

This refreshing gelée gets its light, fruity flavor from ripe peaches and semisweet fizzy moscato wine.Ingalls Photography
Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema)

Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema)

The flavor of ripe summer strawberries is front and center in these creamy treats, which are brightened with just a touch of fresh lemon juice. Get the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema) »Michael Kraus
Plum Pie

Plum Pie

Grape jelly intensifies the flavor of ripe plums in this sweet-tart summer pie from Drummond Ranch pie contestant Tracy Harris.James Roper
Peach Melba Pie

Peach Melba Pie

Peach and raspberry is a classic combination for pie filling—this particular recipe is a blue ribbon winner from Minnesotan Jean Peno.Penny De Los Santos
Apricot Almond Tart

Apricot Almond Tart

A combination of all-purpose and potato flours gives this simple summer tart a delicate, crumbly crust. Plums, peaches, or berries can be substituted for apricots.Penny De Los Santos
Raspberry Brûlée

Raspberry Brûlée

This raspberry brûlée is a delightful combination of whipped cream and luscious ripe raspberries covered with a crunchy sugar topping.Nicole Franzen
Strawberry Mousse

Strawberry Mousse

This pretty pink strawberry dessert should be chilled before enjoying—make it a day ahead and freeze for an especially refreshing treat. Get the recipe for Strawberry Mousse »Helen Rosner
Blueberry Donuts

Blueberry Donuts

Fresh blueberries bolstered by jam make these donuts especially flavorful.Todd Coleman
Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts

Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts

This recipe is from Waylynn Lucas' Los Angeles-based baked donut shop called Fōnuts. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts »Todd Coleman
Blackberry Slump

Blackberry Slump

A cousin of the cobbler, this dessert is served at the Four Swallows restaurant on Bainbridge Island, Washington.Todd Coleman

Blackberry Pie

Blackberry Pie
When Jon Rowley was a child, his grandmother used to make juice from fresh-picked blackberries. In it, he says, "you could taste and smell the briar." In this recipe, Rowley's wife, Kate McDermott, has combined that flavor from his youth with a tender, flaky pie crust to create an exemplar of the Pacific Northwest's cuisine.Nicole Franzen
Boysenberry Pie

Boysenberry Pie

Blackberries or raspberries can be substituted for boysenberries in the filling for this jammy pie.James Roper