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50 Fruity Summer Desserts That Are Easier Than Pie

Sun-kissed berries, puckery lemons and limes, tangy rhubarb and chin-drippin' peaches shine in our easiest, breeziest summer fruit dessert recipes.

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Rhubarb Tart

“The rhubarb flavour in this tart balances nicely with the honey and amaretto. The mascarpone cheese makes it rich and creamy. Sometimes I’ll even double the rhubarb for really sumptuous tarts.” —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Bing Cherry-Amaretti Fool

“When Bing cherries are in season, I make this fruity custard-style fool. The sweet cherries and whipped cream balance perfectly with the sour cream.” —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York

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Grilled Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

“One night I goofed, accidentally using the balsamic butter I save for grilling chicken on my pound cake. What a delicious mistake that my entire family loved! For a patriotic look, add a drizzle of blueberry syrup.” —Tammy Hathaway, Freeman Twp, Maine

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Pineapple RumChata Shortcakes

“This deliciously different dessert is made in the slow cooker instead of the oven. When done, add final touches to the cooled pineapple shortcake jars and serve.” —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream Cake

“My family loves this lemon ice cream cake anytime, but it’s especially refreshing on a hot summer day. The sweet cream of coconut and tart lemon juice make a delicious combo, and the streusel adds a nice crunch.” —Janet Gill, Canton, Ohio

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Creamy Layered Blueberry Ice Pops

“These delicious ice-pops can be made with raspberries or blackberries. The rosemary sprig and lemon rind brings another layer of taste. They’re quick, easy and kid-friendly.” —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

“I prepare this colourful dessert quite often in the summer when fresh rhubarb is abundant. I make this rhubarb cake with cake mix and take it to church potlucks. People actually line up for a piece.” —Bonnie Krogman, Thompson Falls, Montana

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Peach and Berry Cobbler

“This is one of my favourite summer recipes, as it features peaches and berries that are in season. But it’s just as delicious with frozen fruit any time of the year. The quick biscuit topping brings it all together.” —Lauren Knoelke, Des Moines, Iowa

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Pina Colada Icebox Cake

“This icebox cake has all of the flavours of a pina colada. It takes just one bite to escape to a tropical island!” —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cream

“A friend gave me this recipe a long time ago. It’s rich and creamy yet refreshing. I make this often in early summer when rhubarb is readily available.” —Norma DesRoches, Warwick, Rhode Island

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Homemade Cherry Crisp

“Our family loves this pretty, tasty dessert. It uses convenient pie filling, so you can make it in no time—and it takes mere minutes to heat in the microwave.” —Laurie Todd, Columbus, Mississippi

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Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

“I won a bake-off contest at Purdue University with this recipe for lemon bars with cream cheese frosting. I think you’ll love the dreamy topping.” —Michael Hunter, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Strawberry Lemon Trifle

“This refreshingly fruity dessert is one of our favourites. It looks so beautiful layered in a glass bowl that people will think you fussed. The secret is starting with a purchased angel food cake.” —Lynn Marie Frucci, Pullman, Washington

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Cranberry Apple Crisp

“Apple cranberry crisp is a wonderful dessert for fall, when both cranberries and apples are in season. The fruits are quite compatible in flavour and colour, and they help make any table look festive and inviting.” —Martha Sue Stroud, Clarksville, Texas

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Rustic Orange-Rhubarb Tart

“This rustic rhubarb and orange tart is the perfect light dessert. We love it with fresh rhubarb in the spring, but it also tastes great with frozen fruit.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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No-Churn Blueberry Graham Cracker Ice Cream

“This sweet and creamy no-churn ice cream features a fresh blueberry jam swirl and graham cracker pieces. You can use raspberries in place of the blueberries for a different berry flavour.” —Heather King, Frostburg, Maryland

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Raspberry Patch Crumb Bars

“To give these fresh, fruity bars even more crunch, add a sprinkling of nuts to the yummy crumb topping. Everyone will want to indulge.” —Leanna M. Thorne, Lakewood, Colorado

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Pineapple Coconut Tassies

“These cookies may sound and look fancy, but they’re rather easy to make Their simplicity makes them an ideal choice for baking with children. My granddaughter enjoys helping me measure the ingredients. Children also can help shape the dough into balls, and then you can finish them together.” —Connie Shuff, York, Pennsylvania

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Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Shortcake

“This scratch-made strawberry buttermilk cake is a family favourite. My grandma even carries out our family tradition by making this old-fashioned recipe each summer.” —Claudia Lamascolo, Melbourne, Florida

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Raspberry Cake

“Jazz up plain cake with raspberry gelatin and frozen berries. Spread with a light, fruity whipped topping, the festive results make a cool and refreshing dessert.” —Marion Anderson, Dalton, Minnesota

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Blueberry Zucchini Squares

“I saw a bar recipe on a box of muffin mix using apple and lemon zest. I tried it from scratch with shredded zucchini and fresh blueberries instead. It’s a tasty combo.” —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

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Coconut Milk Strawberry-Banana Pops

“These four-ingredient freezer pops are a delicious way to use up a pint of fresh strawberries. You’ll love the hint of tropical flavour, thanks to the coconut milk.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Lemon-Lime Bars

“This easy lime bar recipe is a dessert that will wow your guests. I baked these bars for a luncheon on a hot summer day. A gentleman made his way to the kitchen to compliment the cook who made them.” —Holly Wilkins, Lake Elmore, Vermont

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Roasted Strawberry Sheet Cake

“My Grandma Gigi loved summer berry cakes. Almost any time I’d call her during the warmer months, she’d invite me over to taste her latest masterpiece. This cake is an ode to her.” —Kristin Bowers, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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Peach Crisp Parfait Pops

“My little ones love fruit crisps and Popsicles. I created a healthy and delicious treat that combines the two. For a sweet addition, use cinnamon sticks in place of the pop sticks.” —Carmell Childs, Ferron, Utah

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Skillet Blueberry Slump

“My mother-in-law made a slump of wild blueberries with dumplings and served it warm with a pitcher of farm cream. We’ve been enjoying slump desserts for 60 years.” —Eleanore Ebeling, Brewster, Minnesota

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Rhubarb Custard Bars

“Once I tried these rich, gooey bars, I just had to have the recipe so I could make them for my family and friends. The shortbread-like crust and the rhubarb and custard layers inspire people to find rhubarb that they can use to fix a batch for themselves.” —Shari Roach, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Iva’s Peach Cobbler

“My mother received this peach cobbler recipe from a friend of hers many years ago, and fortunately she shared it with me. Boise is situated right between two large fruit-producing areas in our state, so peaches are plentiful in the summer.” —Ruby Ewart, Boise, Idaho

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Cherry-Chocolate Pudgy Pie

“Here’s an ooey-gooey treat that’s just right for campfires and cookouts.” —Josh Carter, Birmingham, Alabama

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Grilled Stone Fruits with Balsamic Syrup

“Get ready to experience another side of stone fruits. Hot off the rack, these grilled nectarines practically melt in your mouth.” —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California

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Blueberry Angel Dessert

“Make the most of angel food cake, pie filling and whipped topping by creating this light impressive dessert that doesn’t keep you in the kitchen for hours. It’s the perfect way to end a summer meal.” —Carol Johnson, Tyler, Texas

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Sonoran Sunset Watermelon Ice

“If you didn’t think watermelon and cilantro could go together in a dessert, this recipe will give you a pleasant surprise! Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and a sprig of cilantro on top for extra flair.” —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

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Lemon Ginger Icebox Cake

“Everyone searches for grand desserts that have easy ingredients and minimal effort. My lemony ginger icebox cake is the answer. It’s a holiday lifesaver.” —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

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Triple Fruit Freeze

“These pops won’t turn your tongue blue or neon green like many store-bought pops because they’re made with fresh grapes, blueberries and kiwifruit.” —Colleen Ludovice, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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Strawberry-Lime Bars

“Our family loves fresh strawberries so I look for different ways to use them. This tempting, yummy dessert has sweet strawberries, tart lime, pretzels and cream cheese.” —Alexandra Barnett, Forest, Virginia

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Blueberry Graham Dessert

“When you’re short on time but long for cheesecake, try this fruity dessert. Ricotta and cream cheeses give every bit as much flavour as cheesecake without the effort. Instead of making individual servings, you could layer the ingredients in a glass serving bowl.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Lemon Whirligigs with Raspberries

“Golden whirligigs with a tart lemon flavour float on a ruby raspberry sauce in this delectable dessert. I love serving it for guests. My children also like it made with blackberries.” —Vicki Ayres, Wappingers Falls, New York

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Strawberry Ice Cream Charlotte

“My family loves ice cream cake, so they were delighted when I first presented this dessert. It’s light, delicious and has a festive presentation.” —Scarlett Elrod, Newman, Georgia

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Summer Blackberry Cobbler

“My husband is from Alabama, so I like to treat him to classic Southern desserts. This cobbler is a must-have for us in the summer.” —Kimberly Danek Pinkson, San Anselmo, California

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Grapefruit, Lime & Mint Yogurt Parfait

“Tart grapefruit and lime are balanced with a bit of honey in this cool and easy parfait.” —Lois Enger, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Flip Cake

“My friend Dave always brought two strawberry rhubarb cakes to work to celebrate his birthday. He’d use up rhubarb growing in the yard and treat his co-workers.” —Charlene Schwartz, Maple Plain, Minnesota

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Blueberry Buckle with Lemon Sauce

“This recipe is a family favourite, served warm as dessert, plain or with a scoop of ice cream. My family also likes it cold as a coffee cake. But the lemon sauce topping makes this traditional dessert a little different, enhancing the flavour of the blueberries.” —Maureen Carr, Carman, Manitoba

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Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

“For a dessert that looks as great as it tastes, this one can’t be beat! Layers of rich pound cake, luscious cream and sweet strawberries make this treat very inviting.” —Marnie Stoughton, Glenburnie, Ontario

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Summer Dessert Pizza

“My family enjoys this dessert pizza recipe anytime of the year, but it’s especially refreshing during the hot months. You can use whatever fruits are in season.” —Ida Ruth Wenger, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Cherry-Peach Dumplings

“You can make this fruity dessert on your stovetop, but to really impress your guests, simmer it in an electric skillet right at the dinner table. There’s no more convenient way to enjoy the fruits of the season.” —Patricia Frerk, Syracuse, New York

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No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

“For an airy delight on a summer afternoon, try this mouthwatering cheesecake. Because it doesn’t contain eggs, it’s lighter but also very creamy and refreshing.” —Ken Gallagher, Hastings, Nebraska

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Lemon Sheet Cake

“Lemon pie filling lends a splash of citrus flavor to convenient cake mix, and a rich cream cheese frosting gives it sweetness. My family likes this lemon sheet cake cold, so I cut it into squares and freeze before serving.” —Alyce Dubisar, North Bend, Oregon

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Strawberry Bliss

“My easy-to-make puff pastry crust is topped with a soft-set pudding layer that has a hint of strawberry flavour. It needs to chill for at least an hour, so it’s your new go-to for a make-ahead brunch!” —Candace Richter, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

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Rhubarb Mallow Cobbler

“My mom used to make this cobbler every year when I was growing up. Now we take fresh rhubarb to my son in Texas so he can share this recipe with his family.” —Judy Kay Warwick, Webster City, Iowa

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Raspberry Custard Kuchen

“Back where I grew up in Wisconsin, people have been baking this German treat for generations. We love it for breakfast or as a special dessert. It’s no fuss to fix and impressive to serve.” —Virginia Arndt, Sequim, Washington

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